Featured, Food, Italian, Quick and Easy

BBQ Chicken Pizza

Things are crazy around here–like usual–and sometimes cooking is the last thing I feel like doing at the end of a long day.  Unfortunately for my stress levels, I don’t like to buy pre-packaged meals or take a lot of short cuts when I cook.  So, every evening I rummage though the cabinets trying to find something quick, easy, healthy, tasty and that the kids will eat.  The last point is pretty important.  I  mean, I can make lentils with goat cheese, sprinkled with avocado and cilantro (wow! that sounds good) but be met with stink eye and shrieks from the kids.  That doesn’t help those stress levels.

Tyson sent me a coupon for their grilled chicken strips–which, quite honestly, I  wouldn’t normally buy.  I mean, why buy pre-grilled chicken when I can just grill some up myself?

I’ll tell you why—I don’t always think ahead and wind up wishing I would have taken the chicken out to thaw  (but didn’t) or coming home at 7 pm after swim practice and realizing the grill is out of gas and having no back up plan and just hoping   wishing I would have just been more organized.  In those particular circumstances, these strips come in quite handy.

On this particular evening, we were home late.  Survivor was about to begin and I had nothing.  NOTHING ready for dinner at all.  The kids were starving and my energy was way down.

Luckily, I did have some pre-made pizza dough on hand.  Homemade pizza dough makes me feel like a superstar mom!  It is really easy and quick to make but no one seems to do it anymore.

I grabbed the Tyson pre-grilled chicken strips and dumped them in a skillet with about 1/2 cup of BBQ sauce. I tossed these around a bit until all of the pieces were coated and the chicken was warm all the way through.

While the chicken was warming, I flattened the dough and coated with a thin layer of olive oil and more BBQ sauce.  I would guess I used about 1/2 cup of BBQ sauce on the crust and next time would add a bit more.

I sprinkled the BBQ coated chicken, a couple of handfuls of pre-shredded mozzarella cheese (for convenience sake only!) and a bunch of  spinach (sliced into strips)  from my garden evenly on the pizza crust.  (Not only did I get a homemade element in this easy pizza–I even had some home grown spinach!  I am such an awesome mom.)

Oops, I forgot to mention that I pre-heated the over to 500 degrees while I was assembling the pizza.  When I was ready to bake, I lowered the oven temperature to 425 degrees.  I baked for about 14-19 minutes.

About 30 minutes after we walked in the door, I was ready to serve homemade BBQ chicken pizza with fresh spinach to my family.  I was able to drink wine and watch Survivor and feel like a superwoman!

Disclaimer: Tyson did send me a coupon for their grilled chicken strips.  This review and recipe was written by me–without anyone telling me what to say.  Okay?