BBQ Chicken Pizza on the Grill

by Suzanne on June 16, 2011

in Chicken, Savory

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Turn off that OVEN and turn on that GRILL! Have I told you how much I have been grilling?Just in case you haven’t ever seen pizza cooked on the grill here is what it looks like, pretty good.  Some people put the actual pizza right on the grill grate, but I kept it on my pizza stone and it worked fabulously.  I hoped I wouldn’t crack or brake my stone, so glad it didn’t because I love that stone, and it must love me back because it always gives me great results with all my baking :).

There are two good reasons for me to use the grill, 1) I am trying to save the energy bill by not heating up the house, 2) the heat source coming from the bottom of grill made my crust crispier and I like that.  An added benefit was it was pretty darn easy, all I did was turn my grill to low and popped that pizza in, closed the lid and viola 15 minutes later it was done.  I also cooked a dessert pizza after this BBQ beauty was done, more on that in the next post.

The crust recipe for this pizza is my friend Maria’s, I pretty much made her same pizza minus the Swiss cheese.   I also changed up the crust by substituting one of the cups of  white flour for wheat flour and it was still great.  The BBQ sauce was from a bottle and the toppings were rather simple besides chicken, I used sweet caramelized red onions, parmigiana cheese, cooked sliced bacon and some cheddar/Colby cheese sprinkled on top.  Hubby loved it :), teenager loved it, boy child not so much 🙁 only because of onions, so if you have picky boy children leave a little off for them.

BBQ Chicken Pizza on the Grill

Ingredients for Crust:
4-5 cups all purpose flour ( I used 1 cup wheat in mine)
1 T. olive oil
1 T. sugar or honey
2 tsp. yeast
1 1/2 tsp. salt
2 cups warm water

Step 1:
In a large mixing bowl of a stand mixer put in the warm water, sugar and yeast together and let stand for about 5 minutes to proof the yeast.

Step 2: Add oil, salt and about 4 cups of flour and put the bread hook on your stand mixer and knead on low until the dough no longer sticks, add 1/2 c up of flour if the dough looks to be too sticky and knead until it isn’t sticky. If you don’t have a stand mixer that’s fine just do it by hand. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and set in a warm place to rise until double. If you don’t have time for letting the dough rest then you can still proceed the dough will not be as airy and light but still works well.

Step 3: When the dough has risen long enough then punch dough down and cut about a 1/3 of the dough off and set back into the bowl for making a small dessert pizza. Shape the dough into a ball and on a lightly floured surface begin to roll the dough into a circular shape. I roll it a few times then turn my dough so that it doesn’t stick to the counter and continue until I get the shape I’m looking for. Place your dough onto the desired pan, if you are using a pan that your food typically sticks to then spray your pan with cooking spray first or sprinkle some corn flour onto it. The stone I use doesn’t need any oil or flour. With a fork make prick marks through out the pizza dough so large air bubbles will not form during the baking.

A side note: pizza stones heat slower and more evenly so remember that when choosing a pan, mine is a Pampered Chef stone, but there are all types out there.  Another pan that I like to use is the air bake pan which gives me the same results as my stones do.  If you have neither use a heavy duty pan possibly a cast iron skillet or griddle would do or other heavy duty pan so that your bottom crust does not get done so quickly due to the direct heat coming up from the bottom.

Pizza Toppings:
BBQ sauce about a 1/2 cup
1 cup shredded parmesan cheese
1 cup shredded Colby jack cheese or whatever you have
1/2 large red onion sliced thin and cooked on low heat until caramelized
1 cup shredded chicken can use left overs or rotisserie
5-6 slices of bacon cooked and crumbled

Step 1: Spread BBQ sauce on dough then add Parmesan cheese,chicken, onions then bacon sprinkle with Colby jack.

Step 2: Put the pizza in the pre-heated grill on low heat and close the lid and bake for about 15-20 minutes.

Take out and enjoy! Come back for the dessert pizza on my next post 🙂

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1 Destri June 16, 2011 at 12:52 am

OH no way! I love that pizza, and for you to slap it in the grill?! You will be making it again right? Right? I thought you would be in Cali, still home?

2 Suzanne June 16, 2011 at 5:34 am

Oh yeah for you girl! I am in CA. Made this before I left. Enjoying the 70 degree weather here.

3 Kathy Mercure June 16, 2011 at 4:16 am

I'm always on the lookout for a good pizza recipe for the barbecue. I am one of those people who does my crust right on the grill, so three minutes on one side, then flip and very quickly add all the ingredients and everything in 3 minutes. It's fun, super tense, and works way better if you have another pair of hands. But your recipe not only looks good, so does your method. I love my pizza stone as well and might just give this a try. Thanks for posting!

4 Suzanne June 16, 2011 at 5:32 am

Thanks Kathy, I will have to get brave and try it your way one time, sounds kind of fun. Glad you told me the know how on it.

5 Lisa June 16, 2011 at 8:56 am

Suz..that is one gorgeous BBQ pizza pie! I never thought of baking it on a pizza stone on the grill, but that's brilliant! I always flatten pieces, throw them right on the grates brush with olive oil then turn..then the toppings.. Next time i'm using a stone so I can present a whole, beautiful pizza like yours. Plus, you can't beat saving energy!

6 Kathryn June 17, 2011 at 6:40 am

Yum! I've been reading a lot about pizza on the grill lately and I'm dying to try it. I've never seen on one a pizza stone on the grill, though- great idea! Looks super yummy!

7 Suzanne June 17, 2011 at 6:51 pm

hope you try it out its a delicious and fun way to cook.

8 Kathy Mercure June 17, 2011 at 11:33 am

I'm hoping that you grilled this pizza at about 350 to 375 degrees, because that's what the bbq is set for…

9 Kathy Mercure June 17, 2011 at 11:35 am

oh darn, now i see low heat. better turn it down!

10 Nanette June 18, 2011 at 6:32 am

Hi Suzanne: You were kind enough to comment on my post for Turkey London Broil, so I thought I'd pop by your blog and say hi. Lovely blog and a lovely smile. I forgot about my pizza stone stored away. I will have to dust it off and use it this summer! Thanks for the poke. My dear friend, Sunny, always grills her pizza right on the grill, gives nice stripes to the crust. BUT a stone will assure that I don't burn it, ugh. I just posted an unusual recipe….Shepherd's Fish Pie. Take a peek. Enjoy the summer. And I'll visit you again. N

11 nutmegnanny June 18, 2011 at 11:26 pm

Yum! I love pizza on the grill. So perfect for Summer 🙂

12 Laura June 19, 2011 at 9:04 am

I have been wanting to try out a BBQ chicken pizza recipe for some time, and every one I come across looks delicious. This is the first I have seen on a grill though, so I will definitely be trying this out.

13 Suzanne June 21, 2011 at 9:41 am

We love BBQ chicken pizza some how it feels healthier, although bacon on it is probably not too healthy 🙂 thanks for the comment.

14 Susie June 19, 2011 at 7:44 pm

Thanks for posting this. I’ve tried several different pizza crusts and have never had much luck so I’ve given it up. I have “grilled” pizza before using a flat bread. I’m definitely trying this recipe. So glad I ran across it.

15 Suzanne June 21, 2011 at 9:40 am

your welcome, so glad you ran across it too, come back for my dessert pizza 🙂

16 Reeni June 21, 2011 at 9:05 pm

This is one of my favorite pizzas! My family – not so much. They are so old-fashioned when it comes to pizza. Sigh. Every year I say I'm going to grill and then the heat stops me. And this year I have an air conditioner in my kitchen – I'm totally spoiled! I have to get out there and do it before it gets too hot.

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