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posted: 10/01/23

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BBQ Chicken Pizza should be added to your pizza night immediately. It is easy to make and totally perfect with my homemade BBQ Sauce.

Pizza night is one of my very favorites in our house. We make my amazing homemade pizza dough and then we divide the recipe up into five balls and everyone rolls out their own individual pizzas. My kids love it so much they request it all the time.

The next time that you are having pizza night at your house, make my delicious BBQ Chicken Pizza recipe. The base starts with my amazing BBQ sauce and it just gets better from there. I finish it off with some pickled jalapeños and fresh cilantro and pizza night just doesn’t get any better than that.

How To Make BBQ Chicken Pizza

Here is a brief overview of how this homemade BBQ pizza recipe with chicken comes together. For the full recipe including all measurements, scroll to the recipe card at the bottom of the post.

  • Roll out the pizza crust. I love using my favorite Pizza Dough recipe.
  • Add the toppings. Spread out the BBQ sauce and then add the chicken, bacon, cheese, and onions.
  • Bake the pizza. Look for the cheese to be melted and for the edges to start to brown.
  • Garnish the pizza. Add pickled jalapeños and cilantro and enjoy!

Pizza Stone

A pizza stone will cook your pizza to perfection with crispy edges. You will love making all pizza with it!
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Homemade BBQ Sauce

Rather than traditional pizza sauce, we are using BBQ sauce. I recommend using my Homemade BBQ Sauce for this BBQ pizza. It is the perfect blend of tangy and sweet and is so delicious with chicken on pizza! It comes together with simple ingredients in about 20 minutes but can be made up to two weeks in advance and kept in your refrigerator. I also love it with my Crock Pot Ribs and BBQ Pulled Pork.

BBQ Sauce Recipe

This BBQ Sauce Recipe is easy to make and absolutely delicious! Made and with ingredients you already have on hand, you are going to make this homemade bbq sauce all the time.
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Making Pizza Dough

Homemade pizza is taken over the top with my Homemade Pizza Crust. I share step-by-step directions with photos that make this recipe foolproof. It makes enough dough for two pizzas, so half of it would be great for this recipe. Find even more pizza recipes towards the bottom of this post for even more great ways to use my dough recipe on pizza night.

If you want to make this BBQ Chicken Pizza recipe and are short on time or prefer to buy a pre-made crust for convenience, that will work too. Whatever brings your family around the table is what is best.

The Best Homemade Pizza Dough

I share the secret to making the best pizza dough at home. You will want to use this for all of your pizza nights!
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BBQ Chicken Pizza

Cooking Bacon

Even though the pizza will be baked in the oven, you will want to cook your bacon before adding it to the pizza. This will ensure it is crispy and delicious. Small pieces are easier to eat in recipes like pizza and tacos, so take the time to cut them small. I think this is easiest to do before you cook it. I like to cut bacon into small pieces while it is raw (kitchen shears work great for this) and then cook it in a skillet.

Remove the bacon pieces from the pan as soon as they begin to crisp and transfer them to a paper towel-lined plate. If you leave the pieces of bacon in the pan until they are fully crispy, they will overcook.

You can also cook Bacon in the Air Fryer. It makes for a lot less mess and cooks evenly every time. Cook the slices and use a sharp knife to chop them into small pieces.

Air Fryer Bacon

This will be your new favorite way to make bacon! It won't be cooking in fat and won't have any splatter.
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Shredding Chicken

This BBQ pizza recipe uses cooked chicken that has been shredded. You have a few options for how to do this. You can shred the cooked chicken using two forks or a stand mixer and paddle attachment.

  • Use Frozen Shredded Chicken. This is perfect to grab for those busy weeknight meals because it thaws quickly and will save you so much time. It comes in handy for so many recipes!
  • Get a rotisserie chicken. Picking up a rotisserie chicken from the store is the quickest way to have cooked chicken.
  • Boil chicken breasts. In a saucepan, add your chicken breasts and cover them with water. Simmer until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees, about 4-10 minutes depending on the thickness of the breast. Once they are fully cooked (use an instant-read thermometer to make sure the internal temperature is 165 degrees Fahrenheit), take them out of the pan and shred them.

Shredding Cheese

For any recipe that requires shredded cheese, I always recommend buying a block and shredding it yourself. Pre-shredded cheese is covered in preservatives that prevent it from clumping together in the bag. Avoid that by taking a few extra minutes to shred it yourself. It will melt and taste better and I promise it will be worth it.

How to Serve

I love eating this pizza with chopped cilantro and my Pickled Jalapeños. They add an extra layer of flavor and a little crunch that are so delicious. You could also add a little sour cream.

Pickled Jalapeños

These pickled jalapeños are the perfect condiment to keep in your fridge. From pizza to tacos, you will want to add them to everything!

Storing Leftovers

If you have any leftover BBQ pizza, store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days. Reheat by baking in the oven for 10 minutes. Leftovers should only be reheated once. Always use your best judgment when it comes to reheating and eating leftovers.

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Other Pizza Recipes

If your family loves all things pizza, try some of these other pizza recipes!

  • BLT Pizza is made with all the fixings of a BLT but in pizza form. You MUST try it!
  • For a ridiculously delicious unique pizza, make my White Pizza. It is beyond amazing.
  • Buffalo Chicken Pizza is a must for pizza night. The flavors combine in the best way.

If you make this BBQ chicken pizza recipe or any of my other recipes, please leave a comment letting me know what you think.

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BBQ Chicken Pizza

Serves: 8 slices
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Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 25 minutes
Total: 40 minutes
BBQ Chicken Pizza should be added to your pizza night immediately. It is easy to make and totally perfect with my homemade BBQ Sauce.


  • 10 ounces pizza dough (half my homemade recipe is perfect)
  • 1/2 cup BBQ sauce
  • 1 cup shredded chicken
  • 6 slices thick cut bacon diced and cooked until crisp
  • 1 1/2 cups cheddar cheese shredded
  • 1 1/2 cups Monterey Jack cheese shredded
  • 1/4 small red onion diced
  • cilantro for topping
  • pickled jalapeños for topping


  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Roll the pizza dough out to about 12 inches. Place on a pizza pan or baking stone.
  • Spread the BBQ sauce over the pizza crust. Then top with chicken, bacon, cheddar cheese, Monterey Jack cheese, and red onions.
  • Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until the edges of the pizza begin to brown.
  • Top with cilantro and pickled jalapeños and enjoy!
Serving: 1slice Calories: 427kcal (21%) Carbohydrates: 26g (9%) Protein: 21g (42%) Fat: 27g (42%) Saturated Fat: 12g (75%) Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g Monounsaturated Fat: 9g Trans Fat: 0.04g Cholesterol: 71mg (24%) Sodium: 898mg (39%) Potassium: 173mg (5%) Fiber: 1g (4%) Sugar: 8g (9%) Vitamin A: 433IU (9%) Vitamin C: 0.4mg Calcium: 318mg (32%) Iron: 2mg (11%)
Author: Lisa Longley
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
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