Sean and I really wanted comfort food the other night, and after a run, we both realized that we were craving BBQ chicken pizza. Neither of us had ever made it from scratch before (Sean loves Trader Joe’s frozen version), so we decided to give it a go.
To make a whole BBQ chicken pizza, which feeds 4, you’ll need:
1 plop of pizza dough (we used some from the local bakery)
1 onion, cut into thin rings
1 log shredded mozzarella cheese
1 bottle BBQ sauce (you choose what kind)
7-8 mushrooms, thinly sliced
2 chicken breasts
2 T butter
1 T brown sugar
salt and pepper, to taste
First, we covered the chicken breasts with BBQ sauce and put them in the oven for 25 minutes at 375 degrees. While the chicken was cooking, we sautéed the onions in butter, adding the mushrooms when the onions were almost translucent. This is just another variation on my caramelized onion obsession. Once the onions and mushrooms were nicely browned, we added 1 T of brown sugar to the pan with cracked black pepper and turned the heat to low. Once the sugar was incorporated and caramelized, we turned the heat off.
We then rolled out the pizza dough on a pan and added a bottom layer of BBQ sauce and a middle layer of onions and mushrooms, all covered with half of the mozzarella cheese.
When the chicken came out of the oven, we shredded it using forks and added it to a bowl with copious amounts of BBQ sauce, then layering the chicken on top of the onions, mushrooms and mozzarella cheese. That whole mess got covered with another layer of mozzarella cheese, and the whole pizza went in a 450 degree oven for 20 minutes.
This is total man food, according to Sean, but I also loved it. Plus, it kept well as leftovers, which is always great for someone on a budget like me!
You can garnish the pizza with cilantro, too, if you’d like. We bought cilantro but when the pizza came out of the oven, we were so excited to eat that we forgot about the cilantro completely. Oops. Enjoy!