Pizza is one comfort food that always hits the spot. Here is an all time favorite – the BBQ Chicken Pizza, embellished with smoked bacon.
Make your own homemade pizza
I fashioned this recipe from memorable BBQ chicken pizzas I had at pizza joints back in the day. California Pizza Kitchen creates a yummy BBQ chicken pizza with cilantro. I use basil because I love it. You can do whatever suits your taste buds!
The fun thing about creating your own version is that you can sprinkle as much or as little of the ingredients you like. This BBQ Chicken Pizza gets a lot of its smoky flavor from the smoked Gouda (highly recommended for replicating CPK’s pizza) and smoked bacon.
Pile on the BBQ Chicken and Bacon
We piled on the BBQ chicken, crisp bacon, savory cheese, and lathered on that tangy sauce. I also threw on some sliced red onions and fresh basil for color and flavor.
Seriously, I can’t believe how quickly my kids devoured this pizza. They didn’t bother to pick off the onions, like they usually do. Now, if I can only figure out how to transfer that to other dishes that include onions.
As always, toppings are flexible and fun, so do what your family loves.
Easy, Guaranteed rise
The tasty toppings rest on a gorgeous homemade crust, which is pretty easy to make. The crust is chewy and soft, with crisp exterior. I usually use a large pizza stone, so that helps with getting a better crust.
My kitchen is currently warm with the summer, which means much easier rising of the dough. In the winter, I let dough rise in the oven, with oven bulb light on for a tiny boost of warmth.
If needed, you can let your oven warm up on “warm” setting and turn it off, and then put dough in to rise. Just watch it carefully so it doesn’t over rise. As long as you are careful not to let it over-rise, this oven method is pretty much fail proof for a quick, easy, and guaranteed rise. The actual baking time is only 15-20 minutes.
Options and Variations
Pizza is one of those family favorites that lends itself to all kinds of variations.
Feel free to try a different style of BBQ sauce, using something with more kick or less sweet, if that’s what your family loves. We use mozzarella and gouda here to emulate California Pizza Kitchen’s flavors, but if your kids aren’t gouda fans or you can’t find it, no worries. Go with just good ol’ mozzarella or add in a bit more parmesan.
We give you the option of adding herbs into your dough, for the ultimate flavorful pizza dough. Use whatever herbs you like, or none at all. It’s your pizza, your way. Have fun!Print