BBQ chicken pizza with bold sauce on a white and wooden background

Devour the sticky salty, sweet, & sour finger-licking taste of barbeque sauce in this BBQ Chicken Pizza! The sauce-coated grilled chicken and red onions are topped on a bed of buttery mozzarella cheese and barbeque sauce.

A bite into a slice of the BBQ chicken pizza fills the mouth with the ooey-gooey cheese, soft delicious chicken bits, and dark dense saucy goodness. Once you bake this flavor bomb, you will crave it again and again! Some claim it to be the best pizza.

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You can get a BBQ chicken pizza in most pizzerias these days. However we’re going homemade on this one. Here are some important ingredients you’ll need on hand. Let’s have a look.

  • Bread Flour
  • Chicken
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Olive Oil
  • BBQ sauce
  • Mozzarella cheese
  • Red Onion

Bread flour, also used in New York style pizza, yields a soft, thick, and airy dough. When stretching the dough to make the raw crust, stretch an inch more. The pizza dough tends to spring back and get slightly smaller after being placed on the baking tray.

This BBQ chicken pizza recipe uses a skinless chicken leg quarter as it grills really well. It contains a good amount of fat which offers exceptionally flavourful meat when cooked whole. Furthermore, it is a low-cost cut readily available on the market.

A simple salt & pepper seasoning does wonders to the meat. It is a must-do step before grilling, especially when using a bone-in piece. The salt draws out & holds the moisture resulting in a tender juicy meat. The woody earthy notes of pepper enhance the flavor exceptionally.

Olive oil infuses a mellow savory fruit flavor into the dough. Additionally, it makes the dough stretch amazingly well without tearing. Not to mention, coating the chicken leg with oil allows the seasoning to stick. Plus it cooks the meat thoroughly, and creates a gorgeous caramelized exterior.

The thick BBQ sauce is the chief flavoring agent of this recipe. It offers a sweet tangy taste with satisfying paprika heat and incredible smokiness. Therefore, either make it at home or use the premium-quality sauce. Sweet Baby Ray’s Original BBQ sauce and Kansan City-style BBQ sauce are good picks.

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There are several types of BBQ sauces to try. You can use the sweet barbeque sauce or a spicy one. There is smoky BBQ sauce, as well as pineapple flavored BBQ sauce too.

Brining the chicken piece in salt water overnight helps the meat absorb salt and water. Thus, when grilled, it remains moist and flavorful inside.

For the chicken topping, you may use any leftover rotisserie or baked chicken. Shred or cut the cooked chicken into pieces, coat in the BBQ sauce, and it’s ready.

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As goes for the dough, this recipe uses freshly made bread flour dough. You may also use all-purpose flour dough or buy pre-made pizza dough. Gluten-free cauliflower crust or whole wheat thin pizza crust are great alternates too.

The classic chicken and onion toppings taste great. You may add mushrooms, corn, bell peppers, and fresh cilantro. Moreover, feta cheese and smoked gouda cheese are excellent choices for barbeque chicken pizza. Toss on some pineapple pieces, it goes well with BBQ chicken pizza. You could try an Indian version of this recipe, Tandoori chicken pizza.

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How to make BBQ chicken in a skillet

If you don’t have a gas grill, you can easily pan-fry the chicken on the stovetop. This is a quick way to cook the chicken topping. Also, use a large boneless chicken breast instead of the bone-in chicken leg quarter.

Slice the thick chicken breast in half (lengthwise). Place it in a ziplock bag and pound it using a meat mallet until evenly thinned out. Then rub olive oil all over. And season both sides of the chicken breast with salt and pepper.

Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Lay the chicken breast slices in a single layer. Cook for 8 mins while flipping at 4 minutes intervals. Remove into a dish and let cool. Once cooled, shred the cooked chicken and toss with 2 tablespoons of BBQ sauce.

Store and Reheat

Place the cooled BBQ chicken pizza slices in an airtight container to store in the refrigerator. It will last 3 days. To freeze, double wrap the completely cooled pizza slices. First with plastic film and then with aluminum foil. It will last for 3 months.

To reheat the leftover BBQ chicken pizza slices, preheat the oven to 375° F. Place the slices on a lined baking tray & bake until heated through for about 8-10 minutes or longer if frozen. You could also use an air-fryer if you have one in hand.

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How to make BBQ chicken pizza

  1. Prepare the dough – Combine all of your dry pizza dough ingredients into a stand mixer with dough attachment, and mix on medium for 10 seconds. Then add your oil and water slowly while mixing. Let mix for 2 additional minutes, or until a you form a smooth dough.
  2. Grill some chicken – If you have time, brine your chicken for 4 hours or over night. Coat your chicken with olive oil and season with salt and pepper on all sides. Place your chicken on a preheated grill and cook for 8 minutes, turning once. Then place the chicken over indirect heat until it’s cooked through. About 30 minutes. Shred and toss with some BBQ sauce.
  3. Assemble the pizza – Stretch out the pizza dough using your hands forming a circle. Transfer to a pizza peel lined with parchment paper. Then evenly spread the BBQ sauce around the crust. Toss on some Mozzarella and the cooked chicken.
  4. Bake – Cook your BBQ chicken pizza in the oven on a pizza stone for 7-10 minutes. Turn and remove the paper halfway through. Remove from the oven and top with sliced red onion. Slice and enjoy!

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How to Make BBQ Sauce?

To make barbeque sauce at home, you will need tomato ketchup (1/3 cup), brown sugar (2 Tbsp), and apple cider vinegar (1/4 cup). For seasoning, you may use 1/2 teaspoon each of salt, black pepper, cumin, and smoked paprika.

Mix all the ingredients in a sauce pan & simmer for 3-5 minutes on medium-low heat. Or until it thickens to desired consistency.

Is it possible to store fresh BBQ sauce to last a few months?

Yes. If you make the BBQ sauce in a large quantity, you can store it in the freezer to last up to 3 months. After the sauce has cooled completely, transfer it to a freezer-safe container. Before using, thaw it for 8 hours or overnight in the refrigerator compartment.

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BBQ Chicken Pizza Recipe

Recipe by Pizza Poster Course: Main, AppetizersCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Medium


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The BBQ chicken pizza combines 2 culinary favorites. The pizza is topped with barbecue sauce, melted cheese, grilled chicken and onions.

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  • For the Crust
  • 1 1/2 cups 1 1/2 bread flour

  • 3/4 tsp 3/4 Fleishman’s rapid rise yeast (or instant yeast)

  • 1/4 tsp 1/4 salt

  • 3/4 tsp 3/4 sugar

  • 1 Tbsp 1 olive oil

  • 2/3 cup 2/3 warm water (110-120° F)

  • For the Chicken
  • 1 large 1 skinless chicken leg quarter (brined overnight)

  • 2 Tbsp 2 olive oil

  • 3 Tbsp 3 BBQ sauce (use more if needed)

  • Salt and pepper (to taste)

  • Toppings
  • 1/2 cup 1/2 BBQ sauce

  • 1 cup 1 mozzarella cheese (shredded)

  • 1 1 red onion (sliced)


  • Make the Dough
  • Add the bread flour, yeast, salt, & sugar into the bowl of a stand mixer, with dough attachment. Start the mixer and combine for 5-10 seconds.
  • Slowly add the oil and warm water till all the ingredients combine for about 2 minutes to form a smooth, soft dough.
  • Place the dough in an oil-greased bowl. Coat the dough ball with oil, cover the bowl, and set aside for an hour to rise.
  • Put the pizza stone inside the oven & set the oven at 500° F to preheat.
  • Prepare the Chicken
  • Coat the gas grill grates with oil. Then, preheat the gas grill to high (500° F) for 15 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, pat dry the chicken piece with a paper towel, then coat it with olive oil, and season both sides generously with salt & black pepper.
  • Place the seasoned chicken breast on the right side of the grill. Cover the gas grill and cook for 4 minutes over direct heat. Then, flip the chicken piece and cook for 4 minutes, covered.
  • After that, turn off the left-side and middle burners and grill covered over indirect heat (350° F) for 30 minutes. Flip at 15 minutes interval.
  • Baste the chicken with the 1 Tbsp BBQ sauce. Grill covered over indirect heat (350° F) for 6 minutes. Then, flip the chicken, brush 1 Tbsp BBQ sauce, and grill for 6 more minutes over indirect heat (350° F).
  • Remove the grilled chicken into a dish. Slice or shred the grilled chicken leg quarter. Toss with a tablespoon of BBQ sauce if desired.
  • Assemble the Pizza
  • Place the proofed pizza dough on a lightly flour-dusted surface. Stretch out the dough using your hands.
  • Transfer the raw crust to a pizza peel lined with parchment paper. Stretch it out again and shape it into a 12-inches circle.
  • Spread the BBQ sauce on the raw crust uniformly. Sprinkle the shredded mozzarella cheese all over. Distribute the prepared chicken evenly on top.
  • Slide off the pizza (along with the parchment paper) onto the hot pizza stone. Bake for 7-10 minutes at 500° F. After 4 minutes, you may remove the parchment paper and turn the pizza.
  • Serve the pizza sprinkled with red onion slices and drizzled with some barbeque sauce on top. Slice the pizza into 6 pieces using a pizza cutter and enjoy.



  • Serving size = 1 slice
    Calories: 395 | Protein: 18.12g | Fat: 18.20g | Carbs: 38.89g | Fiber: 1.6g | Sugar: 11.39g | Cholesterol: 46mg | Sodium: 840mg | Potassium: 257mg

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