Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Grilled BBQ Chicken Pizza

Pepperoni Pizza used to be my favorite pizza. I mean, you couldn't get me to eat any other kind of pizza. Then when we were in New Zealand, it was impossible to get your hands on pepperoni (I know right?!?), so I had to resort to something else in order to get a pizza fix. We decided to go with BBQ Chicken Pizza, but since good BBQ sauce was hard to find, as was a good pizza dough; we had to go a fully homemade pizza in order to get what we wanted.

Oh the things we do for pizza.

Now that my eyes have been opened to a whole new world of pizza, I'm not sure I want to go back. And here we are doing it again.

Not only do I love BBQ Chicken Pizza better than Pepperoni Pizza, but now I don't want to go back to normal pizza. I want to always have BBQ'd BBQ Chicken Pizza. We can just call it Grilled BBQ Chicken Pizza for ease though.

Things are so much simpler in the USA. You can get a good quality pizza dough for cheap and still have it taste awesome, and you can even get grilled chicken pieces so you don't even have to do the extra work! That's exactly what I wanted for this pizza, since I know that if you guys are going to be making it for Labor Day, you will want something easy, so I made this as simple as it could possibly be! The hardest thing you have to do is cut up the onion (and roll out the dough if you don't get it pre-rolled), but that's it folks! Super simple and literally knock-you-back-in-your-seats delicious!

Let's get to making it.

Fire up the grill on high for about five minutes to warm up, scrape the cooking grids, then turn the grill down to low. Then find a helper and make them do all the work for you on the grill so you can just stand around and watch. Make them oil the grids.

A local pizzeria here in Reno sells their pizza dough already rolled out for you, so you don't have to do any work at all, but you can also look for unrolled dough in your grocery store, or you can get really adventurous and make your own (PS, don't pay attention to the horrible pics of back then), but I was looking for easy on this one. Completely up to you.

Make sure you (or your helper) oils the pizza dough really well before throwing it on the grill, so it doesn't stick to the grids, then place the oiled side down on the grill and repeat on the other side. You don't want to skimp on the oiling process. That could become a mess!

Let the oiled side grill up until it gets a nice golden brown grilled look. Am I saying grill too much? Should I use another word? Or should I just keep rambling on like I always do?

Oh yes, if your barbecue is anything like my parents', you may need to turn the pizza around a few times so it doesn't burn too much on one side of the dough.

Once the under side is the color you want it, turn it over using a couple spatulas, and while the uncooked side is getting brown, you want to start throwing on your pizza ingredients, so make sure you have everything at the ready :)

Grab your favorite BBQ sauce, pre-shredded cheese (we used Mozzarella and Parmesan), a package of grilled chicken (found in the deli section of the store), and your sliced red onion.

Once your ingredients are all on the pizza, check the bottom of the dough to make sure it isn't burning, and close the grill lid and let the cheese melt on top of the pizza. Check every couple minutes to see the progress of the pizza. Pull off the grill once the cheese is melted and the bottom of the dough is golden brown.

All the while trying to ward off nosy dogs. Poor Apollo looks retarded with his face. Either retarded or he thinks we should have added some dog food to the pizza. Not sure what that face means. Luckily we didn't listen to him.

We made two pizzas, one large and one small, just remember to adjust cooking times for different sized pizzas.

This pizza is so much fun guys! I truly never want to go back to regular pizza, because grilling pizza is that much fun!

This is a super easy one for having friends over for Labor Day. Make sure if you are grilling, you make some pizza while you're at it! You will be the life of the party with these ones :)

Grilled BBQ Chicken Pizza | Printable Recipe

  • pizza dough
  • your favorite BBQ sauce
  • pre-shredded cheese (we used Mozzarella and Parmesan)
  • package of grilled chicken pieces
  • sliced red onion
  1. Turn your grill on high for five minutes, then clean the grids with a steel brush. Turn grill to low
  2. Brush grill grids with olive oil.
  3. Roll out dough if not done already, and oil one side of the dough generously. Throw oiled side down on the grill.
  4. Oil the other side of the dough well. Check on the bottom of the dough and turn if needed so one side doesn't burn. Shut lid if needed to warm up.
  5. Once the under side is golden brown, turn pizza over using a couple spatulas (turn carefully), and while that side is browning, add pizza ingredients to top, starting with BBQ sauce, then cheese, chicken and onion. Add extra BBQ sauce for garnish on the top.
  6. Close lid and let cheese melt, checking every couple minutes to ensure no burning on the bottom of the dough. Turn if needed.
  7. Take off grill using spatulas onto a cookie sheet and let cool a couple minutes before cutting and eating.
  8. Enjoy warm.

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1 comment :

  1. i have yet to try grilling pizza!! i see it all the time and now on here! i must try it soon - we just got a new grill so i definitely want to give it a go. we must be twins cause bbq chicken pizza is my FAVORITE pizza in the world!


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