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 You must fill out the email address portion of the comment form (it will not be published) or I will not be able to contact you should you win.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. Maureen on October 16, 2009 at 10:11 pm

    I love SPINACH and canadian bacon.


  2. lcwhitty on October 16, 2009 at 10:11 pm

    mushroom & tomato on thin crust
    pepperoni & jalapeno on regular crust
    plain ‘ol cheese on Sicilian

    yes, I like my pizza…


  3. Jennifer on October 16, 2009 at 10:14 pm

    What DON’T I love as a topping, something about a cheese and flour base makes everything taste magical. But if I must choose, am exuberant amount of cheese with bell peppers and spinach. yummy!


  4. Wendy on October 16, 2009 at 10:15 pm

    Ham and Pineapple are the dynamic duo!


  5. Carla Spence on October 16, 2009 at 10:17 pm

    Black olives and cream cheese. Yes, cream cheese. My husband’s cousin thought up the idea, and it is actually very tasty (not healthy at all, but tasty).


  6. Sean Fidance on October 16, 2009 at 10:17 pm

    Sausage is my favorite, with pepperoni as a close second. Actually, black olives are pretty good too.


  7. jenn on October 16, 2009 at 10:17 pm

    shrimp, pineapple, and peanuts, with terriyaki sauce


  8. GJG on October 16, 2009 at 10:24 pm

    Black olives, mozzarella, artichoke hearts, and mushrooms.


  9. Tara on October 16, 2009 at 10:32 pm

    black olives and tomato


    just pineapple …a love steaming from my inability to read pizza menus in swedish and thus ordering it weekly for 2 months straight in college 😀


  10. Nancy Record on October 16, 2009 at 10:44 pm

    I just have to say I love to make pizza for my hubby Dave. So on the note ,I would have to say my favorite ingredient on a pizza is “LOVE”. Dave is always very appreciative anytime I cook for him , which is each and every day , and for me to make a homemade pizza is extra special for him.


  11. Amber on October 16, 2009 at 10:48 pm

    I LOVE pizza! I pretty much like anything on my pizza, but my favorites would have to be garlic, onions, green peppers, mushrooms, black olives and fresh mozzarella….Oh man, I want a pizza now! :)


  12. jacquie on October 16, 2009 at 10:52 pm

    veggies – mushrooms, sliced tomatoes, onions, olives and artichokes.


  13. Jennifer G on October 16, 2009 at 10:55 pm

    I’m simple.. Cheese, pepperoni, and mushrooms.


  14. Michelle Draveski on October 16, 2009 at 11:10 pm

    my favorite topping are pineapple, ham and banana peppers


  15. Jamie on October 16, 2009 at 11:33 pm

    Wow that pizza looks good. I’m a traditional — cheese and tomatoes!


  16. Tracey on October 16, 2009 at 11:38 pm

    Homemade pizza is the best. I’m very intrigued by this pizza crust yeast – will have to check it out! My favorite pizza toppings are red onions and mushrooms!


  17. Brian on October 16, 2009 at 11:43 pm

    This recipe looks awesome! I’ll definitely try it out.

    Being from Buffalo, my favorite toppings are from a local pizzeria’s Buffalo Chicken Pizza –

    Blue Cheese topped with Tomato Sauce (optional), Lettuce, Mozzarella and Cheddar, Tomato Slices and of course Buffalo Chicken Finger pieces (battered and fried in Butter and Frank’s Red Hot!).

    Yuuuum :)


  18. Megan B on October 17, 2009 at 12:11 am

    I always order my pizza with extra sauce. does that count as a topping? I also love ham. Mmmm…


  19. Nicki on October 17, 2009 at 12:12 am

    Classically, I think you can’t go wrong with pepperoni. But, for fancy pants pizza, I love all sorts of things, my husband makes a fabulous pizza with apple, bacon, and blue cheese. Yum!


  20. Jacqueline on October 17, 2009 at 12:23 am

    Love pineapple, roma tomatoes and Ham. Pizza Party sounds great with all my girlfriends!


  21. Stephanie V on October 17, 2009 at 12:56 am

    Love red peppers, mushrooms, avocado and broccoli
    tvollowitz at aol dot com


  22. Jaime on October 17, 2009 at 12:58 am

    I like a mango tandori chicken pizza. It’ has mango sweetness and a bit spicy.


  23. Danielle on October 17, 2009 at 2:00 am

    Our standard order is sausage, pepperoni, and onion along with extra cheese and lots of red pepper flakes which we add ourselves. However my son introduced me to the BBQ chicken concept and we embelished our brains out and has made this combo second favorite to the afore mentioned.


  24. Kathy Luman on October 17, 2009 at 3:14 am

    I like everything. Hamburger, sausage, onions, green peppers, hot peppers, olives, pepperoni, mushrooms lots of mozzarella cheese.


  25. Yael on October 17, 2009 at 5:04 am

    I can’t wait to try that yeast! I love making pizza dough and freezing it to have ready whenever I feel like it, but with this yeast, it sounds like I might not have to do that anymore!!


  26. Stephanie _Oh on October 17, 2009 at 5:47 am

    I love pizza. I make it frequently. Fav toppings are: pepperoni, mozzarella, provolone, parm, onions, peppers, mushrooms-I guess I’m saying the works!


  27. David on October 17, 2009 at 6:11 am

    Our favorites are hamburger, onions, tomato, mushroom and cheese.


  28. Linda Fish on October 17, 2009 at 6:54 am

    Any type of veggies, no meat! I love onion, mushroom tomato the best


  29. Lisa Foster on October 17, 2009 at 7:01 am

    peperonni, mushrooms, and onions


  30. Danielle on October 17, 2009 at 7:13 am

    my favorite toppings are: lots of cheese, chicken, bbq, garlic and red onion…and mushrooms (ranch on the side for dipping!!)


  31. linda on October 17, 2009 at 7:39 am

    i have always loved pepperoni…this dates back to my college days…light years ago! thanks for this lovely giveaway!


  32. Karen Mead on October 17, 2009 at 7:48 am

    My favorite pizza toppings are:

    Green Peppers
    Extra Cheese


  33. Darlene on October 17, 2009 at 7:54 am

    My favorite pizza toppings are anchovies and feta.


  34. Tari Lawson on October 17, 2009 at 8:05 am

    My favorites are black olives and jalapeno’ peppers but I can never get anyone to share one with me…lol.


  35. Meaghen on October 17, 2009 at 8:22 am

    Mushrooms, green peppers, olives, onions, tomatoes and a few hot peppers!


  36. Laura on October 17, 2009 at 8:32 am

    My favorite toppings are white sauce, tomatoes, green peppers, basil and lots of cheese.


  37. SUZANNNA P on October 17, 2009 at 8:50 am

    my favorite topping on Pizza many


  38. Sara on October 17, 2009 at 8:54 am

    Yum! That’s pretty close to my favorite! I like chicken, bacon, onion and pineapple. Delicious.


  39. Paige Koch on October 17, 2009 at 9:08 am

    Pesto, tomato, fresh mozzarella…simple and delicious.


  40. Stacie on October 17, 2009 at 9:29 am

    I didn’t know that Fleshmann’s came out with a pizza yeast. I am glad I came across this post. I will have to pick some up the next time I go grocery shopping. Your BBQ Chicken Pizza Recipe sounds yummy.

    Now to answer your question: My favorite pizza toppings are Canadian Bacon, onions, green pepper, pepperoni, and lots of cheese.


  41. Adrianne LaFrance on October 17, 2009 at 10:12 am

    i actually made homemade pizza last week, and it was the best pizza i have ever tasted!: red sauce, italian blend cheese, sauteed spinach, ham, artichokes, black olives, and a little sprinkle of red pepper flake! grocery shopping out of my pantry never tasted so good!


  42. Laura on October 17, 2009 at 10:28 am

    Sliced Tomatoes, basil, and fresh mozzerella. Simple and so good!


  43. Katie on October 17, 2009 at 10:36 am

    Carmelized onions, figs and goat cheese. It’s an easy, fancy, and festive pizza!


  44. Katrina on October 17, 2009 at 10:54 am

    Yum to the BBQ.
    Favorite pizza–lots of veggies, but I hate onions. Thin crust., oh, but that’s not a topping. I’m lately liking no sauce and trying different things like squash and spinach. My husband thinks I’m weird and just likes meat!


  45. Nanette Olson on October 17, 2009 at 11:04 am

    I like artichoke hearts olives and onions with a spicy tomato sauce and feta cheese. Yum!


  46. Heather S on October 17, 2009 at 11:08 am

    I like garlic chicken pizza with mushrooms


  47. Julie on October 17, 2009 at 11:17 am

    I love your blog! My favorite topping for pizza is mushrooms.


  48. pamm on October 17, 2009 at 11:23 am

    I love roasted garlic, sliced tomato, fresh mozzarela and basil.


  49. Allison on October 17, 2009 at 11:26 am

    BBQ chicken pizza WITH pineapple… amazing.


  50. Penny on October 17, 2009 at 11:32 am

    My favourite pizza toppings are ham, mushrooms, cheese, and green peppers.


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