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.

Slice of gluten-free bbq chicken pizza

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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 Baked BBQ Chicken Breast

Looking for a quick and flavorful way to cook chicken breasts? This Baked BBQ Chicken Breast recipe is perfect for any night of the week. Plus, we’re sharing our best tips for cooking chicken breasts in the oven.

Juicy sliced baked bbq chicken breastBaked BBQ Chicken Breast Recipe

These perfectly cooked BBQ Chicken Breasts are your answer to a quick and delicious weeknight dinner. The chicken is pounded out to an even thickness, quickly marinated with a bit of apple cider vinegar and spices, topped with BBQ sauce (homemade or store-bought) and then baked to perfection. And we’re sharing all the tips we have to make sure you get the juiciest chicken possible! Serve this along side sweet potato fries, mashed potatoes, cauliflower rice or on top of a big salad and dinner is served!

Piercing chicken breasts with a forkBaked BBQ Chicken Breast Ingredients

  • Chicken Breasts
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Coconut Sugar (omit if your BBQ sauce is already sweet)
  • Garlic Powder
  • Onion Powder
  • Salt
  • Paprika
  • Chili Powder
  • Cayenne Pepper
  • Your Favorite BBQ Sauce

Marinating bbq chicken breasts

How to get Perfect Juicy Baked Chicken

The secret to getting juicy and flavorful chicken is ultimately about not overcooking it. That is the single most important part of cooking chicken breasts, which are lower in fat than their dark meat counterparts. However, we took a few extra steps in addition to correctly cooking the chicken to make sure this recipe is amazing.

First, you’re going to pound out the meat to an even thickness with a meat mallet (or a rolling pin). This ensures the chicken is perfectly cooked throughout, instead of having some parts of the chicken overcooked because they are thinner.

Next, you are going to quickly marinate the chicken with a dry rub. The apple cider vinegar adds flavor and makes the meat more tender, as does the sugar and spices. Once extra step we took with this chicken was to pierce the breast all over with a fork. This again, lets the marinade and BBQ sauce penetrate the chicken a bit more, as well as gently tenderizes the meat.

Lastly, and the most important step is to remove the chicken just before it has finished cooking. As all meat does, the chicken will continue to cook after it has been removed from the oven. We always suggest using an instant-read thermometer to check the temperature of meat, and chicken breast should be removed from the oven between 155º-160º. Once the chicken has been pulled out, cover the pan with aluminum foil and allow the chicken to rests. This let’s the chicken finish cooking to 165º and lets the chicken rest so all the juices stay within the chicken breast.

What type of BBQ Sauce to use

We really wanted to keep this recipe as simple as possible, so we left the option open to use either homemade bbq sauce or store-bought. Our recipe for homemade is pretty quick to put together, and can actually cook in the time required for this chicken to marinate. If you are want to use a BBQ sauce that you know has simple and clean ingredients, go ahead and make it from scratch! You won’t be disappointed.

One thing to note is that dry rub for the chicken has coconut sugar in it. If your bbq sauce has a lot of sugar in it, you can feel free to omit the extra added sugar. If you are using our homemade version, go ahead and use the coconut sugar as suggested.

Oven baked bbq chicken in a dish

What to Serve with Baked BBQ Chicken

Serve this bbq chicken up with all your favorite bbq sides. Here are some of ours:

Slicing into baked bbq chicken

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Baked BBQ Chicken Breast

Prep Time 00:05 Cook Time 00:30 Inactive Time 00:25 Total Time 01:00 Serves 4

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400ºF.
  2. Place chicken breasts on a steady surface between two sheets of parchment or plastic wrap. Using the flat side of a meat mallet or rolling pin, pound each to an even thickness of 1”.
  3. Place chicken inside a 9x13” baking dish. Pour the apple cider vinegar over the chicken and rub on the coconut sugar, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, paprika, chili powder and cayenne on both sides of the chicken. Pierce the chicken lightly with a fork all over. Let the chicken marinate for 15-30 minutes at room temperature.
  4. Pour BBQ sauce over the chicken and cook until the chicken is nearly finished cooking through, to 155º-160ºF, about 30-35 minutes.
  5. Remove the chicken from the oven and loosely cover it with aluminum foil. Let it rest for 5-10 minutes while the temperature of the chicken continues to cook from residual heat.
  6. Slice and serve with your favorite sides.

Recipe Notes

  1. If you are using a store-bought barbecue sauce that is already very sweet, you can omit the sugar in this recipe.
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Sweet & Smoky BBQ Sauce

Everybody should have an easy BBQ sauce recipe that they can use whenever the mood strikes! This super simple Sweet & Smoky BBQ Sauce contains no refined sugars, is paleo friendly and takes under 20 minutes to put together!

Paleo BBQ sauce in a jarBBQ Sauce Recipe

Homemade BBQ Sauce is surprisingly easy to make once you have the right formula! We love our Sweet & Smoky BBQ sauce because it’s so simple to make and is a great sauce for so many dishes! For this recipe all you need to do is add all of your ingredients to a pot and simmer away!

Usually barbecue sauces you buy at the store are laden with hard-to-pronounce ingredients and so much sugar. While our recipe has sugar because we like it sweet, we opt for a cleaner alternative and use refined-sugar-free coconut sugar. We also skip the addition of ketchup and use a mix of tomato paste and tomato sauce to get the Sweet & Smoky BBQ Sauce just right.

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Paleo Barbecue Sauce Ingredients

What I love most about this recipe is how much control you have over the ingredients for this homemade BBQ sauce. While I’ve got nothing against ketchup, unless you are buying a really high-quality brand there can be some suspect ingredients in it. So we ditched the traditional ketchup and instead use tomato sauce and tomato paste! We’re using coconut sugar here as well, to keep this refined-sugar-free, but if you didn’t have that on hand you could swap it with maple syrup or even organic brown sugar.

  • Tomato Sauce (buy organic, if you can!)
  • Tomato Paste
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Coconut Sugar
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Molasses
  • Garlic Powder
  • Ground Mustard
  • Smoked Paprika
  • Paprika
  • Cayenne (optional)
  • Onion powder
  • Salt and Pepper

Homemade barbecue Sauce being brushed on ribs

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Sweet & Smoky BBQ Sauce
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 15 oz. can Muir Glen Organic Tomato Sauce
  2. 1 6 oz. can Muir Glen Organic Tomato Paste
  3. 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  4. 1/2 cup coconut palm sugar
  5. 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce* (can omit if you can't find a nice clean one in your grocery store)
  6. 1 tbsp molasses or raw honey (use molasses for extra dark coloring)
  7. 1 tsp ground mustard
  8. 1 tsp smoked paprika**
  9. 1 tsp paprika
  10. 1/2 tsp hot sauce (use 1 tsp if you like more of a kick)
  11. 1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  12. 1 tsp onion powder
  13. 1/2 tsp Himalayan sea salt
  14. 1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper
  15. Optional: 1 tsp cayenne
Instructions
  1. 1. Place all ingredients into a large pot (it will splatter slightly, so avoid using a small pot), and mix well to combine
  2. 2. Bring to a boil then reduce heat and let simmer for 10 minutes
  3. 3. Taste and adjust spices to your liking
Notes
  1. *Worcestershire sauce often contains soy, wheat, and sugar, if you can't find a clean brand in your store, omit and add an additional 1/2 tbsp of molasses
  2. **Smoked paprika gives this BBQ sauce it's nice smoky flavor!
  3. Yields roughly two cups!
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Healthy Labor Day Recipes (Paleo & Gluten-Free)

Savor the last long weekend of the Summer with these gluten free and paleo healthy labor day recipes to make at home or bring with you on-the-go!

Healthy Labor Day Recipes

Healthy Labor Day Recipes

Labor Day Weekend is bittersweet! It’s the last long weekend of the Summer where everyone gets a chance to soak in the last of the sun with final beach days, BBQ’s, and the chance to make all of those summer recipes you’ve been pinning and saving. I’ve rounded up some favorite appetizers, side dishes, main dishes, and treats to satisfy every person at your home this weekend with these healthy labor day recipes!


Labor Day Appetizers

These late summer appetizers are perfect to make at home or to share!


Labor Day Pasta Salads and Sides

Sometimes the salads are the BEST part of a BBQ


Labor Day Cocktails

Make them as cocktails or mocktails!


Labor Day BBQ Ideas

Get that grill lit up, because we need to fire up the end of summer!


Labor Day Desserts

A sweet finish to the end of summer!

15 Tips for Ultimate Summer Grilling

Summer time means grilling time! Grilling tends to be a pretty healthy cooking method — plus it lends itself to sitting outside and throwing BBQs! Summer doesn’t get any better. All grilling methods are not created equal, though. Here are fifteen of my best tips for how to grill!

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15 Tips for Ultimate Summer Grilling

For all your BBQ needs.


1. Clean your grill. Even if you’re pretty sure your grill is clean from its last use, it never hurts to give it a little extra TLC before you start another cooking session, because grill grates that aren’t clean can cause sticking (and weird flavors). Scrub the hot grate with a wire brush, then brush it with your oil of choice — and grill away! 

2. Heat it up! Don’t turn your grill on and expect to start cooking right away, it needs plenty of time to preheat. The exact amount of time will differ from grill to grill, but for ideal cooking, it should be hot enough that you can’t hold your hand over it for more than two seconds, which usually takes between fifteen and twenty-five minutes. Use the preheat time to remove any meat from the fridge. You’ll get the best results when meat has time to come to room temperature. 

3. Start with salt. No matter what meat you’re grilling or how you’re preparing it, there’s a basic rule number-one when it comes to the BBQ: always season with salt first. A generous dusting of salt will help bring out the flavor of your meat and will keep it juicy while it’s heating. And don’t worry about the flavor — your finished product will only taste salty if you add too much after cooking.

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4. Marinate or season your chicken. The word “marinade” might sound a little fancy, but making one doesn’t have to be difficult. All you need for the perfect flavor on your grilled chicken is a combo of oil (we like avocado oil), acid (lemon or lime juice or vinegar) and spices (dried or fresh) and salt and pepper.

5. Pat steak dry after marinating. You can use a simple marinade for your grilled steaks, as well, but you’ll want to be extra careful to pat red meat dry before putting it over the heat. Marinated, wet red meat won’t get that nice sear on it! 

6. Season burgers. Classic burgers are always a crowd-pleaser, but you can uplevel your patties by adding an extra dash of extra-virgin olive oil. I also love stuffing or seasoning our burgers with a mix of sea salt, garlic, and finely-diced onion. These little additions will keep the fat content of your burger moist and that much more yummy. 

7. Don’t flip steak too frequently. It may make you feel like the queen of the grill to flip that steak every few minutes, but this technique is not going to yield you the best results. Instead, flip your steak only once. Steaks that are one-inch thick should be cooked for three minutes per side on high heat for rare, four minutes on each side for medium rare, and five minutes on each side for medium. 

8. Add veggie! Too often, we forget how delicious grilled vegetables can be in the mix of burgers and steak and chicken and all of the other meats. But if you struggle to squeeze more veggies into your diet, putting some on the BBQ is a great solution! Almost any vegetable can be delicious on the grill with a coating of oil and spices. 

how to grill ribs

9. Sauce ribs at the right time. There are few things better than a bite of freshly-grilled and saucy ribs, and few things more off-putting than ribs that taste a little like burnt sugar. This flavor typically comes from sauce that’s put on too early in the cooking process (because — you guessed it! — the sugar can burn). Slap sauce on those ribs in the final thirty minutes on the grill to achieve perfection. 

10. Put salmon on a cedar plank. You can grab cedar planks from any local hardware store, but they’re good for way more than home repair. If you soak one in salted water for about two hours, it becomes the perfect surface for grilling salmon. Put the soaked plank directly on your grill, then set the fish on top. You’ll get a delicious smoky flavor. 

11. Keep things where they are. Once you’ve placed something on the grill, you don’t need to – and shouldn’t! — move it around too much. And don’t worry about sticking. If meat is stuck to the grates, it will typically unstick itself when it’s ready to be moved. 

12. Score your meat. Scoring meat basically means cutting thin slits in its surface before you cook it. As far as I’m concerned, this is a non-negotiable for grilling! When you include scoring as part of your meat prep routine, it helps the meat cook flat and pulls the juices from any delicious marinade you’ve prepared right into its center. More flavor! 

13. Use proper spacing for skewers. Preparing kebabs? Delicious! Did you know that there’s more to skewers than just spearing a few chunks of meat and veggies and hoping for the best? It’s all in the spacing. Meat actually stays juicier during cooking when it’s touching — but not packed too tightly against — whatever’s next to it. Don’t overstuff your skewers, but don’t leave too much space between ingredients, either. 

Grilled Corn 

14. Do corn on the cob right. Does anything taste more summery than corn on the cob, fresh off the grill? I don’t think so! To prepare corn for grilling open up the husks, while keeping them on the corn and remove the silk. Fold the husks back into place and soak the corn for 10 minutes in cold, salty water. Grill with the husks until the kernels are cooked and serve with a bit of grass-fed butter and a sprinkle of sea salt before putting it on the grill for fifteen to twenty minutes. 

15. Give it a rest. Your food is bound to look delicious coming off the grill (especially if you follow all of these tips), but it’s important to resist the urge to start eating it right away. Grilled meat is best served after five to ten minutes of rest. Pour yourself a cocktail or visit with guests while you wait! 

Easy Grilled Vegetables


This article was originally published in partnership with American Express in May 2015, but we’ve updated it and expanded on this topic in June 2019.

Oven Baked Coffee Barbecue Pork Ribs (Keto & Paleo)

These Oven Baked Coffee Barbecue Pork Ribs are the perfect dead-of-winter main dish to cook up on a lazy weekend afternoon! They are marinated in a dry coffee BBQ rub that takes minutes to put together and then cooked low and slow in the oven for completely unattended cooking. They’re Paleo and Keto friendly for perfect melt-in-your-mouth pork ribs.

BBQ ribs

Oven Baked Coffee Barbecue Pork Ribs

While we love using the grill to make pork ribs in the summer, these Oven Baked Coffee Barbecue Pork Ribs uses a cut of meat that lends itself well to a nice slow and low cook in the oven, which is perfect for those winter months if you live in a cold climate. We make a quick coffee BBQ dry rub to marinate the ribs with, either overnight or to cook immediately and then they are wrapped up and baked in the oven for about 3 hours. These don’t need an accompanying sauce, but we liked serving it with this Sweet & Smoky BBQ Sauce.

Keto BBQ ribs

How to Remove the Membrane from Pork Ribs

Most pork ribs you buy from the store will have a membrane attached to the back of the bones that does not soften while cooked and can prevent the marinade from penetrating the meat. If you are purchasing your meat from a butcher, or a grocery store with a butcher you can ask to have the membranes removed. But it’s also easy to do by yourself:

  1. Stick a blunt knife underneath the silvery membrane towards the smaller end of the ribs.
  2. Grab a corner of the membranes and pull with a paper towel until it is completely remove. Using a paper towel helps you get a better hold of it, since they are quite slippery.
  3. Sometimes you’ll get lucky and they will come off in one piece. Depending on whether you are using Baby Back Ribs or St. Louis Style ribs the membrane might be thick or thin. The thinner membranes sometimes do not come off in one piece, so you may have to remove it in pieces.

BBQ Ribs in oven

We gave the option to dry marinate these ribs in the refrigerator overnight, which is always preferably because it gives the spices time to absorb into the meat, or you can also ok cook immediately!

We love the moderate cooking time on these baked at 300ºF for about 3 hours. We find it balances nicely a low cooking temperature for tender ribs, without having to take up the entire day cooking at a really low temperature like 200ºF. The lower the cooking temperature the more tender the meat, so for us it’s a happy medium that doesn’t take all day to cook but still produces a really impressive rack of ribs.

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How to make BBQ ribs

There are so many sides to choose from to serve with these Oven Baked Coffee Barbecue Pork Ribs:

Coffee BBQ ribs

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Oven Baked Coffee Barbecue Pork Ribs

Prep Time 00:10 Cook Time 03:05 Total Time 03:15 Serves 4-6

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoon coconut sugar or brown granulated monkfruit
  • 2 tablespoons instant coffee (or finely ground whole coffee beans)
  • 2 tablespoon sea salt
  • 1 tablespoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon chipotle chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon mustard powder
  • 2 racks pork spare ribs , membraned removed (about 5 pounds)

Directions

  1. In a small bowl mix together all of the spices.
  2. Rub spice mixture on both sides of the each rack of ribs. You can do this ahead and leave overnight (or up to 24 hours), or make the ribs immediately.
  3. Pre-heat oven to 300ºF.
  4. Create a foil packet to cook the ribs in by laying down a piece of aluminum foil about 6 inches larger than the length of the ribs on each side, and then place a piece of parchment about the same size or smaller on top of that. Place the ribs in the middle, bone side up, and tightly fold the aluminum foil around the ribs to create a sealed packet. Place on a sheet try with a metal baking rack. Use two, if needed.
  5.  Place in the oven  on a middle rack and cook for 3 hours, or until ribs are tender enough to pass a fork easily through them.
  6. Remove from oven and carefully open a hole in the packet to carefully pour any accumulated liquid into a small pot. 
  7. Reduce the liquid until it is just slightly thickened up.
  8. Remove ribs from the packets and turn meat side up and brush with a bit of the reduced liquid.
  9. Cut and serve with barbecue sauce (totally optionally, as there is already a lot of flavor here) and sides.

Recipe Notes

  1. If you want to leave out the coffee component because you are serving to kids or don't tolerate caffeine simply swap with decaf or omit it altogether, it will still have a lot of flavor.
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