These BBQ Chicken Pineapple Pizzas Help Me Perform Weeknight Dinner Miracles

published Aug 19, 2020
Individual BBQ Chicken and Pineapple Flatbread Pizzas

Thanks to store-bought shortcuts, these personal pizzas are in and out of the oven in just 20 minutes.

Serves4

Prep5 minutes

Cook10 minutes to 12 minutes

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Barbecue chicken and pineapple flatbread pizza laid out on white linen with herbs sprinkled and pepper on side.
Credit: Andrea Mathis

Pizza night is a weekly tradition in our home. I’m always trying to think of creative ways to make this family favorite more exciting, and since my kids love pineapple I decided to add it to our next pizza recipe. When paired with smoky barbecue sauce and shredded rotisserie chicken, it makes for the most incredible sweet and savory combo that my family can’t get enough of.

Did I mention these flatbreads are in and out of the oven in less than 20 minutes? Yeah, it’s a total miracle. Here’s how to make it happen on even the busiest of weeknights.

Credit: Andrea Mathis

For Dinner in a Flash, Lean on Store-Bought Shortcuts

I’m all about making things easy on myself in the kitchen — especially since we’re homeschooling our kids this year and our schedules are busier than ever. I definitely don’t have the luxury of spending hours in the kitchen preparing an elaborate meal! Quick and easy dinners like this one have been total lifesavers.

I decided to start with pre-made flatbreads, which are even quicker than prepared pizza dough because you don’t have to stretch or shape them. Then, I spread them with store-bought barbecue sauce. You can use any brand you like, but I always go for Sweet Baby Ray’s; it tastes like my Granny’s homemade recipe. Next, you’ll top each pizza with a little mozzarella cheese, chopped red onions, canned pineapple, and pre-cooked rotisserie chicken from the deli. Sprinkle with a little salt and pepper, pop ’em in the oven, and voila! Dinner is done.

Now, I know there’s a longstanding debate over whether pineapple belongs on pizza, but the canned fruit is what totally sold my kids on this recipe. Sure, they love pizza, but they tend to be hesitant to try new kinds. Adding the pineapple eased them in and sweetened the deal. Plus, I think it pairs perfectly with barbecue sauce — so in my house, we’re proudly Team Pineapple.

Credit: Andrea Mathis

Feeding Picky Eaters? Invite Them into the Kitchen.

Adding the pineapple was just one of my many mom hacks to get my kids to try new recipes (I’m a firm believer that if you pair new foods with ingredients they already love, they’ll be willing to give it a try). My other trick? Letting my kids help prepare dinner. I find they’re always more likely to eat it instead of wasting it or playing with it if they helped me in the kitchen.

This couldn’t be easier to do with homemade pizzas — especially because these are personal-sized. My kids have a blast piling on the toppings (and sneaking a few bites whenever I turn around!).

Between the smart shortcuts, quick cooking time, and the fact that my kids devour it, these flatbreads are my family’s no-fail Miracle Meal. Now tell me: What’s yours?

Miracle Meals are the family-friendly dinners that save you time, money, and effort — but not at the expense of taste. They’re dishes that allow you to spend less time in the kitchen and more time with the people you love.

Individual BBQ Chicken and Pineapple Flatbread Pizzas

Thanks to store-bought shortcuts, these personal pizzas are in and out of the oven in just 20 minutes.

Prep time 5 minutes

Cook time 10 minutes to 12 minutes

Serves 4

Nutritional Info

Ingredients

  • 1

    small red onion

  • 2 (8-ounce) cans

    pineapple chunks in 100% juice

  • 4

    (about 12 by 8-inch) flatbreads, such as Flatout

  • 1 cup

    barbecue sauce

  • 1 cup

    shredded mozzarella cheese

  • 2 cups

    shredded rotisserie chicken

  • Kosher salt

  • Freshly ground black pepper

  • 2 tablespoons

    coarsely chopped fresh parsley leaves or cilantro (optional)

Instructions

  1. Arrange 2 racks to divide the oven into thirds and heat the oven to 375ºF. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper if desired. Thinly slice 1 small red onion. Drain 2 cans pineapple chunks.

  2. Place 2 flatbreads on each baking sheet. Spread 1/4 cup barbecue sauce on each flatbread. Divide 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese over the barbecue sauce, then divide 2 cups shredded chicken over the cheese. Top with the red onion and pineapple. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

  3. Bake until the pizzas are lightly browned and the cheese is melted, 10 to 12 minutes. Transfer to a cutting board and cut each into quarters. Garnish with parsley or cilantro, if desired.

Recipe Notes

Storage: Leftovers can be refrigerated in an airtight container up to 4 days.

Nutrition analysis: The flatbreads are not included in the nutrition analysis.