Switch up pizza night with this Homemade BBQ Chicken Pizza Recipe! With barbecue sauce, mozzarella cheese, chicken, bacon, and cilantro, this Barbecue Chicken Pizza will be a new family favorite. Best of all, it’s made in less than 20 minutes!
BBQ chicken pizza is right up there with our other favorite kinds of pizza—classic pepperoni, and chicken alfredo pizza with a delicious white sauce. When it comes to dinner, pizza is always a good idea!
EASY BARBECUE Chicken Pizza
Every Friday night it’s Pizza and Movie Night in the Merkley home. We sometimes do homemade pizza – sometimes we pick one up.
Not too long ago, we decided to try out a new recipe for a homemade version of Barbecue Chicken Pizza and it was AMAZING!
We are usually a little boring and just add tomatoes and cheese, but adding the barbecue sauce for the pizza sauce, along with cubed chicken, bacon and cilantro took our pizza to a whole new level of deliciousness.
We decided to do a Barbecue pizza in honor of KC Masterpiece’s 35th Anniversary. They released a limited-edition sauce – KC Masterpiece® Kansas City Classic barbecue sauce that was perfect for the recipe and made this pizza the perfect blend of cheese, bread and barbecue!
The best part of all was that this pizza was so easy to make! We loved it so much that we’re adding it into the meal planner because it was so good and so simple to throw together.
How to Make BBQ Chicken Pizza:
To make this BBQ Chicken Pizza Recipe as easy as possible, we use a can of pre-made pizza dough, as well as rotisserie chicken. It saves so much time not having to mix dough or cook chicken. That way, it only takes about 20 minutes to throw this pizza together!
CHICKEN. Begin by cubing your chicken and tossing it barbecue sauce. Bake Pizza Dough for 5 minutes at whatever temperature the dough packaging instructs.
BBQ SAUCE. While Pizza Dough is still warm, add barbecue sauce for the pizza sauce (add more or less if desired).
BAKE. Add cheese, barbecue chicken, cilantro and bacon to your pizza. Sprinkle with garlic salt. Bake pizza an additional 8-10 minutes or until cheese is melted and dough is golden brown.
Drizzle with more barbecue sauce, and ENJOY!
Does the chicken have to be precooked? Yes! The pizza is not in the oven long enough to cook the chicken properly. To make this step easier you can use a rotisserie chicken, canned chicken chunks, or you can keep cooked chicken in the freezer to grab on a busy day.
One of the easiest ways to change the flavor is to use a different cheese. Mozzarella is my favorite to use because it pairs well with a variety of ingredients, it melts easily and browns beautifully. With that said you, can use your favorite cheese along with or instead of mozzarella. I’d suggest trying: smoked gouda, blue cheese, or gorgonzola.
You can also add any of your favorite pizza toppings such as pineapple, sausage, and red onions.
MakING AHEAD, FREEZING & STORING
Can I make this ahead of time and freeze for later? Yes, you can make this BBQ pizza recipe ahead of time & freeze for a quick delicious meal.
How to freeze? To freeze bake the pizza crust for 7 minutes. Remove from the oven and put on the toppings. Place the pizza on a freezer safe aluminum baking tray or a clean piece of cardboard and flash freeze for about 2 hours.
Remove it from freezer and wrap tightly with plastic wrap then again with aluminum foil. Label and freeze for 3-6 months.
To bake preheat oven to 350 degrees F place the pizza on a baking sheet and bake until hot and cheese has melted; about 5-7 minutes. For a beautifully browned top flip on the broiler and allow the top to cook 1-2 minutes longer. Keep a close eye on it. *note: Freezing canned pizza dough may prevent it from rising as much as it does when baked fresh.
How to store leftover barbecue pizza? Leftover pizza can be stored in the refrigerator for 3-4 days. Place slices in an airtight container, separate each slice with a paper towel or parchment paper.
For best results reheat in the oven or toaster oven. If you’re in a hurry you can reheat it in the microwave.
What to serve with BBQ Pizza?
There are so many great sides and salads to serve with pizza. Here are some of our favorites:
- Broccoli Salad
- Spinach Artichoke Dip
- Pizza Salad
- Copycat Olive Garden Breadsticks
- Arugula Salad
- Baked Hot Wings
Nothing better than another easy and delicious meal that doesn’t take long to make! I hope you enjoy this as much as we did! If you love barbecue chicken like we do, I highly suggest you make it. 🙂
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BBQ Chicken Pizza Recipe
- 1 can premade Pizza dough or 14 oz. homemade dough
- 1 1/2 c cubed chicken rotisserie chicken works great
- 1 1/4 c KC Masterpiece® Kansas City Classic barbecue sauce divided
- 3 pieces cooked bacon chopped
- 1/3 c cilantro chopped
- 3 c Mozzarella Cheese
- garlic salt (with parsley flakes)
- Begin by cubing your chicken and tossing it ½ cup barbecue sauce.
- Bake Pizza Dough for 5 minutes at whatever temperature the instructions say on the pizza dough packaging.
- While Pizza Dough is still warm, add ½ cup pizza sauce for the sauce (add more or less if desired).
- Add cheese, barbecue chicken, cilantro and bacon to your pizza. Sprinkle with garlic salt.
- Bake pizza an additional 8-10 minutes or until cheese is melted and dough is golden brown.
- Drizzle with more barbecue sauce, and ENJOY!