Homemade BBQ Chicken Pizza Recipe

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BBQ chicken pizza recipe

How to Make BBQ Chicken Pizza

This homemade BBQ chicken pizza is SO yummy! Best of all, you can make it your way – whether that’s with homemade crust and sauce or store-bought ingredients for an easy dinner! Plus, you can make a couple of extra pizzas and freeze them for later if you so desire.

It honestly doesn’t get much better so read on and enjoy!

homemade pizza crust with bbq sauce

BBQ Chicken Pizza Ingredients

The key ingredients in this homemade BBQ chicken pizza are pretty obvious – the chicken and the BBQ sauce. For the chicken, cook it however you like: slow cooker, Instant Pot, skillet, grill, whatever works! You can even go the easy route and buy a pre-cooked rotisserie chicken and use some of it for your pizza.

Tip #1: Learn How to Shred Chicken with a KitchenAid Mixer

If you’ve never had BBQ sauce on a pizza before and you’re a bit afraid (don’t worry, it’s amazing), you can always mix half BBQ sauce with your favorite pizza sauce for a more mild BBQ flavor.

Tip #2: Have some extra time? Try out this homemade Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ sauce for your BBQ pizza.

easy homemade pizza

Homemade Crust or Store Bought Works!

I’ll be honest with you, I love a good homemade pizza crust but sometimes store-bought wins just because it’s easier! You can find a lot of cheap already made pizza dough in various grocery stores.

That being said, if you want to go homemade, I highly recommend trying this easy homemade pizza crust recipe or this tasty zucchini pizza crust recipe.

how to make bbq chicken pizza

Topping Ideas

Starting with the cheese, we simply use shredded mozzarella and then we like to top our BBQ chicken pizza with a bit of parmesan at the end. Feel free to use your favorite cheese though! One of our readers used gouda cheese for their pizza and said it was delicious 🙂

For the rest of the toppings, once again, feel free to go with what you like! We used red onion, crumbled bacon, and cilantro along with the chicken. You could try adding pineapple if you’d like – just add it before baking the pizza.

Comment your favorite pizza topping ideas below!

homemade bbq chicken pizza

Kitchen Tool Tip + Freezing Tips

It’s not necessary, but if you enjoy making homemade pizza, I highly recommend purchasing a pizza stone (check out these ones on Amazon). This awesome little kitchen accessory is really affordable, will last a long time, and helps cook your pizza more evenly.

If you want to make a few of these pizzas at a time to freeze, it’s super easy. Just wrap your topped pizzas with plastic wrap, cover with foil, and freeze. Way better than grocery store frozen pizzas!

BBQ chicken pizza freezer meal

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homemade BBQ chicken pizza recipe

Homemade BBQ Chicken Pizza Recipe

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Prep Time: 15 minutes | Cook Time: 10 minutes
Yield: 14 or 16 inch pizza, 12 slices | Serves: 6


  • 1 pizza dough for 14” to 16” pizza
  • ½ cup BBQ sauce (or mix half pizza sauce and half BBQ sauce)
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 1 cup cooked sliced or shredded chicken
  • 2 tablespoons diced red onion
  • 2 tablespoons cooked crumbled bacon
  • 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
  • Italian seasoning and Parmesan


  1. Preheat oven to 475° F, along with pizza stone, if using.
  2. Prepare pizza dough and roll/press out into a 14”-16” circle onto pizza pan or parchment paper. Tuck the edge of the dough under to create more of a crust, if desired. Lightly prick the surface of the dough with a fork, to help prevent bubbles while baking.
  3. Spread 1/2 cup of sauce evenly over dough. I use the backside of a spoon in light circle motions to spread sauce evenly. Sprinkle 1 ½ cups of the mozzarella cheese evenly over the sauce. (Reserve ½ cup for after other toppings.)
  4. Top with chicken, red onion, bacon, and cilantro. Sprinkle remaining ½ cup of mozzarella evenly over all. As a finishing touch, lightly sprinkle Italian seasoning and grated Parmesan over the pizza.
  5. For best results, bake pizza on a preheated pizza stone, by sliding the pan or parchment on top of the stone. Bake at 475° for 8-10 minutes. Rotate pizza halfway through baking time.
  6. Preparing for the freezer:

  7. Before baking, wrap the topped pizza with plastic wrap, then cover with foil. Freeze.
  8. Prepare after freezing:

  9. Preheat oven and pizza stone, if using, to 475° F. Unwrap the pizza and bake on pizza stone for about 15 minutes, rotating halfway through.
Ingredients: Bacon, Chicken, Cilantro, Mozzarella, Onion, Parmesan, Pizza Dough
Meal Type: Main Dish
Categories: Pizza, Make Ahead/Freezer Meal, Oven

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