Grilled BBQ Chicken Pizza

Grilled BBQ Chicken Pizza // shutterbean

New recipe! Grilled BBQ Chicken Pizza

You know how much I love the no-knead pizza dough recipe, right?  I’ve been wanting to try it grilled because WHO WANTS TO PUT THEIR OVEN AT 500F in the summer??!  Also, I’ve relied too heavily on the make-it on a cookie sheet and get rectangular pizza method.  This lady wants a round pizza. Once and for all. But then again, this lady loves the no-knead recipe because it’s such a good set it and forget it situation. This lady thrives on a set it & forget it situation.

Grilled BBQ Chicken Pizza // shutterbean

About an hour into the dough-making process (it was just sitting covered in the window)  I decided to invite new friends over for dinner. WHAT?! Try a new recipe on new friends?! Blasphemous.  My point to all of this is to tell you that if I can take pictures while grilling pizza AND entertaining people ON A WEEKNIGHT, then there’s no doubt in my mind that you can pull this off in a snap.

Grilled BBQ Chicken Pizza // shutterbean

BBQ sauce as a base, chicken, red onions, red pepper, cilantro, PEPPER JACK CHEESE and corn combine for an amazing combination. It makes an amazing summer meal.  It also solidifies new friendships….just sayin’!

And we’re off!

The first item of business is DOUGH. It takes about 2 hours to make the no-knead pizza dough.

There’s a step-by-step photo instruction post here.

Grilled BBQ Chicken Pizza // shutterbean

We divide the dough into 4 rounds. The toppings for this recipe make TWO BBQ Chicken pizzas.

I made four pizzas total. One plain cheese (for the kids) A corn, tomato basil number and two bbq chicken pizzas. Four adults, three kids and about 2-3 slices leftover 🙂

Grilled BBQ Chicken Pizza // shutterbean

I got all my ingredients together, covered them and put the toppings in the fridge and let the dough sit out covered.

Grilled BBQ Chicken Pizza // shutterbean

I had leftover rotisserie chicken from the night before. I shredded it up and mixed bbq sauce up in.

Grilled BBQ Chicken Pizza // shutterbean

Are you ready to grill some pizza??!

One side of your grill will be the HOT ZONE. The other side will be the WARM ZONE.

Shape a pizza into a circle. If I didn’t have an audience and if I wasn’t trying to snap a million pictures without being rude, I would have a better shot. But you know…

The pizza will go onto the grill. Grill for about 3-4 minutes. Flip over and top your pizza with the toppings.

Yes I did throw some meatballs on the grill!

Grilled BBQ Chicken Pizza // shutterbean

Move pizza to the Warm Zone and cook until cheese has melted and the edges are nice and golden.

Grilled BBQ Chicken Pizza // shutterbean

It takes about 5-7 minutes. I actually like mine a little charred, so I went to about 9.

Grilled BBQ Chicken Pizza // shutterbean

Top the pizza with cilantro and cut it up.

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Enjoy a meal OUTSIDE!!

Grilled BBQ Chicken Pizza // shutterbean

And feel proud of your work. You didn’t even have to turn the oven on!

Grilled BBQ Chicken Pizza

makes 2–10 inch pizzas

  • no knead pizza dough (use half to make 2 pizzas)
  • 1  1/2 cups barbecue sauce
  • 2 cups cooked chicken, shredded
  • 1/2 medium red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 1/2 cups pepper jack cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 2 ears corn
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1/4 cup feta cheese
  • handful fresh cilantro, for garnish

Preheat grill, making sure one section is on high and the other is at medium heat. In a medium bowl, mix chicken with 1/2 cup barbecue sauce until well combined. Set aside.

Shape each pizza into a 10 inch round and place on the hot section of the grill. Cook pizzas for 3-4 minutes (dough should not stick) and flip pizza over. Move pizzas over to cooler side of the grill and lay down about 1/2 cup barbecue sauce onto each pizza, making sure to leave about a 1 inch edge for the crust. Top each pizza with half the chicken, red onion, pepper jack, mozzarella, corn, red pepper and feta. Cover grill and cook pizzas for 5-7 minutes, or until crust is browned and cheese has melted. Take pizza off of the grill, top with cilantro and serve.

  • Averie @ Averie Cooks

    What a gorgeous pizza – pinned! I don’t even eat chicken and I want to devour this thing 🙂

  • Allison @ Celebrating Sweets

    This looks divine! I love the addition of corn and pepperjack. Yum!

  • Maryea {happy healthy mama}

    Looks like a perfect evening. I need a friend like you who makes these awesome grilled pizzas and then invites me over to eat them! You have lucky friends. 🙂

  • Allyn

    I need to try (knead to try?) this no knead pizza dough. I made a much more intensive dough earlier this summer ( and while it was delicious… it requires a whole lot of time. Which isn’t always available.
    Barbecue chicken should be worked into more things. It’s always so good.

  • Bri | Bites of Bri

    I somehow missed the no knead dough recipe (I know, what was I thinking) but I cannot wait to try this. I hate turning on my oven in the summer but will do it for an awesome pizza. I’m so glad to know I don’t have to do that anymore!

  • Hilary

    My favorite pizza! I usually top mine with banana peppers and white onion, but I love the switch up of red peppers and red onion! Much more colorful. 🙂

  • Leslie

    I’ve been meaning to try the no-knead pizza dough on the grill, too! Thanks for doing it for me! Now I can proceed with no hesitation! I love Ina’s grilled pizzas, but I rarely make that dough. I almost always have some of this dough in the fridge or freezer. I guess I know what to have for dinner tonight!

  • joy the baker

    i feel like only geniuses know how to grill pizza. this is amazing…!

  • Medha @ Whisk & Shout

    PEPPER JACK! Yum. Love that this is made on the grill… makes it feel so much more like summer!

  • fusilliamy

    Grilling pizza is on my SBL. I’ve been scurred because I have a charcoal grill and that adds and extra layer of fuss, but this is awesome motivation. Corn on pizza is like BOOYAH good.

  • Taylor

    Yummy! My mom LOVES bbq chicken pizza, so I’ll have to make this for her next time I go to visit her. She would love it!


  • Eleni

    Excited to try and make these this weekend! Also, just came across your blog the other day and have been reading it like its my job! 🙂 Really enjoy your posts!

  • Lizy Tish

    I loved that first picture. Pinned it immediately because I LOVE bbq chicken pizza! I would love to try it grilled.

  • Jamie

    And here I thought I needed a special grill-ready crust to pull this off. Really it will be a matter of finding the cooler spot on our finicky grill… = )

  • Julia

    I cannot wait to try grilling pizza this summer, maybe even THIS WEEKEND! The toppings sound so good. Haven’t had corn on pizza before, but why not? I like the way you pizza.
    P.S. How exactly did you “flip” the dough on the grill? Did it stick at all?

    • Tracy

      I used a large spatula to do it. The pizza didn’t stick at all! If you’re familiar with grilling, when something is charred nicely, it usually just releases from the grates. If you flip it over before it’s got the seal, then you’ll have problems. So do a little jig underneath the dough with the spatula to see if it’s ready to release and if not, give it another minute or so. good luck!

  • Cindy

    I love your impromptu entertaining style! and grilled pizza is always a win.

  • tara

    This looks delicious!! I love making grilled pizzas in summer. It’s genius, right?

    Want to know a secret? Some pizza places will just sell you dough so you can skip the entire making the dough step and go straight to grilling the pizza step. It’s my favorite way to make grilled pizzas, but then… I’m lazy 🙂

  • Ella

    I’ve been wanting to try that dough, thanks so much for reminding me! We’re vegan over here, but perhaps with some BBQ seitan… 🙂

  • Jennifer

    Oh. My. This looks incredible…guess what I’ll be grilling tomorrow!

  • Amy @ Thoroughly Nourished Life

    I have to tell you, I read most of this post (in my head) in the ‘Epic Meal Time’ guy’s voice… It was epic.
    I can’t wait until we move into our new house and can have the grill out next year! Then it will be grilled Shutterbean pizzas all the way 🙂

  • Katie @ The Surly Housewife

    I love cooking outside to avoid heating up the kitchen. It really is a life saver. I haven’t done it with pizza yet, but it looks less intimidating now!

  • Heather K

    I use this pizza recipe every weekend! So excited to put it on the grill! THANK YOU!

  • katie

    This looks bangin’. I don’t eat meat but really want to try this with some salmon or tofu! Is there any reason to worry that the dough would ooze through the grates of the grill before it starts to bake and develop a crust?

    • Tracy

      As long as your dough isn’t sticky and runny (which it’s not with this recipe) then NO! Make sure you have a nice seal of flour on it and if you’re scared, you could always spray the grill with a little cooking spray!

  • Tracy

    This looks bomb!!!!

  • Julia

    I made this pizza for our bbq yesterday and it was AMAZING! Everyone raved about it. The pizza dough is like flatbread, which made it easy to bbq. I was scared, but the dough is really dry compared to other doughs (not a bad thing), which made it super easy to flip on the grill. My dad claimed it was the best pizza he’d ever had. We will definitely be making this again, thanks for the recipe!

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