Barbecue Chicken French Bread Pizza

A quick and tasty recipe for pizza night! Thick and crusty French bread, topped off with sweet barbecue sauce, lightly seasoned chicken and mozzarella cheese. Your favorite pizza made even easier.

Barbecue Chicken French Bread Pizza Recipe from

I like playing around with different crust options for pizza, while staying relatively boring and not changing up my personal toppings much. I pretty much stick to pepperoni, bacon, barbecue chicken or a combination thereof. My favorite crust to date has been a nice semi-thin crust. Not too thin or thick, just right. But then again… thin could be totally amazing too if done right. I just need to find the perfect recipe to try. Many recipes claim to be super thin crust and flat out aren’t. I’m still on the hunt for that.

But it hit me the other day that I’d never made French bread pizza. It’s so simple and requires no major effort on my part, kind of like English muffin pizzas. And because it’s so simple, it’s the perfect after school snack, party dish or dinner for any night of the week.

Barbecue Chicken French Bread Pizza Recipe from

French bread pizza is thick and crusty while tender on the inside. Sweet barbecue sauce and lightly seasoned chicken are topped off with shredded mozzarella, then baked until hot and bubbly. The sweetness of the sauce pairs great with the slight kick from the black and cayenne peppers.

Barbecue Chicken French Bread Pizza

Thick and crusty French bread, topped off with sweet barbecue sauce, lightly seasoned chicken and mozzarella cheese.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time5 minutes
Total Time15 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Pizza
Servings: 4


  • 15 oz loaf of French bread
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter melted
  • 1 C chicken breast cooked and shredded
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 C barbecue sauce divided
  • 1 - 1 1/2 C mozzarella cheese shredded


  • Preheat oven to 425°F.
  • Slice French bread in half lengthwise to create to long halves. Brush freshly sliced side of bread with butter. Bake until just golden, broiling if necessary. Be careful not to burn.
  • Spoon 2-3 Tbsp barbecue sauce per bread halve.
  • Toss shredded chicken with salt, pepper and cayenne. Coat with 1/4 cup barbecue sauce. Divide between bread halves. Sprinkle with cheese. Bake until cheese if fully melted, broiling if desired.
  • Slice and enjoy warm.


Double ingredients for one large loaf or to feed a larger crowd.
An original recipe from Baked by Rachel
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22 Responses to “Barbecue Chicken French Bread Pizza”

  1. #
    Tracey — January 21, 2013 at 8:06 am

    Add onions to that list and you and I are totally on the same page when it comes to pizza toppings! I wish I could grab a slice of that through the screen to save for lunch today :)

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    Paula — January 21, 2013 at 8:24 am

    Your bbq chicken french bread pizza looks wonderful. I like the idea of using different options for the pizza crust, something that I really don’t do. I’m thinking that a sour dough bread would make a great pizza crust too.

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    Alaina @ Fabtastic Eats — January 21, 2013 at 8:36 am

    French bread is one of my favorite bases for pizza!

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    Jennifer | Mother Thyme — January 21, 2013 at 10:43 am

    I am totally drooling over these. I haven’t had a French bread pizza in so long but I think that is going to change soon.

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    nicole @ I am a Honey Bee — January 21, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    oo yum. I love pizza. I am on a big pizza kick lately. I’m all for trying new kinds too. Haven’t made french bread pizza before

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    Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen — January 21, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    Oh girl! I am coming over!! French bread pizza wins at life.

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    sally @ sallys baking addiction — January 21, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    my mouth just watered. I hope no one at my office just saw that. I am STARVING for a huge cheesy, BBQ filled chunk of this right now.

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    Kari@Loaves n Dishes — January 21, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    Love the french bread crust, it makes it so simple to whip up this yummy snack!

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    Autumn@Good Eats Girl — January 21, 2013 at 3:11 pm

    I love french bread pizza…this looks seriously amazing!

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    Erin @ Texanerin Baking — January 21, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    Your topping options aren’t that boring. I’m a pepperoni only type of girl and I stubbornly refuse to try it any other way.

    And that melty cheese! You’re like a cheese and carbs specialist.

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    Carla @ Carlas Confections — January 21, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    I am the same way with my pizza toppings. I find one I like and I stick with it. Now its your BBQ Chicken and Bacon Pizza. OMG its the best! I have it at least once a week (Im not ashamed ;) ) but I also love this being on top of French Bread!! Love it

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    Laurie {SimplyScratch} — January 21, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    BBQ chicken pizza is my FAVORITE and I especially love that you did them with French bread {more crusty goodness to go around}!

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    Yvonne @ bitter baker — January 21, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    Ohh, my mouth just watered from looking at these pictures! It looks really delicious.

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    A farmer in the dell — January 21, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    Now that is something I could sink my teeth in! Yum!

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    Julie @ Table for Two — January 21, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    this is making me so hungry. i should never diet and come to your blog haha – bbq chicken is my most favorite EVER

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    amanda @ fake ginger — January 21, 2013 at 6:43 pm

    Mmm, I love French bread pizza!

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    claire @ the realistic nutritionist — January 22, 2013 at 9:36 am

    This is absolutely perfect for football (or lifetime, who am I kidding) watching.

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    Steph — January 22, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    I have always wanted to make french bread pizza and just haven’t done it yet. But…I think that this recipe has made me ready to dive in to the land of french bread pizza!

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    DessertForTwo — January 22, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    This has been one of my go-to easy dinners lately! Even I want to feel healthy, I use a portobello instead of french bread, but just as quick and easy!

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    Tracey Chambers — January 22, 2013 at 7:24 pm

    I managed a decent enough snack with regular sandwich bread, shredded turkey, shredded cheddar and a little bbq sauce thanks to this post. Heated it up in the microwave and it wasn’t bad :) Just wish I could make it as yummy as the picture looks!

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    Megan {Country Cleaver} — January 22, 2013 at 10:05 pm

    This looks divine. Ben and I have been eating pizza every Friday and I think I need a change and to make this french bread style!

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    Caroline @ chocolate & carrots — January 23, 2013 at 7:12 am

    We’re totally suckers for BBQ pizza and having it on bread just makes it so much easier! :D Yum!

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