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Smoky BBQ Chicken Pizza


  • Pizza
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 large boneless chicken breast halves
  • ½ cup smoky-flavored bbq sauce (or bbq sauce of choice)
  • fine grain sea salt + freshly ground black pepper
  • strong pinch of garlic powder
  • 8 oz smoked Gouda cheese, coarsely shredded
  • One 16 oz pizza crust
  • ¾ cup thinly sliced red onion
  • 1 green onion, chopped
  • pinch of crushed red pepper flakes

  • For Serving optional
  • red pepper flakes
  • cilantro, chopped fine
  • fresh arugula (or any other green)


  • Position rack in center of oven. Place large baking sheet on rack and preheat the oven to 450° F.
  • Heat olive oil in heavy medium skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Season chicken with sea salt, pepper, and a strong pinch of garlic powder
  • Add chicken to skillet and sauté until just cooked through (~ 5 minutes per side). Transfer the chicken to plate and let it rest for 5 minutes or so
  • Cut the chicken crosswise into 1/3 inch-wide slices.
  • Using a slotted spoon, transfer chicken to medium bowl. Toss with ¼ cup barbecue sauce.
  • Spread half of the cheese on pizza crust.
  • Arrange the chicken slices on crust, spacing them evenly.
  • Spoon any remaining barbecue sauce from bowl over them.
  • Sprinkle red onion over chicken. Drizzle with remaining ¼ cup barbecue sauce.
  • Sprinkle remaining cheese and green onion over.
  • Transfer pizza to hot baking sheet. Bake until the bottom of crust is crisp and cheese on top melts (~ 13-15 min)
  • Let pizza stand 5 minutes before serving