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 You must fill out the email address portion of the comment form (it will not be published) or I will not be able to contact you should you win.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. Lexie on October 20, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    Mozzerella, feta, red peppers, black olives, onions. Mmmmmm


  2. Andrea on October 20, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    I love, love, LOVE roasted red peppers, fresh mozzarella, and fresh tomatoes with just a little crushed red pepper flake… top with fresh basil hot outta the oven and WOW!!! My mouth is watering now!


  3. Lindsay on October 20, 2009 at 4:47 pm

    carmelized onions, goat cheese, apples & walnuts. Yum… I’m hungry. Also, can’t forget the crushed red pepper flakes. Those are an essential pizza ingredient.


  4. Jen on October 20, 2009 at 5:11 pm

    I love love love bbq chicken pizza. I also really like canadian bacon and pineapple. Not ham, though. Canadian bacon.


  5. Ashley on October 20, 2009 at 5:21 pm

    black olives and pepperoni!


  6. Asha on October 20, 2009 at 6:30 pm

    My favorite pizza is a simple marinara with fresh mozzarella and basil.. mmmmmm… I want one right now..


  7. Kelsey on October 20, 2009 at 6:44 pm

    The pizza looks delicious, Chelle! My favorite pizza is Italian sausage, Kalamata olive, sun-dried tomato, and fresh mozzarella with pesto sauce as the base. So yummy! If I had to choose just one topping, though, it would be just the Italian sausage. Can’t go wrong there!


  8. ky2here on October 20, 2009 at 9:17 pm

    Fontina cheese, porcini mushrooms and pancetta.


  9. Abby on October 20, 2009 at 9:24 pm

    I made bbq chicken pizza last week!

    I had a great prosciutto, fig and honey pizza recently on vacation.

    But my favorite has to be pepperoni and green pepper. I’m a simple gal.


  10. Derk Thomas on October 20, 2009 at 9:48 pm

    Broccoli and tomatoes and feta cheese.


  11. Sarah on October 20, 2009 at 10:04 pm

    I’ve yet to find a pizza I didn’t like! My favorite would be loaded with veggies!


  12. JennE on October 20, 2009 at 11:31 pm

    My favorite pizza topping would have to mushrooms, however I am a big fan of CPK’s Garlic Chicken.


  13. Dave on October 21, 2009 at 12:30 am

    Cheese and pepperoni. What can I say, I’m a traditionalist. Thank you for the chance to win.


  14. Christie on October 21, 2009 at 1:34 am

    Green peppers, onions, black olives, fresh tomatoes, pepperoni, bacon pieces, lots of cheese.


  15. Erin on October 21, 2009 at 2:40 am

    caramelized onion, herbs, and goat cheese!


  16. Ashley on October 21, 2009 at 10:04 am

    Mmm I love bbq pizza! My favourite toppings are roasted garlic, potatoes and noodles.


  17. Camila F. on October 21, 2009 at 10:10 am

    My favorite toppings are all related to sea food: Anchovies, Crayfish, Cajun Prawn, Prawns, Salmon, Shrimps, Squid and Tuna!


  18. Denyse on October 21, 2009 at 10:34 am

    mushroom, onion and green pepper


  19. Sean M on October 21, 2009 at 10:39 am

    mozzarella di bufala, san marzano tomatoes, and olive oil. oh and basil. right… garlic too.


  20. dianne on October 21, 2009 at 10:55 am

    Call me vanilla but all I like on my pizza is cheese.


  21. damon on October 21, 2009 at 11:47 am

    Am I allowed to go white?

    I love rcotta, mozz, and brocolli


  22. Pamela M on October 21, 2009 at 12:28 pm

    Ooh, roasted garlic on ANYTHING is my newest obsession. So my favorite pizza toppings right now would be roasted garlic paste, chicken, broccoli, and mozzarella. Gosh, now I want pizza for lunch!


  23. Heather B on October 21, 2009 at 12:42 pm

    the kids and I always do extra cheese with ham and pepperoni


  24. Angela on October 21, 2009 at 12:45 pm

    Veggies. Artichoke hearts, tomatoes, mushrooms, olives, onions, peppers. Yum!


  25. shawna on October 21, 2009 at 12:47 pm

    I love mushrooms and chicken


  26. Liz on October 21, 2009 at 12:49 pm

    It looks like my new favorite pizza topping will be BBQ chicken! Looks delish, I plan on trying this out very soon!


  27. Beth on October 21, 2009 at 12:51 pm

    goat cheese, mushrooms and black olives!


  28. Stephanie on October 21, 2009 at 12:52 pm

    My favorite pizza topping just happens to be bbq chicken! I also love mushrooms


  29. Kristy on October 21, 2009 at 12:52 pm

    I like 2 kinds of pizza… one is chicken alfredo (with grilled chicken and alfredo sauce), the other is a hamburger, bacon, onion pizza…. the bbq pizza looks good too though


  30. Laura on October 21, 2009 at 1:05 pm

    My personal fave toppings are onion and bacon!


  31. Julie on October 21, 2009 at 1:08 pm

    I just really like pizza. I guess if I had a go-to it would be meat. Sausage, pepperoni, ham, all of those… but I REALLY like extra cheese too.

    I was recently introduced to the barbeque chicken pizza too though, and they are also really tasty! Then there is the white pizza, which I didn’t know existed until a week ago, but also really liked. :D


  32. Shaymaa on October 21, 2009 at 1:12 pm

    My favs are bell pepper, onions, and chicken


  33. Katie on October 21, 2009 at 1:13 pm

    Pepperoni and extra cheese! Now I want pizza for dinner!


  34. Ray on October 21, 2009 at 1:26 pm

    I love onions and bell peppers.


  35. Abby C. on October 21, 2009 at 1:53 pm

    My favorite pizza toppings are pepperoni with three cheese!


  36. Bobby Dooley on October 21, 2009 at 2:18 pm

    I *LOVE* a BBQ chicken pizza with extra sauce!


  37. Leslie D. on October 21, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    Your pizza looks and sounds divine! I love all kinds of pizza. My favorites include pierogi pizza, bacon and onion pizza with red sauce, and veggie pizza with a variety of vegetables on it. I am going to save your recipe, for sure, and give it a try. Thanks!


  38. Stephanie McCord on October 21, 2009 at 3:47 pm

    I love Spinach Carbonara pizza – creamy alfredo with bacon, fresh spinach and provolone. Thanks for the chance to win!


  39. ~cec~ on October 21, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    all pizza is delicious!
    my favorite as a teenager was hawaiian
    then i discovered bbq chicken
    recently i discovered indian pizza with tandoori chicken


  40. Jolie on October 21, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    I love all pizza…especially bbq chicken pizza and thai chicken pizza. Any time is pizza time!


  41. Jen V on October 21, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    My favorite pizza toppings are onions, green peppers, and sun-dried tomatoes.


  42. Nicole on October 21, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    Caramelized onions, feta cheese, prosciutto, and roma tomatoes mmmmm


  43. Valeen N on October 21, 2009 at 5:08 pm

    I love pepperoni, sausage, green peppers and bacon!


  44. checkers on October 21, 2009 at 5:37 pm

    Basil tomato and black olive!


  45. Theresa D on October 21, 2009 at 6:39 pm

    I really like sausage & green peppers on my pizza.


  46. Jessica on October 21, 2009 at 6:41 pm

    Man I like them all pretty much. Maybe pineapple and onion are my favorite right now.


  47. Brandon on October 21, 2009 at 6:54 pm

    artichoke hearts, sun-dried tomato, spinach leaves, kalamata olives, bacon, mozzarella cheese, and olive oil.


  48. Diana on October 21, 2009 at 7:11 pm

    I am happiest with plain jane cheese pizza!


  49. saju on October 21, 2009 at 7:25 pm

    i love mushrooms,olives, chicken and spinach..yes spinach with loads of mozarella cheese.


  50. Sook on October 21, 2009 at 7:47 pm

    I can’t wait to try it!


  51. Sook on October 21, 2009 at 7:48 pm

    Oh and my favorite pizza toppings are chicken, garlic butter, green onions, and tomatoes. (Italian Garlic chicken) I’ve been making it every other week. And of course, I LOVE bbq chicken pizza too!


  52. Mary on October 21, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    Our favorite pizza toppings are…lots of veggies, but especially sausage (Whole Hog Petite Jean Brand) and Fresh Mushrooms


  53. Leslie on October 21, 2009 at 8:07 pm

    I love veggies with feta cheese…..lots of feta:)


  54. veronica sandberg on October 21, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    lots of cheese


  55. Annemarie on October 21, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    I love pepperoni, mushrooms and extra cheese!!


  56. Sharon Seneker on October 21, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    Mushrooms ,onion and pepper for me! I love pizza! Thanks!


  57. Molly K on October 21, 2009 at 9:15 pm

    My favorite pizza toppings are Pepperoni, mushrooms and onion.


  58. EdV on October 21, 2009 at 10:01 pm

    I like cheese, cheese and more cheese with perhaps some prosciutto.


  59. Kristi on October 21, 2009 at 10:07 pm

    My hubby and I joke that we could eat pizza everyday of the year and never eat the same kind twice. We love bbq chicken pizza. I can’t wait to try your recipe.


  60. amy delong on October 21, 2009 at 10:25 pm

    my favorite is broccoli!



  61. david on October 21, 2009 at 10:28 pm

    Pepperoni & Ground Beef


  62. Ashley on October 21, 2009 at 10:57 pm

    i like basic pepperoni!


  63. Sarah on October 21, 2009 at 11:02 pm

    I love barbecue chicken pizza especially with large pieces of red onion.


  64. Auriette on October 21, 2009 at 11:08 pm

    I used to would have said pepperoni immediately, but now I find it overly spicy. I’d rather have a pizza with lots of cheese on it (mozzarella, chedder, provel – just to name a few).


  65. Paula H on October 21, 2009 at 11:10 pm

    I love ham, pineapple and cheese.


  66. Sue S on October 21, 2009 at 11:15 pm

    Sausage, Bacon and Pepperoni


  67. Sheila Hickmon on October 21, 2009 at 11:21 pm

    I love me some ham and pineapples! Oh, and extra sauce and extra cheese too. Albeit fattening, it’s yummy!


  68. Lee Taylor on October 22, 2009 at 12:12 am

    Ok, that’s easy enough!

    Mushrooms, onions, green peppers, ground beef, diced tomatoes and banana peppers!

    And if I’m in a real festive mood, I like to add a few black olives and jalepenos!

    Thanks for the great giveaway offering!

    Good luck to all!


  69. Connie Jean on October 22, 2009 at 12:22 am

    We are a pizza loving family and make them at home all the time. My all time favorite though is pepperoni, ground beef that’s been cooked with taco seasoning, onions, garlic (gotta have lots of da garlic!!!), tomatoes, avocado, and cheese. Yum.


  70. Sonya on October 22, 2009 at 12:41 am

    My favorite basic pizza is ham and olives. I can add a ton of stuff though!


  71. Cynthya P on October 22, 2009 at 12:46 am

    I like tomatoes, feta, basil and artichoke hearts.


  72. michelle robbins on October 22, 2009 at 1:05 am

    shaved ham, pepperoni and chewy cheese


  73. Vicki Andrew on October 22, 2009 at 1:24 am

    I love olive oil , pesto and ricotta cheese pizzas, simple but so good


  74. Andy on October 22, 2009 at 1:31 am

    Oh man…this takes a little time, but roasted garlic, chopped and roasted [or skillet fried] new potatoes, with rosemary and olive oil.

    homemade chunky marinara and a mix of mozzerella and fontina cheeses make this pizza tops for me.


  75. Christine on October 22, 2009 at 1:39 am

    Mozzarella + cheddar cheese, and grilled chicken. Chopped tomatoes are a plus.


  76. Chrysa on October 22, 2009 at 2:03 am

    I love green and red peppers, red onions and tomato bits.


  77. Deb K on October 22, 2009 at 2:39 am

    I LOVE a Good Pizza with Sausage~Pepperoni~Black Olives~Mushrooms~Onions and Extra Cheese :)


  78. Lindsay on October 22, 2009 at 2:52 am

    I love chicken, green peppers and tomatoes


  79. Darcy B on October 22, 2009 at 2:55 am

    Mushroom & pepperoni! We make home made pizza every Monday night—and it’s my favorite night of the week!


  80. Molly Capel on October 22, 2009 at 2:55 am

    I love mushrooms on my pizza.


  81. Jennifer gersch on October 22, 2009 at 5:08 am

    extra cheese


  82. Mildred on October 22, 2009 at 5:54 am

    Sausage and mushroom


  83. Aisling on October 22, 2009 at 6:09 am

    Sausage, hamburger, bacon, onions, peppers & mushrooms – and extra cheese – on thin crust, home made.


  84. Janet F on October 22, 2009 at 7:14 am

    I like Pepperoni on my Pizza.

    janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com


  85. Jessica L. on October 22, 2009 at 9:08 am

    My favorite toppings are artichokes, mushrooms, onions, spinach and bacon.


  86. Sara R. on October 22, 2009 at 9:12 am

    We have two favorite homemade pizza combos. The first is fried eggplant, mozzarella, roasted garlic, green olives, fresh basil and homemade sauce. The second is a potato pizza with sautéed onions and garlic, sliced roasted potatoes, drizzled with olive oil and fresh rosemary. Delish!


  87. Crystal F on October 22, 2009 at 9:19 am

    I like ham, bacon and mushrooms. Thank you!


  88. Jenn on October 22, 2009 at 9:42 am

    Looks delicious, I love BBQ pizza! Now off to find a recipe for BBQ sauce to use for this…


  89. Linda @ tender crumb on October 22, 2009 at 9:49 am

    I’m a total garbage pizza fan…the more toppings, the better!


  90. Mary Gauntt on October 22, 2009 at 10:31 am

    It’s going to sound a little odd but my favorite pizza toppings are grapes, asiago cheese, rosemary and olive oil. Strangely delicious combo.


  91. Dddiva on October 22, 2009 at 10:43 am

    That looks really yummy- it is mushrooms & extra cheese or veggie for me.


  92. Charity S. on October 22, 2009 at 10:55 am

    I love spinach,pepperoni,pork sausage,and goat cheese. Thanks


  93. Terry C on October 22, 2009 at 11:09 am

    My favorites are extra cheese and sausage.


  94. Paula on October 22, 2009 at 11:42 am

    I like mine simple, tomato sauce, olives, bacon, a drizzle of olive oil and a pinch of oregano! With or without cheese, either way. Mushrooms if handy is a plus.


  95. Kirsten on October 22, 2009 at 11:49 am

    Pepperoni and green peppers!


  96. LUCINDA HABEL on October 22, 2009 at 11:59 am

    Sausage and mushrooms are my favorite pizza toppings, my kids love just cheese and my hubby wants everything you can throw on it it!


  97. Suzanne K on October 22, 2009 at 12:22 pm

    What a tough choice! Since I’m just getting over the flu and FINALLY able to eat (and enjoy) and taste… I’m craving spicy anything! I guess I’ll go with the BBQ chicken today – it IS one of my all time favorites!


  98. Justine on October 22, 2009 at 12:23 pm

    Although I like other types of pizze, when it comes down to it my fave pizza toppings would be lots of red sauce, mozzarella cheese and pepperoni!!


  99. Casey Becher on October 22, 2009 at 12:42 pm

    I love supreme pizzas! The more toppings, the better!!


  100. Paul on October 22, 2009 at 1:42 pm

    Lots and lots of cheese with a good sauce.


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