Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Barbecue Chicken Pizza

Remember back in June when we made Slow Cooker Barbecue Chicken? That was delicious, wasn't it?

The day we made it, the husband and I ate Barbecue Chicken with Simple Cheese Grits. The next day we shredded the chicken and made barbecue chicken sandwiches. Both were delicious, but we still had leftovers. So I popped it into the freezer until later.

Later being last weekend.

Just so you know, the Slow Cooker Barbecue Chicken froze wonderfully. I thawed it in the microwave and shredded it with two forks. Then it was time to make Barbecue Chicken Pizza. And, oh man, was it good.

Barbecue Chicken Pizza
Serves: 4

1 pound pizza dough
1/4 cup barbecue sauce
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
2 cups leftover Slow Cooker Barbecue Chicken, shredded or cut into cubes*
1/4 cup chopped cilantro**

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place a pizza stone or baking sheet in the oven to preheat as well. Preheating the pizza stone or baking sheet helps to ensure the bottom crust of the pizza is nice and crispy.

While the oven preheats make sure all of your ingredients are prepped and ready to go. Once you start making the pizza on the hot baking sheet, you want to move quickly.

Carefully remove your hot baking sheet from the preheated oven. Use a rolling pin to roll the dough to fit the shape of your pan. If you're like me and rolling pins terrify you, don't be deterred! Simply use your hands to gently stretch the dough to the shape of your pan. It doesn't need to be perfect. Place the dough onto the hot pan. (You'll notice that the dough starts to cook right away. This is why it's important to have everything ready to go.)

Spread the barbecue sauce over the dough, leaving about a 1" border around the edges. Sprinkle with cheese and then leftover Slow Cooker Barbecue Chicken.

Bake for 16-22 minutes, until cheese is melted and the crust is golden brown. Top with cilantro and serve.

*Don't have leftover Slow Cooker Barbecue Chicken? No problem. Snag a rotisserie chicken from the grocery store on your way home from work. Then shred it or cut it into small cubes and stir in a bit of barbecue sauce. There you go!

**You may notice that the cilantro is missing in my photo. That's because I thought I had some at home, but, alas, I did not. And I was too dang lazy to back to the store to buy any. That's true life.

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