No restaurant pizza compares to this easy homemade BBQ Chicken Pizza made with bbq sauce, mozzarella, chicken, red onions and cilantro on perfect homemade pizza crust.
What’s your favorite type of pizza?  BBQ chicken might just be it for me, though I do love traditional Pepperoni and sometimes I’m in the mood to liven things up with Garlic Ranch Chicken or Loaded Jalepeno Popper Pizza.  My kids love getting involved in the pizza making process and it’s a fun activity for our family on the weekend. If we’re really ambitious we will even make homemade bbq sauce.
Close up photo of a slice of bbq chicken pizza.

We love making homemade pizza on the weekends because it’s easy, cheap, and fun!  I save time by using a rotisserie chicken, but any cooked, shredded chicken will work. (Don’t put raw chicken on your pizza or it will not have enough time to cook through). I used that saved time to make favorite homemade pizza dough, but you could also use store-bought.

How to Make BBQ Chicken Pizza:

  • Spread pizza crust dough with a thin layer of BBQ sauce. (I pre-bake my homemade pizza dough for 6 minutes before adding toppings.)
  • Add cooked, shredded chicken to a bowl and cover it with bbq sauce.
  • Top pizza with 1 cup of mozzarella cheese, sliced red onion, and shredded rotisserie chicken.
  • Add remaining cup of cheese, and sprinkle with cilantro, to taste.
  • Bake at 450 F for 10 -15 minutes or until crust is golden brown and toppings are bubbly.

Four process photos for making bbq chicken pizza.

Additional Toppings Ideas:

  • Pineapple tidbits
  • Bacon
  • Blue cheese
  • Gouda cheese
  • jalapeños

Make Ahead Instructions:

You can prepare bbq chicken pizza up to one day ahead of time. Roll out the dough for the crust and bake for 6 minutes. Layer with toppings, cover well with plastic wrap, and refrigerate until ready to bake.

Close-up photo of half of a bbq chicken pizza, cut into slices.
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Recipe

Close up photo of a slice of bbq chicken pizza.
Prep 10 mins
Cook 15 mins
Total 25 mins
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Ingredients
  

  • Dough for one large pizza
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked chicken , shredded rotisserie or about 2 chicken breasts
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup barbecue sauce
  • 1/4 large red onion very thinly sliced
  • fresh cilantro to taste

Instructions
 

  • Preheat your oven to 450 degrees F and prebake your pizza dough for 6 minutes.
  • Spread a thin layer of bbq sauce on top of the pre-baked pizza crust. Then top with a thin layer of mozzarella cheese and sliced red onion. 
  • Add shredded rotisserie chicken to a bowl and cover it with a few tablespoons of bbq sauce. Toss to combine. Spread chicken pieces over the pizza. 
  • Sprinkle another thin layer of cheese on top of the pizza, and add chopped cilantro, to taste. 
  • Bake at 450 F for 10 -15 minutes or until crust is golden brown and cheese is bubbly.

Notes

Make Ahead Instructions: You can prepare bbq chicken pizza up to one day ahead of time. Roll out the dough for the crust and bake for 6 minutes. Layer with toppings, cover well with plastic wrap, and refrigerate until ready to bake.

Nutrition

Calories: 307kcalCarbohydrates: 15gProtein: 24gFat: 16gSaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 84mgSodium: 865mgPotassium: 247mgSugar: 12gVitamin A: 475IUVitamin C: 0.2mgCalcium: 301mgIron: 0.7mg

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*I originally shared this post March 2013. Updated March 2019. 

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Lauren Allen

Welcome! I’m Lauren, a mom of four and lover of good food. Here you’ll find easy recipes and weeknight meal ideas made with real ingredients, with step-by-step photos and videos.

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