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Smoky BBQ Chicken Pizza

July 24, 2018 (Last Updated: May 27, 2022) by Chris Collins

This Smoky BBQ Chicken Pizza is the ultimate quick and easy pizza which is BURSTING with flavour!

I first created this recipe with a previous client (Jack Daniel’s®) and I legit haven’t stopped making it since. It’s one of my favourite pizza recipes to this day and I can’t wait to share it with you! Follow me…

overhead shot of pizza with hand grabbing slice surround by wedges, sauce and dip

BBQ Chicken Pizza

Look I’m gonna be honest with you. At heart, I’ve always been a tomato base pizza kinda guy. Ever since I was a young warthog it’s the way I’ve made them (and the way I’ve ordered them 😏). But in recent times a BBQ base has been my go-to. That sweet, sticky, smoky goodness slathered underneath melted cheese? I’m telling you folks, it’s so addictive.

Tomato base there’ll always be a place for you in my heart, but today it’s all about the BBQ. Here’s why you’re going to fall in love with this BBQ Chicken Pizza:

  • Smoky – Where there’s BBQ, there’s gotta be a smoky twang of flavour. Here we inject smokiness, without the pizza going near a smoker!
  • Date Night Dinner – Delicious meal for two for when you fancy a little cook up in the kitchen.
  • Quick and Easy – As pizza recipes go, this is relatively quick and easy to make!

bbq chicken pizza with dip, wedges, bbq sauce and pizza cutter

BBQ Chicken

One of the key ingredients in this pizza is of course the chicken. As such, we want to let it shine! Here we’ll be using boneless skinless chicken breast, seasoning it up and frying it until lightly charred.

Can I make the chicken ahead of time?

Yep! Just allow to completely cool and tightly store in the fridge until needed. Bring to room temp before slicing and adding to the pizza.

Can I use leftover/rotisserie chicken instead?

You can definitely use pre-cooked chicken! I still recommend combining it with the seasoning though. Feel free to add a dash of bbq sauce too if it’s a little dry.

Process shots: add chicken breast to chopping board (photo 1), slice in half through the centre (photo 2), add smoked paprika, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, salt, black pepper and olive oil (photo 3), coat chicken (photo 4), add to pan (photo 5), fry both sides until lightly charred/cooked through the centre (photo 6).

6 step by step photos showing how to prepare chicken for pizza

BBQ Chicken Pizza Ingredients

When it comes to making the pizza dough, I use my No Yeast Pizza Dough (just because it’s so quick and easy!), but you can use store-bought dough or even a store-bought pizza base!

Alongside the pizza dough, here’s what you’ll need for the pizza:

BBQ Chicken Pizza Toppings

  • Chicken – discussed above (smoke layer #1)
  • BBQ Sauce – Here I use Jack Daniel’s® Full Flavour Smoky, but any kind of smoky BBQ sauce will do the trick (smoke layer #2).
  • Applewood Smoked Cheddar – Or any type of smoky cheese (smoke layer #3).
  • Mozzarella – Low-moisture mozzarella so the top doesn’t go watery.
  • Peppers & Red Onion – Adds gorgeous colour and flavour, both thinly sliced.
  • Jalapeños – BBQ sauce takes on spice beautifully!
  • Oregano – a pinch of dried oregano for that classic pizza flavour.

Pizzas are all about preference though, so if you have a favourite topping for BBQ pizza then go for it!

Process shots: roll out dough and add to lightly floured pizza tray (photo 1), spread over BBQ sauce (photo 2), add cheese (photo 3), add toppings (photo 4).

4 step by step photos showing how to make bbq chicken pizza

Tips for the best BBQ Chicken Pizza

1. Room Temp

For best results you want your pizza dough at room temp, I usually take it out of the fridge around 1 hour beforehand.

2. Roasting Hot

You want the oven roasting hot before you add the pizza. The general rule of thumb is the hotter the better for pizza!

3. Distribute the toppings

Make sure you evenly space out the toppings and hide any particularly thin/small bits of chicken underneath cheese so it doesn’t char too much and go chewy.

close up shot of hand lifting slice of bbq chicken pizza

Serving BBQ Chicken Pizza

If you want extra BBQ sauce then drizzle some more over at the end! For me, there’s ALWAYS gotta be a pot of Garlic and Herb Dip to go alongside (and that goes for any kind of pizza 😛). This pizza is awesome to share between two as it is, but you could add some extra sides:

What to serve with BBQ Chicken Pizza?

Alrighty, let’s tuck into the full recipe for this BBQ chicken pizza shall we?!

Smoky BBQ Chicken Pizza being dunked into pot of dip

How to make a Smoky BBQ Chicken Pizza (Full Recipe & Video)

Smokey BBQ Chicken Pizza overhead with wedges and sour cream and chive dip

Smoky BBQ Chicken Pizza

This Smoky BBQ Chicken Pizza is the ultimate quick and easy pizza which is BURSTING with flavour!
5 from 4 votes
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Servings (click & slide): 2
Course: Dinner / Main Course
Cuisine: American / Italian
Prep Time: 8 minutes
Cook Time: 17 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Calories per serving: 618kcal
Cost per serving: £5 / $6.50

Equipment:

  • 12"-13" Pizza Tray & Pizza Cutter
  • Frying Pan & Tongs
  • Sharp Knife & Chopping Board
  • Paper Towels
  • Rolling Pin

Ingredients (check list):

Pizza

  • 14oz / 400g Pizza Dough at room temp (see notes)
  • 1/3 cup / 80g Smoky BBQ Sauce
  • few pinches of Flour, for dusting work surface and pizza tray

Chicken

  • 1 small Chicken Breast (approx 5oz/150g)
  • 1/2 tsp Smoked Paprika
  • 1/4 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/8 - 1/4 tsp Cayenne Pepper (can reduce or leave out if you don't like spice)
  • hefty pinch of Salt & Black Pepper
  • drizzle of Olive Oil (just under a tbsp should suffice)

Toppings

  • 3/4 cup / 75g Applewood Smoked Cheddar (or other smoky cheese)
  • 3/4 cup / 75g Low-moisture Mozzarella, shredded (see notes)
  • 1/2 small Red Onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 small Red Pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 small Yellow Pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 tsp Dried Oregano
  • Pickled Jalapeno Slices, to preference (patted dry with paper towels to remove moisture)

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 230C/450F (oven must be roasting hot!)
  • Slice your chicken breast through the centre as if you were going to butterfly it, creating two equal-sized breasts. Coat in the seasoning and oil, then fry over medium-high heat until lightly charred on both sides and cooked through the centre. Place to one side and allow to rest. Slice just before needed.
  • Dust a work surface with flavour and use a rolling pin to roll the dough to roughly 1/4" thick and around 12" wide. Dust a pinch of flour over a pizza tray (so the pizza doesn't stick) then add the base. Use your fingers to gently stretch out the dough a little if needed.
  • Spread over BBQ sauce (leave a little gap around the outside), then top with smoked cheddar and mozzarella. Add sliced chicken, peppers, onion, jalapeños and a sprinkle of oregano.
  • Place in the oven for 12mins or until the cheese is deep golden and bubbly with the crust crispy and lightly browned.

Quick 1 min demo!

Notes:

a) Pizza Dough - You can use my Easy No Yeast Pizza Dough for this recipe. Failing that just use store-bought dough, or a store-bought 12" pizza base. If using dough it needs to be room temp for best results, I generally take it out the fridge around an hour beforehand. 
b) Can I use cooked chicken? - You can definitely use pre cooked chicken! I still recommend combining with the seasoning though. Feel free to add a dash of bbq sauce too if it's a little dry. A roughly packed cup of shredded or cubed chicken should suffice.
c) Oven Temp - Be sure to get your oven right up to temperature before adding the pizza. The general rule of thumb with cooking pizzas is the hotter the oven the better! Just keep an eye on things so it doesn't burn.
d) Low-Moisture Mozzarella - I recommend packaged shredded mozzarella, just because it's dry and doesn't add excess moisture. If you've only got fresh mozzarella in brine, just very thinly slice it and thoroughly pat it dry with paper towels.
e) Leftovers - Allow to cool then tightly store in the fridge for 2-3 days. Reheat as you prefer, I usually wrap in foil and reheat in the oven at 350F/180C until hot and bubbly. You can also add to a pan and fry over medium heat for a couple of mins, then add a splash of water to the pan and pop and lid on until the cheese goes gooey. Fail that just pop it in the microwave, or, dare I say, eat it cold!
f) Calories - Based on sharing between two people with no sides.

Your Private Notes:

Nutrition:

Nutrition Facts
Smoky BBQ Chicken Pizza
Amount Per Serving
Calories 618 Calories from Fat 187
% Daily Value*
Fat 20.82g32%
Saturated Fat 6.919g35%
Polyunsaturated Fat 3.465g
Monounsaturated Fat 7.073g
Cholesterol 93mg31%
Sodium 1176mg49%
Potassium 677mg19%
Carbohydrates 64.31g21%
Fiber 4.7g19%
Sugar 22.01g24%
Protein 42.29g85%
Vitamin A 3150IU63%
Vitamin C 77.6mg94%
Calcium 290mg29%
Iron 4.9mg27%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition is based on the absence of salt unless stated as a measurement in the ingredients. Cost is worked out based on ingredients bought from UK supermarkets, then divided by the number of servings. In both instances these values are just for guidance. Please check out my FAQ Page for more info.
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12 Comments

  • Reply
    Karly
    July 27, 2018 at 3:21 pm

    This is mouthwatering! I love the combination of chicken, cheese, bbq sauce! Yum! I haven’t tried the Jack Daniels sauce so that next on the list.

    • Reply
      Chris
      July 28, 2018 at 11:29 am

      Thanks, Karly! You gotta try it. So good!! 🙂

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    Katherine Hackworthy
    July 24, 2018 at 9:23 pm

    5 stars
    Such a tasty looking pizza and so easy to make. Who needs to order in when you can fakeaway this good. Those sauces are great, and this is a brilliant way of using one.

    • Reply
      Chris
      July 24, 2018 at 9:53 pm

      Thanks so much, Katherine! Aren’t the sauces just the best!?

  • Reply
    Vicky
    July 24, 2018 at 7:34 pm

    5 stars
    A great BBQ chicken pizza, starts with a great sauce and it looks like you found one. Who needs to order pizza when you can make this!

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      Chris
      July 24, 2018 at 7:36 pm

      You’re so right, such an awesome BBQ sauce!!

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    Claudia Lamascolo
    July 24, 2018 at 7:25 pm

    5 stars
    truly drool worthy I love to dip my pizza in blue cheese so this smokey barbecue looks fantastic and a good new one to try!

    • Reply
      Chris
      July 24, 2018 at 7:35 pm

      Ugh, blue cheese and pizza. Now we’re talking!!

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    Kavita Favelle
    July 24, 2018 at 7:07 pm

    I love bbq flavours, I’m sure I’d love this JD barbeque chicken on a pizza. It looks great for a quick meal too.

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      Chris
      July 25, 2018 at 1:07 pm

      So good for a quick meal!!

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    Britt | Sweet Tea and Thyme
    July 24, 2018 at 6:45 pm

    5 stars
    BBQ chicken pizza is definitely one of my favorites and yours looks fantastic!

    • Reply
      Chris
      July 24, 2018 at 6:48 pm

      Isn’t it just the best combo!? Thanks Britt 🙂

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