Happy 4th of July weekend! I think there will be a lot of BBQ-ing going on this weekend. To get in the mood... BBQ chicken pizza.
This pizza is made with a homemade dough and homemade BBQ sauce, but it is SIMPLE. The directions for the BBQ sauce are my all time favorite directions for anything. Ever. You'll see. It is a really great tasting sauce and can be used for so much more than just pizza. It has a little kick, but nothing too crazy.
For the pizza dough, or any bread dough for that matter, if there is any piece of advice I can offer, it is to get a kneading attachment for your mixer or hand mixer. I only have a hand mixer, and my kneading attachment makes any type of bread-making about 100x less annoying. I will promote anything that keeps my hands from becoming a doughy, sticky, crazy mess.
BBQ CHICKEN PIZZA (inspired by closetcooking.com)
1 pizza dough (recipe below)
1/2 cup BBQ sauce (recipe below)
1/2 lb. chicken breast, boneless and skinless
1 handful red onion, sliced
1/4 cup goat cheese, feta cheese, or blue cheese
1-1-1/2 cup colby/monterey jack shredded cheese
1 handful cilantro, sliced (optional)
Grill the chicken until just cooked all the way. Let cool and cut into 1/4 inch strips. Roll pizza dough on a lightly greased surface sprinkled with corn meal. Spread the BBQ sauce on the pizza, followed by chicken, onion, and cheeses. Bake in a pre-heated oven at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes.
PIZZA DOUGH (adapted from Jenna at Just Cook Already):
2-1/2 - 3 cups four
1 Tablespoon (or one packet) yeast
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup very warm water
2 Tablespoons olive oil
In a large bowl, combine 2 cups flour, yeast, and salt. Stir very warm and oil into dry ingredients. Stir in enough remaining flour (about 1/2 cup for me) to make soft dough. Knead on a lightly floured surface, or with an electric mixer and kneading attachment, about 4-6 minutes. Cover and let rest at room temperature for 10-20 minutes.
BBQ SAUCE (adapted from closetcooking.com):
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup ketchup
2 Tablespoons dijon mustard
2 Tablespoons brown sugar
2 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
2 Tablespoons rice wine vinegar
1 Tablespoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon paprika
Mix well. (That's it!)