I don’t know about you but May is easily our busiest month of the year. School year activities are winding down while summer activities are ramping up. Plus our weekends are full of picnics, family parties, and recitals. As a result I want to spend as little time in the kitchen as possible. On our way to a party today, my husband reminded me that we had leftover barbeque chicken in the fridge and requested that I try to make one of his favorite restaurant items for dinner, barbeque chicken pizza. This turned out to be a quick, easy, and delicious way to use up some leftovers.
Warning dear reader: I have cooking skills. I have photography skills. I have no skills when it comes to taking pictures of food and making it look edible.
I received the following recipe for the crockpot barbeque chicken from my brother Tony, I would link you to his twitter but he never actually tweets and I fear I would be wasting your time.
2-3 lbs of boneless, skinless chicken breast
1 large bottle of barbeque sauce
1 cup of Italian dressing
1/2 cup brown sugar
4 TBSP Worcestershire sauce
- Put chicken breasts into slow cooker.
- Mix remaining ingredients in a bowl and pour over chicken
- Cook on low 6-8 hours or low 3-4 hours. Chicken is ready when it shreds easily with a fork.
I usually serve the chicken on a roll with a vinegar based cole slaw and hot sauce. I also usually have a ton leftover which made it the perfect topping for this pizza.
To make the pizza using the leftover chicken, I made my standard pizza crust. I use a slight variation of this recipe. It’s a New York style pizza crust but you can use any crust that you choose. I live in the Chicago area but I think Chicago style pizza crust is the Devil’s cracker. I expect hate mail for this.
I cook the crust for 5 minutes at 400 degrees before adding any toppings. I find this helps get the crust a bit crisper.
Layer your toppings on top of the partially baked crust. I added the leftover barbeque chicken, shredded mozzarella, and diced red onions.
Bake for another 15-20 minutes until the cheese is melted and the crust is golden brown.
Verdict: The whole family loved it. Yes, even the kids. It’s a non-Christmas miracle! I’ll make it again, next time I will experiment with a wider selection of vegetables.
Do you have a favorite non-traditional pizza recipe? Or a great way to re-purpose boring leftovers? Share them in the comments section.