Bbq Chicken Pizza
~ JP ~
Before joining the air force, Colin visited for dinner. We had already polished off a couple of pizzas when this one came out of the oven. Colin was quite full but I encouraged him to taste it. Being a good sport, he pushed himself and ate a small corner piece. Then he went for a bigger one. He was bursting, but he had a third and acknowledged that it was a pretty good pizza.
A couple of thoughts to keep in mind with this recipe. Using BBQ sauce instead of tomato sauce has a nice flavoring effect, but don’t overdo it or it becomes too sweet. If you cut down on the cheese, more BBQ and chicken flavors come through – its more flavorful and lighter. So you can eat more. Also, the optional lime works better with green onions than chives or red onions. I don’t know why.
BBQ Chicken Pizza
– Don’t be afraid of over-flavoring this one, they tend to blend.
1 pizza crust of choice
½ cup barbecue sauce (sweet)
¼ cup, choose one: Louisiana hot sauce, smoky barbecue sauce, liquid smoke – optional
Minced garlic (optional) – 1 Tbsp, or 2 cloves fresh
1 chicken breast
Red onion slices (or 1/8 cup of chopped green onions or chives)
Mozzarella Cheese – 2 cups grated
1 lime (optional)
other options: blue cheese, cilantro, peanuts, sesame seeds
Begin with a pizza crust lightly brushed with olive oil, sprinkled with garlic. Pre-bake at 450 degrees for 3-5 minutes to ensure crisp crust.
While crust is baking, stir fry chicken in hot sauce (or, smoky BBQ sauce, or liquid smoke). Season to taste. The idea is to provide a complement to the sweet BBQ sauce on the pizza in the next step.
Remove crust from oven and brush with the sweet BBQ sauce.
Spread mozzarella on pizza crust, add chicken.
Bake at 450 degrees for 12-15 minutes.
Spread sesame seeds in small pan and heat on low until brown.
For the fun of it, squirt a lime on your pizza slice. The Cubans put lime on everything, and it adds a neat twist.