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Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Grilled BBQ Chicken Pizza

I distinctly remember the first time I experienced BBQ chicken pizza at California Pizza Kitchen.  I had never had something so good in my life!  The combination of chicken and cheese on that buttery thin crust made me a lifetime patron of the chain restaurant!  Now whenever I get the urge for this treat, I can recreate it at home and save on all the calories.  This recipe easy to whip up on a weeknight and can easily be served alone or with a side salad.  Enjoy two slices for a 544 calorie meal!


1 large (10-12oz) boneless/skinless chicken breast
1 package Pillsbury thin crust pizza dough
1 cup Sweet Baby Rays Hickory and Brown Sugar BBQ Sauce (or sauce of your choice) - divided
1 cup low fat mozzarella cheese - divided
3/4 cup low fat cheddar cheese - divided
1 small red onion, sliced very thin
Kosher salt
Fresh ground black pepper
1/4 cup fresh chopped cilantro (optional)
Pam grilling cooking spray

Servings: 4 • Serving Size: 2 slices • Calories: 544 • Fat: 7.4 g • Carbs: 78 g • Fiber: 2 g • Protein 41.8 g • Sugar: 37.5 g

Heat your grill pan on medium-high heat and spray with Pam.  Butterfly your chicken breast and sprinkle generously on both sides with salt and pepper. Grill the chicken 5-6 minutes per side or until cooked through. 

Remove the chicken from the pan and slice into 1-inch cubes. 
Pour 1/2 cup of BBQ sauce in a small bowl and toss with the chicken, coating thoroughly. 

Spray your pizza pan with cooking spray and roll out the pizza dough to the edge of the pan.  Sprinkle 1/2 cup of cheddar cheese along the edges of the dough.  Next, spread the remaining BBQ sauce across the dough, up to the edge of the cheddar cheese crust.  Top the sauce with 1/2 cup mozzarella, followed by the chicken, sliced red onion, and remaining mozzarella and cheddar cheeses. 

Bake according to the package directions, which should be until the crust is a golden brown.  Remove from the oven and top with cilantro.  Serve immediately with a side salad or enjoy alone!

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