Sunday, August 29, 2010

Grilled Barbecue Chicken Pizza

Grilled BBQ Chicken Pizza

I realize that school is back in session, but all these posts about fall foods and apple picking have got to stop. Because seriously, people, it's not even September and you're breaking out the sweaters. And drug stores, we need to chat, too, because I've got a good six weeks left on my calendar before I'll be ready to talk about plastic pumpkins. Around here we're still out in the yard until twilight, swatting away mosquitoes and practicing our tee-ball swings. And, yes, we're still grilling.

It took me awhile to jump on the grilled-pizza bandwagon, and now I'm wondering what took me so long. Tangy barbecue sauce, pungent onions, stringy mozzarella, chunks of grilled chicken. Those are some of our favorite pizza toppings, and when they're piled on smoky, chewy dough they become even more delightful. Pair a slice of this pizza with your favorite bottle - beer or wine - and enjoy the last few nights twinkling with fireflies. And since school has started back just wait until after the kids are put to bed. There's nothing wrong with a little you time.

Grilled BBQ Chicken Pizza

Grilled Barbecue Chicken Pizza
Adapted from The Kitchn and Sara Moulton
Makes two pizzas, 2 to 4 servings
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Ingredients
One recipe of The Kitchn's thin-crust pizza dough
1 cup grilled or roasted chicken, cut into chunks or shredded
1 cup barbecue sauce
1/2 of a large white onion, chopped
1 large red bell pepper, chopped
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
Olive oil for brushing

Directions
1. Make pizza dough. Once ready and divided in half, put each piece onto parchment paper. Press into a thin, roundish shape and brush top with olive oil.
2. Prepare all toppings and have them on hand. Once you start cooking the dough the process goes quickly.
3. Heat grill to high on one side, medium on the other. Put oiled side of dough down onto hot side of grill. Brush top with olive oil and let cook about two minutes. Flip dough onto cooler side of grill. (If you're unable to prepare two sides of a grill simply reduce the heat when you flip your dough.)
4. Spread dough with half of barbecue sauce. Top with half of chicken, onion, pepper and cheese. Cover and let cook until cheese is melted and bottom of dough is golden brown, three to five minutes. Slide onto cutting board and let cool slightly before cutting and serving.
5. Repeat with other piece of dough and remaining toppings.

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19 comments:

  1. You're making me pray to the grill gods to bestow some sort of outdoor cooking mechanism upon me. Drool!

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  2. When the weather gets cooler our thoughts automatically turn to comfort food...but I know there will still be plenty of summery days left to enjoy barbecued pizza, sun-ripened tomatoes...

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  3. What a perfect pie. I am new to your blog but love the food and recipes you share here. I'll be back often to see what you've been cooking. I hope you have a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

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  4. I did a BBQ pizza for the first time a month ago... SO good! You pictures look delish! I'm hungry and it's not even 8 am ;)

    Mary xo
    Delightful Bitefuls

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  5. i love bbq pizza, especially if the grill is involved. for the record, my sweaters remain in storage. :)

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  6. BBQ chicken pizza is one of my faves pizzas! That combo of sweet and salty is addictive. Yours looks amazing, Abby!

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  7. That looks so good, I wish I had a grill. Or somewhere to put a grill for that matter :D

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  8. I really love that flat crust! Super pizza recipe that I'll be making soon!

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  9. I need to jump on that wagon....waiting up for me Abby! :) Sounds good and looks even better, hold the onions. Sorry!
    ~ingrid

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  10. Wow, your BBQ chicken pizza is awesome, love if this way, fully loaded with lots of stuff :-)

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  11. This bbq pizza looks fabulous. Cheers to still grilling! It's still close to 100 degrees here in Florida and it seems that wearing a sweater is still a long way away.

    Love your photo.

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  12. I was not planning on pizza tonight but your BBQ Chicken pizza is so irresistible.

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  13. I've never had a pizza with chicken on it. Why is this? I need to change that, like, as soon as possible. This looks amazing, especially that crust. I think I just decided what I want for dinner.

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  14. Perfect timing! I've been thinking it's about time for me to try grilling pizza! Thanks for the nudge!

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  15. Oh my goodness! I'm going to have to try this pizza. Looks so yummy!

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  16. I have never grilled pizza before, but I need to try it!!

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  17. did a BBQ pizza for the first time a month ago... SO good! You pictures look delish! I'm hungry and it's not even 8 am ;)

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    1. Thanks, Charlotte! I'm about ready to pull out the grill for the summer season!

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