BBQ Chicken Pizza

Whip this BBQ Chicken Pizza up any night of the week. I guarantee it will be on your table faster than if you called for take-out. This BBQ Chicken Pizza recipe is a classic, using either store-bought or homemade ingredients. 

A whole bbq chicken pizzaEasy BBQ Chicken Pizza Recipe

Is there anything better than a classic BBQ Chicken Pizza hot out of the oven? Between the ridiculously easy gluten-free pizza crust, the homemade bbq sauce, bbq chicken and that cheddar and onion melty goodness? This recipe is going to be on repeat. While we (obviously) have recipes for each of the components to make up this BBQ Chicken Pizza, we also know that you can just as easily buy some of them store-bought for an easy weeknight dinner.

Here is what you need to make it:

Patting out gluten free pizza dough
Let’s Talk About the Best Gluten-Free Homemade Pizza Crust

If you haven’t tried my Gluten Free Pizza Crust before, you have been missing out. It has been made and loved by so many of you! I have to admit, it’s a favorite of mine too. This crust comes together quickly, in 1-bowl, and in under 10 minutes. No kneading, proofing or fussing is required! This pizza crust uses a blend of coconut flour, tapioca flour and ground flaxseed. It’s light and chewy and is a crowd pleaser. It’s easy to make ANY night of the week and perfect for any topping you’d like! We obviously recommend you use this crust because it’s so delicious and so simple! But it’s easy to use a store-bought one, if you need. Follow the packaging instructions for baking for that if you do use store-bought.

Spreading bbq sauce on pizza crust

How to Make Homemade BBQ Chicken Pizza

  1. Start with the crust! If using my homemade pizza dough you can make the crust and bake it immediately. But it must be baked up prior to putting on the pizza toppings.
  2. Next top the parbaked pizza with the toppings. We have suggested amounts, but go ahead and make the pizza to your liking. Just make sure not to overload it because too much toppings won’t bake up properly.
  3. Finally, bake it all off! If you want ultra crispy and melty cheese, stick it under your broiler.
  4. Garnish the pizza with an extra drizzle of bbq sauce and cilantro and serve immediately.

Cutting into easy barbecue chicken pizza

Easy Swaps

We love homemade as much as possible, so we went ahead and gave you recipes for the Gluten Free Pizza Crust, the BBQ Sauce and BBQ Chicken. However, if you are using this recipe as more of a guide, go ahead and grab whatever you need store-bought. There are a lot of cleaner alternatives out there for homemade products now, especially when it comes to pizza crust and bbq sauce. If you didn’t want to make the BBQ chicken, go ahead and pick up a rotisserie chicken and use that here. Just toss it in a little BBQ sauce before putting on the pizza so it won’t dry out in the oven.

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BBQ Chicken Pizza

Prep Time 00:10 Cook Time 00:27 Total Time 00:37 Serves 2

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  2. Make pizza dough, and parbake according to these instructions (or whatever the package instructions state if store-bought).
  3. Spread bbq sauce over the pizza. Top with cheese, bbq chicken and red onion. Bake in the preheated oven for 7-10 minutes, or until cheese is melted the desired amount.
  4. Top pizza with extra bbq sauce and cilantro leaves. Serve immediately.
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The Best Gluten Free Pizza Crust

This is the best Gluten Free Pizza Crust recipe! It’s easy to make, using a handful of ingredients and comes together in under 10 minutes. Plus, there is no kneading or proofing required. It’s paleo and grain-free, but you wouldn’t know it. It’s light and chewy with just the right texture. Bake it with your favorite toppings for pizza ANY night of the week.

easy gluten free pizza with pepperoni and melty cheeseGluten Free Pizza Crust

If you haven’t tried my Gluten Free Pizza Crust before, you have been missing out. This pizza crust was first published back in 2014 and was also included in my cookbook. It has been made and loved by so many of you! I have to admit, it’s a favorite of mine too. We rephotographed it, as well as updated one ingredient to make it even easier to make. This gluten-free, paleo and nut-free crust comes together quickly, in 1-bowl in under 10 minutes. No kneading, proofing or fussing is required! This pizza crust uses a blend of coconut flour, tapioca flour and ground flaxseed. It’s light and chewy and is a crowd pleaser. It’s easy to make ANY night of the week and perfect for any topping you’d like!

Paleo Pizza Crust Ingredients

Previously, when I first published this recipe I used palm shortening instead of the olive oil that is now listed. While that works equally as well, a lot of readers don’t commonly keep palm shortening on hand. We tested this with olive oil and love the results, so we’ve updated the recipe to call for that instead. If you know and love this with palm shortening, you can still go ahead and use equal the amount of that.

  • Olive Oil
  • Warm Water
  • Egg
  • Tapioca Flour
  • Coconut Flour
  • Ground Flaxseed
  • Baking Powder
  • Garlic Powder (optional)
  • Italian seasoning (optional)
  • Fine Sea Salt

How to Make Gluten Free Pizza Crust

What I love about this crust is how truly easy it is to make! All you need is a bowl, a whisk and a spatula. First you whisk together the wet ingredients. Next you add in the dry ingredients, whisk together until you can’t whisk anymore, and then continue to stir it together with a spatula.

Because we’re using coconut flour, the dough will look more like a batter and thickens as it sits. After it’s been mixed together, let it sit for about 5 minutes.

Next, you dump the dough on a piece of parchment that is dusted with tapioca starch. The dough will be sticky. Dust your hands with tapioca starch, as well as the top of the dough. Using your fingers pat the dough down into a circle 8-9″ circle, dusting with additional tapioca as needed. The thinner you pat out the dough, the crispier the crust will be.

Once you have formed your pizza dough you can lightly brush off any excess tapioca flour.

Tips for Working with Homemade Paleo Pizza Crust

  1. Use a scale to measure out the flour! Coconut flour is very absorbent. If it is not measured correctly it could impact the recipe. Check out this post for more information.
  2. Form the crust directly on the parchment and baking sheet you plan to bake the pizza on.
  3. Let the dough rest for a few minutes before you form the pizza crust. This dough uses coconut flour and the longer it sits the more liquid it absorbs. If you try to form the crust right away it may be too wet.
  4. This pizza crust is sticky! Use extra tapioca flour as needed to prevent it from sticking to you, or the parchment. If you have an excess after you have finished forming the pizza, brush or gently blow it off.
  5. You must parbake the crust. Typically pizza is baked at a very high temperature. Because of the use of paleo flours, it is better for the flavor for this crust to be baked at 350ºF, so you’ll need to fully bake the crust before adding in your toppings.

patting out gluten free pizza doughHow to Bake Gluten Free Pizza

This pizza crust must be baked first before you add any toppings. Bake in a preheated 350ºF on the the middle to lower rack for 20 minutes. Then add your pizza toppings and continue to bake until the cheese is melty.

This recipe makes a pizza for 1-2 people. If serving more, feel free to double the recipe. If you want to make a bigger batch than than that, it is better to make it in a separate bowl. For example, if you want to serve more than 4 people, could could make 2 double batches in two bowls, instead of making them all on the same bowl.

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Paleo Pizza Crust: BBQ Chicken Pizza
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Prep Time
7 min
Cook Time
23 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
7 min
Cook Time
23 min
Total Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup tapioca flour
  2. 3 tbsp coconut flour
  3. 3 tbsp ground flax meal
  4. 1 egg
  5. 1/3 cup palm shortening
  6. 1/3 warm water
  7. 1 tsp baking powder
  8. Dash Himalayan sea salt
  9. 1/2 tsp garlic granules
  10. 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. In a bowl combine tapioca, coconut flour, baking powder, salt, garlic, Italian seasoning, and flax
  3. Add in warm water and mix well
  4. Add in palm shortening and egg; mix well
  5. Line a baking sheet with slipat baking mat or parchment paper; sprinkle with tapioca flour
  6. Roll the dough into a ball (it'll be somewhat sticky- it's okay)
  7. Plop the ball onto your baking sheet and cover with an additional peach of parchment paper
  8. Using a roller, gently roll out dough until thin*
  9. Bake until crispy- about 20 minutes
  10. Add desired toppings and place bake in the oven for 5-7 minutes**
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
Substitutions
  1. 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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