August 31, 2011

BBQ Chicken Pizza

Since I have already confessed to you that not every meal I make is as gourmet as Red Wine Risotto with Basil or as exotic as Vietnamese Baguettes, I will share with you some of our good ol' stand-bys.
The first in line: BBQ Chicken Pizza. It goes under the category of so-simple-a-mom-with-a-crazy-schedule-could-do-it. But it is also so good that we sometimes serve it when guests come over.

BBQ Chicken Pizza
serves four adults
- 1 1/2 lb whole wheat pizza dough
- 3/4 cup barbecue sauce
- about 4 cups shredded cheese (we like mozzarella and cheddar blend)
- 1 pre-cooked shredded chicken breast
- 3 slices turkey bacon, cooked 'til crispy, then crumbled
- 1 chopped bell pepper
- 1/2 cup chopped red onion
- cilantro and/or green onions for serving
Roll out dough to desired thickness, spread with sauce, cheese, and toppings. Bake at 400 degrees for about 20 minutes, although check after 15 minutes (I don't trust our oven). Top with cilantro, green onion, or both. Enjoy.

I would like to state for the record that my husband had no part in creating the pizza pictured here. I am saying this because he is a pizza perfectionist (he held a job a Papa Murphys take-and-bake all through high school) and, as you can clearly see, the pizza in these pictures is far from perfect (awkward crust shape, uneven topping distribution... it's just pitiful). Luckily for all parties involved, the taste is unaffected by the appearance.

For the little ones at your dinner table, you can use part of the dough to create their own personal pizza and top it with chicken, cheese, and as many veggies as you can hide under the cheese. I chopped some bell pepper really finely and pressed it into the dough of James' pizza.

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