Tuesday, May 21, 2013

BBQ Chicken Pizza

Nearly 12 years ago, my mom forced me to go into a little pizza restaurant in our hometown and fill out a job application.  Papa Murphy's...maybe you have heard of it...?  I begrudgingly did so, swearing that I would only work there for a few weeks, just until I found my dream job at somewhere more glamorous like...the mall.  Well guess what?!  That little job that I was keeping only to pacify my mom's desire for me to not be a lazy bum all summer...became a huge part of my life.  One in which, I officially finished today!!!  That is right...just short of 12 years!  I can't believe I even just said that!  I started working there the summer before my senior year and found, after only a few short months, that I not only loved the people I worked with, but that the owners of the company were marvelous!  I was an assistant manager and then a store manager for several years during college, and left the position just after my first baby turned one.  Then they offered me an incredible opportunity to work for them from my home, out of state, watching their security cameras weekly.  So that is what I have been doing for them the past 4 years, and it has been an incredible blessing to make a small income while my husband went to dental school. But since he is graduating next week and finally getting started on his career, I thought it was finally time to cut ties and focus on other things!  But I will always be thankful for that job!  

Since this seems like the ending of an era to me, I thought I'd go out by posting a re-creation of one of my favorite pizzas from Papa Murphy's...the BBQ Chicken.  You would think after so many years of working in one place, I would abhor the food.  But it is actually quite the opposite.  Papa Murphy's is still one of my favorite places to get pizza and I especially love their specialty pizzas.  They don't always carry the BBQ chicken, and in fact, not all stores even get it.  This past weekend, I had a sudden craving for it and decided to create my own version.  It was really yummy!  If you like BBQ sauce, then I think you will love this!
BBQ Chicken Pizza

*You can use whatever pizza dough recipe that you would like.  I like this one because it is easy and requires no rising.  I use it all the time when I need a quick dinner idea and it tastes great.  If making dough isn't your thing, purchase a ready made crust from the store and use it instead.

Fast and Easy Pizza Dough

3 cups flour, more or less
1 Tablespoon honey, heaping
1 Tablespoon oil, heaping
1 cup warm water
1 Tablespoon yeast
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt


1-1/2 cups shredded or chopped cooked chicken
2 cups shredded mozzarella, divided
1/2 cup 3 Tablespoons your favorite BBQ sauce, divided
2 green onions, chopped
1 roma tomato, chopped

Preheat oven to 475 degrees.  If you are using a pizza stone, let the stone heat for at least 30 minutes in the oven before baking.

Mix all pizza dough ingredients together, except the flour.  Add the flour and knead for several minutes, then put into pan, pizza peel or pizza stone.

Combine the chicken and 1/4 cup BBQ sauce and mix until the chicken is covered.  Spread the remaining 1/4 cup + 3 Tablespoons BBQ sauce over the pizza dough.  Sprinkle about 1-1/2 cups mozzarella cheese over the sauce.  Sprinkle the chicken mixture over the mozzarella cheese.  Sprinkle the green onions and tomato on top.  Then cover with the rest of the mozzarella.

If baking in a sheet pan, bake for 12 minutes (checking often) until crust is browned and cheese is golden and bubbly.  If baking on the preheated pizza stone, slide pizza onto the stone and bake for about 8 minutes.  Makes 1 large pizza.

Recipe Source:  The Unsophisticated Kitchen using the pizza dough recipe from Mel's Kitchen Cafe.

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  1. Thanks for linking this up! This is going in next week dinner line-up. Yummm :)

  2. G'day and YUM, TRUE!
    LOVE your recipe and photo and want a slice now too!
    Cheers! Joanne
    What's On The List
    Foodie Friends Friday Party!

  3. Wow! This looks awesome! I just found you over at The Mandatory Mooch! I would love for your to come share your recipe at From the Farm Blog Hop. This week's party just started!
    Fresh Eggs Daily

  4. Found you via Walking on Sunshine! This looks yummy! I also make BBQ chicken pizza. It's one of our favorites. I never add the extra toppings but may now!!

    In The Kitchen with Jenny

  5. This looks sooo good! Amazing that you worked for them for 12 years and what a blessing to be given a job that you could work from home. Thanks so much for linking up at the Real Family Fun link party! Hope to see you next week.

  6. Congrats to your husband graduating dental school, that is amazing. BBQ Chicken Pizza is the best! Thanks for linking up to What's Cookin' Wednesday.

  7. I would love for you to share and link up at my TGIF Link Party. The party is open every Thursday night and closes Wednesday's at midnight.
    Have a wonderful week!
    Hugs, Cathy

  8. Thank you for sharing this recipe with Foodie Friends Friday! Congrats on your finishing your job and for your hubby as he graduates!

  9. What a great dish...and what a sweet story! How wonderful you got to work for the same company for so long. Thanks so much for sharing this lovely recipe at Weekend Potluck. I LOVE BBQ pizza and this looks perfect.

  10. Looks delicious! Pinned to try :)
    Erin @ Table for Seven

  11. Wow, this looks so yummy!
    I would like to invite you to share your favorite projects/crafts/fashion/photography/recipes/humor/personal advice/blog tips and tricks at Pin It Monday Hop, It's a Pinterest Party (Link). Come over, have fun and get pinned. I hope to see you there.

    Pursuit of Functional Home.

  12. Congrats! You are being featured at 5 blogs for Weekend Potluck today! Come on over and grab an "I was Featured" Button from my sidebar. In the future, if you want to be featured, we need you to directly link to our Potluck underneath your actual post. THANK YOU :) Happy Friday!
    Tonya from 4 little Fergusons

    P.S. I have had so much fun looking through your blog! I don't know how I haven't found you before now, your recipes are amazing!


  13. I would love for you to share and link up at my weekly TGIF Link Party if you haven't already this week. The party is open every Thursday night and closes Wednesday's at midnight.
    http://apeekintomyparadise.blogspot.com/. AND starting Wednesday June 4th I will be hosting a Wordless Wednesday link party. Hope you will join us!
    Have a wonderful week!
    Hugs, Cathy

  14. I have pinned this to try...I also worked in a pizzeria while in high school and for a few years after and my coworkers were like family to me. I Love BBQ chicken and know I will love this. I really like the addition of honey to the dough. Thanks for the recipe, I cant wait to try it out and in the meantime I'm gonna check out your blog for more recipes to try!

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  16. Hmmm… That looks yummy! The flavorful toppings melted onto the crust are truly tempting. I think one could eat the whole of it in just one sitting. I guess you already perfected the Papa Murphy’s BBQ Chicken recipe after several years of working there. But still, putting your own flavor to it is what will make this pizza different from theirs.
    -Fresh & Healthy

  17. I bet if u use crescent rolls (they get ubber crisp!) u can get a good 8 out of them since they are pre portioned??? Visit More


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