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 You must fill out the email address portion of the comment form (it will not be published) or I will not be able to contact you should you win.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

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  1. Alice C on October 18, 2009 at 9:22 pm

    bacon and green olives


  2. Emilee on October 18, 2009 at 9:41 pm

    Vegetables ~ that’s all I need!


  3. joni on October 18, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    Black olives and pineapple.


  4. TaBu on October 18, 2009 at 9:56 pm

    i agree with joni about the black olives and pineapple, but not on the same pizza! BLEH!

    black olives and tomato are always amazing, especially with high quality black olives — not the canned ones


  5. Rebecca on October 18, 2009 at 9:57 pm

    really simple tomato sauce, fresh mozz, and basil!


  6. Sharon on October 18, 2009 at 10:11 pm

    I love making pizza at home! The most recent one I made was Pizza Caciatore , with leftover chicken caciatore. But one of my favorites is the pizza that you made, BBq chicken. My husband loves anything bbq and this is a great way to use up leftovers.


  7. Amy on October 18, 2009 at 10:23 pm

    I love making pizza on the grill, a party before winter comes would be awesome! I love putting goat cheese and sun-dried tomatoes.


  8. Daniel M on October 18, 2009 at 10:34 pm

    pepperoni onions & mushrooms


  9. Susan on October 18, 2009 at 10:46 pm

    I like either plain cheese pizza or cheese and mushrooms.


  10. Gina on October 18, 2009 at 10:49 pm

    The most delicious pizza that I ever had was a BLT pizza!
    The bacon and tomato were cooked into the pizza, and the lettuce and mayo were spread on top. A coronary nightmare, but amazing!


  11. michele on October 18, 2009 at 10:51 pm

    Thank you for the generous giveaway. My favorite pizza toppings are-

    All meats
    Black olives
    Bell peppers
    Banana peppers
    thinly sliced mushrooms


  12. April on October 18, 2009 at 11:10 pm

    prosciutto and arugula with fresh mozzarella and shaved parmesan!


  13. Lucija on October 18, 2009 at 11:11 pm

    My favorite topping is cheese, ham and olives.


  14. Donalyn on October 18, 2009 at 11:27 pm

    The one I made last night had fresh raw tomato sauce, andouille, sauteed leeks, oyster mushrooms and roasted red peppers and 3 cheeses. It was awesome :) I am going to try the BBQ one – looks great!


  15. Jenn on October 18, 2009 at 11:55 pm

    Pesto, Goat cheese, tomatoes, and spinach. YUM!


  16. Chelsea B. on October 18, 2009 at 11:56 pm

    I love red peppers and asparagus on pizza, especially with a white, garlic sauce!


  17. Alicia on October 19, 2009 at 12:42 am

    Pretty much anything but pineapple & green peppers.

    Thanks for the giveaway >^..^<


  18. mitchell on October 19, 2009 at 3:22 am

    hi, my favorite topping combo is sausage, breakfast bacon, mushroom and onion. thanks!


  19. Mrs.B on October 19, 2009 at 6:31 am

    I love pizza. I’d have to say my favorite are pepperoni, ravioli and plain ol’ Margherita pizza (Not all at the same time, of course, but that would make for an interesting pizza!).


  20. Lori on October 19, 2009 at 7:02 am

    My favorite pizza toppings, hands down are either ham and fresh pineapple, or ham and sauerkraut. (canned pineapple is okay, but fresh… mmmmm.)

    And the pizza dough we adore is on the back of the Hodgson Mills whole wheat flour container. My mom made pizza every Thursday while we were growing up—remember when Thursday had the best t.v. shows? And her dough is awesome for tossing, so we use it every once in a while.

    Oops, sorry so long. Thank you for this blog!!! We LOVE it!!!


  21. Kathy Scott on October 19, 2009 at 8:18 am

    Pineapple and Canadian Bacon.


  22. April on October 19, 2009 at 8:26 am

    My fave toppings are Pepperoni, Black Olives, and Mushrooms.


  23. Hope on October 19, 2009 at 8:57 am

    pineapple and pepperoni together!


  24. Laura on October 19, 2009 at 9:07 am

    any kind of veggies.


  25. Elise on October 19, 2009 at 9:12 am

    BBQ Chicken is by far my favorite! Throw on some green peppers and carmelized onions and i’m a happy girl :)


  26. Jessie on October 19, 2009 at 9:45 am

    that is one serious looking pizza! I love the idea of bbq chicken pizza . My favorite kind of pizza is basil, mozzarella and light tomato sauce. I also like pepperoni and sausage once in a while .


  27. Margaret on October 19, 2009 at 10:15 am

    There is a pizza in Taiwan that is filled with corn and mushrooms. I miss it so much! I guess I could make it myself, but it just isn’t the same.


  28. Pepi Coleman on October 19, 2009 at 10:41 am

    I love Baby Bellas with almost anything-Cheesesteak Pizza and Bacon Cheeseburger , But it has to have the Baby Bellas! And where can I get that Yeast???


  29. Shelley Mitchell on October 19, 2009 at 10:49 am

    I love bacon, pepperoni and sausage on my pizza – yummy!


  30. megs on October 19, 2009 at 10:53 am

    I love basil, goat cheese, mushrooms, and olives. Pesto and pine nuts are another great combo. mmm, pizza!


  31. Michele (also a brown eyed baker) on October 19, 2009 at 11:02 am

    I LOVE lots of salty green olives on pizza! Yum!!! My sons love chicken & bacon so I can’t wait to try making your pizza. I’ve never made my own dough, but you have made it sound easy! I can’t wait to try it for myself!


  32. M.A. on October 19, 2009 at 11:20 am

    I’m for sliced Roma tomato with basil and onions.


  33. AmandaK on October 19, 2009 at 11:33 am

    My favorite toppings are cheese, cheese and more cheese!!


  34. Danielle on October 19, 2009 at 11:34 am

    Favorite is pepperoni with black olives! When I found a man who liked the same toppings I married him :)


  35. Eliana on October 19, 2009 at 11:52 am

    Hmmmm – pizza. First off this one looks FANTASTIC. As for what pizza toppings I like – I’m a meat lover all the way. So pile on the pepperoni.


  36. Mary M on October 19, 2009 at 12:05 pm

    I was just reading a cookbook with a great sounding pizza dough recipe, and thinking i’d love to make my own sometime soon!


  37. MarthaAndMe on October 19, 2009 at 12:20 pm

    Spinach, mushrooms and parmesan cheese. Sometimes I like broccoli too.


  38. Cathy on October 19, 2009 at 12:28 pm

    I like veggie pizzas, or plain with just mushrooms…fresh, not canned!


  39. Lauren on October 19, 2009 at 12:33 pm

    My favorite pizza toppings are peppers, mushrooms, and onions.


  40. chanelle richardson on October 19, 2009 at 12:36 pm

    i did not know there was yeast especially for pizza crust! awesome. will have to try sometime.

    as for favourite pizza toppings, i would have to say loads of fresh tomatoes, onions, bell peppers, squash, fresh herbs -YUM.


  41. Rachel H on October 19, 2009 at 12:44 pm

    BLT pizza toppings, definitely – lettuce, tomatoes, bacon, mayo, cheese, and a second top crust so it’s more like a sandwich. Yum.


  42. Amy L on October 19, 2009 at 12:50 pm

    I like cheese and mushrooms on my pizza.


  43. Lauren on October 19, 2009 at 12:52 pm

    Sausage and roma tomatoes


  44. Lauryn on October 19, 2009 at 12:57 pm

    This pizza looks delicious!! I am definitely going to give this pizza crust a try! I have to admit….as boring as it may be…I love a good old plain cheese pizza. I also love mushrooms, spinach and broccoli on my pizza!


  45. Sheila B on October 19, 2009 at 1:06 pm

    I am addicted to BBQ chicken and jalapeno pizza from Schlotskys. Baked on sourdough bread,it is heaven.


  46. Maureen on October 19, 2009 at 1:20 pm

    Fresh basil and mozarella. mmm. Thanks, Maureen (jnomaxx at hotmail dot com)


  47. Joanna on October 19, 2009 at 1:49 pm

    I have to have beef & mushroom…it’s the ultimate combo!


  48. Janna on October 19, 2009 at 2:03 pm

    Chicken, spinach, roma tomatoes and mushrooms – yum!


  49. Tarah on October 19, 2009 at 2:13 pm

    Oh hard choice – we like to dream up new pizza toppings BUT my staple is ham, onion and green pepper.


  50. Cupcake Forum on October 19, 2009 at 2:33 pm

    I like extra cheese, chicken, and tomato.


  51. samk on October 19, 2009 at 2:37 pm

    Definitely fresh mozzerella, simple tomato sauce and oregano on a super thin crust….


  52. Krysti on October 19, 2009 at 3:10 pm

    I LOVE Peperoni and Pineapple – i never really like the combo of the ham with pineapple then one day i was eating a plain pepperoni pizza and thought humm something a little sweet couldn’t hurt – I’ve been sold ever since!


  53. Dianna on October 19, 2009 at 3:34 pm

    Extra sauce, light on the cheese, lots of veggies and fresh herbs all on a thin crust. Love it!


  54. Colleen Cole on October 19, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    I’m a fan of black olives, ground beef, onions and peppers


  55. B Miller on October 19, 2009 at 3:47 pm

    For me you nailed it on the head: BBQ Chicken!!


  56. Tara on October 19, 2009 at 3:49 pm

    prosciutto and tons and tons of veggies!!


  57. Renski on October 19, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    My favorite pizza toppins are extra sauce, extra cheese, green peppers and black olives. Yumm….pizza


  58. Taryn on October 19, 2009 at 5:17 pm

    Definitely arugula, mozzarella and truffle oil! I make myself sick every time!


  59. Julia on October 19, 2009 at 5:20 pm

    I love mushrooms on a pizza. Whether they are alone or with other toppings I just love the combo of the crunchy/chewy crust, gooey cheese and mushrooms. I am going to cook this recipe for BBQ chicken tonight :-) Love your site!


  60. Mami2jcn on October 19, 2009 at 5:22 pm

    My favorite toppings are sausage and pepperoni.


  61. Chrissie on October 19, 2009 at 7:40 pm

    I love Chicken Parm pizza… where the chicken is already breaded and fried, and then added to the top of the pizza!


  62. Brenda Fuentes on October 19, 2009 at 8:52 pm

    White sauce, roasted garlic, mozzerella, and feta


  63. Hayley on October 19, 2009 at 8:52 pm

    Just cheese. Extra cheese, maybe, but nothing fancy :)


  64. sylvie on October 19, 2009 at 9:00 pm

    Goat cheese, sun-dried tomatoes, olives and basil


  65. foodloverkathy on October 19, 2009 at 9:11 pm

    Artichokes and mushrooms are my go-to toppings.


  66. Kelly on October 19, 2009 at 9:13 pm

    Too many to choose from. But probably sausage, basil, tomato and carmalized onions. YUM!


  67. Elaine on October 19, 2009 at 10:12 pm

    Love the barbque chicken pizza with LOTS of onions!!


  68. Gail Crawford on October 19, 2009 at 10:18 pm

    My favorite pizza topping is onion and mushrooms.


  69. Elkaye on October 19, 2009 at 11:55 pm

    I love fresh mushrooms, turkey bacon, onions and tomatoes.


  70. Melody on October 20, 2009 at 12:08 am

    My favourite toppings vary depending on my mood…except when I make it at home. Then the toppings are pesto, goat cheese, mushrooms, onions, and diced fresh tomato. Oh yum.


  71. Shawnna on October 20, 2009 at 12:11 am

    Pepperoni and mushroom!


  72. shel on October 20, 2009 at 12:40 am

    I really like ham, pineapple and bacon all together, my 2nd favorite is onion and green peppers.


  73. KIM on October 20, 2009 at 4:37 am

    I like a BLT pizza that CPK makes and White Pizza with plum tomatoes.


  74. Amber Knecht on October 20, 2009 at 6:39 am

    I am a simple girl when it comes to pizza toppings. My favorite is just green pepper. I do like to mix it up w/ different kinds of cheeses on occasion.


  75. Michelle on October 20, 2009 at 7:52 am

    I love Spicy Chicken red onions and extra cheese on my pizza


  76. printable coupon on October 20, 2009 at 8:23 am

    My favorite pizza toppings lots of cheese, tomatto and figs.


  77. Jana on October 20, 2009 at 8:33 am

    Pizza :) I love just plain old cheese, as much as possible. Add a little feta and I’m in heaven.


  78. Vickie Bartlett on October 20, 2009 at 8:34 am

    Hard to say, I like different kinds of pizza. I’ll go with a good combination of pepperoni, sausage, cheese, olives and bell peppers.. and mushrooms


  79. Meghan on October 20, 2009 at 8:55 am

    Your pizza looks incredible! I’ve never heard of or seen pizza yeast before but what a great product! I love that CI recipe for pizza dough but sometimes there just isn’t time. My favorite pizza toppings if I’m making the pizza are turkey pepperoni, turkey sausage, and turkey bacon. If it’s purchased pizza, I just like onion :)


  80. April Hunt on October 20, 2009 at 9:14 am

    My fav toppings are Pepperoni, Mushrooms, Pineapple, and Artichoke hearts!!!!


  81. Billi on October 20, 2009 at 9:19 am

    Greek toppings!!


  82. Margie on October 20, 2009 at 9:28 am

    It’s gotta have a wholewheat/multigrain thin crust and topped with goat cheese, green peppers, black olives, mushrooms and chicken. Divine!


  83. Allie on October 20, 2009 at 10:27 am

    Black olives, feta cheese, and pineapple – yum! And definitely whole wheat crust.


  84. Donald on October 20, 2009 at 11:34 am

    I like sausage and extra chese.


  85. Veronika Rojas on October 20, 2009 at 12:18 pm

    I just came back from Italy! I tasted the best most authentic pizza you could ever get. My favorite pizza topping used to be hawaiin (pineapple and ham), but now I love fresh oven baked pizza made with mozzarella, pomodoro and fresh salami. Yum!!


  86. Becca on October 20, 2009 at 12:19 pm

    I either like boring plain cheese pizza or pesto chicken pizza, thanks!!!


  87. Julile G. on October 20, 2009 at 12:20 pm

    Pepperoni & Sausage are my favorites.


  88. Brett on October 20, 2009 at 12:25 pm

    On a “gourmet” pizza, I like goat cheese and spinach.

    On a “regular” pizza, gotta go with Pepperoni.


  89. Amber on October 20, 2009 at 12:35 pm

    Favorite toppings are banana peppers, mushrooms and veggie sausage… with a sprinkle of fresh basil on top. Yummo!


  90. elizabeth on October 20, 2009 at 12:44 pm

    Chicken, carmelized onion, rosemary, gorgonzola, evoo.


  91. Pamela on October 20, 2009 at 1:00 pm

    My all-time favorites are caramelized onions & ricotta cheese.


  92. Barbara on October 20, 2009 at 1:27 pm

    Either pepperoni or artichoke hearts, but never together.


  93. wendy wallach on October 20, 2009 at 1:36 pm

    I like just plain cheese with some crushed red pepper for a little bit aing!

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  94. Jelli Bean on October 20, 2009 at 1:38 pm

    My favorite toppings are pineapple and fresh tomato and mozzerella. Basil is also great, but I can’t seem to keep any basil plants living, sadly. My husband and I would love to win that card. Thanks for such a generous giveaway and for sharing the new yeast with us.


  95. Carol G on October 20, 2009 at 2:03 pm

    Pepperoni, black olives and extra cheese.


  96. Aliza on October 20, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    I use to dislike pizza but recently have fallen in love with it. Lots of peporoni and crispy bacon.


  97. christina on October 20, 2009 at 2:28 pm

    I’m still thinking of the roasted purple cauliflower topping I had before!

    My favorite toppings when I go out consist of black olives, pepperoncinis, and garlic.


  98. Amy Hoover on October 20, 2009 at 2:38 pm

    Oooh, this pizza looks delicious!

    My favorite toppings are simple: taco pizza toppings or mushrooms and black olives. Yummy, yummy!


  99. susie on October 20, 2009 at 2:58 pm

    just wanted to let you know how much i enjoy your blog! i’ve used your recipes several times, and plan to access your archives for more! thank you.


  100. LaRae Davenport on October 20, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    I have quite the complex ‘pizza order’ :)

    I love spinach, roma tomatoes, ricotta cheese, mushrooms, basil and garlic! DE-LICIOUS! Out of the brick oven with a sprinkle of red pepper flakes, yum-o!


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