BBQ Chicken Pizzas

$8.13 recipe / $1.36 serving

This may be the quickest, most delicious BBQ chicken pizza that you’ll ever make. I know it was for me. I don’t usually buy pre-baked pizza crusts (it’s pretty expensive compared to homemade) but I’ve got places to go and people to see this weekend so I took a HUGE short cut and bought the ready-made crusts. Don’t worry, if you like to make your own crust or buy dough from your local pizzaria (like I usually do), you can still make this recipe. It will take a tad bit longer but be a lot less expensive! Later this summer I will be getting into some serious bread making and will surely make lots of pizza dough so stay tuned for that. Until then, it’s the pre-made stuff… which is still delicious, by the way.

I had some frozen chicken breasts in my freezer (buying them in 5 lb. packs saves you at least $1 per pound) so I pulled one out to use for the pizzas. This chicken breast was pretty massive, weighing in at .75 lb. At first I didn’t think that one would be enough for two pizzas (I was thinking more like .5 lb. per pizza) but It turned out to be quite a bit of meat. If you have smaller chicken breasts (.5 lb. each), you could probably still use just one.

BBQ Chicken Pizza

BBQ Chicken Pizzas

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bbq chicken pizzas
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Total Cost: $8.13
Cost Per Serving: $1.36
Serves: 6
  • 2 12 inch pizza crusts $3.48
  • ¾ lb. chicken breast $1.49
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella and cheddar $1.96
  • ½ bottle (1 cup) BBQ sauce $0.78
  • ½ small red onion $0.25
  • ¼ bunch green onions $0.12
  • to taste salt and pepper $0.05
  1. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees and turn on a counter top grill (George Foreman type) for 5 minutes to preheat. Sprinkle the chicken breast with a little salt and pepper and cook in the counter top grill until it is cooked through, brown and crispy on the outside (about 7 minutes).
  2. While the chicken breast is cooking, thinly slice the red and green onion.
  3. Once the chicken is finished cooking, transfer it to a cutting board and cut/shred it into small pieces. Use a fork and a knife for this because the chicken breast will still be steaming hot. Transfer the chicken pieces to a bowl and add about ¼ cup of BBQ sauce. Stir to coat the chicken with the sauce.
  4. Pour ⅓ of a cup of BBQ sauce on one of the crusts and spread it out from the center using the back of a large spoon. Top the sauce with 1 cup of shredded cheese. Next sprinkle half of the BBQ chicken mixture over the cheese. Finish with a few red and green onions.
  5. Place the pizza in the preheated oven (425 degrees) and cook for 7-10 minutes. Because the crusts I used are thin and crispy style, I placed the pizzas directly on the oven rack with no pan. If you are using a different type of dough/crust, you may need a pan and may need to cook the pizzas longer. While the first pizza is cooking, top the second pizza. Bake the second pizza after the first one has finished (they cook more evenly one at a time).


Step By Step Photos

chicken breastPreheat your oven to 425 degrees and your counter top grill for 5 minutes. Season the chicken with salt and pepper then cook on the counter top grill until cooked through and crispy on the outside.

sliced onionsWhile the chicken cooks, thinly slice the onions.

cut/shred chickenWhen the chicken is finished, cut and shred it into small pieces using a knife and fork.

BBQ chickenMix enough BBQ sauce into the chicken pieces until they are completely coated (about 1/4 cup).

pizza crustThis is the crust I used. It’s pretty good… until I start making my own again anyway.

BBQ pizza crustSpread about 1/3 cup of BBQ sauce over the crust. Cattleman’s BBQ sauce (see top right of photo) is my favorite. It is so tangy and flavorful and only costs about $1.50 per bottle. NICE!

BBQ pizza cheeseSprinkle 1 cup of mozzarella and cheddar blend over the sauce.

BBQ pizza toppingsFollow the cheese up with half of the BBQ chicken mixture, some red onions and green onions. Bake for 7-10 minutes (until the cheese is all melted and the crust is to your desired brown-ness). Cut each pizza into 6 slices.

BBQ Chicken Pizza

Now THAT is a delicious, visually stunning pizza… and for about the same price as the cheapest of cheap frozen pizzas! Serve this up with a nice green salad and you’ve got a quick, delicious weeknight dinner.

You’re likely to have left over onions and BBQ sauce. You can use the onions in omelets and on salads. BBQ sauce stays good in the refrigerator for quite a while and is excellent on sandwiches so hang on to the other half of the bottle! Who knows, maybe you’ll want to make more of this pizza next week :)


  1. helen says:

    this would go so well with a pita pocket

  2. This was super easy to make and absolutely delicious. It only takes 20-25 minutes to make.

  3. Jessica says:

    Beth, question. Do you think this would work with the Naan crust? I was thinking about making the Thai chicken pizza for dinner tonight, but am realizing i’m out of Hoisin, but have all the ingredients to make this pizza. I’m going to try it, i’ll let you know how it works out.

    • Absolutely :) The naan works great as a crust for any pizza! (great, now you have me drooling…)

      • Jessica says:

        It turned out deliciously! I’ve been making your recipes since 2011 or so. You give me great kitchen inspiration!

  4. nohika says:

    I’m making a bunch of stuff for my freezer right now – do you think I could assemble these and freeze them without cooking them, particularly if I used pre-made crusts? Like homemade frozen pizzas?

    Thank you for all these wonderful, cheap recipes!! I’m a grad student and cheap and delicious is like perfect for me. :)

    • I think you can, although I’ve never done that at home. When I worked at Whole foods we would par-bake crusts, top them, freeze them, shrink wrap them, and sell them that way. So, I guess it has the potential!

  5. Coco Price says:

    I made this the other day and brought the leftovers to work with me- everyone kept commenting on how professional it looked and wanted to know where I had “ordered it”. Great recipe!

  6. James says:

    Just commenting to make a suggestion to make this recipe even better. Leave out the green onion (or keep it, whatever) and chiffonade fresh basil and put that on top as soon as it leaves the oven. It’s magical.

    I’ve been crawling your recipes and you’ve given me some great ideas. Keep it up!

  7. I’m in Heaven just reading this. Grilled Pizza is one of my favorite dishes. It always receives rave reviews,

    Thanks for sharing your delicious food with us.


  8. Anon – Yep, that would probably work. You might want to bake the tortillas first to crisp them up[ and then top them.

  9. Anonymous says:

    I like super thin pizza, do you think this would work on tortilla shells? Maybe just use less of everything.

  10. This recipe is so easy!! My husband made this (yes, the same man who sets the stove on fire trying to boil water) and it tasted great. This is a wonderful quick weeknight dinner!

  11. Hi, it looks delicious to me. I have not down the recipe and will send it to my cousin who is good in making chicken. She is good in giving bbq chicken parties every month. You know butter just make this bbq chicken recipe better than any other chicken.

    Bbq Chicken Recipe

  12. That bbq chicken pizza looks so good!

  13. I made this tonight with homemade pizza dough and spicy bourbon BBQ sauce. Very good! Thanks for the recipe!

  14. My husband uses the recipe on the package of yeast we buy. He uses half whole wheat flour and half white. It comes out SUPER good and it’s VERY easy.

  15. Rats, I wish we had a trader joe’s here! I usually buy my dough at Whole Foods but it’s 2.79 for a 1 lb. ball which usually makes one xtra large 16″ pizza. Unfortunately, it’s on the other side of town and I don’t make it over there too often these days.

  16. Trader Joe’s has pizza crust(whole wheat even) for $1 in the cheese section

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