Grilled Barbecue Chicken Pizza

by Shawnda on July 16, 2007

in On the grill

No, really. It is. Forget what you’ve heard about that whole “three times” nonsense.

Grilled Pizza Dough

Grilled pizza is a high-risk high-reward dish. You must have everything ready to go. The coals must be perfect. You must be quick. One misstep and you’re eating cereal for dinner. If you succeed, you’re rewarded with an incredibly satisfying dinner.

The last time I attempted to grill pizza, I ended up eating a pile of mushy vegetables scraped from the blackened crust and chasing those with a handful of peanut M&Ms. This time, i was far more fortunate.

Barbecue Chicken and Pineapple Pizza

Next to rosemary, cilantro is probably my favorite herb. I’d love to say I walked out to my flourishing herb garden and snagged a handful to showcase for Weekend Herb Blogging hosted by The Chocolate Lady. I’d really love to but it has rained here 32 of the last 40 days and just about everything we planted has drowned. Tomatoes, peppers, basil, sage, parsley – man, what a shame. Even with tomatoes, there is such a thing as too much water.

Barbecue Chicken Pizza with Grilled Pineapples, Prosciutto, and Cilantro
1/3 recipe pizza dough
Olive oil
1 cup barbecue sauce, plus more for garnish
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 clove garlic, minced
1 can pineapple slices, drained (juice reserved)
3 slices prosciutto, chopped
1 handful fresh cilantro, chopped
1 cup mozzarella cheese, grated

Preheat oven to 450. Heat your grill to med-high.

Put 1/2 cup barbecue sauce, pineapple juice, garlic, and chicken breasts in a glass bowl to marinate for 30 minutes.

Place chicken breasts on grill and cook until juices run clear, approximately 6-7 minutes on each side. Remove from grill. Let rest for 10 minutes and then cut into chunks.

Using a rolling pin or the two-fist method, stretch out your pizza dough to the desired thickness. Brush one side of pizza dough with oil and place oiled-side down over the grill. Cook for about 3 minutes – the dough will begin to bubble on top. Oil the top side of the dough and flip, using tongs. Once the underside has cooked completely (approx 3 minutes), remove from the grill.

Brush pineapple slices with oil and grill until lightly marked on each side. Remove from the grill and cut into chunks.

Spread remaining barbecue sauce on pizza crust. Top with half of the cheese, cubed chicken, pineapple chunks, and chopped prosciutto. Top with remaining cheese and place into oven for 5 minutes, or until cheese has melted. Top with cilantro, drizzle with additional barbecue sauce, and serve.

Barbecue Chicken and Pineapple Pizza

Adapted from: Pizza, 50 Traditional and Alternative Recipes for the Oven and Grill


{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Katerina July 16, 2007 at 10:53 pm

Ohh! I am so glad you tried it again and it worked, it really is sooo good. The heat here makes me covet your rain :)


2 Katiez July 17, 2007 at 2:20 am

Your pizza looks wonderful! My nephew made grilled pizzas for us last time I was in the U.S. and they were great – loved the flavor!
I can relate to the rain. My garden is just starting to grow – we’ve had a couple of days of sunshine. With all the cool gray days it just stagnated. But I’ve lost two lots of tomatoes, now it’s too late… ;-(


3 Cheryl July 17, 2007 at 8:29 am

I am huge on making pizza on the grill. They are so good. I love yours and now want that for lunch.


4 Deborah July 17, 2007 at 9:35 am

Yay, you did it! This looks fabulous – congrats! :)


5 Deborah July 17, 2007 at 9:55 am

That looks amazing!


6 Wendy July 17, 2007 at 2:35 pm

Slightly nervous about trying this (the disasters sound pretty disasterous!) but it does look really fantastic. So fantastic, in fact, I HAVE to try it.


7 Renea July 17, 2007 at 8:23 pm

Looks awesome! I’ve never tried that.


8 Kate July 17, 2007 at 11:35 pm

This was exactly what I needed tonight. It was delicious! Thanks for the recipe!


9 Kitty July 18, 2007 at 9:27 am

Shawnda: that is so impressive, it looks like something you’d hope to get at one of the Mario Batali NY trendy pizza places.

I can’t wait to get a grill…someday….


10 Chris July 18, 2007 at 7:10 pm

Yeah!!! I am jealous, I must admit – but so excited for you! Now I have to go attempt to redeem my disaster on the grill.

Looks fantastic!


11 tara bethune-leamen July 19, 2007 at 12:08 am

wow! that looks so good


12 Madeline Miller July 20, 2007 at 12:34 pm

Bobby Flay has some seriously outstanding grilled pizza recipes in his Boy Gets Grill cookbook. Thanks for reminding me!


13 brilynn July 20, 2007 at 12:55 pm

I love grilled pizza, I’m glad you decided to give it another go!


14 the chocolate lady July 23, 2007 at 3:22 pm

What a great idea–better than heating your oven to 600 degrees to bake pizza in this heat!


15 Joe July 1, 2008 at 9:35 pm

Love your blog. I just made pizza on the grill myself. Would love your opinion, come take a look.



16 Aaron Thompson June 28, 2010 at 4:59 pm

Hi there, could I please use your pizza image to enter a competition to design a potatoe chip flavour ? your pizza just looks sooo good.


17 foodiebride June 28, 2010 at 5:09 pm

Go for it – good luck!


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