Friday, July 2, 2010

BBQ Chicken Pizza

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)

INGREDIENTS:

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)

DIRECTIONS:

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):

INGREDIENTS:

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
corn meal

DIRECTIONS:

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):

INGREDIENTS:

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

DIRECTIONS:

Mix well. (That's it!)

Enjoy!!

2 comments:

Elise said...

We love bbq chicken pizza & have it just about every other week. One addition I make (which I learned in Hawaii) - fresh pineapple. The sweet/tart of the pineapple works so well on the pizza.

You are more ambitious than me though - I use TJ's ready made pizza dough & Sweet Baby Ray's BBQ Sauce. I will have to try it from scratch one of these days.

Catherine said...

The pineapple sounds delicious! Elise, the BBQ sauce is seriously so easy to make and you probably already have all the ingredients. I don't know what it is about making things from scratch that is so satisfying to me. You should definitely try it.