Make this Gluten-Free BBQ Chicken Pizza recipe for an easy weeknight meal the whole family will love. You can even make a double batch and freeze the pizza crust for a quick meal anytime.
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Pizza is the one dish my entire family can agree on. We all love it, and we all love to personalize our pizzas with our own ingredients. This recipe is made with BBQ chicken and sliced red onions, but you can use this pizza crust recipe to customize to make your own combinations. I love it with sun-dried tomatoes and basil, while my husband likes artichokes and olives, and my kids only want nitrate-free pepperoni and cheese.
While gluten-free pizzas have become more available in restaurants and grocery stores, we still prefer to make our own to avoid artificial ingredients and preservatives – plus I like to know what’s in my food.
This Gluten-Free Pizza Crust is So Delicious
This yummy, crisp pizza crust works well with any combination of toppings. I also have a Paleo pizza recipe for those of you avoiding grains and check out all of my gluten free recipes and Paleo recipes.
Tip: Press out the dough with your hands rather than use a rolling pin to make it easier and prevent the dough from sticking.
How To Make This Gluten Free BBQ Chicken Pizza – Step by Step
1. Heat oven to 425°F. In a large bowl, combine the gluten free flour, baking soda, basil, oregano, water, oil, eggs, and honey, and mix together until well combined.
2. Let the dough sit for about 5 minutes.
3. Place the dough on a pizza pan or cookie sheet. Put parchment paper or plastic wrap on top of the dough and use hands or a rolling pin to spread the dough out. Thickness of the dough will be about 1/4 inch. Bake for 15 minutes, at 425 degrees. Dough may crack, but that’s okay.
4. While the crust is baking, make the sauce, and prepare toppings. In a heavy saucepan, combine the BBQ sauce, tomato paste, and Italian seasoning, and heat until ingredients are well mixed. Remove from heat.
5. When crust is done, remove from oven, and spread the BBQ-tomato sauce on the crust. Sprinkle the bacon, chicken and onion, and then lastly the cheese.
6. Place the pizza back in the oven for 15 – 20 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and all toppings are golden brown.
7. Remove from the oven and let cool for a few minutes. Cut, serve and enjoy.
What If My Dough is Too Runny?
Your dough might be more runny depending on what gluten-free flour blend you use. All gluten-free flour blends are slightly different and even how you measure the flour can cause differences.
The dough should be more like cookie dough than runny batter. You can mix the dough for 3-4 minutes first, then adding more flour if needed (just a little at a time!) to thicken it up slightly.
Can I Make This Pizza Crust Dairy Free?
Yes. This gluten-free pizza recipe is already dairy-free. It uses olive oil. You can top the crust with your favorite dairy-free cheese. Another options is to leave the cheese off all together and brush on some dairy-free butter and sprinkle it with garlic salt, after its cooked.
Can I Substitute Something for The Egg in The Pizza Crust?
Sure, you can use a flax egg (2.5 tablespoons water + 1 tablespoon ground flax seed) to make the gluten-free pizza dough. Make sure to let your flax egg sit for 5-10 minutes until it get thick and egg-like. Just note that the crust won’t be a fluffy in the center.
Can I Substitute the Toppings?
Yes, you can use the pizza crust recipe as a base and then customize the toppings. Just be sure to follow the instructions to bake the crust first for 15 minutes. Then remove the crust from the oven and add your favorite toppings and bake for another 10-15 minutes.
- Your favorite cheeses, such a ricotta, gouda, etc.
- Cured meats, salami, prosciutto, etc.
- Vegetables such as bell peppers, mushroom, onions, tomatoes, etc.
- Fresh herbs like parsley or basil
What’s a Good Side Dish for Pizza?
A fresh salad is always a great option as an appetizer or side dish. An antipasto salad with, tomatoes, red onions and black olives is a perfect pairing for pizza. A simple garden salad is also a good option as it’s nice and light, and vegetarian-friendly.
Top Tips For Gluten-Free Pizza Crust
- Let the dough ferment, even though there’s no yeast in this recipe. With a gluten-free pizza crust, the starchy ingredients take some time to absorb the moisture from the wet ingredients. Therefore, allowing the mixture to ferment before baking, either at room temperature or in the refrigerator, is vital. Most recipes will have a suggested “rest” time for the dough. Be sure to follow the instructions for the best results.
- Gluten-free pizza dough recipes often yield a crust that is on the thinner side. If you prefer your pizza crust to reach greater heights, you can use 1 teaspoon of xanthan gum for a little extra rise.
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Gluten-Free BBQ Chicken Pizza
- 3/4 cup BBQ sauce
- 2 tbsp tomato paste
- 1 tsp dried Italian seasoning
- 2 roasted chicken breasts cut into bite-sized pieces
- 1 red onion thinly sliced
- 1/2 cup cooked bacon crumbled
- 1 cup mozzarella cheese shredded
- 1/4 cup parmesan cheese grated
- Heat oven to 425°F.
- In a large bowl, combine gluten-free flour, baking powder, basil, oregano, water, oil, eggs, and honey, and mix together until well combined.
- Let sit for about 5 minutes.
- Place the dough on a pizza pan or cookie sheet. Put parchment paper or plastic wrap on top of the dough and use hands or a rolling pin to spread the dough out. Thickness of the dough will be about 1/4 inch. Bake for 15 minutes, at 425 degrees. Dough may crack, but that's okay.
- While the crust is baking, make the sauce, and prepare toppings. In a heavy saucepan, combine the BBQ sauce, tomato paste, and Italian seasoning, and heat until ingredients are well mixed. Remove from heat.
- When crust is done, remove from oven, and spread the BBQ-tomato sauce on the crust. Sprinkle the bacon, chicken, and onions on the crust. Then top with mozzarella and parmesa cheese.
- Place the pizza back in the oven for 15 - 20 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and all toppings are golden brown.
- Remove from oven and let sit for a few minutes to cool down. Cut and serve.
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