A chicken BBQ pizza made of cubed pieces of chicken with a sweet, salty and tangy BBQ sauce on a homemade pizza crust. It is made even special with toppings of onions, mozzarella cheese and cilantro.
Whenever I eat homemade pizza, I always end up asking myself why I haven’t been making pizza as often as I could, given the fact that it is not as complex as one may think, and the outcome is always filling and satisfying?
There is so much to love about a pizza. I mean it might be one of the most popular food items that has ever been gifted to mankind. Imagine bread plus cheese, with tasty sauce, meat, and tender crisp vegetables. What is not to love? Now if it is homemade, there is always extra points for the rewarding feeling that you get when your make own pizza.
And it was exactly how I felt when I made Chicken BBQ Pizza- satisfied, delighted and fulfilled. The reward do comes in one great package.
But don’t get me wrong. I am no pizza connoisseur. All I know is that there is this pizza crust recipe that I hold on to and that it tastes good and it is not complicated to pull together.
This chicken BBQ pizza is such a delight to me. The BBQ sauce gives the pizza a sweet and salty kick with a little bit of tang, and the chicken pieces is just enough for me to regard this pizza as meaty. For the vegetable part, I used sweet onions. I love their flavor more than the red ones, but you can use whichever one you prefer. A classic pizza element, the mozzarella cheese needs no explanation to prove its worth and finally, I would not call this Chicken BBQ pizza complete without the cilantro.
You know, I think I love cilantro in everything, but my love for it gets magnified when it is on top of this pizza. It gives such a nice contrast to the tang of the sauce, providing a different dimension of taste in every bite.
The pizza crust is the only recipe that I have used in my entire existence. I have no problems with it and it works really well for me. It is a keeper. Another nice thing is that a single batch is enough to make 2 pizzas, so each time I make one, I feel giddy because there is one more portion of pizza dough left that I can use in the future.
So basically, I make chicken BBQ pizza today , and for the other half of dough, these ideas come to play:
- Use left over spaghetti sauce as pizza topping together with shredded cheese.
- Make an all cheese pizza to get rid of any cheeses left sitting around in the fridge.
- Use a ready made pizza sauce plus any left over roasted meat for pizza toppings.
Actually, you can do an endless combination of toppings as you wish, and there will be no judgement. It is your pizza after all.
To make this crust, heat up 1 and 1/2 cup of water in the microwave for 30-40 seconds or so, until it reaches 110 F. Sprinkle one teaspoon of active dry yeast over the water and let it sit for 5 minutes.
In a bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, Add the flour and salt and stir on low speed just to combine them. With the mixer still running on low, drizzle in the olive oil and keep mixing for a few minutes until the mixture is crumbly. Add the yeast mixture and stir until the dough comes together in a sticky mass at the center of the bowl.
Gather the dough into a ball, then place it on a bowl that is lightly greased with olive oil. Cover the bowl with plastic and let it sit in the fridge for up to 3 days. If you want to use it immediately, let it sit in the counter for 2 hours. Otherwise, store in in the fridge for up to three days, or until you are ready to make your pizza. Freeze it you don’t plan on using it within three days.
And again, recipe makes enough dough for two pizzas.
To assemble pizza, lightly grease the surface of a large rectangular pan with olive oil. Preheat oven to 500F.
Toss pizza dough in the air with your hands, use its natural weight to let it stretch to a rough rectangle with about 1/4 inch thickness. Lightly rub olive oil on the crust, then sprinkle salt and pepper. Spread extra BBQ sauce on top, and spread evenly.
Then sprinkle the cheese, reserving some for finishing. Add the onions, chicken and more cheese. Your pizza is about to come together.
Bake pizza for 15 minutes or so, until the cheese has melted and the crust is lightly golden. Sprinkle the chopped cilantro over the top.
Now relax, grab a slice, eat. Repeat.