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Barbecue Chicken Pizza

★★★★


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 large boneless chicken breast halves
  • ½ cup hickory-flavored barbecue sauce
  • 7 ounces smoked Gouda cheese, coarsely shredded
  • 1 16-ounce Boboli (baked cheese pizza crust)
  • ¼ cup finely chopped red onion
  • 1 green onion, chopped
Position rack in center of oven. Place large baking sheet on rack and preheat oven to 450°F. for 30 minutes.
Heat olive oil in heavy medium skillet over medium-high heat. Season chicken with salt and pepper. Add chicken to skillet and sauté until just cooked through, about 5 minutes per side. Transfer chicken to plate; let rest 5 minutes. Cut chicken crosswise into ⅓ inch-wide slices. (We ended up shredding the chicken.) Transfer chicken to medium bowl. Toss with ¼ cup barbecue sauce. Spread half of cheese on Boboli. Arrange chicken on Boboli, evenly. Spoon any remaining barbecue sauce from bowl over. (There was nothing remaining in my bowl.) Sprinkle red onion over chicken. Drizzle with remaining ¼ cup barbecue sauce. Sprinkle remaining cheese and green onion over.
Transfer pizza to hot baking sheet sprinkled with cornstarch. Bake until bottom of crust is crisp and cheese on top melts, about 14 minutes. Let pizza stand 5 minutes. 

Makes 4 servings (2 slices each)
Source: Bon Appétit

I decided today was a good day to have a cookie baking marathon. Around 5:30 my hubby asked if I was soon done to fix dinner. Whoops! Thankfully this was in the menu line up and was relatively quick and simple. While he sautéed the chicken, I prepped the rest of the ingredients. We are not big fans of red onion, so I reduced the amount in the original recipe and finely chopped it as opposed to slicing. The chicken had been frozen and did not completely thaw by the time we needed to use it. This made things a little more tricky. Hubby cut it into chunks and put it into the pan that way. Once it was cooked through he shredded it by hand into the bowl instead of slicing it. Because we had finer pieces of chicken, it soaked up that wee bit of bbq sauce that was to be mixed with it. This is the reason we had none left in the bowl. I was quite generous with the sauce when I added more to the top. We really had enough chicken that we could have done 2 pizzas, this one was piled so high that every bite was a challenge. The boys had chicken dropping everywhere!

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