Easy BBQ Chicken Pizza recipe

by | Jun 13, 2019 | All, Main Dishes

You’ve swooned over the restaurant version, but now you can make one of these flavorful pizzas in your own kitchen with this irresistible, homemade BBQ Chicken Pizza recipe!

BBQ Chicken Pizza sliced into wedges on a silver pizza pan with a side dish of BBQ Sauce
Can there ever be enough varieties of pizza?
Sure, there will always be the purists who deem all other varieties besides pepperoni and sausage as sacrilege, but one bite of this irresistible, homemade BBQ Chicken Pizza might just change their minds.

Many restaurants have versions of this BBQ Chicken Pizza, but it’s easier than you think to recreate those layers of flavor at home.

What toppings do you put on a BBQ Chicken Pizza?

The unique taste of this pizza recipe starts with your favorite BBQ sauce (we’re huge fans of this brand of BBQ sauces). Generously slather it on your pizza dough and toss it with your roasted, shredded chicken.
The next step is key. You want to top your pie with not one, but TWO types of shredded cheese:
1. Mozzarella is a pizza must – it melts beautifully and has that sexy “cheese pull” we all love.

2. The second cheese is a popular Dutch cheese, Gouda, that has been lightly smoked. The result is a creamy, buttery cheese with an upscale, distinctive flavor. (You can find it at almost every grocery store but it usually comes in chunks so you’ll have to shred your own.)

BBQ Chicken Pizza isn’t complete without a healthy sprinkle of chopped red onion on top of the cheese and chicken. But don’t forget to add a heaping handful of freshly chopped cilantro when your ‘za is done baking.

Close up of a slice of BBQ Chicken Pizza. Do I have to make my own pizza dough?

Heck, no! If you’re feeling ambitious, by all means make your own pizza dough (Zoe has several super easy and reliable recipes for making your own dough in her Artisan Pizza and Flatbread in 5 Minutes a Day book).
But if you’re pressed for time like I usually am, grab fresh pizza dough from the grocery store, or you can even use a premade crust. Just shorten the baking time if you do the latter.

Any other tips for making homemade pizza?

Hot, hot, hot oven temperatures are key to a successful homemade pizza. Crank that oven up to at least 475 or 500 degrees to jumpstart that cooking process.
Another tip is to use a pizza stone. We have a pizza stone that I always preheat in the oven. It does a beautiful job of retaining heat which results in a more evenly baked pizza.

Slices of BBQ Chicken Pizza on a dark gray board. Sprinkled with fresh cilantro and garnished with extra BBQ Sauce.Yes, you can even GRILL pizza!

Occasionally we grill our pizza. Think of it this way: your grill is almost like a little pizza oven. It can throw out super hot heat and circulate the air evenly around your pie when the lid is closed.
Grilling pizza is also a fantastic option when summer rolls around and you can’t imagine heating up the house with a hot oven.
Not to sound like a broken record, but we use our pizza stone on the grill, too. I know some people have success grilling their pizza directly on the grates, but that has never produced the best results for us (hot spots, uneven cooking, etc.). Using a pizza stone for the grill keeps the heat – and the cooking process – much more consistent.

Satisfy your pizza cravings with any one of these tasty homemade pizza recipes!

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Wedges of BBQ Chicken Pizza on a silver pizza plate. Garnished with cilantro and extra BBQ Sauce.

Yield: Makes one large pizza

BBQ Chicken Pizza

Close up of a slice of BBQ Chicken Pizza.

You’ve swooned over the restaurant version, but now you can make one of these flavorful pizzas in your own kitchen with this irresistible, homemade BBQ Chicken Pizza recipe!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


  • 1 pound pizza dough
  • 1 cup BBQ sauce, divided (more if you like saucy pizza)
  • 1 1/4 cups diced or shredded cooked chicken
  • 3 ounces smoked gouda cheese, shredded
  • 5 ounces shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/3 cup diced red onion
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon cornmeal, for pizza peel


  1. Preheat oven to 475 degrees. If using pizza stone, place in oven and allow to preheat for at least 20 minutes. If grilling pizza, place pizza stone on grill racks and preheat for 20 minutes on high heat.
  2. Sprinkle cornmeal on pizza peel. Set aside.
  3. Sprinkle work surface lightly with flour and roll dough to desired size. Gently move dough to prepared pizza peel.
  4. Top dough with 1/2 of BBQ sauce. In a small bowl, toss chicken with remaining BBQ sauce and place on pizza dough. Divide cheeses evenly over chicken. Sprinkle red onion on top of cheeses.
  5. Gently slide pizza onto preheated stone (it takes a few small shakes back and forth). Bake for 10-15 minutes or to desired degree of doneness.
  6. Sprinkle with cilantro, cut into 8 wedges and serve warm.


Don't have a pizza stone or pizza peel? Use an upside down baking sheet instead.

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Nutrition Information:


4 servings

Serving Size:

2 slices

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 752Total Fat: 26gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 84mgSodium: 1733mgCarbohydrates: 96gFiber: 4gSugar: 29gProtein: 33g

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      Never a complaint here when it’s pizza night!

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    Looks better than digiorno, nice job.

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    Beautiful pizza! I too mix my cheeses. While moz melts nicely it does nothing for flavor. I’ve never used smoked Gouda before though! It’s on my list now.

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    Love this BBQ chicken Pizza recipe, I added some bacon to it for an extra ingredient, actually I love all you recipes! I’ll be buzy for a long while trying all the wonderful things


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