Try this bbq chicken pizza recipe for an easy weeknight dinner

BBQ Chicken Pizza Recipe

Try this bbq chicken pizza recipe for an easy weeknight dinner.

The bbq chicken pizza is a classic and a very easy pizza to make at home.

I like making this with some of the leftover ingredients I have in my fridge. It’s easy to use up the leftover rotisserie chicken you have in the fridge as well as some of your extra veggies. I happened to have the end of a red onion and a couple of leaves of cilantro.

You can make your own pizza dough but if you’re looking for a quick and easy weeknight meal, it’s much quicker to pick up a pre-made crust. For this recipe, I used the Boboli original crust. It’s best to brush your crust with oil before placing your sauce on it so that it does not become soggy. The oil will keep the ingredients you place on it from soaking into the crust too much as it bakes.

I used about half a cup of sauce for this recipe, but if you enjoy more sauce on your pizzas, by all means, be more generous with your sauce. The opposite is also true. If you prefer less sauce, just use less sauce on the pizza. I really enjoy Kinder’s bbq sauce, but any bbq sauce will do.

Any kind of cheese will do for this pizza. I enjoy the classic mozzarella with some cheddar mixed in, but if you prefer all mozzarella or all cheddar then you can customize to your liking! Gouda cheese also gives a creamy and smokey flavor that will complement the sweetness of the bbq sauce well.

How to Make a BBQ Chicken Pizza

  1. Crust: You can use homemade pizza dough that is tried and true or you can use store-bought. I was a bit short on time (read: I was exhausted on this Wednesday night) so I used a Boboli pizza crust. Either way, make sure to brush your crust with a little oil before putting your sauce and toppings on to keep it getting soggy.
  2. Sauce: For a BBQ Chicken Pizza, you’ll need, you guessed, barbecue sauce. My favorite is Kinder’s but anything in your fridge will do just fine. Start with a half a cup of sauce and adjust up or down depending on how saucy you like your pizza.
  3. Cheese: I used two types of cheese for maximum flavor: mozzarella & cheddar. If you have gouda in your fridge I would add a bit of that since the smokey-ness of it pairs so well with the BBQ sauce. If not, adding any type of cheese that you like will work well.
  4. Chicken: Adding on any type of pre-cooked chicken will work. You can coat the chicken in the sauce before adding it or add it plain.
  5. Other toppings: I also add some zesty diced red onion to the pizza before baking and cilantro when it comes out of the onion. I have red pepper flakes on the side as an option for those that like their food a bit spicier.

BBQ Chicken Pizza Recipe

5 from 2 votes
Recipe by Sarah Course: Easy Recipes, Entrée, Freezer FriendlyCuisine: ItalianDifficulty: Easy


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  • 1 Boboli pizza crust

  • 1 cup shredded chicken

  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese

  • 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese

  • 1/2 cup BBQ sauce

  • 2 tbsp olive oil

  • 5 slices red onion

  • 1 bunch cilantro


  • Prep your ingredients. Preheat your oven to 425°F. Cut up your chicken into bite-sized pieces.
  • Paint your crust. Paint olive oil on the crust then add the bbq sauce to the crust.
  • Add toppings. Add your cheese and other toppings. Place chicken on top of cheese along with red onion.
  • Bake. Place in the oven and bake for 8-10 minutes.
  • Garnish. Add cilantro when taken from oven. Enjoy!


  • If you like a crispier pizza, go ahead and broil it for the last minute or two of baking
  • You can put the pizza directly into the oven or put it onto a baking sheet. If you put it onto a baking sheet it will cook more evenly, but it will take longer and the bottom of the pizza will not brown and crisp up.

Did you try this bbq chicken pizza recipe? Tell me what you think of this recipe in the comments below.

The bbq chicken pizza is an easy weeknight meal
The bbq chicken pizza is an easy weeknight meal


  1. This looks so good! It reminds me of the California Pizza Kitchen chicken bbq pizza I used to get in the freezer section.

    • Thanks, Cory, I appreciate your comments. This pizza recipe was actually inspired by the CPK chicken bbq pizza. Going to CPK was the first time I saw bbq pizza and now I love making it at home!

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