Thursday, February 24, 2011

A favorite: BBQ Chicken Pizza

The other day my friend and I were talking and she mentioned my blog. The conversation went something like this:

"You cook so much dessert! You're going to make Andrew fat."

I thought about that last night as I made yet another pizookie--second one this week.  As I was adding in the brown sugar I looked over at my husband who was doing homework at the table. He leaning over to grab something and I couldn't help but notice that all his ribs were showing through his tee shirt.  
I could count them: one rib, two ribs, three ribs...

...I think we're safe from obesity for the time being.

Regardless, I thought maybe it was time to kick up my non-sugar-coma-inducing items, such as this jewel: The Infamous, Delicious, nothing-said-about-it-can-be-an-exaggeration BBQ Chicken Pizza.

This is not your average BBQ Chicken Pizza. This one is better. 

I actually don't like any BBQ Chicken Pizzas except this one. I was really surprised when I liked this one because I have tried some of the "greats". I tried the one from California Pizza Kitchen. Meh. I tried one from this great restaurant in Hawaii that had pineapples on top. So-so. And I can't think of any others I have tried but I know there have been others. This one surpasses them all and has a hard-earned, against-the-odds spot in my heart. And belly.

It's just so YUM people!

I got the recipe from my roommate, sophomore year of college. It has been a staple in my various apartments since then. It has been tried on many sets of roommates, including my newest, cutest roommate, and no one has ever though that it was anything less than great.  (Though they all could be lying to make me feel good about myself. And if so, it worked! I feel great. Thanks, guys!)

So please, I implore you, even if you think you do not like BBQ Chicken Pizza, give this one a try.

You, like me, may just come out surprised, and happily full.

Some great things about this recipe: The dough. You make it from scratch but it is quick and easy. It takes 30 minutes, max. The BBQ sauce MUST be Sweet Baby Rays. It makes all the difference. From start to out of the oven, this is a 45 minute process.

My sister-in-law said my picture looked weird. Then I asked my co-workers, they agreed. Photo failure: it happens. I chose to keep the photo though because I don't have another so just visualize with me. It cooks in a cake pan so it is square so there is no outer crust and what not. But it is delicious so embrace the ooey-gooeyness of it. Ready, embrace!

BBQ Chicken Pizza

  • 2 ½ cups flour
  • 3 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 Tbsp yeast
  • 1 cup comfortably hot water
  • 2 tsp oil
  • ½ tsp salt
  • Sweet Baby Rays BBQ Sauce (it is imperative that you use Sweet Baby Rays. I think this is the reason I like this pizza.)
  • 1 large chicken breasts (cubed and cooked)
  • 1/2 Purple onions (diced, raw)
  • 3+ cups Mozzarella cheese
  1. Combine 2 cups flour and dry ingredients.  Add oil and water.  Cover and let rise for ten minutes.
  2. While dough is rising, cube and then cook up the chicken in a skillet/frying pan. When chicken is done, remove from heat.
  3. Add rest of flour.  Knead five minutes. Let rise an additional 10 min. 
  4. Grate the cheese during this down time.
  5.  Press dough into a greased 9x13 cake pan. Spread BBQ sauce over the crust (not too much! Just enough to coat the crust). Add thin layer of cheese.  Add cooked, cubed chicken and raw, diced onions.  Top with the rest of the cheese (I like to put on a lot, like 1-2 cups).
  6. Bake at 500 degrees for 10 minutes.


  1. that does not look like a pizza but a bbq'd pig heart. ?? i feel ok saying that because i don't think it is a picture what you actually made. unless you live on a soap opera set.

    also i love pazookie and maybe i will make some tonight.

  2. That is definitely a picture I took, note my beautiful chocolate brown fiestaware plate that you commented on last time you visited my apartment. I will forgive for thinking that about my pizza though since you are a vegetarian and maybe the whole meat thing is blurring your vision.

  3. the new picture still is a little rough...

  4. Joce- I've been stalking your blog, I can't wait to try these recipes. I've heard so much about this pizza- looks amazing!