Updated: Jun 12, 2020
Grilling is one of my favorite things about summer time. I love everything from the smell of the grill to the ease of clean up. This past week I had left over rotisserie chicken and a bbq craving. Instead of my usual bbq grilled chicken, I decided to created something new.
This recipe is so simple and delicious and my husband absolutely loved it!
Step 1: Pizza dough
Homemade pizza dough
I love to bake breads, so I make most of my doughs, buns, bagels etc from scratch. You can always buy the pre-made dough from the store, but if you want to give homemade pizza dough a whirl, here is the recipe!
1 cup warm water 105-110 degrees F
1 TBS sugar
1 TBS active dry yeast
1 TBS olive oil
2 to 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour- sometimes I use bread flour
1 tsp salt
Put warm water into a large mixing bowl.
Add sugar and yeast and stir to combine.
Let mixture sit for 5 minutes, or until it becomes frothy and bubbles form.
Add olive oil and gently stir to combine.
Add 2 cups of flour and salt and mix with a spatula until a ball begins to form (dough will still be slightly sticky). Add more flour as needed to form a dough ball.
Transfer to a floured surface and knead into a smooth dough, adding up to ½ cup extra flour if needed.
Roll dough into your desired shape and gently transfer to your prepared pan.
To ensure the dough doesn't form air pockets, use a fork to prick to the dough all around (gently so you do not poke holes all the way through the crust).
Step 2: Heat up the stone
If you have a pizza stone, place it on the grill at ~500 degrees F. Once the grill is heated for about 5-10 minutes put the dough on the stone for a quick 6 minute "pre-bake" this will ensure your dough is all the way cooked through when it's time to eat without your toppings being burnt.
I always add corn meal to the bottom of my pizza dough so it doesn't stick to the stone. It isn't necessary, but I find it works well!
If you do not have a pizza stone, I recommend using a pan that is made for the grill. If you don't want to grill your pizza you can use your oven. Preheat it to 450 degrees F with the stone or pan inside. Once your oven is preheated, "pre-bake" your dough for 10-15 minutes.
Step 3: Topping your pizza!
1/4 cup BBQ Sauce
2 cloves minced garlic
1/4 red onion chopped
1/3 cup baked chicken
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
Optional: Cilantro for garnish
We added tomatoes and mushrooms for extra veggies!
Mix together the bbq sauce and minced garlic and spread evenly over the pizza crust
Evenly spread red onion and chicken over the pizza crust
Top with the shredded cheddar cheese
As noted previously we also topped ours with tomatoes and mushrooms
Place pizza back on the grill for 15-20 minutes or until the cheese is melted and bubbly
Take the pizza off an add the cilantro garnish
Cut into slices and enjoy!
Whenever I eat pizza I almost always add a vegetable on the side and eat it first. This beneficial for two reasons. 1. I am eating extra nutritious foods and 2. I am likely to only eat 2 slices of pizza because I have filled up on vegetables.
For this meal I made a simple summer salad. Here are the ingredients
mixed spring lettuce