BBQ Chicken Pizza

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on June 16, 2009

So I was NOT thinking clearly about the new dairy allergy when I wrote up my meal plan for the week and included pizza!  Hello, CHEESE!  So this pizza is cheeseless!  I thought it tasted fine without the cheese, as the BBQ and red onions gave it a rich flavor.  (But still, there’s just something odd about a cheeseless pizza!)

I’m on this “lets see how few dishes I can use,” so I’ve started marinating meats in the dish I plan to cook them in (except when grilling of course!)

Let’s get to the recipe!

2 chicken breasts ($1.66)
1 cup BBQ sauce (free) Used $1 Kraft coupon when on sale for $.98 :)
Homemade Pizza Crust ($.80)
1/2 large red onion ($.29)
2 crushed garlic cloves ($.10)
1/2 – 1 cup BBQ sauce (free)
Lettuce from the garden (free from the garden)
1 Roma tomato ($.35) Also on sale this week!
1/2 cucumber ($.25) On sale for $.50 each this week!
2 small sweet potatoes ($.99) for the boys, as they are not big salad eaters!

1. Dice chicken breasts and pour 1 cup of BBQ sauce over the pieces. Marinate in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. Saute chicken pieces in skillet over medium high heat for 8-10 minutes, or until chicken has cooked through.
2. Prepare homemade pizza dough in the bread machine. Recipe/Directions here.
3. Meanwhile, saute chopped red onions and garlic in 1 tsp olive oil for 4-5 minutes, or until onions become more opaque.

3. Roll pizza crust onto pizza pan or baking stone. Top with 1/2 – 1 cup of BBQ sauce and spread around with spoon.

4. Top with cooked diced chicken and sauted red onions. (Top with 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese!)
5. Dice tomato and cucumber. Toss with lettuce and salad dressing.
6. Slit or vent sweet potatoees. Bake sweet potatoes at 350 for 1 hour in glass baking dish with 1 cup of water, or microwave for 7-10 minutes. Microwave cooking time will vary depending on thickness of each sweet potato.
7. Serve Homemade BBQ Chicken Pizza with Garden Salad and Sweet Potatoes.
Cost $4.44

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Mary @ Giving Up on Perfect June 16, 2009 at 8:01 pm

Mmmm…I love chicken pizza! I put red onion and mushrooms on mine…but I add cheese, too. :)


Kat June 16, 2009 at 8:19 pm

OMGosh this looks great. I just had a buffalo chicken salad for lunch today and I was thinking how good it was and that I need to figure out how to get this into a dinner ….. bet I could make it this way!

Thanks for the inspiration


Rebecca June 16, 2009 at 8:26 pm

I make BBQ chicken pizza as well! I generally mix a couple of tablespoons of BBQ sauce with pizza sauce-really yummy. Then for toppings I cooked chicken and bacon tossed in BBQ sauce, sauteed red onion and green pepper, and pinapple (don’t knock it till you try it!). After topping with mozzerella, I drizzle additional BBQ sauce over the top for some extra flavor. It is the best!


Katie June 16, 2009 at 9:03 pm

I also have a dairy allergic kiddo and we have a Sunday night tradition of pizza night. We make 2 pizzas–one for hubby and I with the ‘real’ cheese and 1 for the girls with Tofutti “cheese”. It is not cheap, but I buy it by the case and the girls LOVE it. In fact, my non-dairy allergic girls prefer that to regular cheese pizza! Just a thought for you!

Your pizza looks VERY yummy! :)


Jamie June 16, 2009 at 9:07 pm

This looks great! This is my favorite flavor from California Pizza Kitchen, so I would love to make my own. One of these days, I’m going to tackle homemade pizza! Thanks for the post and recipe.


Erin June 16, 2009 at 9:39 pm

I don’t eat cheese so I always have cheeseless pizza and I love it! I may have to try this! Looks yummy!


Kaylee June 16, 2009 at 9:45 pm

I am with you on not dirtying dishes! No dishwasher at this house, unless you count me! I usually marinate meat in zip top baggies (learned this trick from Rachael Ray!). I can put the meat in, the marinade, it covers all the meat, and no dirty dish!!


Miriam June 17, 2009 at 6:58 am

We have a pizza place here that is “the” place to get pizza, and they have a bbq chicken pizza. It is good! Thanks for sharing your recipe, now I want to try it :)


Hope :) June 17, 2009 at 8:38 am

This sounds great! I’ll be adding it to my menu in the next couple of weeks. Thanks for the idea!


Pamela June 17, 2009 at 9:29 am

looks awesome I have to try this one thanks


Brenda June 17, 2009 at 9:40 am

I’ve been visiting your site since I found it a couple of months ago & love your creativity in frugal cooking. I wanted to leave a couple of ideas for you as you eliminate dairy from your cooking. When I nursed my sons (ages 6 & 2), they had allergy issues with dairy, so I eliminated it completely from my diet for 5-6 months. Over time they have been able to tolerate it better so it’s not a problem now, but I remember what a challenge it was at that time. I also hosted a small group Bible study at my home for a time & one friend from that group had allergies to milk, chocolate, nuts & MSG. We tried to have things for our snacks we knew she would enjoy also. All of that said, a few of the favorite desserts (because I’m a dessert girl!) I enjoyed were rice krispie treats (peanut butter in these is also good!), homemade angel food cake (a family favorite!), apple krisp or pie & some cakes. There are some cake mixes with no milk (to know for sure, look at the front of the cake mix, lower right corner & if there’s a “D” it DOES have Dairy in it) I believe Duncan Hines is the brand that’s dairy free. Something else my friend from Bible Study was able to eat is Cool Whip. (that surprised me!) If you are ever wanting to do a big splurge (not a $5 dinner), Papa John’s pizza also has no milk in their crust. I called around to many places & they were the only ones I found that had no dairy in the crust. (so you could do a cheeseless pizza there like your BBQ chicken pizza–it’s really delicious! I didn’t miss the cheese a bit!) Thanks for the great website. Can’t wait to check out your book!


Andrea @ Mommy June 17, 2009 at 10:58 am

I love BBQ Chicken pizza! I never really thought about making it without cheese, but it really is a substantial meal that cheese isn’t necessary. I’ll try that next time!


Damien @ June 17, 2009 at 9:44 pm

No cheese?!!! Yikes……..I would almost consider it sacrilege according to the pizza bible! Just kiddin’. Love the red onion idea. Interesting and looks simple enough. Give it a go later this week.


Cheri June 18, 2009 at 9:00 pm

Never posted her before, but I wanted to tell you that there’s a book called The Ultimate Uncheese Cookbook by Jo Stepaniak, with recipes for making your own cheese using ingredients such as nutritional yeast (hello, natural foods store). It’s cheaper but more time consuming than purchasing premade vegan cheese. Also, check out vegan cookbooks and blogs for dairy-free recipes. If you’re going GFCF, there are a lot of great websites out there from people who are also on a budget — but it can be an expensive diet. We were GFCF for 2 years for my daughter who has Asperger’s Syndrome, it did help a bit, but she was tired of standing out at lunchtime, so we returned gluten to her diet. I have tons of recipes if you want to email me.


Gina July 2, 2009 at 2:00 pm

we usually grill extra bbq chicken just so we will have leftovers to make bbq chicken pizza and any veggie we have on hand, especially mushrooms.


lisette July 16, 2009 at 6:56 pm

At what temperature do you bake the pizza at and for how long? Is it the same as other pizzas?


Erin July 16, 2009 at 7:14 pm

350 for 10-15 minutes…until dough cooks through and all cheese melts!


Lauren August 10, 2009 at 4:46 pm

I love your website. I’ve been planning menus for about a year now for my family of 3. I just stumbled upon this and love it! I’d like to know tho, where do you do your grocery shopping? Some of the prices that you list, i can’t seem to find. :(
I’d love to know!!
thank you!


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