My first experience with BBQ chicken pizza was at my best friend Christy’s house. We were having a last minute and low key dinner. Christy threw together what she had on hand; she made a nice salad and warmed some frozen pizzas in the oven. I was shocked by how much I enjoyed it, always assuming that BBQ sauce would be a little too sweet for my liking on a pizza. My favorite homemade Memphis BBQ sauce was hanging out in my freezer so I decided to try a BBQ pizza at home for myself and Terry on a lazy summer evening. I went online and found Cooking Light’s BBQ Chicken Pizza with Blue Cheese.
BBQ Chicken Pizza with Blue Cheese
Adapted from Cooking Light, August 2011
- 1 (8-ounce) prebaked thin pizza crust (such as Mama Mary's)
- 1/3 cup barbecue sauce
- 1 1/2 cups shredded skinless, boneless rotisserie chicken breast
- 1/2 cup vertically sliced red onion
- 1/2 cup coarsely chopped yellow bell pepper
- 1/2 cup (2 ounces) crumbled blue cheese
- 2 plum tomatoes, thinly sliced (about 1/4 pound)
1. Preheat oven to 500°.
2. Place pizza crust on a baking sheet. Spread sauce over the crust, leaving a 1/2-inch border. Top with chicken and remaining ingredients. Bake 10 minutes or until cheese melts and crust is crisp. Cut into 12 wedges.
Amount per serving
- Calories: 252
- Fat: 8.5g
- Saturated fat: 3.1g
- Monounsaturated fat: 2.2g
- Polyunsaturated fat: 2.7g
- Protein: 16.7g
- Carbohydrate: 27.4g
- Fiber: 1.8g
- Cholesterol: 38mg
- Iron: 1.6mg
- Sodium: 494mg
- Calcium: 92mg
|Preheat oven to 500°. Place pizza crust on a baking sheet (I prebaked my own homemade whole wheat dough).|
|Spread sauce over the crust, leaving a 1/2-inch border.|
|Top with chicken (I coated the chicken with a little more BBQ sauce and at this point I also added 3/4 a cup of Mozzarella cheese).|
|Top with the remaining ingredients (at this point I also added 1/4 cups red pepper slices and a sprinkle of fresh cilantro). Bake 10 minutes or until cheese melts and crust is crisp. Cut into 12 wedges.|
My adaption of Cooking Light’s BBQ Chicken Pizza with Blue Cheese was an excellent change of pace from the usual pizzas that I make. I think that the quality of the finished product will rely heavily on the BBQ sauce that you use. The changes that I made were creating my own whole wheat crust from scratch, coating the chicken in a small amount of BBQ sauce, adding about ¾ cups of Mozzarella cheese, adding red peppers along with the yellow ones and finally sprinkling a small handful of cilantro over the pizza before baking. I had two slices and a chopped salad and Terry had...half of the entire pizza. We enjoyed leftover slices the following day by reheating them in a sauté pan in order to preserve the crispness of the crust. This pizza will be made again the exact same way.