BBQ Chicken Pizza

Around July 4th, you're supposed to inhale copious amounts of BBQ. Well mine has arrived in the form of pizzaaaaaa! Yes we're at it again - another pizza cooking adventure! This time a riff off of California Pizza Kitchen's world famous BBQ Chicken Pizza. (Who doesn't love this CPK treasure?!?!) I've been eating it for as long as I can remember. Lucky for me B is a big fan of it too. 

Anyways this was such an easy meal to whip up especially since I had a treasured Trader Joe's pizza dough in the freezer. (Note it comes refrigerated but I bought a few during my last visit for the sole purpose of freezing to see how they freeze. Still perfect after a defrost!) We made this pizza without a real amount of cheese but you can easily add that in. B wanted a little bit of cheese so our compromise was to sprinkle Parmesan cheese on top once it was baked. The BBQ sauce, caramelized onions and chicken really have a lot of flavor so the traditional amount of cheese was not missed. Try it out today!

pizza dough ( I used Trader Joe's)
1 chicken breast (or more depending how much you like chicken!)
1 small red onion
1 cup BBQ sauce (I used Heinz Kansas City Sweet & Smoky)
Parmesan cheese and cilantro (for topping)

1. Preheat oven to 425.

2. Saute the chicken over medium heat in a skillet with a spray of olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Cook until it is no longer pink, about 7-8 minutes

3. Chop the red onion. Heat a tablespoon of olive oil in a small skillet and add the onions. Cook on low until caramelized.

4. Once the chicken is cooked through, shred into pieces and toss with 1/4 cup of BBQ sauce.

5. With a little bit of flour, roll out the pizza dough on the counter. Sprinkle flour onto a pizza stone or baking sheet and spread out the dough. 

6. Spread 1/4 cup of BBQ sauce on top of the pizza dough. Top with chicken and red onion.

7. Transfer to oven and cook for 10-12 minutes, our until golden brown. Remove from oven and sprinkle with Parmesan if you really need it! We like it with and without this last topping. Also sprinkle some chopped cilantro.

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