barbecue chicken pizza

BBQ chicken pizza slice

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.

When your husband grills ALL THE CHICKEN when you instructed him to only grill half of it, and then covers ALL OF IT in spicy barbecue sauce that your kids won’t eat, you make many meals which include barbecue chicken for you and your crazy husband.

Normally barbecue chicken is a big hit in this family. Normally I follow my own recipe very well. This time I goofed and instead of using 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper, I used 1 1/2 teaspoons cayenne pepper. Wow. 1 1/2 teaspoons cayenne pepper. That’s all I need to say.

I attempted to fix it a bit by adding more honey and adjusted other ingredients, but since the sauce had simmered so long (I realized my mistake when I did a taste test after it had cooked), that cayenne flavor was not going anywhere. Husband didn’t mind one bit, since his spice tolerance levels are much higher than mine.  For me and the kids, well, it was just too spicy.

So, what do you do with twice as much barbecue chicken than you need, and all of it way too spicy to feed to the mild barbecue loving children? First husband ate it lathered with tons of extra sauce (as I said, he loves spicy) and I had a piece with just a small layer of sauce (and a beer… that helped cut the spice).  Then husband had more for lunch the next day, and the next as well. But then we had to use it all up, so barbecue chicken pizza was the answer!

It was the night before school started, and our last night at the community pool, therefore I didn’t have time to make homemade pizza dough. I sent my husband to the local pizza restaurant and they sold us pizza dough. Not sure if all pizzerias do this, but I’m glad our does (if you ask nicely and go straight to the manager).

This pizza is so good … even with the spicy sauce! I could eat it every night. Yum!

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Barbecue Chicken Pizza

Roll out pizza dough.

Spread a layer of barbecue sauce (homemade or your favorite bottled variety) onto the dough.

BBQ chicken pizza sauce

Chop one cooked chicken breast (this had been grilled, then slathered with the homemade barbecue sauce) and distribute the pieces on the sauce.

BBQ chicken pizza onions and chicken

BBQ chicken pizza sauce and chicken

Toss on some chopped red onion (or scallions).

Finish it off with a handful of shredded Colby Jack cheese (Monterey Jack cheese alone is awesome too).

BBQ chicken pizza cheese

BBQ chicken pizza cheese and onion

Bake at 425F for about 10 -12 minutes.

BBQ chicken pizza hot out of oven

Enjoy!

quick pizza dough

We make homemade pizza weekly. And for years we’ve made our pizza dough in the bread machine. You can find our recipe here. Over the weekend, my daughter asked if we could make homemade pizza for dinner, only an hour before dinner time. No way. Not enough time. But wait … she had found a recipe online for quick pizza dough and wanted to give it a try. How could I say no to that!

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It really was quick. Start to finish — dough to slicing the pizza — less than one hour. And the dough was fluffy and light and perfect! A new favorite pizza dough, perfect for last minute pizza cravings!

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*Recipe source here: Everybody Likes Sandwiches  (In that version, there is an added ingredient of 2 tablespoons of chopped fresh rosemary, which we did not include. If you haven’t clicked that link yet, what are you waiting for???? Excellent site … go … now! But then come back here, okay? Thanks!)

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Quick Pizza Dough

1 packet or 2 1/4 teaspoons yeast

1 cup warm water

2 1/2 cups flour (we used unbleached all-purpose flour)

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon honey

2 tablespoons olive oil

cornmeal

pizza toppings of your choice (we used a tomato sauce we had on hand, mozzarella cheese, and finished it off with dried basil and oregano)

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Heat oven to 400F.

In a large bowl, add in the yeast and warm water and stir until the yeast dissolves.

Add the flour, salt, honey, and olive oil and stir with a wooden spoon or similar utensil vigorously until combined.

The photos below illustrate how vigorously my daughter stirred this:

Let dough rest for 10 minutes. (*Note: You can allow this to sit a little longer, if you’re busy or the phone rings or whatever, but we’ve found that the closer to 10 minutes, the better!)

Sprinkle cornmeal onto a baking sheet, pizza pan or similar baking pan and press dough until your desired thinness. (*Note: Dough may still be a bit sticky, but don’t worry, it will be okay.)

Add toppings of your choice.

Bake until pizza crust is golden and cheese is bubbly — ours took about 17 minutes.

Ready for the oven.

Out of the oven.

english muffin pizzas

This is not so much of a recipe…. More like a solution.

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The majority of my day yesterday was spent planning, shopping, and cooking. I needed to make soup for the local high school. It’s teacher appreciation week and the PTSO requests donations of different food items each day. I enjoy making food for these events, not only because I like to cook, but because I know by doing so I’m saying thank you to all the teachers that come in contact with my children, by feeding them with my home cooked food. Much easier (and cheaper!) than giving each teacher a gift. This year one of the days will be a soup and sandwich lunch, with soups provided by parent volunteers. I decided to make my vegetable barley soup. This soup is great to make in large quantities (and I do mean large… my fridge is jam packed with soup!), which is perfect, because the PTSO will be feeding over 200 teachers and staff at this lunch. (Note: I added frozen chopped leaf spinach to the soup this time, along with the onions, celery, green beans, corn, and carrots.)

So anyway, I was finally done at about 5:30, and tossed myself on the sofa to rest a bit. That’s when my daughter came into the room and asked what’s for dinner, and did I remember she had to leave at 6:15. Oh no. I had forgotten to plan a dinner for my family. Well, that’s not true, I did plan to make chicken last night, but lost track of time. When she reminded me of the necessity of eating dinner, I had not the energy nor the time for chicken.

But I did have English muffins in the house. And tomato sauce. And mozzarella cheese. English muffin pizzas! Perfect solution to my “oh my gosh I forgot to make dinner for my family and we need to leave the house in less than an hour” problem.

And what’s even better is that my kids love these as much as I do. Everyone was happy!

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English Muffin Pizzas

I toast one English muffin per person, and I do so on a high setting, to make them very crispy.

I put the toasted muffin halves on a baking sheet lined with foil.

Then I add a tablespoon or so of tomato sauce (homemade if I have it, or from a jar of our favorite store-bought sauce) to the top of each muffin half.

On top of the sauce I distribute some shredded mozzarella cheese.

If available, I add pepperoni and/or cooked sausage to the ones for my daughter and husband.

These go into a 400F oven (regular oven or counter-top toaster oven).

Bake for about 5 minutes, until the cheese is melted and starting to brown.

A green salad, or a few carrot sticks, or any raw veggies on the side, and dinner is done!

pizza

We are a pizza-loving family. And while I thoroughly enjoy having it delivered, we all like it better when made at home. Usually my daughter makes the crust in the bread machine, and when it’s ready, we divide it into five sections so that each person can make their own personal size pizza. Up until a few months ago we didn’t have enough smaller pans to make five individual ones, so instead we’d make two or three larger pizzas, such as in the photo above.

My youngest will only eat cheese pizza. I prefer mine with green peppers and onions. My daughter is a meat eater, so pepperoni and sausage (and sometimes turkey bacon) are her toppings of choice. My oldest son likes pretty much everything and anything, as does my husband.

For variety, I’ve also made a barbecue chicken pizza — great for when we have leftover chicken in the fridge. I top the crust with homemade barbecue sauce (recipe to follow in a day or two), chopped cooked chicken, scallions, Monterey jack cheese, and red onions.

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Here’s the bread machine pizza crust recipe (adapted from the cookbook that came with my Breadman Ultimate Plus automatic bread maker):

1 2/3 cups warm water (about 80-90 degrees)

2 tablespoons olive oil

2 tablespoons honey (I use brown sugar if out of honey)

2 teaspoons salt

2-3 tablespoons dry milk

1 1 /2 cups whole wheat flour

3 1/2 cups unbleached flour

2 teaspoons active dry yeast

We just put these in the machine in the order listed, then select the “pizza dough” option. It only takes about an hour. When it’s done, I take it out onto a floured surface and let it sit for a few minutes before dividing it into sections.

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For the pizza sauce we start with either a can of tomato sauce or a can of crushed or pureed tomatoes. To that we add olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic powder, basil, oregano, and a pinch of sugar.