CPK-Style BBQ Chicken Pizza

August  1, 2018
4 Ratings
Photo by Julia Gartland
  • Prep time 3 hours
  • Cook time 15 minutes
  • Makes two 10-inch pizzas
Author Notes

This dough was adapted from Bread Toast Crumbs by Alexandra Stafford and customized to the grill thanks to tips from our grilling book by Paula Disbrowe. To yield the lukewarm water: Combine 1/2 cup just-boiled water with 1 1/2 cups cold water. And if you want to hop, skip, and jump over a few steps, you can: Use store-bought dough, BBQ sauce, or a rotisserie chicken. —Emma Laperruque

What You'll Need
  • For the pizza dough
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup whole-wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon instant yeast
  • 1 cup lukewarm water (see note)
  • For the BBQ sauce and pizza toppings
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 4 canned chipotle chiles in adobo sauce, plus the adobo sauce to taste
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken thighs (about 4 1/4 ounces each)
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more to taste
  • 1 cup grated smoked mozzarella
  • 1 cup grated young gouda
  • 1/2 red onion, sliced into thin half-moons
  • 2/3 cup fresh cilantro leaves
  1. Make the pizza dough. Add the flours, salt, and instant yeast to a bowl and whisk to combine. Add the water and stir with a rubber spatula until a sticky dough forms. Cover with a damp kitchen towel or plastic wrap and set aside to rise until doubled in bulk—1 to 1 1/2 hours.
  2. Meanwhile, make the BBQ sauce and grill the chicken.
  3. First, get your grill going. For charcoal: Set up for one-zone, high-temp cooking. For gas: Heat to high until the temperature reaches about 600° F. Make sure the grill grates are clean, then grease them with a lightly oiled cloth.
  4. While that’s heating up, make the BBQ sauce. Combine the ketchup, cider vinegar, and chipotles in a food processor. Buzz until smooth. Season with salt and adobo sauce to taste.
  5. Now grill the chicken. Rub with the vegetable oil and season with salt. Grill until charred and cooked through, 4 to 5 minutes per side. Let rest.
  6. Whoa, your pizza dough has doubled in size! Great. Divide in half and use floury hands to roll each into a ball. Let rest for 20 or so minutes.
  7. Meanwhile, chop the chicken into chunks and toss with a big plop of BBQ sauce.
  8. Grilled pizza time! Bring the pizza dough blobs to the grill, along with a big cutting board. Use floury hands and as much extra flour as needed to stretch one dough ball into a 10-inch circle. It doesn’t have to be perfect. Mine turned out closer to rectangles and—guess what—they still tasted as good. Drape onto the the grill grates (if it’s gotten a little weird along the way, you can quickly reshape). Grill for 2 to 3 minutes (covered, if you’re using a gas grill). Transfer to the cutting board, un-grilled side facing down. Repeat with the remaining dough ball.
  9. Top the pizzas in this order: mozzarella and gouda, then chicken and onions, dividing the toppings evenly between each pizza. Drizzle both with some more BBQ sauce. Return to the grill and cook another 3 or so minutes, covered, until the cheese has melted.
  10. Remove the pizzas to the cutting board and top with the cilantro. Let cool a few minutes, then cut into pieces.

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Emma was the food editor at Food52. She created the award-winning column, Big Little Recipes, and turned it into a cookbook in 2021. These days, she's a senior editor at Bon Appétit, leading digital cooking coverage. Say hello on Instagram at @emmalaperruque.

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