BBQ chicken pizza recipe with Homemade Whole Wheat Crust

I take pride when I make recipes from scratch, especially when the results are delicious! Dave and I grilled up a couple extra chicken breasts because we figured we could have more chicken during the rest of the week. We usually throw it in a salad, stir fry, or make chicken tacos, but we decided to bust out the ol’ BBQ chicken pizza recipe. It’s very simple to make and if you go easy on the BBQ sauce and cheese, it’s a relatively healthy dish. We started with my homemade whole wheat crust recipe:

1 cup warm water
1 package (1 Tbsp) active dry yeast
1 Tbsp honey
2 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 cup unbleached white flour

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit
2. Combine water, yeast, honey, and 1 cup whole wheat flour in a large bowl and stir with bread mixer attachment for 5 minutes until smooth (you can use regular beaters on low).
3. Let dough rise in a warm place for 15 minutes.
4. Add remaining cup of whole wheat flour and white flour to dough.
5. Knead well on a flour-dusted surface and let rest 5 minutes
6. Pat dough evenly onto a baking sheet coated with non-stick spray
7. Add sauce, toppings, bake 15-20 minutes.
(We did 15 minutes but the middle was still a little doughy; I’d shoot for 17-18 min)We used two forks to shred the leftover grilled chicken and mixed it with barbeque sauce. We spread a thin layer on the crust as well to keep the dough moist.

We added a few sliced red onions and mozzarella then tossed it in the oven.

Since I’m cheap and refuse to use our air conditioning, I felt like I was baking as well from all the oven heat. Thankfully it was such a beautiful, cool evening so we decided to have a picnic outside our apartment! The pizza went well with our 2-buck Chuck from Trader Joe’s and a salad with roasted sunflower seeds, chopped dates, and balsamic vinaigrette. What’s your favorite homemade pizza recipe?

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