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BBQ Chicken Pizza

This BBQ Chicken Pizza Recipe is easy to throw together for an easy weeknight dinner or for watching the game with friends. The topping combinations are endless!

A slice of BBQ Chicken Pizza being pulled out from the pizza pie and topped with parsley.

Pizza night is totally the secret weapon for busy families. The toppings are easy to customize, it’s something the family can make together, and it takes just 30 minutes to prepare and bake!

Be sure to check out the topping options I listed later in this post; there are so many ways to make this BBQ chicken pizza your own and your family will love it.

Ingredients on a white table for making BBQ Chicken Pizza

The Best BBQ Sauce

So, let’s talk about the key component to BBQ Chicken Pizza. The BBQ Sauce. I’m a huge huge fan of KC Masterpiece (who isn’t?), but have you tried the NEW KC Masterpiece® 816 Original BBQ Sauce yet?!

There are 3 flavor options: Original, Hot, and Sweet. I love them all. They’re great for grilling, dipping, and tailgating, and the handy easy to squeeze bottles are super convenient.



Toppings for BBQ Chicken Pizza

BBQ Chicken Pizza is fun to customize with different toppings – all easy to grab at Walmart

Aside from the banana peppers that we used in this recipe, you could also add:

  • Red Onions
  • Pineapple
  • Bacon
  • Blue Cheese
  • Goat Cheese
  • Feta
  • Bell Peppers
  • Caramelized Onions
  • Mushrooms
  • Fresh Arugla (After baking at the end)

Two Pizza Crusts, one topped with BBQ Sauce and the other has BBQ Chicken added on top.Side by side images of pizza crust, one with banana peppers and BBQ Chicken and the other with Mozzarella cheese.

How to Shred Chicken

  • Season the chicken generously with salt.
  • Place in a pot and cover with 1 inch of water.
  • Bring the water to a gentle boil, then reduce to a simmer for 8 – 16 minutes. This depends on the thickness of your chicken. Try not to overcook it to avoid it becoming dry.
  • The chicken is done when the center reads 165 degrees. The middle will also be cooked through and no longer pink.
  • Drain, let it cool for 5 minutes or so, and use two forks to shred it into bite-sized pieces. You can also shred it with a hand mixer.

A hand pulling up a warm slice of BBQ Chicken Pizza with a cup of BBQ Sauce in the background.

Ideal Temperature for Pizza Dough

Pizza dough should be between 65-75 degrees so that you can spread it out easily. Refrigerated pizza dough taken right from the fridge won’t roll out well.

Conversely, don’t let the dough get too warm or it will over-proof—thus becoming thin and flat when baked.

BBQ Chicken Pizza next to a bottle of BBQ Sauce on a white surface.

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BBQ Chicken Pizza

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This BBQ Chicken Pizza Recipe is easy to throw together for an easy weeknight dinner or for watching the game with friends. The topping combinations are endless!


  • 1 lb. refrigerated pizza dough, at room temperature*
  • 1 ½ cups shredded chicken, (see blog post for how to make shredded chicken)
  • 1 ½ cups KC Masterpiece® 816 Original BBQ Sauce, divided
  • 1/3 cup banana peppers, sliced and patted dry
  • 1 ½ cups low-moisture mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • ½ cup Gouda cheese, shredded**
  • Pinch crushed red pepper flakes, (optional)
  • Freshly cracker pepper


  • Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
  • Divide the dough in half and roll each one out on a floured surface.
  • Place onto two (10-incpizza pans and use your hands to finish spreading evenly over the pan.
  • Toss the shredded chicken into ¾ cup of BBQ Sauce and set aside.
  • Spread the remaining BBQ sauce over the pizza crust.
  • Distribute the chicken and banana peppers over each pizza. Top with cheese.
  • Add the pinch of red pepper flakes and freshly ground black pepper if desired.
  • Bake the pizzas for 10-12 minutes until the cheese is melted and the crust begins to brown.
  • Let it cool for 2 minutes prior to slicing and serving. Enjoy!


*Refrigerated pizza dough should come to room temperature first, otherwise it’s very difficult to spread. (Don’t let it become warm though.)
**I like the flavor of smoked Gouda in this pizza, but a variety of Gouda flavors work well!
Other topping options for this pizza include: red onions, pineapple, bell peppers, bacon, goat cheese, Feta cheese, blue cheese, caramelized onions, and mushrooms!


Calories: 513kcal, Carbohydrates: 67g, Protein: 27g, Fat: 15g, Saturated Fat: 7g, Cholesterol: 60mg, Sodium: 1627mg, Potassium: 310mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 29g, Vitamin A: 462IU, Vitamin C: 6mg, Calcium: 350mg, Iron: 3mg
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4 comments on “BBQ Chicken Pizza”

  1. Wow, this is a real dream of a pizza fan! I love BBQ sauce, no matter where it is added 😀 I must mention that usually I choose stuffing for pizza depending on what is now in my refregerator))) I wonder if somebody does the same. I saw your recipe and these appetizing photos and now I’m starving… As soon as I finish writing this comment, I’ll be on my way to kitchen to prepare this masterpiece! Thank you for the recipe and for your cool blog, I love it!

    • Hey Ann! I’m happy that you’re planning on making this! I hope you love it as much as we do, my husband devoured it! I love experimenting with other toppings too! 🙂 Thank you so much for leaving a comment on this, it made my day! -Stephanie

  2. This is a new fave Stephanie!!!  I’m pizza crazy & this popped up right in the mid-craziness 🤪 my favorite addition is the Arugula…YUM 🧡

    • Hey Mary! YAAAYYY I’m so so pumped! And better yet, you liked the Arugla idea! I tried hard to think of fun and different topping ideas!! You’re the best! -Stephanie

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