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 You must fill out the email address portion of the comment form (it will not be published) or I will not be able to contact you should you win.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. allyson Ayala on October 17, 2009 at 11:33 am

    bbq chicken is great…with garlic , please…


  2. Cari Snell on October 17, 2009 at 12:06 pm

    Oh, definitely a simple basil, garlic, fresh bocconcini and fresh tomato sauce!


  3. Bibiana Bailey on October 17, 2009 at 12:07 pm

    I love thin crust pizza with olive oil, fresh garlic, fresh spinach, Feta and Asiago cheese


  4. McKim on October 17, 2009 at 12:10 pm

    A local restaurant makes a Thai chicken pizza that is absolutely wonderful. If I’m making homemade pizza it needs pepperoni and mushrooms!


  5. Barb Stanger on October 17, 2009 at 12:15 pm

    While recently visiting a friend in Connecticut, I had some of the best pizza EVER! The pizza sauce was so simple, but delicious! Nothing like we have around here. My most favorite topping on my pizza is cheese only! YUM!


  6. Elena on October 17, 2009 at 12:26 pm

    I love pizza margherita–basil, tomato, and mozzarella cheese. Thanks for the contest!


  7. Pat B on October 17, 2009 at 12:30 pm

    pepperoni, onions, green peppers, hamburger, lots of cheese and anchovies


  8. Amy on October 17, 2009 at 12:35 pm

    Roasted Vegetable Pizza, usually eggplant, zucchini, yellow squash, and mushroom.


  9. Lisa Fruge on October 17, 2009 at 12:48 pm

    My favorite toppings are spinach, artichoke hearts, red onion, feta cheese, and Roma tomatoes with an olive oil and garlic sauce.


  10. April J on October 17, 2009 at 12:50 pm

    My favorite pizza toppings are canadian bacon and pineapple


  11. Kate on October 17, 2009 at 12:52 pm

    I love black olives, mushrooms, and pepperoni


  12. Sharon McCloud on October 17, 2009 at 1:17 pm

    being from Louisiana my favorite is banana peppers and red and green peppers


  13. Tawnda on October 17, 2009 at 1:24 pm

    I usually go with italian sausage but my daughter likes pepperoni…


  14. Deci Worland-MacKinnon on October 17, 2009 at 1:30 pm

    I am traditional…pepperoni, mushroom and fresh basil.


  15. Kristen M. on October 17, 2009 at 2:10 pm

    I love anything…however, if I’m ordering for myself and not for my kids, I love different kinds of cheeses and artichokes.


  16. Angela J on October 17, 2009 at 2:17 pm

    Olives, cheese, pepperoni, green pepper, and more


  17. stacy on October 17, 2009 at 2:26 pm

    I like Hawaiian–pineapple, ham & bacon. Yum, Yum!


  18. thebrunettebaker on October 17, 2009 at 2:30 pm

    Pepperoni, sausage, ‘shrooms & onions…an old favorite. But we also luv our BBQ Chicken Pizza. Ours is with grilled bbq chix, red onions, fresh jalapenos, and colby-jack. YUM!


  19. lisa on October 17, 2009 at 2:47 pm

    This is easy, hot peppers.


  20. TB on October 17, 2009 at 2:58 pm



  21. Diane R. on October 17, 2009 at 2:59 pm

    I like them all even anchovies. Maybe pepperponi with lots of vegetables has an edge.


  22. Joy F on October 17, 2009 at 3:02 pm

    Pepporini and pineapple. Love them. Thanks.


  23. Emma S on October 17, 2009 at 3:03 pm

    Mushroom and extra cheese.


  24. Huguette English on October 17, 2009 at 3:06 pm

    My favorite toppings are hamburg, sausage, bacon and or course lots of cheese. I love pizza :)


  25. Lynnette on October 17, 2009 at 3:09 pm

    Tough choice as I LOVE pizza anytime day or night! For traditional pizza I love italian sausage, mushrooms and olives. However, our pizza hut in Japan had a couple of delicious combos…one was eggplant with more of a meat marinara sauce underneath and also one with a delicious basil sauce. Oh yum!!!


  26. May Schultz on October 17, 2009 at 3:14 pm

    OH how I love pizza. Any kind any time. I especially enjoy just cheese and pepperoni pizza, but I’m no fussy. I’ll try anything.


  27. Molly on October 17, 2009 at 3:14 pm

    Sausage is my standby, but I also love “unique” varieties like bbq chicken, chicken alfredo, thai, and taco pizza!


  28. Brent Dotson on October 17, 2009 at 3:36 pm

    Italian sausage and black olive


  29. Kathy Apple on October 17, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    I love anything from basic cheese to everything in the kitchen cabinet! Although, not a fan of anchovies!


  30. Debbie on October 17, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    What is there not to like on a pizza?! A favorite of mine is roasted okra, sun-dried tomatoes, olive oil & goat cheese.


  31. Stephanie on October 17, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    Hm, my favorite?! If ordering, probably sausage and mushrooms.

    But, if I’m making, I love the Chicken Cordon Bleu pizza that I came up with.


  32. Janna Johnson on October 17, 2009 at 4:24 pm

    chicken and mushrooms


  33. Lisa on October 17, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    Veggies,mushrooms,green olives!!!!


  34. Jean F on October 17, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    I like a Greek style pizza with feta cheese, black olives, onions, fresh tomato slices, and a drizzle of olive oil.


  35. Sandra k321 on October 17, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    My favorite toppings are artichoke, roasted peppers, and garlic.


  36. Misty on October 17, 2009 at 5:59 pm

    Canadian bacon and pineapple with EXTRA cheese!


  37. Lianne on October 17, 2009 at 6:22 pm

    my favourite is smoked salmon and mozzarella cheese (:


  38. Wendy on October 17, 2009 at 6:33 pm

    I love tons of gooey cheese or chicken and bacon! Yum! =)


  39. Patrice on October 17, 2009 at 6:54 pm

    My favorite toppings are spinach, artichoke hearts, tomatoes and basil.


  40. Sheila P on October 17, 2009 at 7:24 pm

    My favorite pizza toppings are sausage, green pepper and onions!


  41. cathie m on October 17, 2009 at 7:29 pm

    I like sausage and peppers—the men in the family like EXTRA garlic and black olives with anchovies(Holy Cow)


  42. karen on October 17, 2009 at 8:13 pm

    I love fresh mozarella, ricotta cheese & mushrooms on my pizza.


  43. Mary Mobbs on October 17, 2009 at 8:18 pm

    I love sun dried tomatoes, mushrooms and fresh spinach! Yummy!


  44. Karen G on October 17, 2009 at 8:55 pm

    I love canadian bacon and pineapple!! But I also love bbq pizza. I can’t wait to try this new yeast.


  45. Nicole B on October 17, 2009 at 9:10 pm

    I love just plain cheese or sausage but I also love putting bacon bits on my pizza Yummy!


  46. Christine V on October 17, 2009 at 9:21 pm

    mushrooms on my pizza


  47. Debra F on October 17, 2009 at 9:25 pm

    I had a chicken alfredo pizza last week that was phenomenal…it’s my new favorite, but unfortunately it’s not a common pizza. I love meatball on my pizza too. Thanks for the giveaway.


  48. dawn0124 on October 17, 2009 at 9:42 pm

    My favorite pizza topping is Chicken Marsala.


  49. Autumn B. on October 17, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    ground turkey, mushrooms, & olives!

    autumn398 @


  50. shorty on October 17, 2009 at 9:52 pm

    How can I answer that!!!LOL I love them all! I am drooling over that picture right now so right now I would say BBQ is my favourite!LOL But really it depends on the day and the mood. I don’t know that there is something out there that I don’t like!hehe


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