Wednesday, April 21, 2010

BBQ chicken pizza

It was Friday Fun Night at the Kitchen Witches house which means that I need a kid friendly meal that won't take forever to make. We did Sicilian style pizza last time, ok we've done it the past few times, and everyone loves it, kids and adults alike. I decided that we needed a change from our usual pizza routine - however not wanting to venture too far outside of our comfort zone, we went with the BBQ chicken version of pizza.

Turns out we liked this so much that I forgot to take a photo of it finished out of the oven. Just imagine the same pizza, just a little darker. The BBQ sauce on the chicken pieces got slightly singed in the oven, which really added to the BBQ flavor, nice and caramelized, just like BBQ chicken on the grill. We all really enjoyed this pizza, the left overs got eaten pretty quickly by yours truly, and I usually don't like left overs. I have a feeling we'll be seeing more of this pizza as summer progresses.

BBQ chicken pizza
Makes 2 pizzas, serves about 8 people
2 chicken breasts
1 bottle BBQ sauce
1/2 onion
6 slices bacon, cut into bits
8 oz mozerella cheese
4 oz cheddar cheese

Pizza dough
4 c King Arthur bread flour
2 t yeast
4 t sugar
1.5-2 c water

Make the dough first. Please note it takes at least 2 hours for the dough to rise and develop flavor, please plan accordingly!

In a bowl mix yeast, 1 t sugar and 1/2 c warm water. Mix well and let it sit about 5 minutes, it should be very foamy after 5 minutes. If not then your yeast is dead, get fresh yeast & try again.

Mix the flour, salt and remaining sugar together in the work bowl of a stand mixer. Add proofed yeast, olive oil and 1 cup of warm water and mix with the dough hook. Slowly add in additional water until dough comes together in a ball. Knead dough 5 minutes.

Transfer kneaded dough to an oiled bowl and coat dough ball with oil. Cover with plastic wrap and allow to double in size in a warm area in your kitchen. Cover with a towel if its chilly or drafty.

Once dough has doubled in size punch down and divide into 2 equal dough balls. Press dough into a sheet pan, leaving a slightly raised crust on edges. Dock the dough by piercing it with the tines of a fork - this allows air to escape so you don't get large air pockets.

Cook chicken, I use the George Foreman grill for this. Once its cooked slice it thin and toss with about 1/4 c BBQ sauce.

Cook bacon until crispy. When the bacon is about half way done add the onions, allowing them to caramelize while the bacon finishes cooking. Remove both bacon & onions and drain well.

Pizza Assembly:
Equally divide the remaining BBQ sauce between the 2 crusts, spreading it evenly out to the edges.
Lay the bacon and onions on next, followed by 1/2 the cheese. Spread the BBQ chicken evenly over the 2 pizzas then top with remaining cheese.

Bake at 450 for 20 min or until pizza is browned & bubbly. Allow to cool about 5 minutes before slicing and serving.

pretend that this is browned & bubbly as the Witch forgot to take a finished product photo. Oops!

Nutrition Facts provided by SparkPeople Recipe Calculator
8 Servings
Amount Per Serving
Calories 458.1
Total Fat 15.8 g
Saturated Fat 6.8 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1.8 g
Monounsaturated Fat 6.3 g
Cholesterol 39.8 mg
Sodium 819.5 mg
Potassium 226.2 mg
Total Carbohydrate 55.1 g
Dietary Fiber 2.1 g
Sugars 2.6 g
Protein 22.4 g


Michelle said...

What a mouthful of YUM! My Picky Eater would hate this but the Hubs and I would devour it. I might have to make it on a night when Picky Eater is sleeping over her friend's house!

Jenn said...

You know it's good when you forget to take a picture of it!! lol Yum.. this sounds fantastic...I mean, it's got bacon in it!!!! mmmmmmmmm... I gotta get on the ball and start making some pizza!!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

OMG, that pizza must taste really good! A mouthwatering combination!



Raina said...

Looks really good. My son loves barbecue pizza. I must try this. You are a smart little Kitchen Witch!

heather said...

yum! i love bbq chicken pizza, although i don't usually do the bacon.

another option i did one night was apples and caramelized onions. i got some looks from my mom and husband, but we all agreed it was FANTASTIC!

Baking Addict said...

yum yum! Have not had pizza in forever. Your bacon looks so delicious, I want to eat it off the screen!

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