Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Barbecue Chicken Pizza - Another family favorite!

This is my family's favorite pizza.  My husband says I don't have to make any other type of pizza because this is it for him.  This is his slice of heaven. 

This pizza recipe is listed in my cookbook but I finally decided to share it here since I make it very often and talk about it a great deal.  That's how much I love you, what can I say!  :-)  Enjoy it.

Barbecue Chicken Pizza (with bacon, onions, and ranch)! 

(Makes 1 pizza - Serves 4)

1 ready made whole wheat pizza crust - I followed the recipe of my friend Briony but added 1 tsp garlic powder and 1 tsp of oregano to the dough!

1 and 1/2 cups of cooked, chopped chicken - I usually use leftover bbq chicken from the grill

1 and 1/4 cups of barbecue sauce (whatever you like best—I like honey BBQ)
1 large onion, diced finely
1/3 cup of real bacon bits (I buy the all natural small bags of it in 3 oz. size)
1/4 cup of fat-free or light ranch dressing - don't skip this!  It gives it just the right tang and taste!
1/4 cup of Parmesan cheese
1 and 1/2 cups of 2% shredded cheese, cheddar or any variety

(Note: I sometimes use less chicken and add in some barbecue sausage from the grill.  You can mix and match the meats you use to whatever your family enjoys! )

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Grease a pizza pan with cooking spray.  Bake your pizza crust for about ten minutes or until lightly brown. 

While crust is baking, grease a skillet with cooking spray.  Cook your diced onions.  Add in chopped chicken and ranch dressing.  Saute' for about 8-10 minutes.

Remove your pizza crust from oven and set aside to cool.  Transfer chicken and onions from skillet to a large mixing bowl.  Mix in barbecue sauce, bacon bits, Parmesan cheese and 1/2 of the shredded cheese.  (Note: If you have the time, let the chicken sit in the sauce for fifteen minutes or so, like it's marinating for a bit.  But if you're pressed for time, don't worry about it!)

Spoon the chicken mixture evenly over the pizza crust.  Sprinkle remaining 1 cup of shredded cheese over pizza.  

Bake for 20 minutes or until lightly brown on top and sides.  Let cool for about ten minutes.  Cut into six or eight slices. 

Freeze leftovers in plastic containers.  At a later time, you can move the frozen slices of pizza into plastic storage bags.  Pizza will keep in the freezer for up to three months.  Reheat in microwave or in oven.

You can easily double this recipe and make 2 pizzas.  That is what I typically do - enjoy one now and freeze one for a later date!

What is your favorite type of pizza?  Do you make your own at home or do you order out? 

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