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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

BBQ chicken pizza

Today I am sharing a very outside the box kind of pizza for me. It's very rare to have meat on a pizza that I make. Not only do all vegetable pizzas seem easier, they also seem to take a lot less time to prepare. But last Friday, I decided to mix things up and I am so glad that I did! Richard said this is one of his favorite pizzas yet, so I will definitely be incorporating it into the rotation! The only thing that could have made this better was the green onions. I could have sworn I bought them at the grocery store a few days earlier, and after spending 10 minutes searching the refrigerator for them, I gave up. So, if you remember to buy green onions at the store, they would be a great addition to this delicious pizza! 

bbq-chicken-pizza

2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts {about 1 lb.} {I used the tenderloin version, but both work}
Store-bought pizza dough
About 1.5 cups barbecue sauce {I used Sweet Baby Ray's}
4-6 ounces shredded mild cheddar cheese
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
Olive oil 
Non-stick cooking spray
Optional: 2 green onions, diced

Preheat oven to 400 degrees {or follow the directions for your store-bought dough}. In a large skillet, heat 2-3 tablespoons olive oil over medium heat. Cook chicken on each side until golden brown and the juices run clear. For my chicken tenderloins, it was about 4 minutes on each side. {I like to use the tenderloin version because it cooks a lot quicker!} Once cooked, transfer the chicken to a cutting board and slice into small cubes. Transfer cubed chicken to a large bowl and pour about 1 cup of the barbecue sauce over the chicken, mixing well to combine. Add more barbecue sauce if needed; you just want enough to coat the chicken. To assemble the pizza, spread about 1/2 cup of the barbecue sauce over the pizza dough, creating the "sauce" layer. You can use as much barbecue sauce as you would like, but I used just enough for a base. Sprinkle the cheddar cheese over the sauce, followed my the cubed chicken. Top with cilantro {and the green onions if you have them!} Bake according to dough package directions, or until cheese has just started to melt and the crust is golden brown. Serve and enjoy! 

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