Inspired by my favorite pizza at California Pizza Kitchen, this recipe for BBQ Chicken Pizza can be made in your own kitchen at home. It’s a a fun twist on traditional pizza, and a great way to use up leftover cooked chicken.

Ever since I discovered the tricks for making delicious pizza at home with store bought dough, I’ve been enjoying experimenting with homemade pizza toppings. There are tons of pizza topping combinations I love, but one of my favorites is a BBQ Chicken Pizza.

If you’ve never tried it before, you’re in for a treat! BBQ sauce is a nice departure from pizza sauce, and the combination of flavors and textures in this pizza are just divine.

This pizza is also a perfect way to use up leftover ingredients such as red onion, cooked chicken, or shredded cheese.

Ingredients for BBQ Chicken Pizza:

  • pizza dough (store bought or homemade)
  • BBQ sauce
  • cooked chicken
  • red onion
  • cilantro

It’s amazing how much flavor comes out of these five simple ingredients!

shortcuts and substitutions:

  1. You can use a refrigerated ball of dough or pre-baked pizza dough for this recipe. If you’re using refrigerated dough, I recommend following these instructions for getting the best results from refrigerated dough. (For a pre-baked crust, follow the recommended instructions on the packaging.)
  2. If you don’t already have cooked chicken in the fridge, a rotisserie chicken is a great time saver in this recipe.
  3. A variety of cheeses would work on a BBQ Chicken Pizza, so if you’ve already got cheese open in your fridge, go ahed and use that! I typically use mozzarella or Monterey jack, but you could also use gouda or cheddar…or a combination of cheeses.
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Servings: 6

BBQ Chicken Flatbread Pizza

A simple take on BBQ Chicken pizza using rotisserie chicken and store bought dough.


  • 1 lb store bought pizza dough, cooked or uncooked
  • 4-5 tbsp good BBQ sauce
  • 1/8 cup red onion, sliced thinly
  • 1.5 cup shredded rotisserie chicken
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella or monterey jack cheese
  • 1//2 cup cilantro
  • rolling pin
  • baking sheet


  • Heat oven to 450 degrees.
  • Spread a thin layer of olive oil on the bottom of your pizza pan. (A 15 x 9 sheet pan or 14 inch pizza pan works best.
  • Roll out dough and place onto the pan.* Bake un-topped dough for approximately 5 minutes.
  • Remove dough from the oven. Spread on the BBQ sauce and evenly top with shredded chicken, onion, and cheese.
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until cheese is melted and beginning to brown.
  • Top cooked pizza with chopped cilantro.


If you’re using a store bought dough that’s already pre-baked, skip this step. Cook according to package instructions.
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