BBQ Chicken Pizza

One of our favorite items to make in the summer is grilled pizza. We love how easy it is to buy a pre-made dough at the store and get creative with toppings of our choice. This week, we were craving BBQ chicken and decided to make a BBQ chicken pizza. This pizza turned out to be hearty, flavorful and the perfect dish to serve with a fresh salad. If you don’t have a grill, no problem. We have included instructions for making this pizza in the oven. We can’t wait to share all of the pizza recipes that we come up with the summer and hope to hear from you with your favorite topping ideas as well.

BBQ Chicken Pizza

  • Servings: 1 medium pizza
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A bold, flavorful pizza that is a perfect appetizer or entrée on a warm summer night.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb package pre-made pizza dough
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 medium white onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup olive oil, divided
  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts diced into cubes
  • 1 cup of your favorite BBQ sauce, divided
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 bunch cilantro
  • red pepper flakes (optional)

Directions

  1. Take the pizza dough out of the refrigerator to come to room temperature. If you are going to bake the pizza in an oven, pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees and put your pizza pan inside the oven while it pre-heats.
  2. In a medium sized pan, heat 2 tbs of the olive oil over low heat. Add the white onion. The goal is to caramelize the onions so you want to make sure that you are cooking these low and slow. Stir frequently but the let the onions slowly caramelize for at least 20 minutes. Remove the onions from the heat and set aside.
  3. Using the same pan (no need to clean in out) add the remaining olive oil – approx. 1 tbs – over medium heat. Add the chicken breasts and sauté for 5 minutes. Add 1/2 cup of the BBQ sauce and stir until the chicken is completely coated. Continue sautéing the chicken for an additional 2-3 minutes or until the chicken breast pieces are completely cooked through. Remove from the heat and set aside.
  4. If you are using a grill, preheat the grill to high (approximately 500 degrees).
  5. Toss a light coating of flour on your countertop. Using a rolling pin and some of the flour, roll out the dough into a pizza shape. You do not need to use all of the flour. Use it as needed if the dough is getting sticky.
  6. Place the pizza dough on the hot pan (for oven) or directly on the grill for 3-4 minutes to get the pizza dough crispy on one side. Remove the pizza dough and place is cooked side down on a tray.
  7. Add the pizza toppings. Paint the pizza with the remaining BBQ sauce. Evenly distribute the caramelized onions, BBQ chicken and mozzarella cheese on the pizza. Place the pizza back in the oven or on the grill for 5-7 minutes until the dough is completely cooked through and the cheese is melted.
  8. Sprinkle the cilantro, red onion and red chili flakes (if using) on top of the pizza. Serve immediately.


Spooky Pepperoni Pizza Dip

This recipe is a super fun, adult and kid pleasing, Halloween dip. You can basically do no wrong by creating pizza dip. This dip is everything we love about the topping of pizza (cheese, sauce, and pepperoni) combined and served in a pizza dough bowl. Feel free to add additional pizza toppings that you like to this dip- peppers, mushrooms, olives, really anything you like to eat with pizza. This recipe is assembled by using a bread bowl to be the spider’s body and creating dough legs to make it extra cheesy for Halloween. (See what we did there!) You can use the legs for dipping and add crackers and veggies for additional dunking options.

Spooky Pepperoni Pizza Dip

  • Servings: 8
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A simple, crowd pleasing dip that can match any “theme” based on the shape of your pizza dough bowl.

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs fresh pizza dough
  • 2 tbs butter
  • 1 white onion, finely diced
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 1 cup pizza sauce
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella
  • 1 package pepperoni, chopped (6 oz)
  • 1 egg, scrambled
  • Everything Bagel Seasoning

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to the temperature your pizza dough recommends (this should be on the package, but about 400 degrees if no temperature is listed). Take the dough out of the refrigerator so that it comes to room temperature.
  2. Create the dough bowl. On a clean countertop, divide one of the balls of dough into two equal parts. Roll one half of the dough out into a round circle. Spray the outside and bottom of an oven-safe, bowls shaped baking dish with cooking spray. We used a 2 cup baking bowl, but this can vary in size. Placed the rolled dough over the bottom of the baking bowl and place the dough right side up on a cookie sheet – the bowl will be upside down with the dough facing up. Use the remaining dough to create a ball “head” for the spider, if you are making this for Halloween.
  3. Use the other ball of dough to create the “legs”. Roll the remaining dough into 8 equal logs and place on the cookie sheet. Brush the scrambled egg over the legs, head and body of the spider and sprinkle Everything Bagel Seasoning on each leg. Place the cookie sheet with all of the spider dough into the oven and bake for 15 -20 minutes or until the dough is completely cooked through.
  4. While the dough is baking, in a medium pan melt the butter over medium heat and add the onion. Sauté the onion for 5 minutes or until the onion becomes translucent but not brown.
  5. Add the cream cheese and continually stir until the cream cheese is melted. Once melted, add the pizza sauce and mix to combine.
  6. Add the pepperoni and any additional pizza toppings you wish to use, turn the heat off, and set the dip aside.
  7. Once the dough is cool enough to touch, remove the bowl from under the dough bowl. Place on a platter and add the heated pizza dip. Assemble the legs next to the pizza dip bowl to create a spider. We topped ours with slices of bell pepper for eye balls. Serve as is or with additional vegetables/crackers for dipping.


Buffalo Chicken Pizza

As we mentioned in previous posts, we love a good homemade pizza. Our last pizza recipe was a Spring Grilled Pizza, loaded with asparagus and fresh burrata. It was deemed a “girl pizza” by Tuck & Tate’s dads. To compensate for our vegetable pizza they made this Buffalo Chicken Pizza. It would be too long to title it “Buffalo Chicken Bacon Ranch Pizza” but that it what it is. This recipe isn’t going to help you achieve your swimsuit goals but it will bring you much joy. We have grilled this pizza in the photo, but included directions to bake it in the oven below as we already used the oven to bake the chicken and bacon. If you want instructions for grilling your pizza take a look at the Spring Grilled Pizza linked above. 

Buffalo Chicken Pizza  
Makes: 1 large pizza; 4+ servings 
Prep Time: 25 minutes  Total Time: 60 minutes

Ingredients: 

  • 1 lb pre-made pizza dough  
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 medium chicken breasts 
  • 2 tsp garlic powder 
  • 2 tsp paprika 
  • 3 slices thick cut bacon 
  • 2 tbs olive oil 
  • 3/4 cup buffalo sauce 
  • 1/2 cup ranch dressing 
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese 
  • 5 scallions, sliced 

Directions for the Oven: 

  1. Heat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Season the chicken breasts with the garlic powder, paprika, salt and pepper. Put the chicken and bacon on a cookie sheet and cook in the oven for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, check on the bacon to make sure it isn’t too crispy and overcooked. Make sure the chicken is cooked a full 20 minutes before removing from the oven. 
  3. While the chicken and bacon are cooking, use the 1/4 cup flour to scatter across a clean cooking surface. Use a rolling in to roll the dough into an even pizza shape (rectangle or circle is fine). You want the dough to be about 1/2 inch thick and the diameter should be no larger than your largest cookie sheet. Carefully roll the dough onto the rolling pin and onto a cookie sheet. 
  4. When the chicken and bacon have finished cooking, remove them from the oven and increase the temperature of the oven to 475 degrees. When the chicken is cool enough to touch, shred it into bite-sized pieces. Chop the bacon into thin strips and set aside. 
  5. Use a brush to brush the pizza with the olive oil. This helps prevent the crust from being soggy. 
  6. Top the pizza with the pizza toppings- first the buffalo sauce, then the cheese, shredded chicken, and bacon. We like to finish by drizzling the ranch dressing around the pizza. 
  7. Cook the pizza for 15- 20 minutes, or until the cheese is bubbling and the dough is golden brown. Top the pizza with the chopped scallions and let the pizza rest for a few minutes before slicing.