Paleo Pizza Crust: BBQ Chicken Pizza

This Paleo Pizza Crust, BBQ Chicken style, is one of our favorites! The crust is the perfect all-purpose gluten-free and grain-free crust that everyone will love! The homemade BBQ sauce will be a favorite all season long.

Paleo Pizza Crust: BBQ Chicken Pizza

Let me be real for a minute here. Back when my brother and I were kids, Domino’s was on speed dial. In fact, I can recite our local Domino’s phone number still to this day (I’m not proud of this). The reason I’m sharing this is so you understand how I feel (felt) about pizza, specifically thin crust. With pepperoni. So good and now obviously so so bad.

Paleo Pizza Crust: BBQ Chicken Pizza

Many of you have tried my Paleo Pizza Crust made with eggplant, and although I love that recipe, I wanted something more dough-like, more crust-like, and simpler to throw together. After all, we don’t always have 1/2 hour to grate eggplant, and start making the pizza.

Paleo Pizza Crust: BBQ Chicken Pizza


If you follow me on Instagram, you may have virtually watched me make 5 versions of this to get it right, and now it is soooo right. I made this into BBQ Chicken Pizza with my Sweet and Smoky BBQ Sauce, but you can get as crazy as you want with toppings!

Paleo Pizza Crust: BBQ Chicken Pizza

 

Paleo Pizza Crust: BBQ Chicken Pizza

Paleo Pizza Crust: BBQ Chicken Pizza

Prep Time 7 min Cook Time 23 min Yields 8

Ingredients

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350
  • In a bowl combine tapioca, coconut flour, baking powder, salt, garlic, Italian seasoning, and flax
  • Add in warm water and mix well
  • Add in palm shortening and egg; mix well
  • Line a baking sheet with slipat baking mat or parchment paper; sprinkle with tapioca flour
  • Roll the dough into a ball (it'll be somewhat sticky- it's okay)
  • Plop the ball onto your baking sheet and cover with an additional peach of parchment paper
  • Using a roller, gently roll out dough until thin*
  • Bake until crispy- about 20 minutes
  • Add desired toppings and place bake in the oven for 5-7 minutes**
  • Recipe Notes

    1. *If you make it too thin, it'll be hard like flatbread, you want it about 1/3 inch so it rises and is dough-like.
    2. **Precook chicken and other meats before placing on your pizza
    3. Please note that I can't vouch for substitutions that I have not personally made. I have tested this recipe numerous times and have found following this exactly will yield in a great crispy, yet bread-y crust. If you choose to make changes, the recipe may not come out the same.
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    39 comments on “Paleo Pizza Crust: BBQ Chicken Pizza

    • I am beyond excited to try this crust!! I still haven’t found a paleo pizza crust that I love. I also hate having to rice and squeeze drain the veggie ones so I love that this one uses tapioca even if it does mean that it’s a bit starcher.

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      • Hi Cassidy! Perhaps butter… I can’t say for sure it would yield the same results, but butter could work, and MAYBE coconut oil! Shortening helps the texture. Let me know if you try a substitution and how it turns out!

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      • Hi Abigail,

        Perhaps butter! Please note that I can’t vouch for substitutions that I have not personally made. I have tested this recipe and have found following this exactly will yield in a great crispy, yet bread-y crust. If you choose to make changes, the recipe may not come out the same.

        Let me know if you substitute and how it works out!

        Lexi

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      • Hi Becky,

        It’s possible they’ll come out similar but please note that I can’t vouch for substitutions that I have not personally made. I have tested this recipe and have found following this exactly will yield in a great crispy, yet bread-y crust. If you choose to make changes, the recipe may not come out the same!

        Good luck 🙂

        Lexi

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    • This post has me seriously craving pizza and I haven’t even had breakfast yet! I love the idea of a pizza crust that’s quick to put together and one that you can actually pick up and have a piece of! The bbq sauce-chicken combo looks insanely good too!

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      • Oat or rice flour cannot be subbed for tapioca as it will create a completely different texture! This yields 8 slices.

        Please note that I can’t vouch for substitutions that I have not personally made. I have tested this recipe and have found following this exactly will yield in a great crispy, yet bread-y crust. If you choose to make changes, the recipe may not come out the same.

        Good luck 🙂

        Lexi

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    • Looved this crust! Recipe is easy and delicious. I used baking soda instead of powder and it turned out perfect! Made a tomato basil pie and a BBQ chicken pie and enjoyed guilt free pizza for the past two days! Can’t wait to try a breakfast pie!
      So far every recipe I’ve tried of Lexi’s has been a legit healthy yummy fix. Keep cooking!!!!

      I was thinking of making a few batches of dough to freeze for quick dinners later. Do you think it would work?!

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    • Made this pizza yesterday and it was DELICIOUS! The crust had a great texture, I was very impressed. I loved the seasoning in it as well.

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    • SO GOOD! Made it two nights ago, and we are having it again tonight! Great texture, and so quick and easy! Love it!

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    • Loved it Lex! Topped with organic pizza sauce, chicken sausage, onion, and lots of fresh basil and it was great. This was way less time consuming than the eggplant pizza and I liked it better too! 🙂

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    • In case others are wondering I subbed coconut oil in for shortening & it turned out great! 🙂 Made it w/ shortening too, texture was the same.

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    • Lexi…..this was by far THE BEST Paleo pizza crust I’ve made over the past 2 years. Since it’s nut-fee, I may actually get my husband and kids to try it next time I make it. 😀 Based on what I had on hand and what else I was cooking along with this, I had to make a few very minor changes. I wanted to be sure I shared them in case they would be able to help anyone else.

      1) I was out of palm shortening, so I substituted in 1/3c of melted coconut oil.
      2) I was cooking pizza for my husband and kids at the same time. Their pizza cooks at a much higher temperature than this recipe, so I had to adjust the time for your crust. I cooked mine at 425 for 15 minutes. I also place it in a cast iron skillet. Mine was just the right size for this recipe to cover the bottom of the pan without making the dough too thin.

      After I baked the crust, I put all of my toppings on and then tossed it back into the oven for another 7 minutes. SO good!!!

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    • Ok, so I have never posted a comment before on a blog/recipe. However, after making this pizza crust tonight, I knew I had to. This is by far the BEST pizza crust I have EVER made. My husband, who is NOT paleo, LOVED it. It was truly amazing. It held together well. We actually doubled the recipe and made two of them – and ate two of them. Thank you so much! Great job!

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    • lillymadison says:

      Stumbled across your site and thought I’d give this a try. Admittedly this is my first attempt at clean eating so I was not too optimistic it would appease the family. So glad my fears were unwarranted! I subbed coconut oil for the shortening which worked fine. We made two pizzas…one with leftover chicken, barbeque sauce, mixture of cheddar and parm cheese (I know not clean but baby steps), sauteed onions and red bell peppers, and lastly some chopped fresh cilantro. It was awesome!!! Even my meat-loving, Midwestern father and my toddler loved it. The second pizza was leftover grilled pork and pineapple and it was just so-so which I blame on the toppings, not the crust. Thanks so much for posting the recipe. I look forward to trying more of your recipes soon

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    • Well, this was a hit! I was torn between trying this crust or doing a cheese based crust, but I wanted to enjoy some cheese on top of my pizza and didn’t want to put my digestive system into too much shock. This was just perfect. I didn’t have a rolling pin but I was able to flatten it with my hands through the parchment paper very easily. I also substituted 1/3 c butter for the palm shortening with much success.
      I could pick up the pizza, even with the generous layer of cheese and 3 meat toppings (i recommend sausage, pepperoni and bacon) and it was more than enough for 2 people! Thanks for this recipe, I am only bummed it took me so long to try it! This is a keeper!

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    • So I just made your pizza crust AND your BBQ sauce and for toppings added loads of cilantro, mushrooms, cooked chicken and red onion… and topped with cashew cheese… and it was the best paleo pizza I’ve had to date. Thanks for an awesome recipe! Oh, and the crust was so great – crispy in the right places and passed the hold-test (held together beautifully without bending while holding it from the crust end). My new go-to recipe!

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