30-Minute Barbecue Chicken Pizza

30-Minute Barbecue Chicken Pizza #recipe

My love affair with barbecue chicken pizza began long, long ago. Of course it all started with the famous pie at California Pizza Kitchen, or “CPK,” as us in the biz call it. (And by “biz,” I mean “high school clique who ate at CPK three times a week circa 2000 to 2004.”)

By sophomore year I’d transitioned my loyalties from the barbecue chicken pizza at CPK to the barbecue chicken pizza at Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza. Fast-forward a decade and I find myself here, dreaming up a homemade version that will be on your table faster than a takeout order. 

If you have 30 minutes, you have homemade barbecue chicken pizza. And if you’re feeling an extra dose of DIY enthusiasm, step up your slice with homemade pizza dough.

30-Minute Barbecue Chicken Pizza #recipe

30-Minute Barbecue Chicken Pizza #recipe

30-Minute Barbecue Chicken Pizza #recipe

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30-Minute Barbecue Chicken Pizza

Yield: 1 (12-inch) pizza

Prep Time: 15 min

Cook Time: 12 min


1 pound store-bought or homemade pizza dough (See Kelly's Notes)
Cornmeal, for dusting baking sheet
1/2 cup store-bought barbecue sauce, divided
1 cup diced rotisserie chicken
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1/3 cup thinly sliced red onions
Chopped cilantro, for garnish


Preheat the oven to 500ºF.

Roll out the pizza dough on a lightly floured surface until it is roughly 12 inches wide and 1/4-inch thick.

Invert a baking sheet and sprinkle it liberally with cornmeal. Transfer the dough to the baking sheet.

In a medium bowl, toss together the diced chicken with half (1/4 cup) of the barbecue sauce. Spread the remaining 1/4 cup barbecue sauce on the dough, leaving a 1/2-inch border around the edges. (See Kelly's Notes. Depending on the shape of your pizza, you may want to add more sauce.)

Sprinkle the mozzarella cheese atop the barbecue sauce, and then evenly distribute the coated chicken atop the cheese. Scatter the red onions atop the chicken.

Bake the pizza for 10 to 12 minutes, rotating it half-way through, until the crust is fully baked and golden brown. Remove the pizza from the oven to a cutting board, sprinkle it with chopped cilantro, slice and serve.

Kelly's Notes:
The 30-minute version of this recipe utilizes store-bought pizza dough, but if you have the time, I highly recommend making your own pizza dough.

You can roll the dough into a 12-inch round pizza, or divide the dough into multiple pieces to form smaller pizzas, adjusting the baking time as needed.

My all-time favorite store-bought barbecue sauce is a brand called Sweet Baby Ray's, which is available at most major grocery stores.

Recipe by Kelly Senyei of Just a Taste. Please do not reprint this recipe without my permission. If you'd like to feature this recipe on your site, please rewrite the method of preparation and link to this post as the original source.

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    Always wondered what brand of BBQ sauce is good one. Thanks for the recommendation! We will try that one. How funny you mentioned CPK… I went through that too when I first came to the US for college but then I haven’t made pizza dough from scratch yet… Will try!!

    • Kelly Senyei replied: — February 12th, 2014 @ 4:06 pm

      Sweet Baby Ray’s is AMAZING! It’s tangy, sweet and slightly smoky. Love it!

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    Gina Moore says

    Kelly- we were totally in the same Biz…thought the same thing about CPK when you posted this ;) definitely craving it now!

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    Gina Moore says

    Kelly- we were totally in the same Biz…thought the same thing about CPK when you posted this ;) definitely craving it now!

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    Mmm, I am a sucker for a BBQ chicken pizza. I love what the red onions bring to the table with this dish!

    • Kelly Senyei replied: — February 13th, 2014 @ 11:27 am

      Agreed, Risa! They add the perfect pop of flavor!

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    Richard G. says

    This was a very easy meal to fix and was very tasty. I am so glad I found your website, I’m sharing your recipe links via Facebook with my friends.

    • Kelly Senyei replied: — March 27th, 2015 @ 1:31 pm

      Thanks so much, Richard!


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