Shredded BBQ Chicken Pizza

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Cooking pizza on a BBQ is a revelation and what better place to start than a sweet and smokey BBQ Chicken Pizza loaded with all the goodies.

This BBQ chicken pizza is close as I can get to a proper “old skool” pizza cooked in a pizza oven, the BBQ packs much more heat than you can achieve with a domestic oven and that smokey flavour adds something that can not be replicated. You do need a little help though with something like a pizza stone or steel, those of you with a good memory may remember I did a test on a new bit of kit I was sent to test a while ago and worked on my Margherita pizza. Go take a look I was kinda gushing but I loved my Pizza Steel and this BBQ chicken pizza is a perfect example as to why it works for me. I am sure that other options are available however I have not used them so can’t offer any thoughts on brands.

For many food bloggers this recipe would probably be broken down into two or three recipes, but if there is one thing I hate about online recipes and that is having to visit multiple pages or even sites to cook dinner. So staying true to keeping my site about the way I cook here it is from start to finish, I have left the overall timing blank, because it is a two day recipe with 10-15 minutes required here or there but it is all pretty simple and it is awesome. I am sure there are some that will be shocked, nay angered at my use of shop bought BBQ sauce on this shredded BBQ chicken pizza, well tough, if you wanna make your own fill your boots, I even have 2-3 knocking around here on my site in different recipes.

This recipe for me is an ode to a local pizza restaurant, pizza is pretty much the only food you can get in a restaurant in these parts that are not traditionally Hungarian (I don’t class burger or gyros joints as restaurants). We don’t have them that often but my favourite place does a pizza called the Kentucky and it is largely this, BBQ sauce, Cucumber, Chicken and Gouda Cheese and I LOVE it… Not just a little but, so much that I have not ordered any other variety of pizza there since I first tried this, I always swap a slice with my wife to try something and none has come close to the warm and fuzzy feeling this gives me. The flavours are simple and I just cannot get enough of them.

Cooking pizza on a BBQ is a revelation and what better place to start than a sweet and smokey BBQ Chicken Pizza loaded with all the goodies.

Shredded BBQ Chicken Pizza

Cooking pizza on a BBQ is a revelation and what better place to start than a sweet and smokey BBQ Chicken Pizza loaded with all the goodies.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 2
Author Brian Jones


For the Pizza Dough:

  • 300 g Plain Flour. Plus extra for dusting.
  • 75 g Semolina Flour.
  • 1/2 Tsp Salt.
  • 1/2 Tbsp Sugar.
  • 7 g Fast Acting Yeast. 1 Sachet.
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp Olive Oil.
  • 225 ml Water.

For the Chicken:

  • 2 Chicken Thighs Bone in, skin removed.
  • 1 Tsp Sweet Paprika.
  • 1/2 Tsp Spicy Paprika.
  • 1/2 Tsp Garlic Powder.
  • 1/2 Tsp Dried Oregano.
  • 1/2 Tsp Dried Thyme.
  • 1/2 Tsp Coarse Sea Salt.
  • 1/2 Tsp Black Pepper. Coarsely ground.

For the Pizza.

  • 100 ml BBQ Sauce. Use your favourite shop bought brand, if it it too thick let it down with a little water.
  • 200 Gouda Cheese.
  • Tomato: Thinly sliced.
  • Cucumber: Thinly sliced.
  • Red Onion: Thinly sliced.
  • Parmesan Cheese.
  • Black Pepper: Coarsely ground.


Pizza Dough:

  1. The day before you are going to make the pizza mix together the dry ingredients for the dough and then make a well in the centre.

  2. Now add in the olive oil and the water a little at a time, I like to use the back of a regular table knife to bring the dough together.

  3. Once all or nearly all of the water has been taken in and you have a dough forming, lightly flour your work surface and knead the dough for 10 minutes until nice and elastic.

  4. The set aside in an oiled bowl for 24 hours under a damp cloth.

Shredded Chicken:

  1. Begin by firing up the BBQ and dropping your pizza steel or stone.

  2. Take your chicken and make a couple of deep cuts in the flesh and rub in the herbs and spices.

  3. Place on the indirect heat of the BBQ with the lid down and cook for 40-45 minutes as the pizza steel comes to temperature.

  4. When cooked the internal temperature should read at least 73°C.

  5. Remove and when cool enough to handle shred with a couple of forks.

  6. As with all pizzas the key now is heat, you want temperatures as hot as you can get 300°C as a minimum and a steel that has been sat in that heat for at least 45 minutes.

Building the Pizza:

  1. Lightly dust your work surface and turn out the pizza dough. It should have a light crust on it, don't this adds a load of flavour.

  2. Knock back the dough and knead for 5-10 minutes.

  3. Cut the dough in to two pieces and form in to two 30-35cm pizza bases and place on baking parchment.

  4. Cover with a kitchen cloth for 5 minutes whilst you clean up and gather the remaining ingredients.

  5. Now build, my running order goes, BBQ Sauce, Chicken, Cheese, Tomato, cucumber, red onion, more cheese, parmesan, more chicken and lots of cracked black pepper. But hey it's a BBQ get folk to do what they want.

  6. Slide on to the fiercely hot pizza stone or steel and cook for 5-6 minutes. 

Recipe Notes

Feel free to use some pre-cooked chicken if you like, however the thighs cook in the same time it takes to warm the pizza steel.

Cooking pizza on a BBQ is a revelation and what better place to start than a sweet and smokey BBQ Chicken Pizza loaded with all the goodies.
Cooking pizza on a BBQ is a revelation and what better place to start than a sweet and smokey BBQ Chicken Pizza loaded with all the goodies.


  1. Bintu - Recipes From A Pantry July 7, 2017 at 6:41 am - Reply

    That barbeque chicken looks really tasty. I bet it is fantastic on a pizza. A recipe the whole family will love

  2. Dannii July 7, 2017 at 8:28 am - Reply

    That sounds like my kind of pizza. I love how much paprika the chicken has on it. Yum!

    • Brian Jones July 8, 2017 at 3:11 pm - Reply

      Hehe, most Hungarians will say that is the bare minimum acceptable amount of paprika 😉

  3. Deanna July 7, 2017 at 10:43 am - Reply

    I love a good pizza and this looks AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Tara July 7, 2017 at 12:21 pm - Reply

    Yum! This pizza looks incredible. Love all that color and those spices. I bet it would be a favorite for my husband.

  5. Emily July 7, 2017 at 12:49 pm - Reply

    Oh now this is a pizza topping I haven’t tried, I don’t normally think to put chicken on pizza but YUM, this sounds so delicious!

    • Brian Jones July 8, 2017 at 3:12 pm - Reply

      It’s a pretty unusual combination for me too, until I stumbled on it in a local restaurant 🙂

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