BBQ Chicken Pizza


While I love pizza all year round, it certainly seems to become more of a staple as the weather cools. Not only do we find ourselves ordering in more often, but pizza just seems like the perfect option when you’re sitting down to watch a football or hockey game. Even better is that there is now a yeast available for pizza crusts that doesn’t require a rise time so that you can have homemade pizza in two shakes of a lamb’s tail (more on that in a minute – the yeast, not the lamb). I have no idea how I went my entire life without having a BBQ chicken pizza. It’s fabulous!! This is an especially useful way to use up any leftover chicken you have in the fridge. Feel free to use my recipe below as a guide and add whatever ingredients you like – black beans, chopped tomatoes, and avocado would be great additions.

The yeast I used for this pizza is a new line by Fleischmann’s that was designed specifically for pizza crust. The Pizza Crust Yeast has been formulated in such a way that it eliminates rise time and the associated worry that for some reason it might not rise. I was pretty excited to try this. Even though I love my very favorite pizza crust recipe perhaps more than life itself, sometimes you just don’t want to have to wait, and sometimes you just don’t want to drag out your mixer or food processor. This pizza crust yeast provides the perfect alternative. I mixed it in one bowl, with a wooden spoon and then kneaded on the counter, pressed the dough into a pan and topped it and baked it. Less than 40 minutes from when I began until I pulled the pizza out of the oven. It doesn’t get much better than that! On top of the convenience, I really enjoyed the texture and flavor of the crust. It got crisp, but not too crunchy and still had a bit of the chewy factor that pizza crust is known for. I know many people who are intimidated by homemade pizza due to the yeast factor, so I hope this new product gives some of you who may have been hesitant to try yeast-based recipes before the confidence to give this one a shot!


And now on to the giveaway! I’m offering a $100 Visa gift card so you can host your own pizza party! One lucky reader, selected at random, will receive the card, which can be used anywhere that Visa is accepted. Now, for the guidelines:

Deadline: Thursday, October 22, 2009 11:59pm EST

Required: Your email address. You must fill out the email address portion of the comment form (it will not be published) or I will not be able to contact you should you win.

How to Enter: It’s simple! Leave a comment on this post and answer the following question:

What are your favorite pizza toppings?

BBQ Chicken Pizza

Yield: Serves about 8

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 12 to 15 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes


For the Crust:
1¾ - 2¼ cups all-purpose flour
1 envelope Fleischmann's Pizza Yeast
1½ teaspoons sugar
¾ teaspoon salt
2/3 cup very warm water (120° to 130°F)
3 Tablespoons olive oil

For the Toppings:
1½ cups cooked, shredded chicken
½ cup + 2 Tablespoons barbecue sauce, divided
4 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
¼ red onion, thinly sliced
2 green onions, thinly sliced
1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese


1. Preheat oven to 425°F.

2. Combine 1 cup flour, yeast, sugar and salt in a large bowl. Add water and oil. Mix together until well blended; about 1 minute.

3. Gradually add ½ cup flour until soft dough ball is formed; will be slightly sticky. Add additional flour if needed to form dough ball.

4. Knead on a floured surface, adding additional flour if needed, until smooth and elastic; about 4 minutes. With floured hands, press dough out to fill a greased pizza pan, or roll dough into a 12-inch circle and transfer to a greased pizza pan.

5. Mix together the shredded chicken and 2 Tablespoons of barbecue sauce.

6. Spread ½ cup of the barbecue sauce over the pizza dough. Top with chicken, bacon, onions and cheese.

7. Bake on the bottom oven rack for 12 to 15 minutes until the cheese is bubbly and the crust has browned.

Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by ACH Foods, makers of Fleischmann’s Pizza Crust Yeast


665 Responses to “BBQ Chicken Pizza”

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  1. Haley on October 16, 2009 at 2:48 pm

    Mmmm. Chicken, basil pesto, sun dried tomatoes, red onion, bacon, and a nice blend of cheese – including FETA.


  2. Jessica on October 16, 2009 at 2:48 pm

    Oh yay. I’ve always hated waiting for Pizza dough to rise- but nothing is better than a sausage and banana pepper pizza. :)


  3. Mohana on October 16, 2009 at 2:52 pm

    I love a relish of Lettuce and mayo topped with avocado slices (California Pizza kitchen)


  4. Macy on October 16, 2009 at 3:02 pm

    I love any riff on a “Greek” pizza–tomatoes, kalamata olives, feta, and onions. Pepperoni optional :)


  5. Julie on October 16, 2009 at 3:16 pm

    I LOVE BBQ Chicken Pizza so those are my favorite toppings.


  6. Deborah R on October 16, 2009 at 3:17 pm

    I like pepperoni, extra cheese, black olives and pepperoncini.


  7. manizor on October 16, 2009 at 3:19 pm

    broccoli, red onion and tomato!!


  8. Amy on October 16, 2009 at 3:29 pm

    Yum! I love dates and goat cheese on pizza. Or eggplant. Or anything!


  9. Caroline on October 16, 2009 at 3:33 pm

    Pineapple and ham!


  10. Debbie on October 16, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    I like all kinds of toppings, but I think my favorite is chicken, green pepper and bacon. Thanks for the generous giveaway. Looks delicious!


  11. Christina on October 16, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    I like green peppers, mushrooms, tomatoes, mozarella, red onions!!


  12. Alycia Irish on October 16, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    I love any kind of veggie but specifically LOVE fresh tomatoes, mozzarella, basil and pesto on my pizza.


  13. Kathleen on October 16, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    I love just cheese and pepperoni, thanks.

    kport207 at gmail dot com


  14. Jennifer S on October 16, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    I absolutely love fresh basil, tomato and mozarella!


  15. Ann F on October 16, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    Pepperoni is my favorite, but if I’m feeling a little guilty I like green pepper and onions.


  16. Rose R on October 16, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    My tastes have changed. Right now it is extra cheese and Italian sausage – but my classic pizza is fresh mozzarella, tomato and basil. Thanks for the contest.


  17. Adrienne Gordon on October 16, 2009 at 4:00 pm

    meatballs, pepperoni and ham


  18. Holly H on October 16, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    My favorite pizza toppings? Anything with pineapple is my favorite. :)
    I love barbecue chicken pizza with pineapple chunks, red onions, and green bell peppers.

    Btw.. I just found your blog a few days ago, and I absolutely love it! Keep up the amazing baking, cooking, and blogging!


  19. erika w. on October 16, 2009 at 4:03 pm

    I love broccoli, caramelized onions and sausage on my pizza. Weird, I know, but a really good combination.


  20. Carol on October 16, 2009 at 4:03 pm

    Pepperoni and cheese. I am such a purist when it comes to pizza, I don’t like lots of stuff on it. And the crust has to be thin!


  21. Karly on October 16, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    Your BBQ chicken pizza looks delish!

    My favorite toppings are pepperoni, green olives, onions, and sliced tomatoes, but I’m never able to get them all on one pizza because no one else ever thinks it sounds good. People are seriously missing out. 😉


  22. Ann on October 16, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    I like mushrooms, gruyere and fontina cheese and chicken in any form!


  23. Peter on October 16, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    I make mine with ground meat, mushrooms, and extra cheese and sauce.


  24. Sonya Sparks on October 16, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    Any veggie is a must have on my pizza’s.


  25. Alta on October 16, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    Didn’t know about this yeast! Cool.

    Favorite toppings? Depends on my mood…I do love BBQ chicken pizza…but I also love spinach and mushrooms.


  26. Nancy on October 16, 2009 at 4:24 pm

    My favorite toppings are pepperoni, mushrooms and onions. I have not seen that yeast before and now I am going to have to look for it. Thanks.


  27. Annika on October 16, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    Pineapple and green peppers — It might have to be a pizza night after reading this post!


  28. kelly on October 16, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    Fresh basil, tomato and fresh mozzarella


  29. Sandra on October 16, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    Pineapple and Candian Bacon. But, Wow, does yours look good.
    Great give-away, and thanks for the recipe.


  30. Amanda on October 16, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    Its a toss up between taco pizza (everything that goes into a taco, but on a pizza) or pineapple. Yum!


  31. Kacey on October 16, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    I love pesto for the sauce with italian turkey sausage and mozze cheese!


  32. Jennifer on October 16, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    This looks amazing! We usually order BBQ chicken pizza from a local pizza place but I’m definitely gonna give this a try! My husband & I usually like making margahrita pizza’s with tomatoes, basil, mozzerella & parmeson cheeses. They are so yummy & you don’t even need a sauce.


  33. allie on October 16, 2009 at 4:44 pm

    i love pizza! mushrooms, onion and green pepper, Hawaiian, meatball, sausage…yum!


  34. Lynda C on October 16, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    I love sausage and bacon. That’s about all my DH and DS will eat, so I’ve adjusted….but it’s pretty darn good.


  35. Ashley C on October 16, 2009 at 4:47 pm

    My new favorite is onion. I just discovered it and now can’t live without it on my pizza.


  36. Marilyn Wons on October 16, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    My favorite pizza topping is EXTRA CHEESE!!!


  37. Maggie on October 16, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    Either sausage & pepperonie or rhicken, ranch & bacon.


  38. gaga on October 16, 2009 at 4:51 pm

    Mushrooms! and anything that goes with mushrooms (chicken, garlic, sausage or just more mushrooms)


  39. jessica reid. on October 16, 2009 at 4:53 pm

    i love white pizza with garlic butter and parsley. yumm-O!


  40. Doris on October 16, 2009 at 4:59 pm

    My favourite toppings are extra cheese, pineapple, tomatoes, and eggplant!


  41. Brian on October 16, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    sweet fennel sausage and cherry bomb peppers :)


  42. Crystal on October 16, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    hey know anywhere there’s a good recipe for buffalo chicken pizza? i can never decide if i should use pizza sauce for the base or no sauce at all?

    my fav pizza topping is PINEAPPLE!


  43. Sheila on October 16, 2009 at 5:14 pm



  44. cc on October 16, 2009 at 5:23 pm

    I love green peppers;onions;tomatos ;pepperoni; ground beef and mozza and parmesan just to name a few but there are many more thats the great thing about pizza anything gos!


  45. Kelly on October 16, 2009 at 5:26 pm

    I like kind of a weird combo. I like a white pizza (olive oil, garlic, oregano, ricotta cheese and mozzarella cheese) with veggies on it (broccoli, peppers, onions, whatever)


  46. Ray on October 16, 2009 at 5:27 pm

    Any kind of meats and olives hits the spot


  47. Sierra on October 16, 2009 at 5:30 pm

    mashed potato and bacon on a white-pie!


  48. Jennifer Moreau-Cook on October 16, 2009 at 5:41 pm

    My favorite toppings would have to be grilled chicken, pesto, and walnuts! Now I am thinking of giving the yummy BBQ Chicken a whirl!


  49. Nadine L on October 16, 2009 at 5:42 pm

    my favorite toppings are a combo of Feta Cheese, Greek Olives, diced tomatoes, Spinach,artichoke and onion with an olive oil dressing.


  50. mickeyfan on October 16, 2009 at 5:45 pm

    I love beef, bacon, black olives, a little onion and maybe some tomato (in season) on my homemade pizza.


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