Quick and Easy BBQ Chicken Flatbread Pizza

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This BBQ Chicken Flatbread Pizza is quick enough to make for lunch or a weeknight dinner. With barbecue sauce, chicken, cheese, and lots of ways to customize your flavors, the whole family will be excited for pizza night!

BBQ Chicken Flatbread Pizza

BBQ Chicken Flatbread for an Easy Dinner

This recipe for BBQ Chicken Flatbread Pizza combines everything I love about easy weeknight dinner recipes. It’s a great way to use leftover chicken and turn it into an entirely new meal. In the instructions, I’ve included directions on how to bake the chicken. However, if you start with leftover chicken you can have this on the table in under 15 minutes!

For the crust, you can also use naan bread dabbed with olive oil or a homemade pizza dough crust, the versatility is endless. I love that you can go all out and make each component from scratch or pick up premade ingredients from your local grocery store, making this dish as flexible as it is delicious. It truly is the ultimate solution for a stress-free dinner or a casual gathering, offering a harmony of tastes that cater to everyone’s liking. 

The recipe below is a basic recipe that is great for kids or picky eaters (we all have some in our family, right?). There are all kinds of things you can add to the pizza to up the flavor such as red onions, cilantro, different kinds of cheese, and even pineapple. Add extra toppings to half of the pizza or make one for the kids and another for the adults. See, it really is the perfect weeknight dinner! Let’s make it!

What you’ll love about BBQ Chicken Flatbread Pizza

  • BBQ chicken flatbread is a quick and versatile dish perfect for weeknights. 
  • Combines simple ingredients like chicken, barbecue sauce, and cheese on a crust of your choice. 
  • Offers flexibility in using store-bought or homemade components, catering to all preferences. 

Ingredients for BBQ Chicken Flatbread Pizza

  • Olive oil
  • Chicken breasts
  • Salt and pepper
  • Artisan flatbreads
  • Barbecue sauce
  • Shredded Colby Jack cheese
  • Oregano
  • Chicken: Opt for your favorite kind, whether it’s leftover chicken, BBQ chicken thighs, or boneless chicken breasts. Using rotisserie chicken is a great way to save time. 
  • Flatbread: Choose from naan bread, pita bread, homemade flatbread, or even store-bought crust for convenience. 
  • Barbecue Sauce: Whether you prefer homemade BBQ sauce or your favorite bbq sauce like Sweet Baby Ray’s, make sure it’s tangy and delicious. 
  • Cheese: Mozzarella cheese for that perfect melt, gouda cheese for a smoky flavor, or Monterey Jack for a bit of tang. 
  • Toppings: Customize with red onion, green onions, bell pepper, corn kernels, and even cherry tomatoes. Fresh cilantro and a sprinkle of red pepper flakes can add a fresh kick. 

Prepping the Chicken for BBQ Chicken Flatbread Pizza

If you’re starting with leftover chicken you can skip this part. You could also use chicken thighs or leftover Barbecue Chicken to make this pizza.

Here are the instructions for baking the chicken breasts if you don’t have any leftover chicken on hand.

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Drizzle about a teaspoon of olive oil on the baking pan or use a nonstick baking spray.
  3. Place the boneless chicken breasts on the baking sheet, drizzle with a teaspoon of olive oil, and sprinkle both sides with salt and black pepper. 
  4. Bake chicken breasts for about 30 minutes or until the internal temperature reads 165 degrees. For an extra layer of flavor, you can brush your favorite BBQ sauce on the chicken during the last 10 minutes of cooking. 
  5. Allow to cool and then use 2 forks to shred the chicken breasts.

Assembling Your Barbecue Chicken Flatbread Pizza

Once you’ve prepped your chicken to that perfect golden brown, whether it’s those juicy BBQ chicken thighs or that leftover rotisserie chicken cut into small pieces, the real fun begins—layering our BBQ chicken flatbread. 

  1. Start by laying your flatbread on a baking sheet. Be sure the flat side is down and the textured side is facing up. I prefer using naan bread or homemade flatbread for that deliciously crisp base. For an extra crunch, brush olive oil on the bottom of the crust. 
  2. Then, generously spread your favorite BBQ sauce—Sweet Baby Ray’s or a tangy homemade BBQ sauce works great—across the flatbread crust, creating the perfect sticky foundation. 
  3. Next, scatter your chopped chicken breast or shredded chicken all over, ensuring every bite will have that savory BBQ chicken flavor. 
  4. Follow it with a generous amount of shredded cheese (Colby Jack, mozzarella cheese, and if you’re feeling adventurous, a sprinkle of gouda cheese adds a smoky depth). 
  5. Add any additional toppings you like such as red onion, bell pepper, or a handful of corn kernels for a pop of sweetness. And for that final touch—a sprinkle of red pepper flakes and a drizzle of extra BBQ sauce for those who love a bit of heat and tanginess. 

Evenly distribute all the toppings to achieve that perfect bake where the cheese melts evenly, and each bite is a harmonious blend of flavors and textures. Get creative with your toppings but keep this balance in mind for the ultimate BBQ chicken flatbread experience. It’s a delightful way to shake up pizza night that the whole family will love!

BBQ Chicken Flatbread Pizza

Baking to Perfection

After assembling your masterpiece on a sturdy baking sheet, it’s time to transform those simple ingredients into a sizzling BBQ chicken flatbread. 

  1. Preheat your oven to 375°F, the perfect temperature for melding flavors while crisping the edges to that sought-after golden brown. 
  2. Bake directly on the oven racks or on a pizza baking stone for 7 minutes. For a crispier crust, you may want to cook it a little longer If you’re lucky enough to have a grill at your disposal, taking this culinary adventure outside can add a smoky nuance, making your homemade or store-bought crust taste like it’s straight from a wood-fired oven.
  3. Remember, each oven and grill has its own character, so keep a watchful eye to ensure the toppings are bubbly, not charred. 
  4. Remove from the oven and drizzle a little more barbecue sauce on top after cooking. Cut into squares. Enjoy!

​Experiment with Flavors and Share

There’s something truly satisfying about whipping up a homemade BBQ chicken flatbread. It’s the kind of meal that brings a smile to everyone’s face, not just because it’s delicious but because it’s so simple and fun to make. Play around with the toppings. Maybe throw some red onion or bell pepper into the mix, or swap out mozzarella for gouda cheese if you’re feeling adventurous. The flexibility of this meal makes it a perfect canvas for your culinary creativity. 

Creating your own BBQ Chicken Flatbread Pizza is fun to do with friends and family. Not only does it make for a great way to spend an evening but also spreads the joy of cooking. Remember, whether you opt for a tangy BBQ sauce from your local grocery store or decide to prepare your own with a mix of Sweet Baby Ray or some chili powder, you’re making more than just food – you’re making memories. BBQ chicken flatbread shines as a testament to the power of simple ingredients coming together in a delicious way, solidifying its status as a surefire crowd-pleaser for any occasion. 

Tips & Tricks

  • Use leftover chicken or rotisserie chicken to make this recipe in under 15 minutes.
  • For more flavor add additional toppings such as red onion, cilantro, mushrooms, cooked bacon, fresh mozzarella cheese, or pineapple.
  • Drizzle a little more barbecue sauce on top after cooking.
  • You can also make this flatbread pizza with leftover pulled pork!

BBQ Chicken Flatbread Pizza

Melisha Kreppein
With barbecue sauce, chicken, cheese and lots of ways to customize your flavors, the whole family will be excited for pizza night!
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 37 minutes
Course Chicken Recipes, Lunch, Main Course, Main Dish
Servings 4
Calories 711 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 chicken breasts
  • 2 artisan flatbreads
  • 1 cup barbecue sauce
  • 1.5 cups Colby Jack cheese shredded
  • ½ tsp salt & pepper each
  • 1 tsp oregano

Instructions
 

Cook the Chicken

  • If you’re starting with leftover chicken you can skip this part, but here are the instructions for baking the chicken breasts if you don’t have any leftover chicken on hand.
  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  • Drizzle about a teaspoon of olive oil on the baking pan or use a nonstick baking spray.
  • Place chicken breasts on the baking dish, drizzle with a teaspoon of olive oil, and sprinkle salt and pepper on both sides.
  • Bake chicken breasts about 30 minutes or until the internal temperature reads 165 degrees.
  • Allow to cool and then use 2 forks to shred the chicken breasts.

Assemble the Pizza

  • Spread your favorite barbecue sauce on each of the artisan flatbreads. Be sure the flat side is down and the textured side is facing up.
  • Cover each flatbread with a generous amount of shredded chicken.
  • Add a layer of shredded cheese on top of the chicken.
  • Optional: If you want to add additional toppings you can add them before or after the layer of cheese.
  • Bake directly on the oven racks or on a pizza baking stone for 7 minutes. For a crispier crust you may want to cook it a little longer.
  • Drizzle a little more barbecue sauce on top after cooking.
  • Remove from the oven and cup into squares. Enjoy!

Notes

  • Use leftover chicken or rotisserie chicken to make this recipe in under 15 minutes.
  • For more flavor add additional toppings such as red onion, cilantro, mushrooms, cooked bacon, fresh mozzarella cheese, or pineapple.
  • Drizzle a little more barbecue sauce on top after cooking.
  • You can also make this flatbread pizza with leftover pulled pork!

Nutrition

Calories: 711kcalCarbohydrates: 38.4gProtein: 56.8gFat: 36.2gSaturated Fat: 20.6gCholesterol: 165mgSodium: 3107mgPotassium: 97mgFiber: 0.9gSugar: 16.8gCalcium: 608mgIron: 1mg
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