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 bakedbyrachel.com

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 bakedbyrachel.com

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.

Yield: Serves 4-6

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Barbecue Chicken French Bread Pizza

Thick and crusty French bread, topped off with sweet barbecue sauce, lightly seasoned chicken and mozzarella cheese.

Ingredients:

  • 10-12" loaf of French bread
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • 1C chicken breast, cooked and shredded
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/8tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2C barbecue sauce, divided
  • 1 - 1 1/2C mozzarella cheese, shredded

Directions:

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

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 this to make one large loaf or to feed a larger crowd.

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