Sunday, May 16, 2010

Barbeque Chicken Pizza with Onions

When I grill I try to make the most economical use of my charcoal, so I usually throw some extra stuff to use later in the week. Chicken cooked over some mesquite charcoal is amazing on this pizza. You can certainly bake the chicken if that's easier, but if you're grilling throw an extra chicken breast on and put it in the fridge for later use. Having the chicken ready to go also makes this super quick to throw together. Even though these ingredients have become pretty standard together, there's something about the homemade version that is so much more satisfying. The smokey chicken and barbeque sauce really compliment each other. Pair this with a nice salad and some white wine and you'll feel like you're eating something much more decadent than pizza. I picked up some pre-made pizza dough from Publix, which really put this over the top. Many grocery and specialty stores have dough ready to go, and if all else fails you can make your own or buy the pillsbury brand.

The Publix pizza dough is really good (and cheap) - try it if you can!

Barbeque Chicken PIzza with Red Onions


1 portion prepared pizza dough
1/2 cup barbeque sauce (for a healthier option opt for low sugar or sugar free)
8 oz. shredded colby-jack cheese
1/2 small red onion, sauteed
1 tsp. sugar
1 small or 1/2 large grilled chicken, sliced
2 tbsps. olive oil
Salt, to taste
Fresh pepper, to taste


1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees (adjust depending on what the directions on your dough say). Saute the onions with a drizzle of olive oil and the sugar of medium heat until juices are released and onions are caramelized.
2. Using a rolling pin, roll out the dough until it's the right size for your pizza pan. Shape the edges by rolling and pinching the dough for a bigger crust. Use a bit of flour on your hands and the pin to keep the dough from sticking. Brush the dough with enough olive oil to cover it all and sprinkle salt and pepper over it. Allow oil to soak in for a minute or so.
3. Brush the dough with the barbeque sauce. Add onions, chicken and cheese. Put in the oven for about 20 minutes or until golden.

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