Rustic BBQ Chicken Pizza

Well, winter finally came to Chicago this year…and didn’t take any prisoners.  With snow, ice, wind, and rain, the commute from work on Friday night was a fiasco for everyone, no matter where they were going.  So needless to say my kitchen got quite the workout this weekend!

While I love a good soup and sandwich night, sometimes there’s just nothing like pizza and beer…and with the insane traffic I had to endure on my way home from work, that was just the thing to cheer me up!  And I’m not talking those crappy frozen pizzas…I mean delicious and hearty handmade rustic pizza!

This rustic pizza was kind of our own invention…with random stuff we had in the fridge.  The dough is easy to make and doesn’t require a long rise, so it’s great for nights when you don’t really want to wait to eat.  But I will say that the dough is very soft (we learned this in a very unfortunate way), so it might be wise to place the dough on your cooking stone or pan before you start adding your toppings.

Rustic Pizza:

Ingredients:

For Crust:

  • 1 package of yeast
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Toppings:

  • 1 cup BBQ sauce
  • 2 large chicken breasts, cooked and diced
  • 1/2 red onion, chopped into small pieces
  • 1 1/2 to 2 cups Mozzarella cheese

Instructions:

1.  Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

2.  Dissolve yeast in the warm water.  Once dissolved, add flour, oil, sugar, and salt.  Mix until everything is combined and dough begins to form.  Let it rest for about 5 minutes.

3.  Spread dough onto greased pan.

4.  Spread BBQ sauce on dough and top with chicken, onion, and cheese.  Bake in preheated oven for 15-20 minutes.

Every Monday is a “Reci-bee” post, where I share my favorite recipes, recipe collections, and cooking and baking hints and tips. 

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