Figuring out what to feed our hungry, but picky eaters often presents a challenge and unwanted stress. When the family looks to you, fellow mom, to answer this all important daily question, they anticipate something that will bring a smile to their face. While you only anticipate something that doesn’t resemble chicken nuggets in the shape of a dinosaur. And perhaps you’ve already become tired of the winter rotations of soups and stews. What to make to please everyone?
It’s the normal daily dilemma many of us face. While this meal requires some minor advanced planning, it is easy to whip up and just as easily devoured. With some help from our kitchen counterpart- the crockpot- and a crust dreams are made of, this pizza delivers on the promise to be as good as it sounds.
What’s not to love about pizza? I love experimenting with pizza because they are so versatile. Seriously, this isn’t college- if you haven’t broadened your horizons of “homemade” pizza beyond one that comes from a box in your freezer and contains a processed cheese-stuffed crust, then I highly question many other decisions you’ve made in your life.
First, let’s get to the bottom of this- and by bottom, I mean the crust. I personally love a crust that is thick and chewy, with a little crunchy finish from a sprinkle of cornmeal. Now, to save more time, you could always opt for a store-bought crust. But honestly, I’ve been disappointed by so many that I made the profound decision to walk away and I never looked back. My all-time favorite recipe for a perfect pizza crust is from none other than Sally’s Baking Addiction. Prepare to be amazed! I’m just saying.
When making this recipe, I knew I wanted to keep things simple. Of course all BBQ chicken pizzas have two things in common: chicken and BBQ sauce. As far as the supporting ingredients, I chose traditional mozzarella cheese (a safe pizza choice). But I didn’t want a run-of-the-mill BBQ chicken pizza. So then I decided to bring in the big guns. The show stopper. The unmatched vegetable of all things good- onions. But not just any onions- we’re talking caramelized onions… Oh, yea. This ingredient tends to intimidate people, but it’s actually pretty elementary to prepare. And here’s how:How to Caramelize Onions. This knowledge just might change your life. You’re welcome.
1 Prepared Pizza Crust, according to directions
1 lb. Split Chicken Breasts (bone in, skin on)
3/4 Cup Water
Salt & Pepper
16 oz. Good BBQ Sauce
1 Large White Onion, Caramelized
2 Cups Fresh Mozzarella, Grated
1/4 Cup Cilantro, Roughly Chopped
Place room temperature chicken breasts in crockpot. Season generously with salt and pepper. Add 3/4 cup of water. Cook on low for 6 hours. Allow chicken to cool, pull off skin, remove bones, and shred to desired thickness. Add 1/2 cup of BBQ sauce to shredded chicken. Smother the remaining sauce on the pizza crust. Top with 1 cup of cheese, shredded chicken, and caramelized onions. Add remaining cup of cheese on top. Finish baking according to pizza crust directions. Remove from the oven and finish off with the chopped cilantro.
From my humble kitchen to yours…enjoy!
The Humble Homemaker