Love chicken pizza but don’t know how to make it? Follow these seven steps for a delicious grilled bbq chicken pizza made at home. Read more to find out.
Who can say no to a delectable slice of smokey BBQ chicken pizza? This savory dish is a favorite for many around the world. It’s not just tasty but tummy-filling too.
Pizzas can be both baked or grilled, but there’s nothing like a crispy, chewy, grilled pizza. It’s sheer perfection if you know the proper art of grilling.
Just follow the seven steps we mentioned below, and you can become a pizza chef in no time!
Before we get to the process, you must be wondering why grilled pizza? Why not baked? Well, you can use a conventional indoor oven, too, if you must. But honestly, it won’t give you the breathtaking smoky effect you’d want in a pizza.
Grill top pizza ovens are a great alternative to wood-fired ovens. Plus, the heat remains outside, so no mess in the house. So, you can try it out too.
Let’s jump into the process now.
Step 1: The Perfect Sticky Pizza Dough
Take 1 1/2 cups (355 ml) warm water in a large bowl of a stand mixer. Sprinkle over 2 1/4 teaspoons) of active dry yeast and let it sit for 5 minutes until dissolved.
Next, you’ll add the other dry ingredients: 3 3/4 cups (490 g) bread flour, two teaspoons salt, and one teaspoon sugar into the mixture. Lastly, add two tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, and it’s ready to knead.
With a mixing paddle, mix the whole thing on low speed for a minute and then replace the paddle.
Using a hook paddle, mix again to create the dough. If you’re using a mixer, this will take 7-10 minutes to knead the dough on medium speed. The consistency of the dough should be a little sticky but not too much.
Cover the dough with plastic wrap. Pick a warm place in the kitchen to keep the dough for about an hour and a half.
Thanks to the yeast, the dough will start to rise. This amount of dough can give you two large 12-inch pizzas without a doubt.
Step 2: Preparing the Grill
Use high heat directly to prepare the grill. Don’t forget to use some olive oil or cooking oil to grease the grill grates.
Remember, a gas grill spreads the heat better than charcoal grills. If you’re using the charcoal ones, the heat should be indirect and medium-high.
Upgrading the old one to a quality gas grill won’t be a bad idea if you love a perfect pizza crust. For a gas grill, you can turn off one or two burners if required.
Step 3: Don’t be Shy to Experiment with the Toppings
Pizza toppings are always customizable. So, it always depends on your taste and preference. While the dough rises, you can utilize the time to prepare the toppings. Since we’re making BBQ chicken pizza, chicken is a mandatory ingredient.
You can shred or slice one boneless cooked chicken breast into pieces. Next, mix the shredded chicken with some bbq sauce in a bowl. 2 tablespoons or up to a maximum of 1/3 cup of BBQ sauce will give you the desired taste.
Moving on, add the other toppings like red onions, fresh cilantro, some mushrooms, maybe some capsicum but most importantly, shredded mozzarella to achieve that classic pizza flavor.
Some pro tips, Do not overload the pizza with toppings. The dough won’t be crispy that way. Also, if you like a little tangy tomato flavor, mix the bbq sauce with 2 tbsp tomato purée and a little water.
Step 4: Shaping the Dough Like a Pro!
First, prepare a clean surface and sprinkle some flour over it. Flatten the pizza dough on it and shape it with your hands. Using your fingers, stretch out the dough and let it hang in while you hold it up for a while.
Then put the dough back again on the surface. Once again, using your fingers, stretch it out, and leave for five minutes. Push out the edges and repeat the process a couple of times until it’s round and 12 inches in shape.
Don’t raise the edges too much as might cause you trouble while grilling.
Step 5: Grilling the Pizza Crust
Use some flour to dust a cookie sheet and then place the dough on top. Next, use it to slide off the dough on the heated grill grate surface. Close the lid. Cook or grill the dough for 2 minutes initially.
Check afterward to see if the sides on the grill are starting to go brown. If not, keep for another minute, and rotate the dough a little.
Once you see air bubbles forming, carefully flip the dough and try not to get burnt. Turn off the grill but keep the dough covered for a while so that the internal heat cooks the other side.
Step 6: Time to Add the Toppings
When both sides are cooked moderately, pull out the dough and start adding the toppings one by one. Start with brushing a little olive oil, then spread the sauce that you prepared before.
Next, add the meat sauce you prepared, the vegetables, the red onions you sliced one after another. Finally, it’s time to cover it with the heart of a pizza-shredded mozzarella.
Step 7: Grill One Last Time
Once you are done with toppings, brush the sides with some egg yolks and put it back into the grill. Close the lid, then cook it for two more minutes. Check if the cheese is bubbling. If it is, then you’re bbq pizza is almost ready.
Pull off the grates, place the pizza on a plane surface, and rest for a while. Once it has cooled off a little, cut the pizza into slices, and voila! Your BBQ chicken pizza is ready to be served.
Sit back and enjoy the crispy awesomeness with friends or family.
So now you have the bbq tips, wake up your inner chef, and rush to the supermarket. Buy the ingredients and try it out.
The best part is you can even store half the pizza dough in the refrigerator to make pizza another day. All you need is to make arrangements for the toppings. Crowd-pleaser and convenient, two in one!