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 You must fill out the email address portion of the comment form (it will not be published) or I will not be able to contact you should you win.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. Eve on October 16, 2009 at 5:50 pm

    my favorite pizza toppings are pineapple, ham, and hamburger.


  2. Staci Brown on October 16, 2009 at 5:57 pm

    I love pineapples with pepperoni!!


  3. JC on October 16, 2009 at 6:03 pm

    My favorite pizza toppings- Grilled chicken, mushrooms, tomatoes and cheese!


  4. Heather Owens on October 16, 2009 at 6:07 pm

    my favorite is ham and caramelized onion.


  5. Amber Gibson on October 16, 2009 at 6:24 pm

    Pineapples and spinach are my favorite pizza toppings!


  6. nicole on October 16, 2009 at 6:27 pm

    my favorite topping depends on my mood – veges and feta or something just CHEESE! i will have to try out that new yeast – thanks for letting me know about it!


  7. Missy on October 16, 2009 at 6:44 pm

    I like Zucchini, corn, garlic & cilantro.


  8. andrea on October 16, 2009 at 6:47 pm

    mmm, that looks really good! I always add extras on our pizza.. Basically anything that my husband wants on it… lol!


  9. katherine nuccio on October 16, 2009 at 6:56 pm

    thanks so much for the “lesson” on decorating sugar cookies! It was just what I was looking for.


  10. starre on October 16, 2009 at 6:59 pm

    pesto with grilled eggplant and fresh mozz


  11. Jaque on October 16, 2009 at 7:08 pm

    I love pineapple, green peppers, black olives, jalapenos, and tomatos on my pizza…yum!

    Thank you. :-)


  12. April Poyer on October 16, 2009 at 7:09 pm

    I’m gonna have to say cheese… The more then better!! I can always go for a good ol fashioned pepperoni, though!!


  13. linda lansford on October 16, 2009 at 7:16 pm

    My fave toppings are sausage and onion


  14. Kira on October 16, 2009 at 7:16 pm

    Black olives and mushrooms.


  15. Patricia Treskovich on October 16, 2009 at 7:20 pm



  16. mckie2 on October 16, 2009 at 7:22 pm

    Just pepperoni – oh, and maybe black olives, too.


  17. Christine Rogers on October 16, 2009 at 7:23 pm

    There is a place here in Anchorage called The Moose’s Tooth that serves a killer Chicken Rockefeller pizza…chicken, spinach, whole roasted garlic, cream cheese, red onions and tomatoes. Out of this world!


  18. Michelle Lees on October 16, 2009 at 7:30 pm

    Meatball topping with fresh mozerella cheese and a creamy alfredo sauce. Yum!


  19. Hollie on October 16, 2009 at 7:38 pm

    Pesto, feta, thinly sliced red onion and a little asiago to finish it off. Yummy


  20. Miranda on October 16, 2009 at 7:43 pm

    219+ ppl to go up against….Hope I get lucky. LOL.
    My all time favorite is marinated tomatoes, mushrooms and pepperoni! WHAT A COMBO!!!

    By the way, I am offering a O Olive Oil giveaway on my site. It is one of the best flavored Olive Oils. Check it out.

    Thanks for the opportunity!!!!


  21. Kim on October 16, 2009 at 7:44 pm

    I’m a plain jane cheese-only kind of gal!


  22. Kelly on October 16, 2009 at 7:45 pm



  23. Gena on October 16, 2009 at 7:50 pm

    That looks so good and I am starving!

    My favorite toppings: crispy pepperoni, extra cheese, just a hint of cheddar, mushrooms and black olives


  24. Christine on October 16, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    cheese and fresh basil!


  25. Pam on October 16, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    mushrooms, pineapple, and banana peppers!


  26. Ram on October 16, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    I love all kinds of pizzas but my favorite is white pizza with spinach, mozzarella and parmesan.


  27. spices. on October 16, 2009 at 8:11 pm

    My favorite pizza topping are cheese, pepperoni, artichokes, black olives, mushrooms and


  28. Mego on October 16, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    I LoVe Antonio’s pizza in Providence, RI. Fave toppings: spicy chicken, mushrooms, and onions~ light on th cheese, xtra sauce!


  29. Dani on October 16, 2009 at 8:20 pm

    My favorite pizza is BBQ chicken pizza with red onion and cilantro.


  30. laura on October 16, 2009 at 8:22 pm

    Fave toppings:: garlic, hot sauce, chicken, barbecue sauce, gouda!


  31. carly on October 16, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    red grape, chicken, and pesto! i got it from cooking light!


  32. Jena on October 16, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    My favorite pizza toppings are grilled chicken breast and banana peppers. (Unfortunately, since I can’t find canned banana peppers anywhere in all of BC, I haven’t had this pizza in years… Hot pepper rings just aren’t the same thing. So I’ve been making do with mushrooms or ham & pineapple.)


  33. Amber on October 16, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    I have never made a BBQ chicken pizza but it looks divine. This new yeast sounds interesting. Nothing beats a crisp homemade pizza. My favorite pizza topping is fresh mushrooms!


  34. elizabeth p on October 16, 2009 at 8:33 pm

    I love everything except sardines!


  35. Melissa on October 16, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    I love just about everything. I love traditional and unusual toppings. I just like the pizza to be done well, whatever it is. Quality ingredients, good crust, and lots of cheese! (pepperoni is probably my all-time fave, though);o)


  36. Rachel Ohmann on October 16, 2009 at 8:43 pm



  37. Heather Wallace on October 16, 2009 at 8:46 pm

    My favorite toppings are beef, roma tomatoes, and mushrooms. yum.


  38. Janice on October 16, 2009 at 8:46 pm

    My favorite toppings would include italian sausage, artichokes, peperoni, mushrooms, black olives, and tons of mozzarella cheese


  39. Kristen J on October 16, 2009 at 8:51 pm

    Your BBQ Chicken Pizza looks incredible. I plan to make it in the near future most definitely.

    My favorite pizza toppings are aged cheeses and mixed mushrooms.

    However, being the pizza lover that I am, a regular slice of cheese pizza at the local pizzeria satisfies my cravings just fine. :-)


  40. Margaret Smith on October 16, 2009 at 8:52 pm

    I love broccolli & garlic and also pepperoni. Thanks so much.


  41. The Duo Dishes on October 16, 2009 at 8:55 pm

    BBQ chicken is on the list, but something as simple as goat cheese, tomatoes and spinach is the best!


  42. Dawn Logterman on October 16, 2009 at 9:22 pm

    I love pizza! I love a good margarita pizza, fresh tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, and basil. Yum!!


  43. Mary Ellen on October 16, 2009 at 9:31 pm

    This looks great!

    I love a white pizza with mozzarella, ricotta, spinach, fresh tomatoes, and roasted garlic. Clean and simple!


  44. Susan C on October 16, 2009 at 9:32 pm

    I actually have a pizza in the oven right now. It has my favorite toppings-Canadian bacon, pineapple, jalapenos, mushrooms and olives-yum!
    smchester at gmail dot com


  45. nicole on October 16, 2009 at 9:33 pm

    My favorite pizza toppings are pepporoni and italian sausage.


  46. dymphna on October 16, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    pepperoni and jalapenos has always been my favorite


  47. Leslie on October 16, 2009 at 9:46 pm

    My fav toppings are sausage, green pepper, onion, and tons of fresh garlic!


  48. Quiltingdaisy on October 16, 2009 at 9:50 pm

    Easy question, San Marzano Tomatoes, Mozzarella di Bufala, fresh Basil, plain and simple.


  49. Val on October 16, 2009 at 9:53 pm

    Artichoke hearts, spinach, feta, olive oil, coarse ground salt and pepper, chunky tomato sauce!


  50. Mj in Br on October 16, 2009 at 10:02 pm

    I love pepperoni, mushroom, black olives, and hamburger. Any or all of them…I also love a feta cheese and spinach


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