Sunday, December 18, 2011

Barbecue Chicken Pizza

Barbecue Chicken Pizza - Photo by Michelle Judd of Taste As You Go
Barbecue Chicken Pizza


It's been three years since my Barbecue Chicken Pizza first appeared on Taste As You Go. That was back when I was still establishing myself as a food blogger. Back when I was taking digital photographs with a camera that required four AA batteries.

*blush*


Barbecue Chicken Pizza - Photo by Michelle Judd of Taste As You Go
Barbecue Chicken Pizza


I made some changes to the recipe to shorten the cooking time. I realize that you may not have an hour to spare to prepare the chicken in the oven. This updated version of my Barbecue Chicken Pizza requires a fraction of the cooking time, which means you'll be able to get dinner on the table much faster.


Barbecue Chicken Pizza - Photo by Michelle Judd of Taste As You Go
Barbecue Chicken Pizza


What's great about this recipe -- or any pizza recipe, for that matter -- is its versatility. I tend to use spicy barbecue sauce because I like things spicy, but feel free to use your favorite sauce, whether homemade or from a bottle. My original Barbecue Chicken Pizza recipe called for green bell peppers and red onions, while this version calls for red bell peppers and white onions.

If you'd prefer to use the traditional mozzarella cheese instead of the Mexican blend, then go for it! Just remember to use the ingredients you like and leave off the ones you don't.


Barbecue Chicken Pizza - Photo by Michelle Judd of Taste As You Go
Barbecue Chicken Pizza

Whichever combination of sauce and vegetables and cheese you use, you'll ultimately wind up with a tasty pizza that would be great any night of the week.

I hope you enjoy it!


Barbecue Chicken Pizza

INGREDIENTS
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 2 boneless/skinless chicken breast halves
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup spicy barbecue sauce
  • 1 12-inch pre-baked pizza crust
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 cup red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 cup white onion, diced
  • 2 cups shredded Mexican blend cheese

INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.

  2. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat for 2 minutes.

  3. Season both sides of each chicken breast half with salt and pepper. Place the chicken in the skillet and cook for 4-6 minutes. Turn and cook for another 4-6 minutes, or until golden brown. Cooking time will depend on the type of stove you're using. Remove the chicken from the skillet and set aside to cool.

  4. Wipe the skillet clean with a paper towel. Heat the remaining tablespoon of olive oil in the skillet over medium heat for 2 minutes. Saute the bell peppers and onions until tender to personal preference. Set aside.

  5. Dice the chicken and place into a medium bowl. Toss the chicken with the barbecue sauce.

  6. Place the pizza crust on a baking sheet. Spread the chicken mixture onto the crust.

  7. Spread the cooked vegetables over the chicken and then sprinkle the chopped cilantro on the top. Top everything with the shredded cheese.

  8. Bake the pizza for 15 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbly. Allow to rest at least 5 minutes before slicing and serving.

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