Friday night comfort food

After a particularly long and hectic week, which culminated (by the way) in a twisted, swollen, and bruised ankle, I was ALL about a little comfort food tonight.

Yep. Despite the fact that I’ve already done plenty of damage to my attempt at a healthier diet this week, the pizza gods were calling my name. There was just no denying it. So, I poured myself a drink. Then I pulled a ball of frozen pizza dough from the freezer and let it thaw on that magical warm spot on top of my pre-heating oven while I surveyed my topping options.

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A leftover chicken breast. A nearly overripe red bell pepper. A few stray slices of red onion. Cheese. BBQ sauce. Sounds like a BBQ chicken pizza to me!

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Every bit as good (better, I say) as those “commercial” pizzas. Though, to be fair, we’re no strangers to the local pizza delivery guy! It’s just really nice to be able to control the toppings… the quality… the crispness of the crust. And, really, it doesn’t take too much longer than the pizza guy on a busy Friday night.

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BBQ Chicken Pizza
1 lb. pizza dough, homemade or purchased from your favorite pizza joint
1 boneless, skinless chicken breast, thinly sliced
3-5 tablespoons BBQ sauce, depending on how you like it
1/2 cup grape tomatoes, halved
1/4 cup red onion, diced
1 red bell pepper, sliced into rings
1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded OR Sargento’s chipotle cheddar cheese
1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
cornmeal for dusting

Place pizza stone in oven and preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

In a medium frying pan, saute the chicken breast until just cooked through. Set aside to cool slightly.

Roll, throw, or otherwise shape your pizza dough into the desired shape. Spread with BBQ sauce and top with chicken. Sprinkle over tomatoes and onion, and lay down the red pepper rings. Cover pizza with cheeses.

Sprinkle hot pizza stone with cornmeal and transfer pizza to stone. Cook until crust is crispy and cheese is bubbly, approximately 15 minutes.

Remove from oven and enjoy!
(This makes an 8-10 inch pizza, but results may vary depending on how much dough you use and how thick you want your crust. Adjust your toppings accordingly.)

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15 thoughts on “Friday night comfort food

  1. Ben says:

    Now that is what I called a pizza. Yummy!

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    It really hit the spot!

  2. Peter says:

    The pizza looks gooey good and I love these ingredients. I’ve only tried this pizza outside and it’s bold and zesty.

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    I’ve always wanted to actually grill a pizza… it’ll be one of my first projects as soon as we get a grill!

  3. looks delicious, how long does the pizza dough take to defrost?

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    There’s a sweet spot on the top of my stove that gets pretty toasty when the oven is on… in that spot, my dough takes about an hour before it’s workable.

  4. Whenever I have leftover cheese, I shred it and add it to a container in the freezer. There’s always a mix of who knows what? Cheddar, swiss, mozz… and then, when it’s pizza time, I just use whatever is in the freezer container.

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    What an excellent idea, Lydia!

  5. Jaime says:

    i love bbq chicken pizza! i make it all the time at home now :)

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    So do we, Jaime! :)

  6. Jaime says:

    i forgot to mention… yours looks so much better than mine typically does!

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    It’s all about the creative camera angles. ;)

  7. a. grace says:

    i’ve got two words for you: food. porn.

    that looks amazing! hope you heal soon! :)

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    Who needs ibuprofen? Just pass the pizza. ;)

  8. Elle says:

    That’s a good looking pizza! BBQ chicken pizza is one of my absolute favorites! Add red onion and red bell pepper, and geez–I’d do just about anything for a slice of that…

    We made pizza last night, too. Husband’s birthday and he requested my garlic shrimp as a topping. That’s also some gooood eating.

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    It’s pizza weekend! :) I’d pass you a slice…. but we ate it all. ;)

  9. brilynn says:

    Homemade pizza always trumps take out, that looks great!

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    Thanks, Brilynn!

  10. Aran says:

    I just gained 5 pounds by looking at that pizza… so decadent!

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    It was just what the doctor ordered!

  11. Kevin says:

    That BB chicken pizza looks so good. Making your own pizza is always fun.

  12. Deb says:

    Oh my favorite!!!! But nothing like home made. Does not compare to the pizza guy!

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    Indeed!

  13. Nina says:

    Oh yeah, that is Friday night food for ya… Yum-yum!

  14. Dr. Benabio says:

    It’s Susan from Food Blogga here. (Trouble logging in/out; don’t ask). :)

    That bubbly cheese is literally making my mouth water. And the best part is it’s Friday!!

  15. Lisa says:

    Hey there, Say was wondering if I might be able to add your BBQ Pizza Recipe to my recipe box? Thanks much.

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