BBQ Chicken Pizza

$5.43 recipe / $1.36 serving
by Beth - Budget Bytes
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It’s almost Friday, so I’m going to throw a quick little pizza recipe at ya! BBQ Chicken Pizza is such a classic with its sweet, tangy, and salty BBQ sauce, bits of juicy chicken, creamy cheese, and savory onions. But, after making pizzas for a living for a couple of years, I learned that there are a so many other fun things you can throw on top of a BBQ Chicken Pizza! So keep reading to grab the “classic” recipe below, plus some of my other “fun” toppings that go really well with these BBQ flavors.

Close up overhead view of a BBQ Chicken Pizza

What Kind of Pizza Dough Should I Use?

You can literally use any type of pizza dough or crust you like for BBQ Chicken Pizza. I used my classic Homemade Pizza Dough, but it would also go well on a Thin and Crispy Pizza Crust, on French Bread, a baked tortilla, or your favorite store bought gluten-free or cauliflower crust. The toppings listed below will be enough for a 14-16″ pizza crust.

Can I Substitute the Chicken?

Sure! If you’re not into chicken, you can substitute a can of black beans (mixed with the spices and sauce listed for the chicken), or even shrimp. 

If you like chicken, but don’t feel like cooking it from scratch, you can use pre-cooked chicken. If using a rotisserie chicken, simply chop it up and combine it with BBQ sauce. If you’re using canned chicken breast, just drain the chicken and gently fold with the BBQ sauce.

What is Your Favorite BBQ Sauce?

I’m not too picky with BBQ Sauce, but I do tend to like Sweet Baby Ray’s brand. Personally, I do prefer smoky BBQ sauces to some of the sweeter sauces. Today I had this Hickory Smoke BBQ Sauce from Kroger. I think it would be fun to try a spicier BBQ sauce, or even a pineapple flavored BBQ sauce. 

What Else Can You Put on a BBQ Chicken Pizza?

Here’s where it gets fun. Here are some of the other toppings I’ve enjoyed on my BBQ Chicken Pizzas over the years:

  • Bacon
  • Pineapple (don’t @ me)
  • Feta (surprisingly delicious against that sweet BBQ sauce)
  • Green onion
  • Cilantro
  • Cheddar cheese
  • Ranch dressing
  • Corn
  • Black Beans

Close up of one slice of BBQ Chicken Pizza being pulled away from the pie

 

BBQ Chicken Pizza

5 from 5 votes
Get the classic BBQ Chicken Pizza recipe, plus other fun toppings you can add that pair well with BBQ and make your pizza even more flavorful.
Close up of one slice of BBQ Chicken Pizza being pulled away from the pie
Servings 4 2 slices each
Prep 10 mins
Cook 20 mins
Total 30 mins

Ingredients

Quick BBQ Chicken*

  • 1 boneless, skinless chicken breast (about ⅔ lb.) ($3.22)
  • ½ tsp smoked paprika ($0.05)
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder ($0.02)
  • tsp salt ($0.02)
  • tsp pepper ($0.02)
  • ½ Tbsp cooking oil ($0.04)
  • ¼ cup BBQ sauce ($0.11)

Pizza

  • 1 prepared pizza dough ($0.62)
  • ½ cup BBQ sauce ($0.22)
  • 4 oz. Monterey jack cheese, shredded ($0.85)
  • 1 jalapeño (optional), sliced ($0.15)
  • ¼ cup sliced red onion ($0.11)

Instructions 

  • In a small bowl, combine the smoked paprika, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Season both sides of the chicken breast with the spices.
  • Heat a skillet over medium. Add the cooking oil and swirl to coat the surface of the skillet. Add the seasoned chicken breast and cook for about 5-7 minutes on each side, or until cooked through (internal temperature of 165ºF). Transfer the chicken to a clean cutting board.
  • Let the chicken rest for about 5 minutes, then chop into small pieces. Add ¼ cup BBQ sauce to the chopped chicken, and stir to coat the chicken in the sauce.
  • Preheat the oven to 450ºF. Place the prepared pizza dough or crust on a pizza pan, then spread about ½ cup BBQ sauce over the surface.
  • Add the cheese, BBQ chicken, sliced jalapeños, and sliced onion to the pizza.
  • Bake the pizza for 10-12 minutes, or until the crust and cheese are golden brown. Slice into 8 pieces and serve.

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Notes

*Instead of cooking fresh chicken, you can simply season pre-cooked chicken like rotisserie chicken or canned chicken breast.

Nutrition

Serving: 2slicesCalories: 532.88kcalCarbohydrates: 54.03gProtein: 30.83gFat: 20gSodium: 2640.13mgFiber: 2.28g
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A BBQ Chicken Pizza sliced into 8 pieces, one pulled slightly out.

How to Make BBQ Chicken Pizza – Step by Step Photos

Seasoned chicken breast

Combine ½ tsp smoked paprika, ¼ tsp garlic powder, ⅛ tsp salt, and ⅛ tsp pepper. Season both sides of one boneless, skinless chicken breast (about ⅔ lb.) with the spice mix.

Cooked Chicken Breast in a Skillet

Heat ½ Tbsp cooking oil in a skillet over medium. Once hot, add the seasoned chicken, and cook for about 5-7 minutes on each side, or until cooked through (internal temperature of 165ºF). You could also opt to make a batch of Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken and use some of that to top your pizza.

BBQ Sauce being added to chopped chicken

Transfer the cooked chicken to a clean cutting board. Let the chicken cool for a few minutes, then chop into small pieces. Add ¼ cup BBQ sauce and stir to coat the chicken in the sauce.

BBQ Sauce being spread on pizza dough

Preheat the oven to 450ºF. Place a prepared pizza dough/crust on a pizza pan, then spread ½ cup BBQ sauce over the surface of the dough.

Add chicken and cheese to pizza

Top the pizza with 4 oz. shredded Monterey jack cheese and the chopped BBQ chicken.

Add onion and jalapeño to pizza

Finally, add sliced red onion and one sliced jalapeño to the pizza.

Baked BBQ Chicken Pizza

Bake the BBQ Chicken Pizza in the preheated oven for 10-12 minutes, or until the crust and cheese are golden brown.

Close up side view of a BBQ Chicken Pizza

Slice into 8 pieces and enjoy!!

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  1. I love the BBQ Chicken pizza from CPK and this recipe beats CPK hands down. It was delicious 😋 

  2. The first time I had BBQ chicken pizza, the pizza joint put toasted almond pieces on it. The crunch was a fun contrast with the chicken and cilantro.

  3. I am in pizza heaven. This was the first pizza I’ve ever made and it was PERFECT. I used your regular homemade dough recipe and let it rise in the fridge overnight. It needed 12 minutes in my oven.

    I beat down the chicken breast with a tenderizer first to get maximum surface area on my cast iron. I also used less BBQ sauce, 1/2 cup total on the pizza and the chicken. This cut back the calories a bit. Thank you!!

    1. Oh yeah, sprinkle some cornmeal on the pizza tray before placing the dough! 

  4. Made it with your homemade pizza dough. First let me tell you that pizza dough is the best I ever made. Second,the chicken is sooo good,so tasty. Next time,i’ll double the chicken mix on the pizza. My family is not a fan of jalepenos, so I left it out. Gonna make that again for sure!

  5. Looks delicious. Hear me out, try gouda for a BBQ chicken pizza. It’s amazing.

  6. Lovely–I’m using a little bit of pulled pork left over from earlier this week and some crumbled queso blanco along with the pepper jack in my fridge. Just as I was agonizing over what to do for lunch!

  7. I literally JUST got home from CPK and shared a bbq chicken pizza with my son, but this looks so much better. Seriously!

  8. BBQ Chicken Pizza is my go-to when my husband is traveling. I will admit that I am lazy and use pre-made naan bread from the grocery store as my crust.