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 You must fill out the email address portion of the comment form (it will not be published) or I will not be able to contact you should you win.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. Rose O. on October 22, 2009 at 1:52 pm

    I like mushrooms on my pizza but I never get to have them because no one else in my family likes them!


  2. Laura Griggs on October 22, 2009 at 2:02 pm

    I love turkey pepperoni, fire roasted tomatoes, green bell peppers and pineapple on my pizza. YUM


  3. Susan Smith on October 22, 2009 at 2:10 pm

    I like sausage, onion and pepperoni


  4. Elizabeth Eggen on October 22, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    My favorite pizza toppings are feta cheese, artichoke hearts, sundried tomatoes and pine nuts. So yummy and tangy. if I have some fresh basil I would make a little pesto to have as a sauce otherwise extra virgin olive oil is all I need!!


  5. Jeanette H. on October 22, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    I like pepperoni, ham, onion, pepper, mushroom and extra cheese but I usually just go simple with pepperoni.

    Thank you for the great giveaway!!


  6. Angela Palmer on October 22, 2009 at 2:56 pm

    I like just about everything! sausage, peppers, mushrooms, lots and lots of cheese.


  7. Beth on October 22, 2009 at 2:57 pm

    My favorite topping is spinach and pepperoni. The combination together is just wonderful!


  8. latisha depoortere on October 22, 2009 at 3:16 pm

    I like chesse only nice giveaway!


  9. Jason Nickolay on October 22, 2009 at 3:25 pm

    I am a fan of pepperoni, sausage, and green peppers



  10. Amy Kelly on October 22, 2009 at 3:27 pm

    I am a sausage, pepperoni and bacon kind of girl. Every now and then I crave green peppers and onions.


  11. Mya Brooks on October 22, 2009 at 3:29 pm

    My absolute fave is mushrooms, but there’s not a topping I don’t love!!!


  12. JoAnn L. on October 22, 2009 at 3:59 pm

    My favorite pizza topping is Italian Sausage.


  13. Richard on October 22, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    Pepperoni, sausage, onions, black olives, and green peppers. I do it old school!


  14. Courtney on October 22, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    I love cheese and mushrooms!


  15. Janet on October 22, 2009 at 5:59 pm

    I heart mushrooms,olives,and green pepppers:)


  16. Gayle J on October 22, 2009 at 6:03 pm

    I like sausage, pepperoni , onions, mushrooms and green peppers.


  17. Roxann on October 22, 2009 at 6:22 pm

    My favorite toppings are Italian sausage and mushrooms. Pepperoni is a close second.


  18. Louise Brouillette on October 22, 2009 at 6:29 pm

    Last week I used sun dried tomatoes, eggplant sauteed in olive oil and feta cheese.


  19. Erin Brooks on October 22, 2009 at 6:38 pm

    What are your favorite pizza toppings?
    Well I’m always a sucker for cheese but I’ll take mushrooms and spinach too!


  20. Andrea on October 22, 2009 at 6:39 pm

    I love my pizza hot out the oven with all the veggies, then sprinkle olive oil on while hot and parmesean cheese then hot banana peppers on top delicious!!!!!!


  21. betsy on October 22, 2009 at 6:41 pm

    Pineapple! I’m nontraditional :)


  22. lilshuga2001 on October 22, 2009 at 6:45 pm

    Mushrooms, and Jalepenos!!!


  23. barbara wright on October 22, 2009 at 6:48 pm

    My favorite pizza topping is pepperoni.


  24. Robin S. on October 22, 2009 at 7:27 pm

    I would have to say a “Meat Lovers” pizza…..Its something about that mix of sausage, pepperoni, ham, bacon, beef and ooooooh some onions too. I’m going to order a pizza right now! : )


  25. Margret Stephens on October 22, 2009 at 7:53 pm

    I love onions, peppers, hamburger, sausage, and lots of cheese!


  26. Karen on October 22, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    Feta, artichokes and sun dried tomatoes!


  27. Beverly M on October 22, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    i like pepporoni and pineapple


  28. DebD on October 22, 2009 at 8:28 pm

    Linguica, pepperoni, jalapenos and double onions preferably resting on a crispy, thin chewy crust! THEN after it’s baked I simply must have a dusting of garlic salt and crushed red pepper-mmmm! Now if only I could find that new pizza dough yeast here. Alas it isn’t to be found in these parts, at least not yet I’m sad to say. But your pizza pic is mouthwatering! So is a pizza in 40 minutes, start to finish. Guess I’ll just have to wait…


  29. Danielle on October 22, 2009 at 9:04 pm

    Great photos!
    This is one of my favorite pizzas to make when we are craving homemade pizza!


  30. Angela C on October 22, 2009 at 9:16 pm

    My favorite pizza toppings are sausage and mushrooms! THANKS!


  31. Brooke on October 22, 2009 at 9:49 pm

    Spinach, goat cheese, onions, tomatoes, portabella mushrooms, some black or mediteranian olives.. yummmm


  32. Suzanne Lewis on October 22, 2009 at 9:55 pm

    Canadian bacon and pineapple

    txhottie_86 at yahoo dot com


  33. Geoff K on October 22, 2009 at 10:00 pm

    Definitely a meat lover when it comes to my favorite toppings – pepperoni, canadian bacon, sausage, and ham – but for a change-up I also really love a brie and cranberry pizza!


  34. Susan D on October 22, 2009 at 10:24 pm

    Hawaiian style — pineapple with either Canadian bacon or ham


  35. kimbly on October 22, 2009 at 10:26 pm

    Pepperoni and cheese for me!


  36. Sand on October 22, 2009 at 10:34 pm

    I love roasted red peppers with turkey sausage and black olives.


  37. Emily on October 22, 2009 at 10:43 pm

    Inspired by a recent pizza, I would now say that my favorite topping is roasted Japanese eggplant… so delish!


  38. Sharon on October 22, 2009 at 11:43 pm

    Pepperoni and mushroom and lots of cheese!


  39. Shannon on October 22, 2009 at 11:47 pm

    veggies and lots of them


  40. Barbara Long on October 22, 2009 at 11:48 pm

    My favorite pizza toppings are mushrooms, onions and spinach.


  41. Rita A on October 22, 2009 at 11:48 pm

    Ham and pineapple


  42. Joanne Schultz on October 22, 2009 at 11:50 pm

    I love pepperoni on my pizza!

    Thanks for the giveaway!


  43. Karen on October 23, 2009 at 12:13 am

    onions, olives and mushrooms


  44. Holly on October 23, 2009 at 1:52 am

    I love those Garbage can pizzas with everything on them. And I like to add Corn too!


  45. Missy on October 23, 2009 at 6:07 pm

    I love a white pizza with lots of roasted garlic and a drizzle of basalmic vinegar


  46. Dick Vandenberg on October 25, 2009 at 9:58 pm

    For years I’ve made pizzas from scratch that have had rave reviews. My favorite is shrimp, mushroom, bell pepper, and onion.


  47. b. on October 26, 2009 at 12:28 am

    oooh, so many.
    1-spinach, mushrooms, black olives
    2-tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, basil, olive oil
    3-ham, pineapple, white cheddar

    looooove pizza!!


  48. Ann on October 27, 2009 at 5:58 am

    My favourite pizza topping is butter chicken. About a year ago when I was in Seattle some Indian friends dragged a bunch of us to a place which made Indian pizzas. I am normally not a fan of fusion, but I have been craving this pizza ever since and have made it a few times with some success.


  49. Aubrie on October 27, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    Yum! I love adding fresh mushrooms to my BBQ Chicken Pizza too, it’s delicious.

    My favorite pizza toppings are veggies: fresh mushrooms, green peppers, sweet onions, olives, and fresh tomatoes.

    I’m getting hungry just thinking about pizza now…


  50. Staci Brown on November 3, 2009 at 7:01 pm

    I just made this tonight….YUMM!!! I did cheat, though, and used a ready made crust. Lazy. Thanks for sharing this. Loved it!!!


  51. Kim Luce on November 5, 2009 at 12:44 am

    mmmmm chicken, pesto, basil leaves, pine nuts and diced tomatoes. mmmmmmmmmmm


  52. Ashley on February 2, 2010 at 1:02 am

    Pesto, garlic, and fresh tomato sauce.


  53. Brandy on March 4, 2010 at 9:25 am

    I absolutely love pepperoni and feta


  54. Beth Bilous on March 27, 2010 at 9:15 pm

    I always wondered too about the difference between a calzone and a stromboli. I have tried to make stromboli by the rollling method, and the dough never gets cooked on the inside because of the toppings. Any clue how to get the bread cooked on the inside????? Love your blog.


  55. Michelle on April 3, 2010 at 9:54 pm

    Hi Beth,

    I’ve never had that problem, you might want to try my pepperoni and cheese bread. I’ve also made it with other fillings, such as prosciutto and mushrooms. I’ve never had the inside not cooked through. If you give it a try let me know how it turns out for you!


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  57. Kristin on January 4, 2011 at 8:37 pm

    I like meat(sausage, pepperoni, canadian bacon, etc.)on my pizza. But I could eat pizza with mushrooms only,too.


  58. Laura on January 13, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    I finally tried this recipe last night and it was wonderful! Seriously, I mean it. :)


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  61. Joseph Kuchta on September 20, 2013 at 8:58 am

    Just found your site from your sweet-and-sour-chicken and saw this amazing looking pizza, now which to make tonight! Thanks for all your effort and sharing all this goodness. From over in Suomi!


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