Bacon and Barbecue Chicken Pizza

A quick and easy thin crust pizza dough, topped off with shredded chicken, slices of mozzarella cheese and chunks of salty bacon.

Bacon and Barbecue Chicken Pizza Recipe from

I’m currently being taunted by random sales and discounts popping up left and right. One second my email is cleaned out and the next second it has at least a handful more discounts and e-flyers. I should stay away from my email for the next month but that’s not really very realistic. The discounts do what they should, they get me to the company websites, I want to buy something and then think no I’ll wait or I don’t really need that. Of course there are also the ‘ugh that’s hideous’ comments from the Mr messing with my mind and wondering if I should or shouldn’t. What do guys know? And of course the, oh it’s pretty and pink or has pretty lining. You know… things that shine and sparkle and are super pretty, catching my eye that would just be nice to have but can’t completely justify when other stuff is going on. The problem is, I know it’ll keep happening all month long but especially so this week.

Bacon and Barbecue Chicken Pizza Recipe from

I’ve so far managed to resist the sales and discounts minus one special new grill pan. Please don’t tell me you have one and never use it. I figure it’ll be handy when I want something grilled but don’t want to deal with the grill… in the awful chilly and frigid New England weather that’s already dug it’s claws in and made home for the next 4 to 5 months or so. Pretty grill lines in the middle of winter, without the need to stand in the cold. And no sitting and soaking in grease, even though I sometimes advice you to do just that…and with this recipe.

Let’s back up a bit. Before the hustle and bustle of Thanksgiving week hit, I made pizza. This pizza. I mentioned on Facebook that I combined my two absolute favorite pizzas into one and it was beyond heavenly.

Bacon and Barbecue Chicken Pizza Recipe from

It’s glorious. A quick and fairly thin crust pizza loaded with shredded barbecue chicken and chunks of salty bacon. The best part, besides the fact that there’s barbecue chicken and bacon… the chicken is cooked IN the bacon grease. Om nom nom. Get your splatter shield or stovetop cleaner ready because you’ll need it but you really truly want to make this. The mess is completely worth it.

This pizza is so good that I don’t think I’ll ever be able to go back to basic bacon or plain barbecue chicken pizza ever again. Like never ever ever.

Make this. Be happy and full.

Bacon and Barbecue Chicken Pizza

A quick and easy thin crust pizza dough, topped off with shredded chicken, slices of mozzarella cheese and chunks of salty bacon.
Prep Time1 hour 15 minutes
Cook Time9 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Pizza
Servings: 4


Dough ingredients:

  • 1 C hot water
  • 2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast
  • 1/4 tsp granulated sugar
  • 2 1/2-3 C all purpose flour
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp olive oil

Pizza ingredients:

  • 1/2 C bacon or roughly 3 slices
  • 1 chicken breast
  • 2/3 C barbecue sauce divided
  • 4 oz fresh mozzarella


  • In a small measuring cup, dissolve yeast and sugar in hot water. Allow to sit and poof for 5-10 minutes.
  • In a stand mixer or food processor combine  2 1/2 cups of flour, salt and olive oil. While mixing on low, pour in yeast mixture. Mix until a ball is formed and is no longer sticky. Add additional flour if needed.
  • Transfer to a lightly oiled large bowl, cover and store in a warm location until at least doubled in size.
  • In a medium skillet over medium heat, cook bacon until desired crispness is reached. Set aside on a cutting board. Reduce heat to medium/low, cooking chicken until cooked through and no longer pink. Shred chicken by hand or in a stand mixer. Toss with 1/3C barbecue sauce. Roughly chop bacon and set aside.
  • Preheat oven to 425°F.
  • Lightly grease  a sheet pan with olive oil. Shape dough to nearly fit pan. Spread remaining barbecue sauce over dough. Scatter shredded chicken throughout. Top off with sliced mozzarella and chopped bacon. Brush exposed crust with olive oil.
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes. Slice and serve warm.


Makes 1 large pizza or serves roughly 4-6.
An original recipe from Baked by Rachel
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24 Responses to “Bacon and Barbecue Chicken Pizza”

  1. #
    Kita — November 26, 2012 at 7:35 am

    You totally just distracted me from all the Cyber Monday emails. Damn this pizza sounds good!

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    amanda @ fake ginger — November 26, 2012 at 7:38 am

    Seriously, I’m buying a pizza today. This looks so so so good.

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    Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen — November 26, 2012 at 8:26 am

    Piiiiiiiizzzzzzzza all day!! Woo hooooo!

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    Juliana @ Chef Juje — November 26, 2012 at 8:28 am

    This looks amazing. I’ve never made my own pizza dough before but this is inspiring me to try very soon. I might add some caramelized onions as well.

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    Gina @ Running to the Kitchen — November 26, 2012 at 8:34 am

    I don’t have a grill pan and it’s one of those things I’ve been meaning to get forever (but I’m just torn on how well it could possibly work on an electric stove). Maybe you need to send those flyers my way? ;)

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    Danae (The Busty Baker) — November 26, 2012 at 9:17 am

    I always throw bacon on my bbq chicken pizza, so as soon as I saw you post this on Twitter, I was like OH YEAH! Nevermind that it’s 9am, I want this NOW. Chicken cooked in the bacon grease? Yes, yes yes. Forget want this–I NEED this.

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    Tracey — November 26, 2012 at 9:28 am

    Oh yep this is totally a combo right up my alley too! I love my grill pan in the winter – so much better than freezing my butt off outside :)

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    Meagan @ A Zesty Bite — November 26, 2012 at 10:18 am

    Ohhh I love BBQ Pizza!

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    Alaina @ Fabtastic Eats — November 26, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    bacon. chicken. bbq. oh my favorite combination! This looks awesome! I have a grill pan and love it, I use it a couple times a week at least! Great investment!

  10. #
    Linda | The Urban Mrs — November 26, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    Oh, I just can’t get my eyes off the screen now. Looks sooo awesome.

  11. #
    Steph — November 26, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    You have NO idea how badly i want this right now! So hot and gooey!

  12. #
    Cassie | Bake Your Day — November 26, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    My husband loves BBQ chicken pizza. This sounds amazing!

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    Julie @ Table for Two — November 26, 2012 at 9:30 pm

    you know i gave into the sales today, bad & no self-control!! bbq chicken pizza is my FAVORITE pizza of all time and i love how thick and pillow-like your crust is!! you had me craving this all morning :)

  14. #
    Megan {Country Cleaver} — November 26, 2012 at 10:10 pm

    BBQ chicken pizza is one of my FAVORITES. This looks better than anything i would buy! YUM.

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    Elizabeth@ Food Ramblings — November 27, 2012 at 8:46 am

    yum! BBQ chicken pizzas is my fav…and of course anything with bacon!

  16. #
    natalie@thesweetslife — November 27, 2012 at 11:43 am

    i would really like this for dinner TONIGHT!

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    Carlas Confections — November 27, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    This couldnt look any better! I think Im going to make this for dinner tonight! Except with leftover turkey, because it needs to be used up… I can just warm the turkey in the bacon grease… itll still work ;) Looks amazing!

  18. #
    Paula — November 27, 2012 at 11:27 pm

    I really have to step it up in the pizza department. Normally I just make your standard pizza fare but this chicken and bacon one has me thinking I should step out of my comfort zone and soon :)

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    Rachel @ Bakerita — April 27, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    OMG this sounds like pizza perfection! How yummy. Definitely need to give this one a whirl.

  20. #
    Pam Sohan — October 27, 2013 at 5:05 pm

    This looks scrumptious ! And it was posted on my birthday ! LOL

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    Marcia — March 15, 2014 at 3:14 am

    Hi Rachel, I have to let you know that I enjoy seeing all of your recipes. Tonight I made the bacon and Barbecue chicken pizza. It is one of my most favorite pizzas. This was the first time I cooked with active yeast or made a pizza crust from scratch. It turned out beautifully and was very delicious. I’ve only ordered a barbecued chicken pizza once and it’s unlikely that I will again as your homemade recipe was the best! I made the cheesy garlic Parmesan breadsticks as well for my husband as he’s not a fan of the barbecue and bacon chicken pizza. He enjoyed them as well. They were very good! After trying this easy homemade pizza crust I’m excited to make more recipes using active dry yeast. Your recipe helped me overcome my fear of using yeast after seeing how simple it really is to use in a recipe! Thank you for sharing!

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      Rachel — March 15, 2014 at 9:15 am

      Some of my favorites!! So glad you both enjoyed them. Good luck with your future endeavors with yeast! It’s really not to be feared at all and is fun once you get the hang of it. :) Thanks for sharing!

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    debbie winder — August 23, 2014 at 1:40 pm


    I am making this pizza tonight but using your cornmeal pizza dough recipe. I do not have a stand mixer and did everything by hand. I was not sure how long to knead the dough and will this recipe work with the cornmeal dough?

    Thank you.

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      Rachel — August 24, 2014 at 8:28 am

      When mixing dough by hand, I’d follow the same rule as with mixing in a machine. Mix and knead just until a smooth ball forms. However, in this case a ‘smooth’ ball is obviously not an option but you should still be able to form a nice ball. The dough/crust should be okay for most pizza toppings.

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