BBQ Chicken Pizza

This homemade pizza is so good!  Fresh ingredients, no grease, no high fructose corn syrup, no belly aches, extra money in your pocket.  Your pizza night maybe changed forever, ours is!

Topping ingredients:

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Chicken- I use thighs, they are cheap and super easy to fix.  Season them up with a bbq dry rub or salt/pepper/oregano/thyme blend under the skin, but leave skin on and bake in a 350 oven for 45 minutes.  Chicken breast works great too,  split chicken breast with rib is  a lot cheaper than boneless skinless chicken.  Bake the same way.

1 small/medium onion, 1 green pepper, a couple cloves of garlic

BBQ sauce- the one pictured is called Garland Jack’s Secret Six-no high fructose corn syrup, less then $3, and delicious!

Real Mozzarella cheese, not the imitation stuff.

Chop the vegetables and chicken up and set aside. Turn the oven up to 450 degrees!

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Crust Ingredients:

You can buy a box crust by Betty Crocker or Jiffy, or just make your own.  It’s really easy and this recipe makes two thin crusts or one thick crust.

Homemade Pizza Crust

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1 package of rapid rise yeast

1 tsp sugar

1 cup warm water

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

2 Tbsp olive oil

1 tsp salt

Add sugar and yeast to warm water and let sit 5 minutes

Combine flour, salt, oil, and water/yeast mixture in a bowl and beat with a stand mixer or electric mixer until the dough pulls together.  On a lightly floured surface, start kneading the dough with your hands adding small amounts of flour (1 tsp at a time) until the dough is tacky, not sticky, and forms a smooth round ball.  Let it rest for 5 min.

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Spray a large flat baking sheet with cooking spray and lightly flour or better yet use corn meal.  If making thin crust, which I recommend, use half of the dough and freeze the other half in a ziplock bag.  Roll the dough out on the baking sheet.  This takes a little work, keep pulling the dough up off the sheet and lightly pull out to stretch the dough out to the edges of the baking sheet.  It doesn’t have to be perfect, but make sure there are no holes in the crust.

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Add a thin layer of BBQ sauce, too much will be to heavy on a thin crust. Add on some herbs if you like as well.  Marjoram, basil, and oregano are make a great blend for pizza. use about 1/8 tsp of each.  If you don’t have fresh garlic, sprinkle on a little garlic salt before adding the toppings.

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Here is my little helper…

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Next, add the garlic, chicken, and vegetables and a thin layer of cheese.  Don’t pile the cheese on, it will be too heavy and the vegetables will not cook right.

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Ok, here is a VERY IMPORTANT STEP!!  Put the pizza in the oven set at 450 degrees.  Set a timer for 7 minutes.  With a spatula, metal works great but any will do, CAREFULLY loosen the crust from the baking sheets and put it directly on the rack.  This makes the crust the crunchy awesomeness that is thin crust.  If the crust has any holes after this operation, put the sheet on the bottom rack under the pizza to save the bottom of your oven.  Bake for another 8-10 minutes, keep a close eye on it, it will bake fast now!

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And there you have it!  Let this masterpiece cool for 5 or so.

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This pizza goes really well with a red Zinfandel.  I found a good one called Zinopolis for around $10 that was really good.

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