Hello! Welcome to Pizza and a Movie. We are making our way through chicken leftovers with a Barbecue Chicken Pizza today. Today’s pizza also makes use of our first tomatoes from our little garden. Tomatoes that were labelled as Beefsteak Tomatoes, but turned out to be Romas. So that was a fun surprise! Anyway, a super easy pizza with tons of sweet, spicy flavor. I am featuring another series today instead of a movie; have you seen the British series Broadchurch? Originally aired in 2013, it’s available to binge watch on Netflix, which is exactly how I watched it. If you liked Mare of Easttown, you will really enjoy Broadchurch. Let’s get right to it!
We are back out at the wood oven today. After the on-and-off rainy weather we have been having, it was nice to get the oven fired up again. Here is a photo of the set up today. You can see my Roma tomatoes on the right; originally thought to be Beefsteak, which are indeterminate…Romas are determinate, which means that plant won’t get much bigger than it is. So much for that ginormous tomato cage! Fingers crossed the other two plants were labelled correctly; in which case we will have Purple Cherokees and Lemon Boys. Can’t wait!
On to the Pizza
The ingredients are easy: going into the oven we will have barbecue sauce, leftover chicken, and mozzarella. Coming out of the oven, we will top it with a drizzle of the barbecue sauce, fresh tomatoes and sliced scallions. I am using my store bought barbecue sauce; it’s from Trader Joe’s, it’s the Sriracha and Roasted Garlic Barbecue Sauce – sweet and spicy, and not too thick. I really like this sauce as a dip for chicken fingers and Pastry Pups (TJ’s fancy version of pigs in a blanket). Haven’t used it as a barbecue sauce before, but I think this will be great!
We don’t want to use a sauce that is so thick it overwhelms the pizza and the toppings, so a thinner sauce is the way to go. Use a brush to spread a thin layer of sauce evenly over the dough. Then top with fresh mozzarella; I buy the pre-sliced fresh mozz, then tear each slice into 4 or 5 smaller pieces.
Top the cheese with a generous amount of chicken. This chicken is a combination of leftover smoked, rotisserie and oven roasted chicken, so there is a ton of flavor in the chicken itself. You can go with a store-bought rotisserie chicken if you like, use whatever you have leftover! I have simply sliced the leftover breast and thigh meat into large-ish pieces. And we are ready for the oven!
Into the Wood Oven!
Making this in your kitchen oven, have the oven preheated to 450 degrees and bake the topped pizza on a heated pizza stone or steel for about 15 minutes, until the crust is golden and the cheese is melted and bubbly. For the wood oven, it’s about 90 seconds to perfection!
When it comes out of the oven, blot any super-wet areas with paper towels and drizzle on a little more barbecue sauce, top with sliced scallions and fresh, diced tomato.
Barbecue Chicken Pizza is not at the top of my list if I see on a menu at a pizzeria, but somehow, making it at home with leftover chicken is super satisfying. Perhaps it’s because I love to give our leftovers new life in a creative way. Your version of this pizza will be different from mine, but that’s the cool part – it’s Your version, so get creative!
Movie Night: Broadchurch
With our Barbecue Chicken Pizza ready, let’s get to the show! Broadchurch is a British crime drama starring Olivia Coleman as DI Ellie Miller and David Tennant as DI Alec Hardy. The series follows their investigation in to the mysterious death of an 11-year old boy in the small coastal town of Broadchurch. Much like Mare of Easttown, this series has ample time for deep character development. The story keeps you guessing all the way through, maintaining riveting plot twists until the end.
My favorite performance of the series is given by Olivia Coleman; she is wonderful as DI Miller. For series two (yes, there’s a second season!); the drama continues, picking up where series one left off and DI Miller’s character arc is really a treat to watch. Series one is by far the best of all three (yes, three seasons!). As for series three…hm, DI Miller’s arc is the best part of series three, which is great to see, but the third series feels forced and unnecessary. If you’re a fan of crime drama, and you haven’t yet watched Broadchurch, definitely put this series at the top of your list!
Thank you all so much for tuning in today for Pizza and a Movie! Take care and be well, have a wonderful weekend! xo Kelly
Barbecue Chicken Pizza
BBQ Chicken Pizza is the perfect solution for leftover chicken – tons of sweet, spicy flavor, with fresh tomatoes and scallions.
- 1 Prepared Pizza Dough
- 1/4 cup BBQ Sauce, plus more for drizzling on baked pizza
- 1/4-1/2 16-oz. Package of Sliced Fresh Mozzarella, torn into pieces
- 1 cup Leftover Chicken, cut into bite-size pieces
- 1 Roma Tomato, diced
- 2 Scallions, Sliced thin
Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
On a floured pizza peel, dust the dough with flour and create a crust around the perimeter of the dough and flatten down the center.
Stretch it out on the backs of your hands, left hand over right hand, until the dough is roughly 12-inches around.
Add more flour evenly on the peel and lay the dough on the peel.
Brush a thin layer of BBQ sauce over dough and evenly distribute mozzarella pieces on sauce.
Add Chicken pieces on top of the cheese and top with a little more cheese, if desired.
Bake for 15 minutes or until the crust is golden and cheese is melted.
Mop the wet areas with a paper towel and top with a drizzle of BBQ sauce, fresh diced tomato and scallions.