BBQ Chicken Pizza: an amazing homemade pizza recipe the whole family will love

Total time: 40 Min
Difficulty: Low
Serves: 6 people
By Cookist

If you're looking for a fast, easy dinner that will put a smile on everyone's face, look no further than BBQ chicken pizza. This easy pizza recipe has it all. Savory, with an irresistible tangy and sweet barbecue sauce slathered over a soft, fluffy crust, homemade BBQ chicken pizza is even tastier than anything you'll get from places like Domino's or Pizza Hut.

It's a perfect snacking food when you have friends over for a party or as hearty, delicious finger food while you watch a football game. BBQ chicken pizza is also a fantastic way to use up leftover rotisserie chicken and can be put together with store-bought ingredients for a quick, effortless meal on busy weeknights.

How to Make BBQ Chicken Pizza

Making homemade BBQ chicken pizza couldn't be any easier, especially if you use store-bought ingredients like pizza dough and barbecue sauce. If you want to make everything from scratch, you can also make the dough and the sauce up to several days in advance for effortless cooking when it's time to make your pizza. Grease a pizza pan with olive oil and set it aside.

Dust your work surface with the cornmeal, then roll out the dough, so it fits your pizza pan. Put the base on the pan. Spread the barbecue sauce onto the dough in a thin, even layer. Don't forget to leave about ½ inch of dough sauce free for the crust. Add the cheddar, mozzarella, and chicken over the sauce, then bake your pizza at 450F for 20 to 24 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove from oven and serve hot.


BBQ Chicken Pizza Topping Ideas 

The basic toppings for this recipe are chicken, cheddar, and mozzarella, but you can add other toppings to put a unique spin on your BBQ chicken pizza.

Some delicious options are crumbled gorgonzola, smoked gouda, chopped bell peppers, pepperoncini, cherry tomatoes, bacon, pancetta, zucchini, and more.

You can also garnish your pizza with fresh chopped cilantro, parsley, or basil.

Tips for the Best BBQ Chicken Pizza

Use either store-bought or homemade pizza dough to make homemade BBQ chicken pizza. The first option is perfect for saving time when you need a quick, tasty meal.

Use your favorite type of barbecue sauce, whether it's one you make yourself or one you pick up in-store. Spicy or sweet works well with this recipe.

To streamline your cooking, you can use cooked rotisserie or leftover chicken to make your pizza. It's a great way to make sure nothing goes to waste!

The secret to making authentic-tasting pizza at home is to make sure your oven is very hot. You can use a pizza stone to help cook the pizza and give it more of a fresh from your local slice house taste.

You can prep your pizza ahead of time then pop it in the oven when you're ready to eat. Assemble the pizza earlier in the day and store it in the fridge until it's time to make dinner.

Serve your BBQ chicken pizza with a green salad, some roasted veggies, a side of buffalo wings, potato salad, or some garlic bread.

If you like homemade ranch dressing, don't forget to serve a side of it with your pizza – it's perfect for dipping!

This recipe is super easy to double or even triple if you're excepting to feed a large crowd.

If you don't have cornmeal, semolina will work as well.


How to Store BBQ Chicken Pizza

Let the pizza cool down, then wrap it well in foil. Place it in the fridge for up to 3 days. Reheat it in a skillet or the oven.

Olive oil
2 tbsp
Yellow Cornmeal
1/4 cup
Pizza dough
1 pound
Barbecue sauce
1/2 cup
cooked chicken, shredded
2 cups
smoked cheddar cheese, shredded
1 cup
mozzarella cheese, shredded
1 cup
red onion, diced
1/2 cup
salt and pepper to taste


Preheat your oven to 450F. Drizzle a pizza pan with olive oil.

Dust your work surface with cornmeal.

Roll out the dough, then place it on the pan.

Ladle the barbecue sauce onto the dough, making sure to spread it in a thin, even layer. Leave about ½ inch of dough sauce free for the crust.

Sprinkle the cheddar, mozzarella, and chicken over the sauce.

Season with salt and pepper.

Bake for 20 to 24 minutes, or until golden brown.

Remove from oven and serve hot.


Shred the cheese yourself. Cheese that's been shredded at home is less dried out compared to pre-shredded cheese. This will help it melt more evenly over your pizza.


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