BBQ Chicken Pizza Recipe with Honey and Gouda | American Cuisine

Cathy's BBQ Chicken Pizza

BBQ Chicken Pizza Recipe with Honey and Gouda | American Cuisine
Region / culture: USA | Preparation time: 20 minutes | Cooking time: 18 minutes | Servings: 4


Cathy's BBQ Chicken Pizza
Cathy's BBQ Chicken Pizza

Cathy's BBQ Chicken Pizza is a delicious and flavorful twist on traditional pizza. This recipe combines the smoky flavors of barbeque sauce with tender shredded chicken and gooey melted cheese, all on top of a crispy pizza crust. It's the perfect meal for a cozy night in or a fun dinner with friends and family.


BBQ Chicken Pizza first gained popularity in the United States in the late 1980s and early 1990s. It is believed to have originated in California, where chefs began experimenting with non-traditional pizza toppings. The combination of tangy barbeque sauce, savory chicken, and melted cheese quickly became a hit, and it has since become a staple on many pizza menus.


How to prepare

  1. Prepare the crust according to the package directions.
  2. Preheat the oven to 450°F (232°C).
  3. Coat the chicken pieces with 2 tsp of butter in a sauté pan over medium heat.
  4. Sauté the onions and garlic in the butter, stirring occasionally, until the onions are brown and caramelized (about 15 minutes).
  5. Remove from heat and stir in the chicken.
  6. Spread the remaining Barbeque sauce over the pizza dough.
  7. Top with half of the cheeses.
  8. Spread the chicken mixture on top.
  9. Top with the remaining cheeses.
  10. Bake for 15-18 minutes until the crust is lightly browned and the cheese is completely melted.
  11. Let the pizza sit for 5 minutes before slicing.


  • Add sliced bell peppers or jalapenos for an extra kick of flavor.
  • Use a different type of cheese, such as pepper jack or mozzarella, for a different taste.
  • Swap out the chicken for pulled pork or tofu for a vegetarian option.

Cooking Tips & Tricks

Be sure to cook the onions and garlic until they are caramelized to bring out their natural sweetness and flavor.

- Pre-cooking the chicken in butter adds an extra layer of richness to the dish.

- Letting the pizza sit for a few minutes after baking allows the flavors to meld together and makes it easier to slice.

Serving Suggestions

Serve Cathy's BBQ Chicken Pizza with a side salad or some fresh fruit for a complete meal.

Cooking Techniques

Sautéing the onions and garlic before adding them to the pizza adds depth of flavor.

- Pre-cooking the chicken ensures that it is fully cooked and tender.

Ingredient Substitutions

Use a cauliflower crust or gluten-free pizza crust for a gluten-free option.

- Substitute the chicken with turkey or beef for a different flavor profile.

Make Ahead Tips

You can prepare the chicken mixture and sautéed onions and garlic ahead of time and store them in the refrigerator until ready to assemble the pizza.

Presentation Ideas

Serve Cathy's BBQ Chicken Pizza on a wooden cutting board or pizza stone for a rustic presentation. Garnish with fresh herbs or a drizzle of extra barbeque sauce for an extra pop of color.

Pairing Recommendations

Pair Cathy's BBQ Chicken Pizza with a cold beer or a glass of red wine for a delicious and satisfying meal.

Storage and Reheating Instructions

Store any leftover pizza in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in the oven at 350°F (177°C) until warmed through.

Nutrition Information

Calories per serving

Calories: 380


Total Carbohydrates: 35g

Dietary Fiber: 2g

Sugars: 15g


Total Fat: 18g

Saturated Fat: 9g

Trans Fat: 0g


Protein: 25g

Vitamins and minerals

Vitamin A: 15%

Vitamin C: 8%

Calcium: 20%

Iron: 10%


Contains dairy and gluten.


Cathy's BBQ Chicken Pizza is a balanced meal with a good mix of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins. It is also a good source of calcium and vitamin A.


Cathy's BBQ Chicken Pizza is a mouthwatering and satisfying dish that is sure to become a family favorite. With its combination of tangy barbeque sauce, tender chicken, and melted cheese, it's a delicious twist on traditional pizza that is perfect for any occasion.

How did I get this recipe?

The first time I saw this recipe, I was drawn to it like a moth to a flame. It was a warm summer day and I had been invited to a potluck at my friend Cathy's house. As I walked into her kitchen, the aroma of sizzling barbecue chicken filled the air and my mouth began to water.

Cathy was busy at the stove, flipping pieces of chicken on the grill and drizzling them with a tangy barbecue sauce. She then topped a pizza crust with the chicken, along with red onions, bell peppers, and gooey melted cheese. The finished product was a mouthwatering BBQ chicken pizza that had everyone at the potluck raving.

I couldn't resist asking Cathy for the recipe, and she was more than happy to share it with me. She explained that she had learned to make the pizza from her own grandmother, who had picked up the recipe during a trip to the southern United States.

I hurried home that day, eager to recreate Cathy's BBQ chicken pizza in my own kitchen. I gathered all the ingredients and got to work, following Cathy's instructions to the letter. As the pizza baked in the oven, the smell of barbecue filled my house and brought back memories of that sunny day at Cathy's potluck.

When the pizza was finally ready, I couldn't wait to dig in. The first bite was pure bliss - the smoky barbecue flavor of the chicken, the sweetness of the onions, and the crunch of the peppers all melded together perfectly on a crispy crust. It was a taste sensation like none other, and I knew I had found a new favorite recipe.

From that day on, Cathy's BBQ chicken pizza became a staple in my repertoire. I made it for family dinners, potlucks, and even just for myself on lazy weekends. Each time, it brought back memories of that first potluck at Cathy's house and the joy of discovering a new recipe that would become a beloved tradition in my own home.

Over the years, I have made a few tweaks to Cathy's original recipe, adding my own touches here and there to make it truly my own. Sometimes I swap out the vegetables for whatever I have on hand, or experiment with different types of cheese to change up the flavor profile. But no matter how I change it, the essence of Cathy's BBQ chicken pizza always remains - a delicious, comforting, and satisfying meal that never fails to bring a smile to my face.

As I sit here now, reflecting on the many recipes I have learned and mastered over the years, I am grateful for the gift of cooking that has been passed down through generations. From my own grandmother to Cathy to me, each recipe carries with it a piece of history and tradition that connects me to the past and to those who have come before me.

And so, as I continue to cook and bake and create in my kitchen, I will always hold dear the memory of that first taste of Cathy's BBQ chicken pizza and the joy it brought me. For in that simple dish, I found not just a recipe, but a connection to friends, family, and the love that goes into every meal we share.


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