July 2, 2017

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!


Ingredients
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)

Directions
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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