Think of sitting down to a totally crave-able weeknight meal that's savory, sweet, tangy and only takes 15 minutes of oven time. This pizza is a crowd pleaser for kids and adults alike. And it's a perfect choice for grilling as well!
Now the ingredient list cheats a bit here to maximize weeknight time (that is, no time!). I pick up already made dough from the grocery or pizza shop and start with a left over grilled chicken breast and it's finished in no time.
Caramelized onions add a sweet touch and come together while the pizza is cooking, to be added when the pizza has only a few more minutes of cook time left. Whole wheat crust keeps this on the healthy side for weeknight dining.
makes 2 thin crust pizzas, serves 4 to 6
1 medium yellow onion, sliced
1 grilled chicken breast, chopped into bite-size pieces
1 lb ball fresh mozzarella, sliced
1 cup BBQ sauce
1 cup tomato sauce
1 ball pizza dough (approximately 22 oz or enough for a large pizza)
Flour for rolling out dough
Tomatoes, to garnish
Preheat oven to 425°F. Heat a heavy-bottom pan over medium heat. Add onions and cook, stirring occasionally, until browned. Add a tablespoon of water to the hot pan and scrape off any brown bits. Remove from heat.
Using flour as needed, roll out half of pizza dough until thin (thin enough so the dough isn't in danger of tearing). Place dough on pan or stone. Spoon 1/2 cup tomato sauce and 1/4 cup BBQ sauce onto dough. Add 1/2 pound sliced mozzarella and half of the chopped chicken. Repeat with remaining dough for second pizza.
Bake for 10 to 15 minutes, or until dough is crisp and cheese is melted. Add caramelized onions to cooked pizzas, and drizzle with remaining 1/4 cup BBQ sauce.
• If using a pizza stone, put it in the oven as it's preheating.
• Add thin sliced tomatoes for garnish.
(Images: Stephanie Barlow)