Sheet Pan BBQ Chicken Pizza is made on a crispy cream of wheat crust. Topped with BBQ sauce, gouda cheese, bacon, onions, and peppers. Sprinkled with fresh cilantro. So good.
I was cleaning out a binder of old recipes and a piece of paper fell onto the floor. I picked it up and found my friend Martine’s recipe for cream of wheat pizza crust. I hadn’t made or even thought about this recipe in years, and instantly it made me a.) miss her, she’s hilarious and we’ve had a lot of laughs together and b.) mad at myself that I’ve gone this long without having her delicious barbecue chicken pizza.
When we lived in Nova Scotia, we all had really small children and lived in the middle of nowhere. Even if we wanted to go out, there weren’t a lot of places to go. To entertain ourselves, we had dinner parties all. the. time. At least once a week we were either at a friend’s or having friends over for dinner. Looking back, it was such a fun time in our lives. Our kids all played, we cooked together, ate delicious food, drank lots of wine, and laughed a lot.
The best thing about living all over are the people that we meet. We have met so many incredible people because of this crazy life. Finding this recipe on my floor instantly brought me back to our time in Canada. I love that when I look through my recipe binder, I find little pieces of people that we have crossed paths with. So many of my recipes are from get-togethers and parties and dinners at friend’s houses.
So, you are probably thinking that I am nuts for putting cream of wheat into a pizza crust. My best guess is that someone was making a pizza crust and ran out of flour and figured they would try cream of wheat and see what happens. The end result is a crust that is chewy, and has just a teensy bit of crunch. When making a sheet pan pizza (or Sicilian-style) I like to use this crust. It’s easy to press into the pan and the bottom gets nice and crisp.
This dough makes at least 2 quarter-sheet pan pizzas. I like a thinner crust, and could possibly get 2 1/2 – 3 pizzas out of one recipe.
Cream of Wheat Crust:
- 2 1/2 cups water (105° – 115°)
- 1 Tablespoon sugar
- 3 packages yeast
- 4 cups flour
- 2 cups cream of wheat
- 1 Tablespoon salt
BBQ Chicken Pizza:
- Cooked chicken
- BBQ seasoning (I like this one from Penzey’s.)
- BBQ sauce (homemade or store-bought)
- shredded gouda
- shredded cheddar (I like a cheddar and Monterey Jack blend)
- red onion, sliced
- red pepper, diced
- cooked bacon, crumbled
I know it’s weird, but trust me. It’s such a good crust.
Start with warm water. If the water is too hot, it will kill the yeast, too cold, and it won’t activate. I’m a nerd and use a thermometer.
Add yeast and sugar. Mix and let stand until it starts to foam. It takes about 5 minutes.
Add the flour, cream of wheat, and salt.
Knead until the dough comes together. If you press on the dough and it springs back, it is kneaded enough. It takes about 5 minutes in the mixer fitted with a dough hook.
Grease a large bowl with olive oil. Add the dough. Cover with plastic wrap.
My fool-proof way to rise dough is to put it in a large Ziploc bag. I use this one over and over again just for this task. It creates a draft-free, warm environment that dough loves. Let the dough rise until it has doubled, about an hour.
Meanwhile, get the rest of your ingredients together. I like to cut my chicken into teeny pieces and generously cover it in seasoning. (You don’t have to do this, but it’s my favorite part of this pizza. My seasoning has the smallest hint of cinnamon in it, and it just works so well with everything else.) Chop up some crispy bacon, shred some gouda (a great kid job!), and slice and dice some peppers and onion. I use a pre-shredded cheese from Trader Joe’s. (I buy 3 at a time every time I go to TJ’s.)
Preheat the oven to 450°.
Divide the dough in half. Spray a quarter sheet pan with cooking spray. Press the dough as evenly as you can into the pan.
Spread a thin layer of BBQ sauce over the dough. Generously sprinkle the cheese over the surface. Top with bacon, peppers, and onions.
Bake for 10-15 minutes or until the dough is cooked through and the cheese is melted. Top with chopped cilantro.