Homemade BBQ Chicken Pizza

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Thick style homemade pizza crust topped with sweet BBQ sauce, chopped chicken, onions, cilantro, and tons of cheese. Your soon-to-be favorite pizza! 

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

Let’s take a quick break from dessert and talk pizza. Cheesy, doughy, crispy on the edges, soft in the middle, loaded, homemade pizza.

What’s your favorite kind? For me, nothing beats my sweet & salty apple gorgonzola creation. 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.

My version of savory heaven, right here.

 Your soon-to-be favorite pizza!

I don’t eat a ton of meat, but when I do – it’s usually BBQ chicken. My birthday dinner every May is BBQ chicken on the grill, I’m a sucker for pulled BBQ chicken sandwiches, and the best salad I ever ate was topped with… you guessed it… BBQ chicken. And Sweet Baby Ray’s is my only sauce of choice.

I made this homemade BBQ chicken pizza last weekend. If you listened to my interview on NPR yesterday (here is the interview online – yes, it was VERY weird hearing myself on the radio!), you heard me talk about burning a pizza recipe. And it was this very recipe.

When I make homemade pizza, I like to get the cheese extra melted and bubbly. I love the sides to get a little brown and the bottom to be extra crispy. To obtain all this goodness, I switch my oven to broil for a quick minute as the pizza is finishing up. I suggest you try it! What I don’t suggest you try is walking out of the kitchen to answer your phone, only to come back finding your pizza burnt to a black crisp with the oven still on broil.

Whoops! Yeah, I make mistakes too.

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

BBQ chicken pizza round 2 was a huge success though. First, start with my favorite homemade pizza crust recipe. You can either make a regular pizza crust or my whole wheat pizza crust. Whichever you prefer.

For this recipe, I used my regular white flour pizza crust. Soft, fluffy perfection. This crust is one of the most remade recipes on my blog. It’s also the recipe I make the most too! Yep, it’s often pizza night in this tiny apartment.

Homemade pizza crust may sound difficult to you. Why waste the time when you can buy frozen? But trust me – homemade crust is nothing like store-bought, delivery, or what you order at a restaurant. Making pizza crust is a lot like making regular bread, only quicker and well, flatter.  I’ve created a separate page for you to learn exactly how to make my homemade pizza crust. Full of tips and step-by-step visuals so you know exactly what everything should look like as you work.

The best part? You can make this pizza dough ahead of time and always have it ready to go in the freezer when pizza night rolls around. Make sure you read the pizza dough recipe for make-ahead instructions.

Homemade BBQ Chicken Pizza by sallysbakingaddiction.com

Before going into the oven, you’ll top the pizza dough with BBQ sauce, chicken, cheese and red onion. Kevin hates BBQ chicken pizza to be overloaded with BBQ sauce, but I love a lot of sauce in every bite. So, I only use about 1/3 cup of BBQ sauce on the pizza itself and drizzle a little more on my individual slices when I’m ready to eat. We both win.

You’ll need about 1 cup of chopped cooked chicken. I simply cook 1 skinless, boneless chicken breast and chop it up into large pieces. If you prefer more chicken, feel free to add more. I like to 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.

I use two cheeses on my BBQ chicken pizza: shredded mozzarella and smoked gouda. The smoked gouda was purely for flavor; it pairs wonderfully with the sweet BBQ sauce and fresh cilantro! If you don’t want to make the extra trip to the store, you may leave the gouda out completely and just use mozzarella.

Good news! The onion is completely optional. Add it, leave it out, add more, add less. This is your pizza so just add as much or as little of the ingredients as suggested in the recipe below.

Homemade BBQ Chicken Pizza by sallysbakingaddiction.com

The pizza bakes up very quickly. Again, don’t make the mistake I did and leave the room! Keep your eye on it – it will be done after about 14-16 minutes. If you prefer it a little more brown, bake up to about 18 minutes. Once the edges are browned to your liking, 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

Thick style homemade pizza crust topped with sweet BBQ sauce, chopped chicken, onions, cilantro, and tons of cheese. Your soon-to-be favorite pizza!


  • 1/2 recipe homemade pizza crust
  • 1/3 cup + 2 Tablespoons your favorite BBQ sauce
  • 1 cup cooked, sliced chicken breast (about one 8-ounce breast)
  • 2/3 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 2/3 cup shredded smoked gouda cheese1
  • 1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced
  • fresh cilantro, for topping


  1. Prepare the pizza dough through step 11, including preheating the oven to 475F as described in step 8.
  2. Toss 2 Tablespoons of BBQ sauce with the cooked, chopped chicken to coat it. Set aside.
  3. After waiting 15 minutes as described in step 11, top the crust with the BBQ sauce. Add more or less BBQ sauce depending on your taste. Then layer on the shredded mozzarella, then the BBQ-coated chicken, shredded gouda, then the onion slices. Bake for 14-16 minutes. For the last minute, I move the oven rack to the top rack to really brown the edges. That's optional.
  4. Top hot pizza with fresh cilantro. Slice pizza and serve immediately. Store leftover pizza covered tightly in the refrigerator and reheat as you prefer. Baked pizza slices may be frozen up to 1 month. Please see homemade pizza crust recipe for how to freeze the pizza dough.

Recipe Notes:

  1. If you do not have smoked gouda, replace with the same amount of shredded mozzarella. You may leave out the onion and/or cilantro if you do not prefer them.

This recipe was inspired by my favorite BBQ Chicken Pizza at California Pizza Kitchen restaurant.

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Try my very favorite Caramelized Apple Gorgonzola Pizza next!

Caramelized Apple Gorgonzola Pizza

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



All Comments

  1. Sally, you seriously have such talent! I always look forward to beautiful posts from you – and I especially love the savory ones you do! This pizza looks incredible. I too think homemade pizza is well worth the effort. So yummy 🙂

    1. I’m happy you don’t mind my savory recipes every now and then, Lisa! I have a few more ideas for savory recipes coming up too.

  2. I love making homemade pizzas for my family! There is something so rewarding when you get to see every part of the recipe come together 🙂
    The boyfriend is absolutely going to love this one. Thanks Sally 🙂
    Also, I’m listening to your interview this morning while I work on a report for work 🙂

  3. This pizza looks so good! I was never a gouda cheese fan until I started eating it BBQ chicken pizza, I think it goes so well with all the other flavors. Now I say, the more smoked gouda cheese, the better! Congrats on the interview, that is so exciting!

  4. I might have to make this just for me, seeing as I have a house full of picky men…
    I have recently discovered gouda and LOVE it!!!
    So I’m thinking this will be delish… I will have to leave off the onions, as they don’t mix well w/ my meds… :0(
    But everything else is fair game!!! Yummy!!!!!!!!!
    And I agree about Sweet Baby Rays… But Sonny’s Sweet BBQ sauce is my favorite… I don’t think y’all have it up north, so Rays is the best choice. Sonny’s is from a Southern restaurant chain and it’s SO good, it’s addicting!!!

    I also posted the link for your book on FB… Wishing you great sales!!! :0)

    1. Thanks for sharing my cookbook on your Facebook, Star! I love trying new BBQ sauces. Wish I could get my hands on the brand you love. Enjoy this pizza!

  5. YUM!!! BBQ Chicken Pizza is secretly my favorite, but since my guy hates BBQ sauce (not sure why… probably because it’s too sweet?), I always go with my second-favorite of Hawaiian. It’s his favorite, so that way we’re both happy. If only I could sneak over to your place for a slice! 😉 It looks phenomenal Sally, all of those little details with the onions and cilantro… Just gorgeous!

    1. Amy, you and your guy will be happy to know that I plan to make a Hawaiian pizza very soon! It’s Kevin’s personal favorite as well.

  6. Thank you for this recipe! Made it tonight and my 3 year old old who barely eats anything, ate 2.5 slices and said this is the best pizza! The husband was so surprised that it was made from scratch. Your pictures and instructions are so detailed and makes it easy to understand…you have a great gift 😉 also, you’ve helped me overcome my fear of making something out of yeast…the piazza dough turned out well 🙂 one question I have, after putting sauce and toppings on pizza, can it be left out for a while before baking? Or frozen with the toppings? Thanks!

    1. Hi Elle! I’m so glad that you tried and loved this pizza! And of course, that your 3 year old approved as well. The more you bake with the yeast, the more comfy you’ll get with it. It sounds like you will bake this pizza often! After you’ve assembled the pizza, you can leave it out for an hour or so – or even put in the fridge. I don’t recommend freezing with the toppings on it.

  7. BBQ chicken pizza is my FAVORITE pizza flavor of all time. Hands down, it’s what I make on most occasions next to pepperoni. I just ADORE BBQ!! I love the thick crust on this, Sally! Sometimes, you just need a thick, chewy crust!

  8. What a delicious pizza creation, Sally! This one here, happens to be my fave… (also chicken pizza with Alfredo sauce with tons of jalapenos on it). You rocked this pizza– and the crust! I can’t wait until your new cookbook arrives at my front door this week!

  9. Hi Sally! I just listened to your radio interview online and you sound so sweet! I really enjoyed the interview and can’t wait to pick up a copy of your new cookbook! Congrats on all your success, you deserve it!

    1. Thanks so much for listening, Kimberly! You heard me mention burning this pizza the first time. Haha, whoops. Thank you!

  10. Sally,
    I’ll gladly send you some of the Sonny’s sauce, let me know where to send it… :0)
    An early wedding present!!! :0)

  11. This looks way too good. I think my husband’s favorite thing I make at home is pizza…these toppings will blow his mind! I can already picture the sweetness of the bbq sauce contrasted with the smokiness from the gouda and let’s just say my mouth is watering 🙂

  12. This pizza looks amazing!! We love homemade pizza and BBQ chicken is one we have yet to try. I can’t wait for my book to arrive. Amazon said it shipped…hope its here before the weekend because I’m sure it will make for a great read!!
    PS: You did amazing in the interview 🙂

  13. My pizza crust never seems to brown. The bottom browns just fine but the outer crust stays white. Why is this happening? And how can I fix it?

  14. Thank you! What a great recipe. I was inspired to try this after hearing you on NPR, and while my family loved the pizza, I wasn’t totally happy with my first effort (my fault, had misread some of the steps) but made it again tonight and it turned out just perfect. Best pizza dough I’ve ever made. Thanks!

  15. Hello!
    Yesterday, I visited for the first time your site.
    I saw a lot of delicious recipies, and as I was searching of your feed I found this amazing recipe.
    Well, today I decided to try this pizza.
    It is the most delicious handmade pizza I’ve ever taste. Great taste, easy to make and of course handmade.
    I syggest to everyone to try it.

  16. I made this last night and it was delicious!! My husband LOVED it. There were no leftovers for today! I’m so happy I found your blog – I make a recipe of yours at least once a week..often more. I have your Oreo peanut butter bark in my fridge chilling right now, this hour cannot go by fast enough!

  17. Hi Sally,
    I tried your recipe yesterday and it was awesome!! delicious is the least to describe it!! The dough was excellent, even though I was scared how it would end up. I am not calling take out pizza anymore!! My husband and kiddo loved it too!! Thanks

  18. Oh my god! Just looking at it is making my mouth water.. God such a combination of flavors.. AMAZING!! I just tried it as my midnight snack (guilty) and I’m thinking of making another one! Thank you for putting this and your great photography just makes me want to cook more and more.. You are a genius!

  19. This was my first time making homemade pizza and it was amazing. I cooked the chicken in my slow cooker with bbq sauce and it was the best pizza we have ever had. My husband can’t wait for me to make it again!

    1. I forgot to mention- I used your dough recipe as well, and it urned out great really nice and ‘airy’! I had the time to let it prove a little more, so I did, and I was amazed at how much air was in it! I doubled the recipe, and added a little more salt then you said, yet my dad mentioned it could have done with more. Oh well, it was still delicious 😉
      ((I’ll have to try that trick with the grill next time))

  20. I’m obsessed with your dessert recipes (I’ve probably made about 20 of them), and figured it was time to test out your pizza dough and this bbq chicken pizza recipe. All I can say is WOW!! I followed your recipe to a T, although I did add sliced serrano peppers on top because I like a little extra kick. Thank you thank you thank you for this recipe. I made this pizza 2 nights ago, and I’m making it again tonight with the rest of the dough that I made. Thanks for everything that you do; your site is definitely one of my faves! 🙂

  21. I made this specially for my son in law…he loves bbq chicken pizza…I served it with your margarita pizza on one of our pizza nights…he loved it…made for “What’s on the Menu” tag game…=)

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