Barbecue Chicken Pizza

We eat a lot of chicken around here and this summer we’ve certainly developed an affinity for Beer Can Chicken, or Beer Butt Chicken – whatever title floats your boat. It’s simple, incredibly flavorful and makes a great weekend meal. We typically make two small chickens so we’ll have plenty of leftovers to use in other meals throughout the week. The leftover chicken is perfect for a quick chicken noodle soup, chicken salad and of course – barbecue chicken pizza.

Not only are we really into chicken, we also love homemade pizza. There’s nothing better than a counter filled with a variety of pizza toppings and a bowl overflowing with a batch of homemade pizza dough. It’s a great way to get the family involved in cooking and everyone can make their own pizza, so there aren’t any topping wars – which is always a bonus.

One of our favorite pizza creations is this Barbecue Chicken Pizza. We use our favorite store bought barbecue sauce, leftover chicken and plenty of cheese to create a wonderfully flavor pizza that certainly rivals any of our local pizza joints.

If you don’t have leftover chicken, pick up a a rotisserie chicken from your local market to save yourself some time, or simply bake or grill up a couple of chicken breasts.

Whether you’re looking for a quick lunch or a great pizza to accompany your Friday night movie, this Barbecue Chicken Pizza is a great twist for a weekend classic.

What are your favorite pizza toppings?

Barbecue Chicken Pizza

Yield: 3-4 servings


1 store bought pizza crust or refrigerated crust (I used 1lb of homemade crust)
1/2 cup barbecue sauce
1 cup cooked and shredded chicken
1/2 cup thinly sliced red onion
1 orange bell pepper; diced
1-3/4 cups (7 oz.) Sargento® Monterey Jack Shredded Cheese
Chopped cilantro; to taste (optional)


1. Preheat oven to 475 degrees F. Place pizza crust on foil-lined baking sheet.
2. Spread barbecue sauce on pizza crust. Add shredded chicken, onion, and bell peppers on top of the barbecue sauce. Top with cheese.
3. Bake 12 to 15 minutes or until crust is deep golden brown. Cut into squares; garnish with cilantro.

50 Responses to “Barbecue Chicken Pizza”

  1. Becki's Whole Life — August 24, 2011 at 6:21 am

    Your pizza looks great – I bet the Beer Can Chicken pairs really well with all of the other toppings on the BBQ pizza – yum!

  2. Kathryn — August 24, 2011 at 6:22 am

    This is my boyfriend’s favourite pizza so I’ll definitely be making this soon!

  3. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — August 24, 2011 at 6:26 am

    They have this favour at Boston Pizza and when I ate meat it was my favorite! This looks yummy too, I’ll pass it on to a friend :)

  4. My husband loves BBQ chicken. I love pizza. I don’t see why putting the two together wouldn’t be the greatest thing since chocolate syrup! ;-) Yum!!!!

  5. Apron Appeal — August 24, 2011 at 6:48 am

    A great way to use leftover chicken huh…I’ve got some pizza dough in my freezer, but I think I’ve just been inspired to try something else. Thanks.

  6. Naina — August 24, 2011 at 7:30 am

    If I were a chicken, this is probably how I would want to go.

  7. Irishbaker — August 24, 2011 at 7:38 am

    I love barbecuw chicken pizza!This one looks delicious

  8. Maris (In Good taste) — August 24, 2011 at 7:41 am

    I am now pretty sure I know what I will be making for dinner tonight!

  9. Blog is the New Black — August 24, 2011 at 7:51 am

    Just starred this… making it on Friday!

  10. Sarah @TheExPatBride — August 24, 2011 at 7:53 am

    Always love to see fresh greens on pizza!

  11. Amber | Bluebonnets & Brownies — August 24, 2011 at 8:23 am

    I would almost always say my favorite pizza toppings are ham and mushroom, but recently we made chicken curry pizza with mushroom, and I can’t get it out of my head! I also truly love a simple margarita pizza.

  12. The Sweet Cupcaker — August 24, 2011 at 8:25 am

    Absolutely delicious! I love making bbq pizza–I tend to use Virginia Gentleman BBQ sauce–it’s perfect for the pizza!

  13. Denise — August 24, 2011 at 8:46 am

    I see the brand of barbecue sauce that you like the best, but is there a particular flavor of their sauce you like best? Which do you use for your pizza? I can’t wait to try making this pizza myself! Thanks!

    • Jamie — August 24th, 2011 at 11:58 am

      We typically use the sweet and spicy or original. Thanks so much for stopping by!

  14. Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — August 24, 2011 at 9:21 am

    Looks delicious!! I actually made bbq chicken pizza the other night! Still working on leftovers :)

  15. Tara @ The Butter Dish — August 24, 2011 at 9:23 am

    WizKid would LOVE this!!!

    The kid would role in BBQ sauce if I let him I think and Pizza is his second fav food – next to Sushi of all things.

    eh…he’s eclectic for 13. ☺

  16. ButterYum — August 24, 2011 at 9:25 am

    I hear so many people talk about bbq chicken pizza, but I’ve never made it. Now I have no excuse not to.


  17. This looks absolutely fantastic!! Definitely going to make it one of these days! Homemade pizza is the best!

  18. Lindsey — August 24, 2011 at 9:51 am

    This looks great! I’ll have to give this a try this week!

  19. brandi — August 24, 2011 at 10:10 am

    Beer butt chicken is our FAVORITE!! It is so easy and perfect every time.

    Great use of the leftovers :)

  20. Shari @ The Daily Dish — August 24, 2011 at 10:41 am

    This looks great! Thanks for sharing. I too love homemade pizza. It is the best! :)

  21. Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray — August 24, 2011 at 10:43 am

    This is one of my favorite things to eat, ever! I put bacon on mine :) Love your addition of bell peppers.

  22. Melissa @ thefauxmartha — August 24, 2011 at 10:43 am

    Holy cow this looks so good! May have to give this a try this week. I have cilantro begging to be used.

  23. Urban Wife — August 24, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    My hubbie’s fav pizza!

  24. Amy — August 24, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    I cooked some chicken last night with a BBQ Chicken Pizza in mind for the leftovers. We love your crust!!! It’s our new favorite. Have you ever tried it with wheat flour?

  25. Michelle — August 24, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    I’ve been fiending on BBQ chicken pizza something fierce lately. I have some leftover chicken in the fridge for such an occasion!

  26. Amy @ A Little Nosh — August 24, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    The day I discovered Sweet Baby Ray’s was a game changer.

  27. Sawsan@chef in disguise — August 24, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    We eat a lot of chicken in my house too and I am always on the lookout for new recipes
    Thank you for sharing this amazing pizza
    I love the use if the Monterey Jack and the cilantro

  28. lidia@ sugarslut — August 24, 2011 at 5:37 pm

    mushrooms! you can never go wrong with mushrooms.

    I think I’ll make a pizza for today’s lunch.

  29. Kelsey @aslolife — August 24, 2011 at 9:48 pm

    There’s nothing better than homemade bbq chicken pizza–we make it all the time but it never looks quite this pretty!

  30. Ann — August 25, 2011 at 12:01 am

    I LOVE homemade pizza…SO much better than delivery! I like the traditional, tomatoes, cheese and basil. Hubby likes ham and peas with his!

  31. Maria — August 25, 2011 at 12:11 am

    I’ve heard of beer can chicken but never made it. Can you post a recipie please? I’d love to know your twist on it. Also FYI your site is awesome!!!

  32. Amy Tong — August 25, 2011 at 12:30 am

    This looks amazing and definite is something I wanna try soon! I gotta tackle that beer can chicken first! LOL

  33. Kulsum at JourneyKitchen — August 25, 2011 at 3:17 am

    one of my absolute favorite is California kitchen’s barbecue pizza and this looks so much like it.I need to make it!!

  34. Julia — August 25, 2011 at 6:49 am

    Wow, looks yummy. And I have some pizza dough in the freezer which needs using. That’s tomorrow night sorted then!

  35. Lauren at Keep It Sweet — August 25, 2011 at 7:00 am

    This pizza looks amazing!

  36. Ana — August 25, 2011 at 10:47 am

    We love BBQ Chicken pizza here too! Try adding roasted red potatoes (diced or wedges) under the cheese and then topping with toasted cashews (chopped). I know it sounds strange, but we had it like this at a friend’s house and the additions add amazing texture and flavor!

  37. Erin — August 25, 2011 at 3:16 pm

    Mmm I never had BBQ pizza until I moved to Memphis. But I rarely make it myself. I actually don’t even go out for BBQ often either, I think it’s just because it’s always around and doesn’t seem special anymore haha. But I love making pizza, there are endless topping options! My non-creative day pizza is green peppers and pepperoni.

  38. Manderley — August 25, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    Hummmmm I love barbecue chiken pizza! One my fav…


  39. marlissa — August 25, 2011 at 5:17 pm

    Lovely blog! The pizza looks great

  40. Kate @ The Domestic Goddess — August 25, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    Homemade pizza is a favourite in this house. I make the dough and prepare all the toppings, then everyone puts toppings on their own pizza. And the leftovers are great for lunchboxes the next day

  41. Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction — August 25, 2011 at 9:48 pm

    Yum! My hubby is a huge fan of BBQ chicken pizza. I often throw in some bacon, too. You know, to make it so much healthier!

  42. Tracy — August 27, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    I love me some BBQ chicken pizza! Buffalo chicken is also one of my favorites!

  43. Pam — August 28, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    I have had this before and it is a favorite of mine. I never had a recipe for it, though. This one sounds scrumptious. Thanks for sharing it.

  44. Julesy — August 29, 2011 at 10:35 am

    Your pizza looks delicious mmm! Great photography too :)

  45. Megan — September 1, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    Made this last night for dinner! AMAZING!!!!!!

  46. Thanh @ eat little bird — September 6, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    Oh my, I LOVE barbeque chicken pizza! I live in Switzerland where the pizzas are similar to what you get in Italy, i.e. thin crust with sparse topping. As much as I love the traditional-style pizzas, I love the American variations, such as with barbeque sauce. I am definitely trying this at home!

  47. Heather — September 14, 2011 at 1:07 am

    Looks so delicious! This is going on my menu for next week!

  48. Sarah — November 30, 2011 at 10:05 pm

    This was really delicious! Thanks for posting the recipe! I used Sweet Baby Ray’s Hickory and Brown Sugar barbecue sauce and added some pineapple tidbits to the toppings, and my roommates gobbled it up! I would definitely make this again!

  49. Aurica — February 21, 2014 at 4:36 am

    mmmmm, an excellent, apetiser and delicious chicken pizza, look’s so great with all those ingredients on top and that combination of colors ;)

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