Grilled Barbecue Chicken Pizza

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Sweet and tangy barbecue chicken pizza made outside on the grill. You’ll love how easy the classic pizza shop flavor in this easy bbq chicken pizza recipe.

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Summer in Upstate New York doesn’t last long, so I like to soak up every ounce of it while it’s here. That means spending tons of time outside and not a lot of time holed up in the kitchen. Luckily, just about everything I’d want to make inside can also be cooked on the grill. Including pizza!
Since grills get super hot (mine is upwards of 600 degrees on high), they’re closer to pizza ovens than normal indoor ovens are. That means the pizza cooks really quickly (8 minutes, tops) and the crust gets charred and smokey.
If you don’t have a grill, or if it’s gross and rainy outside, you can always make this in the oven too, but the crust won’t be quite as delicious.
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We eat pizza pretty frequently and sometimes I get kind of sick of it. This time, I decided to mix things up and use barbecue sauce instead of tomato sauce.
I had some extra chicken legs, so I grilled those with more sauce and used them as my main topping.
At the last minute, I decided to add a little cheddar cheese – it was delicious with the barbecue flavors! A sprinkle of fresh cilantro over the cooked pizza kept tasting light and fresh.
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Grilled BBQ Chicken Pizza

The beauty of this recipe is in its simplicity, so use the best ingredients you can to really let the flavors shine through. This pizza dough has a really delicious and complex flavor, but it needs to rest for one hour and chill for at least two. If you don’t have time for that, use the best refrigerated dough your grocery store has. Same with the sauce. I like the zip from a sweet and spicy sauce, but use whatever you like best. I used chicken legs because I had them already; thighs will work just as well. Chicken breast is ok, but won’t be as juicy or flavorful.
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Course: Healthy Weeknight Dinner Recipes
Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Additional Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 550kcal
Author: Lauren Keating


  • ¾ cup Barbecue Sauce
  • 2 boneless skinless Chicken Legs
  • 12 ounces Pizza Dough
  • 1 tablespoon Olive Oil
  • ¼ cup Diced Red Onion
  • 1 cup total shredded Cheddar, Mozzarella, and Provolone Cheese
  • Chopped Cilantro


  • Brush chicken legs with 1/4 cup barbecue sauce. Grill over high heat for 12-15 minutes or until their internal temperature reaches 165*F. Cool slightly, then finely chop the meat. Set aside.
  • Divide the dough in half. Stretch each half into an oval about 1/4″ thick. Brush one side of each crust with olive oil. Place on grill, oiled side down, and cook until the crust is dry and grill lines form, about 3 minutes. Remove from grill and reduce heat to medium.
  • Flip the crusts so the grilled side is up. spread with barbecue sauce. Top with cheeses, chicken, and onion. Return to grill and close the lid. Cook 5 minutes, or until cheese is melted and crust is cooked through. Remove from grill and sprinkle with chopped cilantro.
  • Cut each pizza into 4 slices.
Nutrition Facts
Grilled BBQ Chicken Pizza
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 550 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Fat 19g29%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Polyunsaturated Fat 11g
Cholesterol 80mg27%
Sodium 1063mg46%
Carbohydrates 62g21%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 20g22%
Protein 31g62%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
By on June 18th, 2012

About Lauren

Hi, I'm Lauren! I'm a certified plant-based cook and enthusiastic omnivore who loves looking for creative ways to make weeknight meals more nutritious. I'm the author of Heathy Eating One Pot Cookbook and Healthy Meal Prep Slow Cooker Cookbook. I also blog at The Busy Foodie.

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