I don’t know if classic really is the right word. Maybe traditional would be better. I figured after a couple less traditional pizzas it would be nice to do a flavor everybody knows and loves. I think the first time I ever had a BBQ chicken pizza was with my mom in an airport (classy, I know). Despite the complete lack of ambiance, the pizza was still phenomenal and I slowly developed a great affinity for BBQ sauce. It has never reach obsession level, but I always love a good BBQ meal here and there. In my typical fashion I wondered if I could make my own BBQ sauce. I know it is super easy to buy a bottle at the store, but there is something triumphant about doing something yourself. I looked at a store bought bottle to check out the ingredients. The first ingredient was high fructose corn syrup. I was appalled. Now I happened to look at a sweet BBQ sauce so next time I am at the store I will have to check an original flavor to see if there is a difference.Now instead of just wanting to make my own sauce for the pride of it, I also want to control what ingredients I am putting into my body. I didn’t do a ton of research before whipping up this sauce; I only looked at the ingredients list on that one bottle. It turned out pretty well… but not quite perfect. It was great on the pizza and my husband said it tasted good, but there is still lots of wiggle room for improvement. So when I have time to do the appropriate research and do this sauce better justice I will share my revised BBQ sauce with you. Until then, this one will do just fine!The pizza was really easy to put together. I cooked the chicken and onions in the oven while making the crust and sauce. I know some people aren’t as fond of onions, leave them out if that is the case:-) The crust is the same as our Tuscan Grilled Chicken Pizza, but you can use whatever herb you want or have on hand. We have tried three herbs so far and rosemary has been our favorite. Once everything is ready you can add the sauce, cheese and toppings to the pizza and stick it on the oven. Don’t forget to pre-bake the crust!
½ C tomato paste
7 ½ T distilled vinegar (a little more than 1/3 C)
¼ C agave
3 T molasses
½ t salt
¾ t allspice
½ t garlic powder
¾ t chili powder
- Place all ingredients into a small bowl and stir together.
BBQ Chicken Pizza
Herb garlic crust
1-2 chicken breasts or thighs
½ small onion, diced
- Put chicken and onion into a tinfoil-lined pan, add a drizzle of olive oil and some salt and pepper. Bake in the oven at 350-400 F. Stir onions occasionally and flip chicken at approximately 15 minutes. Once chicken is done, remove from the oven and cut into small pieces.
- While chicken and onions are baking, make crust (see link above) and sauce.
- Assemble pizza in whatever order you desire. Bake for 10 minutes (450F).
*Feel free to add more toppings as well! I think roasted broccoli goes with just about everything!