Thursday, May 31, 2012

Artisan BBQ Chicken Pizza with Balsamic Caramelized Onions

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I had a hankering for pizza, and I mean "good pizza"!!
I don't know about you guys, but some of our local pizza joints are hits and misses.  You order the first time and the pizza is amazing, you order a 2nd time, well, this time, they leave much to be desired!!  That being said, it kills me to spend so much money on pizza when it's mediocre at best!!  

So, I've taken to making my own.  Yes, yes I have.  Sometimes I cheat and use a pre-baked store bought crust, sometimes I make my own dough, and at other times I buy the pre-made pizza dough.
I've tried to incorporate homemade gourmet pizza's into our dinners by making it simple and easy.
Gourmet pizza,  "in my humble opinion", are easy, delicious and a fantastic way to bring the family together!!  Family time, that is what ultimately it's all about, isn't it??

It takes just a little pre-planning when you are a busy mom, but let me tell you, it's worth every bite!!

I start off by making my artisan dough.  *Keep in mind, I am severely DOUGH CHALLENGED*, so when I tell you I made a homemade artisan dough, you know it's simple, easy and the dough is challenged proof!! ;-) (AKA: Me)
I halved the recipe in half  Also, when the recipe instructs you to shape, I do so.  See instructions below.

Artisan dough recipe here:  Easy Artisan Dough

Instructions for easier use of dough here:
Garlicky Meatballs Florentine  comes out perfect each and every time!!

So while I'm cooking that night and making dinner, then cleaning up, packing lunches etc., the dough is rising.  Once risen, I then roll out, pre-bake and refrigerate till ready to use.  Amazing artisan dough for the taking!!  Multitasking, "that's the name of the game"!!! *grin*
Using your favorite pizza pan (this is my favorite pita pan), a drizzle of good olive oil (about 3 tbsp), baste along the bottom and sides.  Sprinkle with about 1tbls of cornflour, set aside.

Using a flat surface, sprinkle with flour, and scoop your dough out onto the floured surface. Preheat your oven to 375F.

Once you have rolled out into your desired size and shape, add to your oiled pan, and using your fingers, press into desired shape.  *Note: this dough is amazing, it springs back obviously, it's dough after all, but not even a quarter of the amount of spring back as regular dough does.

Bake for 15-17 minutes, remove from oven, let cool and refrigerate till ready to use, voila!!  Amazing pre-baked crust that leaves the rest in smoke!!!

See what I mean??  Beautiful pre-baked crust.  I know, mine is a little lopsided, I told you I was dough challenged, you thought I was joking?? *sly grin*

Tastes amazing either way, and when you cover it with the toppings, all you will get is requests for "MORE PLEASE"!!!
Ready for the recipe?

Here we go:


1 bottle (18 oz) favorite BBQ sauce
6 cups cheese divided
( 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese, 3 cups mozzarella (1 pkg), 1 cup Pepper Jack)
1 large onion sliced (I used a large Vidalia)
1 medium green pepper sliced
1 medium red pepper sliced
2 cups shredded chicken of choice (I used leftover grilled chicken thighs, skins removed)
2 tsp balsamic vinegar
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1 Tablespoon butter

Preheat oven to 350F.
Slice your peppers and using a microwave safe plate, cover with paper towel and microwave for 1 minute.  *This softens the peppers and ensures your peppers will crisp and cook through while baking*.  Set aside.
In a small saute pan, add your olive oil and your butter and bring to medium high heat.  Once heated, add your sliced onions.  Saute till onions start to become soft, add your balsamic vinegar.  Continue tossing and stirring till they start to become caramelized and slightly charred, about 4-6 minutes.


Take off heat and set aside.

Let's assemble our pizza shall we??

Using your 
pre-baked pizza crust.  Spread almost the entire bottle of BBQ sauce over the crust, reserving about 1/4 cup. Add your shredded chicken.  Now comes the fun part; add 1/3 cup of your shredded cheddar cheese over the chicken, and 1/3 cup of the pepper jack cheese as well.
Now add your peppers and finally add your amazingly delicious, (you just want to sit down and eat the whole pan) balsamic caramelized onions.

Sprinkle the remainder of the pepper jack cheese, and 1/2 cup each of shredded cheddar and mozzarella cheese.  Drizzle the remainder of the BBQ sauce evenly over the pizza.

Now add the remainder of your cheeses over your pizza, gaze lovingly at your creation and place in oven to bake!  

Bake for 22-26 minutes till nice and crusty!

I know right????

Let cool for a few minutes, cut into desired pieces and serve.

Would you like a piece??  Here you go!!!

Go ahead, take a huge bite, and "mmmmmmm"

Till next time!!

Dishin with Didi


  1. Yes, yes, I want TWO pieces...delicious, and my favorite pizza hands down!! Great job!!

    1. Thank you Melissa! Sometimes I make dinner/cakes etc and it's become so accustomed I FORGET that not everyone cooks daily! A little prep makes all the difference in the world!!!

      PS blogger didn't publish AGAIN!!! Ugh, I published right before we ran out the door to my dd's concert! It's about to start!!! She's first violin!!!! :-)

  2. Now that's what I'd call a real pizza...great job Didi!!

  3. BTW, I love Sweet Baby Ray's BBQ sauce!

    1. Our total favorite I say!!! ;-)

  4. OMG....I am so hungry right now for a slice (or two!!) of this!!!!

    I make my dough in my bread machine for a pizza and I "jazz" it up with seasonings and parmesan cheese. My husband loves it.

    I basically make my bread dough in my machine, take it out when done and knead it several times, place it in a greased large bowl, cover with a damp tea towel and place it in a warm area (like our furnace room) and let it double in size. I then punch it down and knead it again and place it in a bread pan and let it rise again and then bake. It is SOOOO good!! Nothing store bought can compare to homemade :)

    1. I totally agree with you Colleen, and I've been making more and more of my own pizza's, especially since I found this "idiot proof" artisan dough!! You are absolutely correct, nothing compares to homemade, your's sounds fantastic with the addition of seasonings and parmesan, oh man oh man....

  5. This looks great Didi. I've been wanting to try a different kind of pizza.

    Jillian (aka Lucky)

    1. Hey Jillian!!!!!!!!!!!! How are you sweetheart???
      This pizza is the bomb!! Not because I made it, I think it's just the combo of ingredients... I swear it's even 10x better cold if that the next day!!

      Let me know when you do, so very, very easy and amazing in taste!!

  6. I will definitely be making this dough! I plan to make pizza with this dough tonight..I know it is going to be delicious, esp. since you are recommending it! Ty! Brenda

  7. Oh Brenda!!!! I know you will thoroughly love it and always use it from now on.... I can't wait for your feedback sweetheart!!!!

  8. yayyy I found your Pizza recipe !!! thank you!!

  9. I know you can make it you master baker!! ♥

  10. This looks great my friend and shall share this with my foodie friends also. Thanks for the recipe

  11. Yes, I would LOVE a piece of your pizza please!

  12. OMG Didi! You have knocked it out of the park with this tantalizing pizza! A feast for the eyes as well as the tummy! Who could resist diving into this magnificent pizza??? Drooling my friend!!

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    1. So good Kecia, I swear it's the crust that takes it over the top!! Not too mention the balsamic caramelized onions!