Barbecue Chicken Pizza

For awhile I was making pizza with my family a few times a month but we fell out of the habit.

This pizza is bringing me back into the habit because it’s so good, so easy, and ready in 15 minutes.

Barbecue Chicken Pizza - A COPYCAT version of California Pizza Kitchen's bbq chicken pizza that you can make at home in 15 minutes!! EASY, loaded with juicy chicken, red onions, cilantro, and lots of cheese!!

It reminds me of California Pizza Kitchen’s barbecue chicken pizza except I think homemade is better. I’m not partial or anything.

You can make scratch pizza dough in one hour or use storebought fresh pizza dough. I like Trader Joe’s if I’m feeling lazy. I don’t even bother with a rolling pin and just stretch it into place. Whatever dough you choose, you’re going to love how much flavor is packed in the pizza.

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Barbecue Chicken Pizza - A COPYCAT version of California Pizza Kitchen's bbq chicken pizza that you can make at home in 15 minutes!! EASY, loaded with juicy chicken, red onions, cilantro, and lots of cheese!!

Make the pizza by replacing traditional marinara sauce with a layer of barbecue sauce. Shredded chicken is also tossed in barbecue sauce for plenty of rich, smoky barbecue flavor. Use your favorite BBQ sauce. I used this one. To save time use storebought rotisserie chicken.

Additional flavor and texture comes from crisp red onions, gooey mozzarella, and after baking add a healthy sprinkling of cilantro. I love the contrast of the fresh herbs with the juicy chicken.

Barbecue Chicken Pizza - A COPYCAT version of California Pizza Kitchen's bbq chicken pizza that you can make at home in 15 minutes!! EASY, loaded with juicy chicken, red onions, cilantro, and lots of cheese!!

I bake my pizzas on a pizza stone and it’s square so my pizzas tend to be on the square side which I think of as ‘rustic’. You can use a baking sheet instead of a stone.

Baking times will vary based on the dough used, how heavily you pile on the toppings (heavy for me so my pizzas take 12 to 13 minutes), what surface you’re baking on, and personal preference. Watch closely starting at about 8 minutes because it’s a very hot oven and the pizza can go from raw to charred in a minute.

Barbecue Chicken Pizza - A COPYCAT version of California Pizza Kitchen's bbq chicken pizza that you can make at home in 15 minutes!! EASY, loaded with juicy chicken, red onions, cilantro, and lots of cheese!!

Barbecue Chicken Pizza

The pizza is good, so easy, and ready in 15 minutes and reminds me of California Pizza Kitchen’s barbecue chicken pizza except I think homemade is better. You can make scratch dough or use storebought fresh dough. Replace traditional marinara sauce with a barbecue sauce. Shredded chicken is also tossed in barbecue sauce for plenty of rich, smoky barbecue flavor. To save time use storebought rotisserie chicken. Additional flavor and texture comes from crisp red onions, gooey mozzarella, and after baking add a healthy sprinkling of cilantro. Watch closely starting at about 8 minutes because it’s a very hot oven and the pizza can go from raw to charred in a minute.

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, if baking on a baking sheet
  • one pound fresh pizza dough (scratch or storebought)
  • about 3/4 cup barbecue sauce, divided
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked shredded chicken (use storebought rotisserie chicken to save time)
  • one quarter of one red onion, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 2 cups shredded mozzrella cheese
  • 1/3 cup fresh cilantro leaves, finely minced for garnishing

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 475F. Place pizza stone in the oven if using one (don’t add oil to the stone) or lightly oil a baking sheet with 2 tablespoons olive oil.
  2. Roll or stretch pizza dough out into approximately a 10 to 12-inch round or an oblong shape (doesn’t have to be perfect). Place dough onto a well-floured pizza peel if using a stone or onto the baking sheet.
  3. Evenly spread about 1/3 cup barbecue sauce over the pizza, keeping a 1/2-inch bare margin around the perimeter.
  4. To a medium bowl, add the chicken, remaining barbecue sauce, and toss to combine.
  5. Evenly scatter chicken over the pizza.
  6. Evenly top with red onion, mozzarella, and bake for about 8 to 13 minutes, or until cheese is melted and pizza is done to your liking. Baking times will vary based on the dough used, how heavily you pile on the toppings, what surface you’re baking on, and personal preference. Watch closely starting at about 8 minutes because it’s a very hot oven and the pizza can go from raw to charred in a minute.
  7. Evenly sprinkle with cilantro, slice, and serve immediately. Pizza is best warm and fresh but will keep airtight in the fridge for up to 5 days. Reheat gently if desired.
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21 comments on “Barbecue Chicken Pizza”

  1. I love bbq chicken pizza and cilantro at the end is key. Ill be making this today.

  2. This sounds delish!

  3. Yes!! BBQ chicken pizza is my favorite! I love your rustic version, and the fresh herbs are a lovely touch. Yum!!

  4. The cilantro with this looks sooo good! Funny you posted this because we are in NYC for a few days and had a slice of pizza today. I’m probably not cooking until Friday but this looks like a fun recipe to try when we get back. I haven’t made a homemade pizza in a while either!

    • Have fun in NYC and there’s nothing like a slice in New York! Enjoy your time there!

    • I picked up a rotisserie chicken for dinner on the way home from the airport and knew what I was using the leftovers for today. This pizza was fantastic and Jon really loved it too (BBQ chicken is a favorite). I think we could get into homemade pizza more often after this (and I think a combo of this and your mango basil pizza would be good too).

      • So glad you guys enjoyed it and maybe it inspired you to get back into homemade pizza more often even! I bet this combo of this one and the mango basil pizza would be a great pairing!

  5. I’ve never tried BBQ pizza before but these look amazing! Must try.

  6. OMG this looks SO FREAKING AMAZING. I could live on this pizza…and your lush recipes. Come live with me! :)

  7. hey girl this looks amazing! Yummy!

  8. Omg..this looks so good! I love BBQ pizza..quick unrelated question..what is the board? or table? that you use in your photos..I love it! Do share ;)

  9. My mouth is watering over here. Love, love, love!

  10. Simple ingredients and easy, Delicious!!!!! Would eat it again!

  11. Hi Averie,

    I made this recipe last night for dinner…actually, I modified with what I had in the freezer and fridge. I added BBQ chicken that my husband made the night before to the Margarita Pizza I had in the freezer. I ended up brushing BBQ sauce over it, and adding all the ingredients you mentioned. Turned out delicious! Thanks for the recipe.

  12. If I use a baking sheet instead of a stone, do I still keep it in the oven while its preheating? Thanks!

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