2020. The Twilight Zone. Anyone else feel that way? Let’s see…worldwide pandemic, quarantine, economic crash, unrest and riots, local earthquake (that was a fun surprise just as we were getting going on the quarantine), murder hornets, throw in a crazy presidential race, a giant African sandstorm and just at the heat of the summer, our air conditioner fails.
It’s a jumbled-up disaster! If you made this into a movie, the critics would have a field day: “too far-fetched, unbelievable, scale it back, this wouldn’t really happen.” Hahaha. Real life really is weirder than fiction. Nowhere to run. Nowhere to hide.
And so, we thought, why not just do the same with our food? Jumble it all up; embrace the crazy. And the Grilled BBQ Chicken Salad Pizza was born!
Who doesn’t love pizza? Who doesn’t love BBQ? Who doesn’t love a good chop chicken salad? Who doesn’t love to grill all summer long? Why not just combine them all into one freakin’ delicious dinner?!
Start with an EASY homemade dough (or if you’re not into that kind of thing, just buy it!) and add a little bbq sauce (here’s our fave store-bought brand, and here’s our fave homemade version), cooked chicken and all your fav chopped salad toppings and tada! Grilled BBQ Chicken Salad Pizza!
It’s pizza so kids will love it, it’s salad so you will love it, it’s bbq so dad will love it. It’s grilled so no kitchen mess. Plus, it’s an activity ’cause everyone creates their own the way they want it. Win win win win win. The perfect summer meal!
Grilled BBQ Chicken Salad Pizza. Happy July!
- 1 1/4 cup warm water
- 2 Tbsp. dry yeast
- 1 Tbsp. honey
- 3 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
- 3 cups flour + more as needed
- 2 tsp. kosher salt
- BBQ sauce
- Cooked chicken
- Shredded carrots
- Fresh, raw corn
- Black beans
- Orange or yellow bell peppers
- Red onion
- Feta cheese
- Any other favorite chopped salad ingredients
- Combine water, yeast and honey in the bowl of a stand mixer, fitted with a dough hook. Let yeast prove for 5 minutes.
- Add oil, flour and salt. Mix on low until combined.
- Turn mixer to medium-low speed and knead for about 10 minutes. If dough feels too sticky, add a little more flour. The dough should pull away from the sides of the bowl, but still stick to the bottom.
- Leave the dough in the mixer, adding a teaspoon or two of olive oil and kneading a few times by hand. Cover the bowl with a dish cloth and let rest for 30 minutes.
- Heat grill to 400 degrees.
- Prepare toppings by chopping everything into bite-size pieces. Punch dough down and divide into 5-6 round balls.
- Roll out dough with hands to approx. 8" circles. Brush one side with olive oil.
- Place dough circles on heated grill carefully, oiled side down. Grill for 4-5 minutes, until grill marks appear.
- Turn dough over, add bbq sauce and toppings (except lettuce and any other topping you want to keep cold.) Grill for another 5 minutes. Watch pizzas carefully. If they start to brown too much, place on top grill rack away from direct heat until cheese is melted and dough is cooked through.
- Add lettuce and other cold toppings. Serve immediately.
*Be creative with pizza toppings! Add your tried-and-true favorites or try something totally unique: roasted peppers, avocado, jicama! Drizzle with more BBQ sauce, ranch or bleu cheese dressing. Add tortilla strips or toasted sunflower seeds on top. There are no rules with this one!