BBQ Chicken Pizza

AJ and I are obsessed with anything that has barbeque sauce on it, which is tough, since there are zero barbeque restaurants in our area. So we have to make it ourselves.
I’ve always been a fan of barbeque pizza, and I’m not sure why. Every barbeque pizza I’ve had used really awful quality chicken, and don’t get me started on how crappy the barbeque sauce is. I mean I get it, pizza chains don’t exactly specialize in BBQ pizzas.
So that’s why I had to take matters into my own hands. I made my own BBQ chicken pizza and it was amazing! I think I could eat this every day and not get sick of it. 
There are a few reasons why this turned out so great. 
First, the chicken was slow-cooked all day long, I used an adaptation of my favorite pulled pork recipe. The chicken breast was cooked alongside onions and a toe of garlic, in a bath of Diet Coke (helps carmelize the seasonings and gives it a great flavor), seasonings, and BBQ sauce. By leaving the chicken breast cooking all day you’ll get very tender chicken that pulls apart very easily with a fork. 
You have to love any recipe that makes the slow cooker do most of the work!
Reason two why this beats any pizza chains BBQ pizza. The sauce. Sweet Baby Ray’s is probably the best sauce you can find in a grocery store. 
BBQ Chicken Pizza
2 Chicken Breasts
6 ounces of Diet Cola
1-2 toes of minced garlic
1/2 cup diced onion
1 Tablespoon Cajun Seasoning
1/2 Tablespoon Seasoning Salt
1/2 + 3/4 cup your favorite Barbeque sauce
1 pizza crust
2 cups mozzarella cheese
(optional) 1/2 cup Colby Jack Cheese

1. Place chicken breasts, onion, and garlic in a slow cooker, pour Diet Cola on top of chicken. 

2. Add Cajun seasoning and seasoning salt on top of chicken, then pour 1/2 cup of the barbeque sauce. 

3. Let cook on low for 6-8 hours. 

4. Remove chicken and onion from the crock pot with a slotted spoon, draining excess sauce (which will be very watery at this point.

5. Roll out pizza dough on cookie sheet or pizza stone, you might have to pre-bake the dough depending on the kind you’re using.

6. Spread the remaining barbeque sauce on the pizza dough.

7. Sprinkle cheese evenly on pizza dough, top with shredded chicken and onion.

8. Cook according to your pizza dough directions (mine needed to pre-bake for 8 minutes and bake with the toppings for 12 minutes at 425*.)

9. Enjoy your pizza, and make a resolution to never buy mediocre bbq chicken pizza again!
Next time I’m going to add pineapple to see how that tastes, I’m sure that’ll make this already great pizza even better.
If you’re serving a crowd, you might want to pair this with my Wisconsin (garlic) Cheesy Bread
Written by, Brittany, the geek behind the blog. I share lots of recipes, my thoughts on the latest tech gadgets, my favorite geeky games, and snippets of life as a Work-at-home mom.
  • Maria Long

    pinning this yummy

    • Brittany B

      Thank you!

  • arg

    MMMM! Yum! Sounds SO good!

    • Brittany B


  • Mrs. Stephens

    Now I want BBQ chicken pizza. LOL it’ looks great.

    • Brittany B

      Me too! I need to make this again soon! Thanks!

  • dusty katt

    I’ve never tried the diet coke before. Usually use ginger-ale.

    • Brittany B

      I’ve never thought to use ginger ale, I’ll have to keep that in mind!

  • lisa

    I’ve never tried bbq chicken pizza. I’m so burnt out on pizza in general. My husband makes it from scratch sauce and all once a week. I’ll pass this on to him. Thanks.

  • krystel warden

    yummy yum yum

  • Veronica Lee

    Mmmmmm! Looks sooooooo scrummy!

  • Anonymous

    shawna scott – wow this looks great, my husband would just die if i made this!

  • Neri

    My old housemate used to be obsessed with Chicken BBQ sauce pizza. I had never even heard of such amazing things before she moved in with us! I’ve found that whenever I make one that I either overload the base or the tray I am using isn’t appropriate, because they always go soggy in the middle. Using slivers of chicken instead of giant chunks may help solve that problem! Thanks for sharing this great recipe :)

    • Brittany B

      Maybe you need to cook the pizza a little longer? When I first took it out of the oven the middle wasn’t completely done baking, but after putting it in for a few more minutes it was perfect!

  • Dicran

    omg yummy, i love pizza in all of their varations, chiken one looks good :), im gonna try it

  • Cami Valenzuela

    This sounds yummy I think my son would love this

  • Laura

    Looks wonderful and I may add a little bacon to it as well. I’ve had it at restaurants before and it is usually a little lackluster mostly I find the bbq sauce unappealing. Thanks for posting.

    • Brittany B

      I think bacon would be a wonderful addition to this recipe.

  • gigi borden

    This looks amazing, my husband would love this, he loves BBQ!! So do I! Thanks for sharing this!

  • Anonymous

    Wow this looks so good! My husband will only eat spicy pizza though…weird I know, so I would probably add crushed red pepper. -Taylor Shannon

  • Karen Chayne Sanchez

    WOW! this barbeque chicken pizza looks yummy and delicious! I never tasted a bbq chicken pizza before. I would love to try this one. :)

    • Brittany B

      You should definitely try it!

  • Carol Foltz

    That looks delicious and I’m not just saying it because I didn’t have time for a supper break at work! I like BBQ chicken pizza, but I don’t think my kids would try it. That’s okay – more for me. ;-)

    • Brittany B

      Sharing is so overrated! BBQ pizza was something I would eat as a teenager on nights I had the house to myself since my mom hated anything with barbeque sauce. I’m sure leftovers would be good too, I wouldn’t know though..we devour this pizza! haha