BBQ Chicken and Blue Cheese Pizza

Oh pizza…I swear I could eat you everyday of my life it is wasn’t for the havoc you would wreak on my hips. Of all of the comforting foods out there, pizza is one of my biggest downfalls. There is nothing better than snuggling up under a blanket with my hubby, a warm pizza and a favorite movie. When we lived in Indy we would order pizza all the time. It was pure bliss for those few minutes it would take my husband and I to destroy a large pizza. After about a half an hour Andrew and I would always end up looking at each other and saying “what were we thinking?” We were thinking that neither one of us wanted to cook, that is was so easy to pick up the phone and order a pizza, and that we were just too tired from a busy day at work to make something healthy. Since we moved to Peoria a few months ago I can happily say that the pizza delivery man has not stopped at our house once. The reason? This recipe! :) A pizza that is low-calorie and on the table in less time it takes for delivery. It is adapted from Cooking Light Magazine and is only 252 calories for two slices! That’s right for two slices! :D Barbecue sauce is used as the pizza sauce instead of the typical tomato sauce. I used my favorite bbq sauce Sweet Baby Ray’s and it was incredible. This recipe is perfect for a busy weeknight dinner, however, if you feel like making your own pizza dough from scratch give my favorite Pizza Dough recipe a try. I really love the blue cheese crumbles on this pizza although you can easily make it kid friendly by substituting mozzarella for the blue cheese. This pizza is a regular meal in our house and after one bite I can promise it will be one in yours!

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BBQ Chicken and Blue Cheese Pizza

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Ingredients:

  • 1 (8-10 ounce) prebaked thin pizza crust (such as Boboli 100% Whole Wheat Thin Pizza Crust)
  • 1/3 cup barbecue sauce (Sweet Baby Ray’s)
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded skinless, boneless rotisserie chicken breast
  • 1/2 cup vertically sliced red onion
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped yellow bell pepper
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup (2 ounces) crumbled blue cheese
  • 1/4 cup reduced fat shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 2 plum tomatoes, thinly sliced (about 1/4 pound)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 500°.
  2. Place pizza crust on a baking sheet. Spread barbecue sauce over the crust, leaving a 1/2-inch border. Top with remaining ingredients. Bake 10 minutes or until cheese melts and crust is crisp. Cut into 12 wedges.

Yields: 12 slices of pizza (serving size 2 slices/252 calories)
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Bake Time: 10 minutes

Source: adapted from Cooking Light, August 2011

23 Responses to “BBQ Chicken and Blue Cheese Pizza”

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    cravesadventure — January 17, 2012 @ 12:33 pm

    I never would have considered blue cheese for a pizza. Thanks for sharing!

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    Chica Andaluza — January 17, 2012 @ 12:35 pm

    And I never would have thought of bbq suace – looks wonderful!

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    Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide — January 17, 2012 @ 12:49 pm

    I am out of BBQ sauce! This is a great reminder that I need to make some. It looks just wonderful and we never remember to put BBQ on ours. Love the pairing with the blue cheese.

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    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — January 17, 2012 @ 1:31 pm

    I would also be happy eating pizza every day… especially this version. Love the combination of flavors!

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    Rach @ This Italian Family — January 17, 2012 @ 2:00 pm

    Ooh looks yummy!

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    hotlyspiced — January 17, 2012 @ 2:03 pm

    I found your blog through Smidge. What a great pizza. I just love pizza with blue cheese – such an indulgence.

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    Sara — January 17, 2012 @ 2:10 pm

    Mmmm… BBQ chicken pizza is one of my favorite kinds. A local place here in OH makes a white pizza with broccoli, spinach, tomatoes, & ricotta cheese; it is my absolute favorite!

    You should definitely give Monical’s Pizza a try! They have a tasty BBQ chicken pizza, and they’re French salad dressing is delicious. That’s my favorite place to eat when we come home to visit our families.

    • Sara replied: — January 17th, 2012 @ 2:11 pm

      and by “they’re” I mean “their”… I think my grammar gets worse with age!

    • Christina replied: — January 19th, 2012 @ 6:44 pm

      I have tried Monical’s once and it was really good. We ordered a boring pepperoni pizza though. Sounds like I need to go back and try their bbq chicken pizza! :)

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    Linda Ghostwriter — January 17, 2012 @ 2:57 pm

    ‘Will try! Love Sweet Baby Rays, and bar b que chicken; so, on pizza… why not! Oh, and you gotta love blue cheese! Thanks for this crazy combo!!!

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    Caroline — January 17, 2012 @ 3:36 pm

    I could probably eat pizza every day as well…especially if it looks like this! Now if only I liked bleu cheese–argh! Guess I’ll just have to substitute Fontina. Glad to hear the pizza man hasn’t made an appearance yet. ;)

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    Just A Smidgen — January 17, 2012 @ 4:28 pm

    Oh, dear, I may have to stop visiting your blog… I want to make everything that you’ve made:) and then my little blog would be bare! Lol, just kidding! I love this for a quick weeknight pizza… actually for any night.. barbecue sauce, so rich and flavorful for a pizza!

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    The Teenage Taste — January 17, 2012 @ 6:56 pm

    Now this is my kind of pizza! I love Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ sauce – seriously one of the best bottled BBQ sauces on the market! :-D

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    Tricia Adams — January 17, 2012 @ 8:44 pm

    I do BBQ pizza a lot but have never tired it with blue cheese – I’m definitely giving it a try next time!

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    Michael Ann — January 17, 2012 @ 11:44 pm

    This looks amazingly delicious. LOVE chicken and blue cheese. Great idea with the BBQ sauce. We saw on “Biggest Loser” the other night, where they used a whole wheat flour tortilla (one of the artisan kind) as a pizza crust. My 12 year old son is very into nutrition and fitness, and we both though that was a neat idea, so we tried it and it was great! Just an idea. Thanks for this recipe!

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    ChgoJohn — January 18, 2012 @ 12:15 am

    This is definitely making an appearance at my dinner table one night – and soon. I’ve been itching to make a pizza at home and this just put me over the edge. Thanks for the recipe and the nudge!

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    Tandy — January 18, 2012 @ 2:46 am

    I love pizza anytime! Especially cold left over’s for breakfast :)

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    veghotpot — January 18, 2012 @ 8:34 am

    BBQ sauce on pizzas is the best!! (although one time I did have a hoisin sauce and duck pizza which was amazing! definitly one to try) xx

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    Judy — January 18, 2012 @ 10:08 am

    I’m with ya, I could eat pizza every single day. Really. I am working on a sprouted wheat crust so I can have it more often than we do right now. Your flavor combo here sounds really good, I like that you added the fresh tomatoes and peppers. Thanks for the inspiration!

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    Julie at Burnt Carrots — January 18, 2012 @ 3:43 pm

    I’m totally with you on the blue cheese. When we were in Brazil last year, they had a “blue cheese pizza”. Every bite was covered with blue cheese – so delicious! I forced my husband to order it 5 times (we were there for a week). This pizza looks awesome!

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    Mercedes — January 19, 2012 @ 9:48 am

    Yum, this looks delicious! BBQ chicken pizza is one of my favorite things that my husband makes and your version looks just as amazing!

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    ladybroomis — January 23, 2012 @ 6:54 pm

    Reblogged this on ladybroomis and commented:
    I do this with pizza all the time. The BBQ sauce I find adds more flavor than just using tomato sauce-it also replicates my favorite pizza the BBQ chicken by CPK :-)

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    Jenn Wiley — February 2, 2012 @ 2:33 pm

    This is similair to a recipe i make… but we do it individual pizza style and the entire pizza is 350 calories! Use a heart healthy tortilla instead of crust. So tasty! Never tried with blue cheese, so i now have a craving to run home and make this!

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