Homemade BBQ Chicken Pizza

This is a recipe for classic BBQ chicken pizza with tangy BBQ sauce, chicken, and red onion. Gouda cheese gives the homemade pizza the most delicious smoky flavor and cilantro adds a touch of freshness. My pizza dough recipe makes enough for two 12-inch pizzas, so you can freeze half for later. It’s an easy thick-style pizza crust with unbeatable flavor.

Homemade BBQ Chicken Pizza recipe by sallysbakingaddiction.com. Ditch the delivery, this pizza will be your new favorite!

What’s your favorite kind of pizza? For me, nothing beats my sweet & salty apple gorgonzola pizza. But this BBQ chicken pizza is in close 2nd place! Sweet BBQ sauce, chopped chicken, red onions, a dash of cilantro, and tons of cheese.

I made this homemade BBQ chicken pizza last weekend and it was a complete disaster. When I make homemade pizza, I like the cheese extra bubbly and the crust extra crisp. To obtain all this goodness, I switch my oven to broil for the last minute. I suggest you try it! What I don’t suggest is walking out of the kitchen to answer the phone, only to come back finding your pizza burnt to a black crisp. Whoops.

BBQ chicken pizza round 2 was a huge success though! Though store-bought crust is convenient, I suggest using homemade pizza dough for the BEST flavor. Homemade pizza crust is so much easier than you think.

 Your soon-to-be favorite pizza!

Homemade BBQ Chicken Pizza recipe by sallysbakingaddiction.com. Ditch the delivery, this pizza will be your new favorite!

Homemade Pizza Dough

Let’s talk homemade pizza crust. I make this pizza dough every single week and there’s many reasons why I always go back to it:

  • The recipe is perfect for bread beginners
  • Only 6 ingredients required
  • Most of the time is hands-off
  • Crisp edges & fluffy interior
  • So, so flavorful.

It’s simply the best homemade pizza crust. I use Red Star Platinum in my pizza dough because it produces the best results. The Platinum line is fantastic; its careful formula strengthens your dough and makes making working with yeast simple. This is awesome if you’re a bread beginner! For this pizza dough, I use only enough yeast to get the job done.

Baking with Yeast Guide

Reference this Baking with Yeast Guide whenever you work with baker’s yeast. I include practical answers to all of your common yeast questions.

Homemade Pizza Dough Video Tutorial

How to Make BBQ Chicken Pizza

After the pizza dough rises, it’s time to bake! Top the pizza dough with BBQ sauce, cooked chicken, lots of cheese, and red onion.

  1. BBQ Sauce: My husband isn’t a fan of too much BBQ sauce, but I love sauce in each bite. The middle ground is about 1/3 cup of BBQ sauce. Add more if you love extra sauce.
  2. Chicken: You need 1 cup of chopped cooked chicken. You can buy pre-cooked chicken or pick up a rotisserie chicken. Shred it, then use as the pizza topping. Or you can cook your own chicken for the BBQ chicken pizza. 1 skinless boneless chicken breast is plenty. Whichever you use, toss the cooked chicken in a little BBQ sauce right before layering it on top of the pizza; doing so prevents the cooked chicken from drying out.
  3. Cheese: For best flavor, let’s use TWO cheeses. Shredded mozzarella for that classic pizza flavor and smoked gouda for deep smoky flavor. Smoked gouda pairs wonderfully with the sweet BBQ sauce and fresh cilantro! If you don’t want to make the extra trip to the store, skip the gouda and just use mozzarella.
  4. Red Onion: Sharp red onion adds so much flavor to each bite. Not a fan of onion? Leave it off.

Homemade BBQ Chicken Pizza by sallysbakingaddiction.com

Homemade BBQ Chicken Pizza by sallysbakingaddiction.com

Pizza is done in about 15 minutes. Once the edges are browned, remove from the oven and top with chopped fresh cilantro. The fresh cilantro on the hot, cheesy pizza knocks every bite out of the park. If cilantro isn’t your thing, no worries! You can leave it off.

Homemade BBQ Chicken Pizza recipe by sallysbakingaddiction.com. Ditch the delivery, this pizza will be your new favorite!

The flavors and textures in this pizza are incredible! You have the sweet tang from the BBQ sauce, the meaty chicken, the zesty red onion, fresh cilantro, smoky gouda, soft crust, crispy edges, and ultra cheesy mozzarella covering it all.

Ditch the delivery guy, you’re eating homemade tonight!

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Homemade BBQ Chicken Pizza

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 2 hours, 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours, 30 minutes
  • Yield: one 12-inch pizza
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


This is a recipe for classic BBQ chicken pizza with tangy BBQ sauce, chicken, and red onion. Gouda cheese gives the homemade pizza the most delicious smoky flavor and cilantro adds a touch of freshness. My pizza dough recipe makes enough for two 12-inch pizzas. Toppings listed are enough for one 12-inch pizza. Freeze the rest of the pizza dough for another time.


  • 1/2 recipe homemade pizza crust
  • 12 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1/3 cup + 2 Tablespoons your favorite BBQ sauce
  • 1 cup chopped or shredded cooked chicken (about one 8-ounce breast)
  • 2/3 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 2/3 cup shredded smoked gouda cheese
  • 1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced
  • optional: chopped fresh cilantro for topping


  1. Prepare pizza dough through step 5, including preheating the oven to 475°F (246°C). Cover the shaped dough lightly with plastic wrap and allow it to rest as the oven preheats.
  2. To prevent the pizza toppings from making your pizza crust soggy, brush the shaped dough lightly with olive oil. Using your fingers, push dents into the surface of the dough to prevent bubbling. Top the dough evenly with 1/3 cup BBQ sauce. Toss the cooked chicken with the remaining BBQ sauce, then scatter all around the pizza. Add the cheeses and red onion.
  3. Bake pizza for 12-15 minutes. Remove from the oven and top with fresh cilantro, if desired. Slice hot pizza and serve immediately.
  4. Cover leftover pizza tightly and store in the refrigerator. Reheat as you prefer. Baked pizza slices can be frozen up to 3 months. See pizza crust recipe for instructions on freezing the pizza dough.


  1. If not using an instant yeast, rise time may be up to 40% longer.
  2. If you do not have smoked gouda, replace with the same amount of shredded mozzarella. You can leave off the onion and/or cilantro if desired.
  3. This recipe was inspired by my favorite BBQ Chicken Pizza at California Pizza Kitchen restaurant.
  4. Reference my Baking with Yeast Guide for answers to common yeast FAQs.

Keywords: pizza, bbq sauce, chicken

Ditch the delivery, this pizza will be your new favorite!


  1. Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness says:

    I LOVE BBQ chicken pizza, but I have never made it at home. So…this may have just changed my pizza identity for life. If that even makes sense.
    I’m in a bubbly, cheesy, pizza RIGHT NOW brain space, so english is failing
    P.s I have definitely done the answer the phone while broiling food thing a few times,

    1. Just listened to your interview…you were great! Received your book yesterday…sat down and read it like a novel!! Love it…you are right up there with Martha Stewart in my opinion! I will be baking one recipe a week! I might have to first try your $5000 cookies…I workout at crossfit and bring goodies once a week…that’s why they keep me around!:)

      1. Lis, thank you SO much. From the bottom of my heart. This is the nicest comment! Hope you love those salted caramel dark chocolate cookies. And yes, the people at your crossfit must LOVE you.

  2. Averie @ Averie Cooks says:

    Love this Sally! The images are awesome! I know we’ve talked about cheese before, and you totally nailed these. Great colors, depth, textures, lighting, etc. I want pizza for breakfast and I don’t even eat chicken 🙂

  3. Rachel @ Baked by Rachel says:

    Seriously one of my favorite pizza flavors! Love this 🙂

  4. Haha, I just had to point out a funny typo to you: “it will be done after about 144-16 minutes.”

    No wonder you burnt it 😉

    1. Hahahahaha yes, I just caught that. Can you imagine 144 minutes? lol

  5. Ohhhhh my goodness. Barbecue sauce and chicken and smoked gouda (!!) and red onion?! Flavor nirvana, right here. Kevin is so spoiled. I’m not the biggest meat eater, either, but I think I would devour this in about 5 seconds flat. This is amazing. Pinning! I was wondering if I had missed the recipe you mentioned in your interview–perfect timing to post it! 🙂 Happy Tuesday!

    1. Thanks Erin and I can’t wait for you to try this. Thanks for pinning! We scarfed it down pretty damn quickly, I know you’ll love it!

  6. Chelsea @chelseasmessyapron says:

    BBQ chicken is my favorite kind of meat to eat if I am going to eat meat! And I love BBQ chicken pizzas – definitely my favorite flavor!

  7. Taylee @ twist me fit says:

    Pinning this! Looks so good!

  8. Yum! I love BBQ chicken and can’t wait to try this. But “144-16 minutes”? No wonder you burnt one! :o)

    1. I’m cracking up. Clearly I added another 4 in there to test you this morning, Hali. 😉 Just fixed it.

  9. Layla @ Brunch Time Baker says:

    Sally, you got me craving this pizza at 9 am! Looks delicious!

  10. I love the test of burnt bbq pizza that’s made in 144 minutes. :p

    1. Hahahahaha ooops.

  11. Kelly @ hidden fruits and veggies says:

    I love the idea of gouda on a BBQ sauce pizza! I’ll definitely be making this (with mushrooms and pineapple swapped in for chicken — pineapple + BBQ is an amazing combo). PS don’t feel shame over your Sweet Baby Rays addiction. I’d drink the stuff if I didn’t think I’d get weird looks 😉

    1. LOVE pineapple and BBQ together, Kelly. I’ll add some of it next time I make this. Great suggestion. Drinking the BBQ sauce, I love you even more.

  12. Nicole Tidman says:

    Just listened to the interview, you did great! Been obsessing about the new cookbook since it arrived in the mail last week. 🙂 The pictures are gorgeous! This pizza also looks to die for! BBQ Chicken is one of the best- can’t wait to try it! Keep posting those recipes, I love testing them out in my kitchen and then hearing how wonderful I am at baking from the boyfriend! Haha, thanks, Sally!

    1. Thanks Nicole! I have lots more pizza recipes coming. Happy you like them – and even happier you love my cookbook too! Thanks for listening to the interview.

  13. Shashi @ RunninSrilankan says:

    Looking at your photos and reading about the “Sweet tang from the BBQ sauce, the meaty chicken, the zesty red onion, fresh cilantro, smoky gouda, soft crust, crispy edges, and ultra cheesy mozzarella covering it all” I think I AM IN LOVE with THIS PIZZA!!!

    1. YES! This pizza has it all, Shashi! Try it.

  14. Jennie @themessybakerblog says:

    I could eat pizza every single day. This looks amazingly cheesy and uber meaty. Love!

    1. pizza everyday – yes, same here.

  15. BBQ Chicken pizza is a regular dinner option in my house. Your recipe sounds yummy and I will be trying it next time. 🙂

    1. It is here too Tiffany – and let me know when you give my recipe a try!

  16. Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie says:

    Yum that looks just like the BBQ pizza I would get in Memphis!

  17. Chelsea @ Gal on a Mission says:

    I love a great BBQ Chicken Pizza, Sally! I completely agree that Sweet Baby Ray’s is the ONLY BBQ sauce! We consume that stuff by the gallons.

    Congratulations on your HUGE accomplishment! 🙂

    1. Happy I’m not the only one enjoying SBR’s by the gallon…

  18. Sweet Baby Ray’s is our one and only too! I have done buffalo chicken pizza, will give this a try over the weekend! Now can it NOT be awesome?! Off to listen to your interview!

    I burnt parchment (?!???) making sweet potato fries last week! Never happened before but I had three trays in the oven because I wanted them all out at the same time…I think the paper was touching the oven wall on one tray. Would that do it?

    1. That would DEFINITELY do it, Deb! Don’t worry, I’ve burnt parchment paper too. Haha, whoops. Do you own a silicone baking mat. I highly suggest you buy one!

      I’m doing buffalo chicken pizza sometime soon. Love that kind!

      1. I have one Silpat. I think I have grounds to purchase a couple more! Where did you find your pink one? 🙂

      2. Home Goods!

  19. I listened to the radio interview last night. I was pretty much smiling the entire time. You have such a sweet voice, exactly how your blog is. Even though people can only hear you, its still like we know how “people-friendly” you are.
    When u said u had burnt this pizza the first time and it smelled nauseating, it was funny! These pics look like u mastered it though. A week ago I mentioned I had never made a yeast recipe, but I went out and bought a lot of packets. Wish me luck!! 😛

    1. GOOD LUCK, Iram! You’ll be just fine. If you try any of my yeast recipes – let me know. And thanks for listening to me on the radio. It was VERY strange hearing my voice, but I’m happy I didn’t come off as nervous. Because I was!

  20. Nora (A Clean Bake) says:

    Wow, this looks like the best pizza you’ve ever made! I must admit that I am a total BBQ chicken freak, especially when it’s drenched in Sweet Baby Rays! I didn’t know SBR’s was popular outside of Chicago.

    1. Nora, I can’t go a week without some SBR’s. Heck, not even a day sometime – especially in the summer. It’s THE best. And yes, it’s definitely loved outside of Chicago!

  21. Definitely! It’s always handy to have some frozen pizza dough in the freezer ready to use.

  22. I got your book in B& B. I love it. The book was stack kind of the back, so I move them at the front. What can I say, I am your greatest fan, and I want you to be the bestseller. I hope I will not get in trouble with that.

    1. Thank you so much. 🙂 Happy you got my book – let me know what you try from it!

  23. Ooh! My daughter is making your strawberry cupcake ( from your previous post) for her birthday tomorrow and she will bring it to school. We love this recipe too.

  24. Ally @ The Cheery Baker says:

    Oh my gosh YUM! This looks amazing… I just had BBQ chicken pizza over the weekend and kept thinking I need to make this at home! Now I have a recipe to try! And Sweet Baby Rays is the ONLY BBQ sauce around my house too 🙂

  25. Kristin Filut says:

    It looks like you make your BBQ Chicken Pizza exactly the way my husband loves his. I’m intrigued by this Gorgonzola and Apple Pizza. Heading over to check that one out now! Yum!

    1. Kristin – the salty/sweet gorgonzola pizza is incredible!

  26. Jess @ On Sugar Mountain says:

    omg can I please come over for pizza nights at your house? For reals, Sally, I DON’T EVEN KNOW WHICH ONE TO MAKE FIRST! I think I need a month of pizzas. That’s the solution…

    1. I love your solution.

  27. Meg | The Housewife in Training Files says:

    The fiance lovesss BBQ Chicken Pizza but he has yet to make this own dough…we will have to take on your recipes during our next pizza night!

  28. This pizza looks amazing! The addition of the smoked gouda sounds awesome- adding multiple kinds of cheese to a pizza is always a good thing. By the way, I loved hearing your podcast (and can’t wait to get your book). I think I need to try your caramel-stuffed chocolate cookies now!!

    1. Thanks Leah! I’m happy you liked the interview. I sounded less nervous than I truly was!

  29. This pizza looks amazing. I love BBQ Chicken pizza but I’ve never made one at home. Totally pinning this one!

  30. I’m a french girl, I don’t speak english very well, but your website makes me want to learn it more!

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