Homemade pizza is a favorite in our house and in rotation quite a bit! I always love sharing our pizzas because they are always different and often based off what’s left in our fridge! Pizza is a great way to utilize any leftover vegetables or meats you have lying around in the fridge. Whenever we started our Real Food Journey, pizza was one of the first things we decided to clean up. After looking at the ingredients used in quick take out and delivery pizzas we decided making our own was so much better for our bodies(and a whole lot less expensive!!). One of our favorite pizzas we use to order out was a BBQ chicken pizza, so we decided to give it a try at home. We have been hooked ever since! Even though my toddler doesn’t prefer this pizza since it has a lot of bell pepper and onion, she still loves the taste of the BBQ and chicken(but we usually let her make her own pizza with the other dough). Making homemade pizza is a great way to get kids involved and it’s so fun for them to make their own! Lily loves to roll the dough, spread the pizza sauce, and sprinkle the cheese. By now she can tell you exactly what goes into homemade pizza dough and how to fix it. This is also our go-to when we have company, it’s always a hit!

 Best Ever BBQ Chicken Pizza

Ingredients:

Dough

  • 3 cups flour(can use whole wheat or all purpose white, or a mixture of both- mine linked below)
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 2 tsp active yeast
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp olive oil

Directions:

  1. Put 3 cups flour into a mixing bowl and set aside.
  2. Measure 1 cup warm water, add yeast and mix until dissolved. Let it sit on counter until foamy at the top, about 10 minutes.
  3. Add salt and olive oil to the water and yeast, stir. Slowly add the wet mixture to the flour.
  4. Mix until all combined, add 1 tsp warm water at a time if more is needed.
  5. If not using a Kitchenaid mixer, just knead by hand on a flat surface.
  6. Roll into one large ball, then break into two smaller balls. Put balls back into bowl together, drizzle with a small amount of olive oil.
  7. Set in a warm place(counter top or I put mine in my microwave-obviously not on) with a towel over bowl. Let dough rise until doubled in size, usually about 2 hours. This can also be done the night before, just wrap dough loosely in saran wrap and store in the fridge until ready to use.

Pizza Toppings

  • 1/2 cup BBQ sauce(I use the recipe from my 100 Days of Real Food Cookbook) If buying store bought I recommend organic!
  • 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced.
  • 1 organic bell pepper, thinly sliced.
  • 3/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup seasoned shredded chicken(I use chicken from my whole chicken-saves so much time!)

To season chicken:
Add 1 tsp chili powder, 1/2 tsp cumin, 1/2 tsp garlic powder, 1/4 onion powder, 1/2 pink salt. Mix until all chicken is coated.

Directions:

  1. Roll out first ball of dough onto flour surface and roll with a rolling pin until thin. We use a 13×13” pizza baking stone and it covers the entire stone.
  2. Spread BBQ sauce evenly onto dough, next add the cheese, seasoned chicken, and vegetables.
  3. Bake at 450 degrees for 20-22 (maybe even 25 depending on your stove) minutes, checking halfway through.
  4. Save the other pizza dough for the next day or use it to make another pizza. If making 2 BBQ chicken pizzas just double this recipe!
  5. Enjoy!
*Since cookbook recipes are copy-righted I want to respect the author by not giving recipes away. But here is another delicious homemade BBQ sauce option from one of my favorite food bloggers using very similar ingredients! https://www.eatingbirdfood.com/healthy-bbq-sauce/

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