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Sliced BBQ Chicken Pizza recipe with coleslaw and cilantro on top. It has homemade pizza crust, tangy and creamy BBQ sauce, hearty shredded chicken, cheddar cheese and coleslaw on top!   

BBQ Chicken Pizza Recipe

THIS is the recipe that will blow your socks off!  This is my BBQ Chicken Pizza Recipe!  It has a homemade soft and pillowy pizza dough that gets perfectly crisp on the bottom.  It's topped with a tangy and creamy sauce BBQ sauce and then hearty shredded BBQ chicken.  Then cheddar cheese melts over top for a nutty and chewy texture.  The final topping?  Wait for it... COLESLAW on top!   #BBQchickenpizza #chickenpizza #homemadepizza #familydinnerideas #bbqchicken

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword BBQ, BBQ chicken, chicken, homemade pizza
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings 2 Large Pizzas
Calories 603 kcal
Author Carrie Tyler


Pizza Dough

  • 1 tbsp Active Dry Yeast (1 packet)
  • 2 tbsp Sugar
  • 2 1/2 cups Warm Water
  • 6 cups Flour
  • 2 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil (plus a little to coat the bowl)

BBQ Chicken

  • 1 lb Chicken Breast, boneless and skinless
  • 2 tsp Salt (for water to cook chicken)
  • 1/2 tsp Black Pepper (for water to cook chicken)
  • 1/2 cup BBQ Sauce

Sauce and Toppings

  • 1 cup BBQ Sauce
  • 1/2 cup Sour Cream
  • 2 cups Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • 1 cup Fresh Cilantro leaves

Coleslaw (optional)

  • 10 oz Coleslaw Mix (1 package)
  • 1/2 cup Mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp Yellow Mustard
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Pepper


Prep Ahead - Make the Pizza Dough

  1. Mix the active dry yeast and sugar in a large bowl. Add the warm water and stir to dissolve the yeast and sugar. Add 2 tbsp Olive Oil, the flour, and salt and mix to combine and form a ball.

    homemade pizza dough being mixed in a bowl for a BBQ Chicken Pizza Recipe
  2. Transfer the dough to a floured surface and knead for 5 minutes until smooth and elastic. Then transfer to a large bowl coated with olive oil. Let sit for 30 minutes until doubled in size.

    Homemade pizza dough in a clear bowl covered with plastic wrap and hand on side for a BBQ Chicken Pizza Recipe
  3. When the dough has doubled in size, punch it down to release the air bubbles. For a thicker crust, cut the dough in half. For a thin crust, split the dough into thirds for 3 large pizzas.

    Hand punching down a homemade pizza dough in a bowl that had risen for a BBQ Chicken Pizza Recipe

Prep Ahead - Cook Chicken

  1. Bring a pot of water (about 3 cups) to a boil with 2 tsp salt and 1 tsp pepper. While water is warming, cut the chicken into 2-inch pieces so equal in size. They will be shredded, so don't worry, this just helps it to cook faster. Add the chicken gently to the boiling water and then cook for 10 minutes or until cooked through (internal temp is 165F).

    Cut raw chicken on a plate for a BBQ Chicken Pizza Recipe
  2. Remove the chicken to a plate to cool enough to handle and shred. Save 1/2 cup of the cooking broth. When cool enough, shred the chicken with your fingers.

    Hand shredding cooked chicken on a plate on counter for a BBQ Chicken Pizza Recipe
  3. Add the shredded chicken back to the pot with 1/2 cup of the reserved cooking broth and 1/2 cup of the BBQ sauce. Stir and simmer for 5 minutes.

    Shredded BBQ chicken in pot for a BBQ Chicken Pizza Recipe

Prep Ahead - Sauce and Coleslaw

  1. Make the sauce for the pizza by mixing 1 cup of your favorite BBQ sauce with 1/2 cup of sour cream. Store in the fridge for adding to the pizza crust.

    BBQ sauce mixed with sour cream in a bowl with a spoon on counter for a BBQ Chicken Pizza Recipe
  2. Mix the coleslaw mix with the mayonnaise and mustard. Season with salt and pepper. Store in the fridge until ready to serve, it gets better if it sits for an hour or overnight!

Assemble and Cook Your Pizza

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 F degrees.

  2. When you are ready to make the pizza, roll out the dough to the size and shape of your pan. You can stretch the dough out slowly in the air by turning it around with your fist and fingers. Or you can roll it out on a floured surface.

    Uncooked homemade pizza dough rolled and placed in a sheet pan for a BBQ Chicken Pizza Recipe
  3. For a crispier crust, par-bake it for 10 minutes.

  4. Spoon the sauce onto the crust and spread it around. Add the Chicken on top of the sauce. Then sprinkle a layer of cheese. Finally, sprinkle cilantro leaves (optional).

    BBQ Chicken Pizza Recipe assembled on sheet pan with homemade pizza crust, creamy BBQ sauce, shredded bbq chicken, cheddar cheese, and cilantro.
  5. Bake the pizza in the oven for 15 minutes until the crust is golden brown and the cheese is completely melted.

    Whole BBQ Chicken Pizza in a rectangle sheet pan with homemade pizza crust, tangy and creamy BBQ sauce, hearty shredded chicken, cheddar cheese and coleslaw on top!   

Recipe Notes

Note, if you split the dough in half, you will get 2 large pizzas with a relatively thick crust.  Not deep dish, but not super thin.  If you prefer really thin, split the dough into thirds.