Try this really easy BBQ chicken pizza that you can cook in the oven or on the grill for a delicious and simple dinner. It’s kid-friendly and easy to change up to fit your tastes.
After a long day standing over a stove can just seem like too much, so we grab food out or eat some packaged food that isn’t always great for us and is not great on the budget either.
It’s understandable and if it’s rare it’s not a big deal but if it’s getting to be very often it can really do a number on your health and your budget.
I find the key to preventing eating out for my family is keeping things around that are healthy but quick. Also having healthier versions of food we enjoy out is a good way to stop temptation. Pizza is one of those foods. We love pizza but we all know pizza out is not a very healthy option and can get pricey very fast.
When you make it at home it’s easy to control ingredients and make it a bit lighter. I love making pizza with homemade pizza dough but I also keep some pre-made crusts from Whole Foods around because the ingredients are pretty good and it’s a meal I can have ready in about 20-30 minutes. That’s quicker than ordering pizza!
I also like to pre-make homemade pizza crusts but I’ll be honest, that hasn’t happened a lot lately. The Whole Foods ones aren’t as good as homemade of course but they are easy. Sometimes you need easy. And if it prevents you from eating out it’s totally worth it.
Most of the time we just have normal pizza with homemade pizza sauce, cheese, and pepperoni. However, that can get boring so we like to mix it up some nights.
Pizza can actually be a good way to use up some leftovers. Avoiding food waste is a big goal of mine this year so meals that can use up leftovers are high on my list.
How to Make BBQ Chicken Pizza
A lot of leftovers work well as pizza toppings, like for this pizza I had an open bottle of BBQ sauce, a block of cheddar cheese, and a rotisserie chicken. May not be your traditional pizza toppings but it’s delicious. Serve with a nice salad and you have a pretty healthy meal.
This recipe can be changed up to use what you have on hand. Instead of cheddar, you can use up random cheese you have in your fridge, mozzarella or gouda would be really good. Also, throw on some veggies that you need to use. It’s hard to mess up a pizza so get creative.
- 1 pizza crust
- 1/3 cup BBQ Sauce
- 2 cups Shredded Cheddar Cheese
- 2 cups Cooked Shredded Chicken
- Optional: onions and/or peppers
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees
- If using pizza dough that hasn't been pre-baked, place dough on a greased baking sheet and bake for about 8 minutes or until light brown. If the crust is already pre-baked, like the Whole Foods crust I used, skip the pre-baking step.
- Spread the BBQ sauce on the crust.
- Top with shredded cheese, chicken, and any veggies you are using.
- Bake for about 10-15 minutes or until cheese is melted and starting to brown.
You can also throw this pizza on the grill. Just watch it closely, it's done when the cheese is melted.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 502Total Fat: 21gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 71mgSodium: 836mgCarbohydrates: 51gFiber: 2gSugar: 8gProtein: 26g