Friday, October 1, 2010

BBQ Chicken Pizza

BBQ chicken pizza is one of my new favorites to order out or even buy as a last-minute frozen dinner. So when I saw this recipe in one of my mom's cookbooks I copied it down right away. It happens to be California Pizza Kitchen's recipe for one of their most famous pizzas. And it. was. awesome. Seriously, if you even remotely like BBQ sauce, please try this soon.

The original recipe called for 2 tablespoons of smoked Gouda, but I don't like that taste enough to buy a whole hunk of cheese for 2 tablespoons, so I used some leftover crumbled blue cheese I had on hand and I am glad I did! Blue cheese and BBQ sauce go great together, especially if you use Sweet Baby Ray's like I do :) Additionally, I may try to caramelize the red onions next time I make this. I think the sweeter flavor would go better with the rest of the flavors, rather than the slight crunch they had here.

BBQ Chicken Pizza
Makes 1 10" pizza

1 chicken breast or 1/2 pound chicken tenders
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 cup BBQ sauce, divided
pizza dough, homemade or store-bought
2 tablespoons crumbled blue cheese
1 cup shredded mozzarella
1/2 cup red onion, sliced (caramelized, if desired)
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Prepare pizza stone or baking sheet.

Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add chicken and cook thoroughly. Remove from heat and cool slightly, coat with 1/4 cup BBQ sauce. Cut into bite-sized pieces.

Form dough into 10" crust. Spread remaining 1/4 cup BBQ sauce evenly onto crust, leaving small border around edges. Sprinkle blue cheese and 1/2 cup mozzarella over crust. Add chicken, red onion, remaining mozzarella, and cilantro.

Bake for 10 minutes or until crust is slightly browned. Cool slightly before slicing.

Don't mind the free-form crust. I had a little issue transferring from the counter to the pizza stone


Holly said...

Yum! Love bbq chicken pizza- never had it with blue cheese tho sounds really good:) I'll have to try that next time I make it!

Courtney Milde Walker said...

I am totally trying this recipe!! yummo!

Karen said...

Your pizza looks wonderful! I love the flavors in it...the bbq sauce and cilantro are yummy additions. Thanks for sharing!