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BBQ Chicken Pizza

Make tonight pizza night and have BBQ chicken pizza with cauliflower crust

I feel like I have SO much to talk about. We all like lists, don’t we? I think I’m going to list out all my thoughts cause my brain is EXPLODING with everything I want to say!

1. How awesome is it that today is Wednesday? But feels like a Tuesday? I love this mind-trick. Just when I want to hate Tuesday, I all of a sudden love it cause it’s not really Tuesday! Every week should be 3 day weekends. It would make this mind-trick so glorious because it’d be REAL LIFE every week.

2. Okay so Labor Day has been over and done with. Anyone miss summer yet? No? I thought so. That bugger is still around and I’m praying it’ll cool down soon, or at least the humidity will subside.

3. Sooo, it’s September right? Or did something fall on my head so hard that I have been conked out and woke up to winter? Costco and every other craft store thinks it’s already NOVEMBER cause Christmas decorations and big blow & light up Santa’s and his reindeers are already on sale. Can’t we just enjoy what’s NOW and not 39485749 months away?

4. Please tell me you bought your $10 for $5 e-gift card for Starbucks on LivingSocial. Obviously this was pre-meditated cause why would they just so happen to have this awesome deal the day PSL & all the amazing seasonal drinks come back? It was pre-meditated AWESOMENESS. Salted caramel mocha is calling my name. It’s saying, “bring that $10 e-gift card here and spend it ALL on ME.” Yeah, my wallet is gonna have to get used to being empty this time of year. Starbucks has claimed its life, yet again.

5. I started doing this ab workout routine yesterday and I don’t know what lead me to believe that I wouldn’t be sore today. I should’ve known my months of inactivity would’ve lead to the ultimate soreness I’m feeling right now. Getting a hug from Jason and walking up the stairs and even LAUGHING is killing me. I’m so weak.

So putting myself through this torturous hell will justify EVERY second of me stuffing my face with this pizza. Don’t worry – it’s pretty healthy. That crust you see, it’s CAULIFLOWER.

I know, I should’ve already been on that train like 3 years ago but I’m slow. Using cauliflower to make crusts is life-changing and something I will definitely make again.

Although, I will say, if you’re expecting something crispy, this is a far cry from that. It’s mushy but so unbelievably good. There is a cauliflower taste (hm, really, Julie?) so it’s not really masked by the toppings but you can’t go wrong with it. I mean, unless you have some thing against the taste of cauliflower, in that case, I don’t think you should try this and just stick to your regular crusts.

Oh, can I mention that your whole house, after cooking the cauliflower, will smell like nasty man farts?

And when you open your garage, your neighbors will look at you funny and think that you just let one out?

Just warning you :)

It’s worth the fart smell though. Every stinkin’ second of it.

BBQ Chicken Pizza
Recipe type: Main Entree, Pizza
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Cook time: 
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Serves: One 12-inch pizza
  • 1 head of cauliflower
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • ½ cup cornmeal
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp. Italian seasoning
  • ¼ tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 8 boneless, skinless, chicken tenderloins, shredded
  • 1 cup BBQ sauce
  • 8 ounces fresh mozzarella, sliced thinly
  • ½ cup shredded mozzarella
  • Sliced red onions
  • Basil
  1. Chop the cauliflower into medium-sized pieces and heat up your large skillet to high heat. Add the oil and place the cauliflower in the skillet and stir to cover with oil then place a lid on your skillet. You’ll want the cauliflower to get a nice brown char on the outside but come back every now and then to turn it so it doesn’t burn. Let the cauliflower cook, covered, for 20-25 minutes, or until tender.
  2. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  3. After cauliflower is done, let it cool down for about 5 minutes then put it in a large blender. Sprinkle the cornmeal on top, along with the eggs, Italian seasoning, cayenne pepper, and salt & pepper, to taste.
  4. Puree the cauliflower until you have a thick but smooth batter.
  5. Cover your pizza pan with parchment paper and pour the batter into the center of the paper. Spread out evenly until you have a ½ inch thick crust.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes or until the crust is a deep, golden brown. I like mine darker, so I actually let it bake for a lot longer. It’s really up to you.
  7. While the crust is baking, prepare your chicken and toss it the BBQ sauce. Set aside.
  8. When crust is done, top with the chicken, mozzarella, and red onions.
  9. Place back in the oven to bake a little longer or until cheese melts.
  10. Top with basil.
  11. Cut, serve, & enjoy!
Adapted from Pinch of Yum



  1. 09/05/2012 at 6:30 am

    Yup… my FAVORITE FAVORITE FAVORRRRRRITE pizza ever. You tackled it Julie! I haven’t had it in forever and I’ve only made it once before! I need to change that. Your pictures are making me drool and with all the football Sundays coming up… I think I need to make this instead of a plateful of brownies. Or both?? ;)

    And I’ve never tried that cauliflower crust before! I’ve seen it a few times, but never have tried it for myself. Done deal. Gotta do it soon!

  2. 09/05/2012 at 7:14 am

    Hahahha nasty man farts. Way to sell it Julie! I’ve been meaning to try cauliflower crust, just haven’t done it yet. But if the result is man farts? Sign me up, hehe!!
    Anywhoooo….looks delish!

  3. 09/05/2012 at 7:57 am

    I’ve been wanting to try this recipe! Thanks for the easy instructions!

  4. 09/05/2012 at 8:29 am

    “nasty man farts” = true story. We use cauliflower for rice sometimes, and man, our house is STANKY after it’s chopped up — for like a day afterward! It is really good though (and worth the stench…I guess) :)

  5. 09/05/2012 at 8:39 am

    I still haven’t done the cauliflower crust thing!! I’m so glad you liked it, now I will for sure try it!! I love when you are bursting at the seems with so much to talk about! The lists crack me up!

  6. 09/05/2012 at 9:12 am

    There are just no words for how awesome this sounds and looks!!! I love a cauliflower crust and I love BBQ pizza… just have never thought to combine!

  7. 09/05/2012 at 9:39 am

    I’ve been dying to try cauliflower crust but haven’t yet… love your version!

  8. 09/05/2012 at 9:43 am

    we need to come up with a crispy version! I agree – it has soo much promise but i love my crust to be a bit crispier. love your toppings here, too!

  9. 09/05/2012 at 9:45 am

    I’m so praying for cooler weather and all things pumpkin for the fall.

    This pizza totally has me drooling. It looks scrumptious!

  10. 09/05/2012 at 10:04 am

    Oh how i love pizzza. oh how i love it soooo.

  11. 09/05/2012 at 10:06 am

    I’ve always wanted to try a cauliflower crust! And now I have to try it especially with that amazing pizza of yours!

    Thanks for the heads up on the living social deal. I just bought it :)

  12. 09/05/2012 at 10:10 am

    You’re not winning me over with the whole house of farts lol Sorry. BUT I’ll totally devour the topping mmmm one of my faaaavorite pizzas.

    And uh yeah – Tuesdays that are really Wednesdays are awesome but also scary because I’m totally behind on stuff. Can’t it be Tuesday? I need another day. No, seriously.

  13. 09/05/2012 at 10:15 am

    hahah Veggies does smell bad sometimes..

    Love that it is autumn, don’t love that stores are selling things 3 months ahead. I haven’t even seen Halloween items up yet and I’ve seen Christmas stuff!

  14. 09/05/2012 at 10:17 am

    Love the crust!

  15. 09/05/2012 at 11:17 am

    I read about cauliflower pizza crusts the other day and I must say I’m intrigued! yours looks gorgeous you wouldn’t guess it wasn’t a flour dough!

  16. 09/05/2012 at 11:38 am


  17. 09/05/2012 at 11:48 am

    This is so interesting with the cauliflower! And bbq chicken pizza is one of my all-time favorite pizza flavors anyway!

  18. 09/05/2012 at 12:08 pm

    Ha, you said man farts. So I guess I am a little late to this party as well. I’ve done all the other sub cauliflower recipes, but I have never made pizza crust with it. So guess what? My house will be smelling of these man farts this weekend, because I am craving pizza. My pizza to do list has gone to cauliflower and gluten free. I have never had either, so wish me luck:).

  19. 09/05/2012 at 12:41 pm

    Looks awesome, Julie!

  20. 09/05/2012 at 12:46 pm

    I kind of can’t believe that you did that cauliflower crust thing before me! haha I’ve been DYING to try this just haven’t really had the time to test it out yet. Now I must. PS- we can be in ab hell together today b/c yesterday at Crossfit we did a workout that involved 100 situps and then a bonus ab workout at the end that involved 3 minutes of planks, 60 russian twists and 60 mtn climbers. I.hurt.

    • 09/05/2012 at 1:47 pm

      LOL I’m actually really surprised I got to the cauliflower crust thing before you too. That means you MUST do it ASAP! Oof, ab workouts are such killer. Good luck recovering – just don’t sneeze. Or laugh. Or move. haha

  21. 09/05/2012 at 1:04 pm

    Looks looks amazing! I had to re-read the “The crust is cauliflower” because I couldn’t believe it. SO amazing.

  22. 09/05/2012 at 1:44 pm

    My mouth is watering- time for lunch! I’ll ignore the part about the nasty man farts :)

  23. Jennifer @ Mother Thyme
    09/05/2012 at 1:54 pm

    Holy moly this looks amazing! What a great combo with the cauliflower crust! Need. This. Stat!

  24. I love lists, they make my heart smile. All the holiday decorations already in stores freaks me out…

    And BBQ chicken pizza – the BEST! It’s our absolute favorite pizza to make in our house :)

  25. 09/05/2012 at 2:36 pm

    Haha. The fart smell. I’ve made this crust before. I rolled it pretty thin and put it on top of a stone. I can’t handle mushy pizza! Yours look really pretty. And the close-up! Very nice. :)

  26. 09/05/2012 at 3:04 pm

    BBQ Chicken Pizza is one of my faves! Totally going to trick my BF and make this with the cauliflower crust!

  27. 09/05/2012 at 3:31 pm

    I tried this crust once with my family – it didn’t go over well. But the topping on a real crust for this would be awesome!

  28. 09/05/2012 at 4:55 pm

    I’ve been wanting to try a cauliflower pizza crust! This looks amazing!

  29. Julie
    09/05/2012 at 5:34 pm

    WoW! I will definitely have to try this, despite the fart odor! LoL

  30. 09/05/2012 at 7:10 pm

    I haven’t tried the cauliflower crust pizza yet because I worry that leftovers will be really stinky and I can’t eat a whole pizza by myself at once, but when I get a chance to cook for others soon I’m going to give this a try, hopefully in someone else’s house :)

  31. 09/05/2012 at 9:17 pm

    LOL…you’re so hilarious Julie! This post made me laugh so much & gave me a tasty pizza to try. Double win!

  32. 09/05/2012 at 9:32 pm

    Oh, I was all over that Starbucks deal!! This pizza looks so good!!

  33. 09/05/2012 at 10:24 pm

    What a cool idea for pizza crust!

  34. 09/06/2012 at 8:12 am

    Hahaha so true about cauliflower…would never have thought to use for a crust. Can’t wait to trick my hubby and see what he says :-)

  35. 09/06/2012 at 10:05 am

    This pizza looks fantastic! Great job on starting a new ab workout… I’ve been saying it for months–I just need to do it!

  36. 09/06/2012 at 11:15 am

    I can’t believe the crust is made from cauliflower…that is insanity!

  37. 09/06/2012 at 11:20 am

    I don’t even care about this whole nasty-man-farts situation. I just need that bbq chicken pizza in my mouth-hole this instant!

  38. 09/06/2012 at 2:40 pm

    I need that ab workout just as much as I need a healthier pizza crust!

  39. 09/06/2012 at 3:29 pm

    Oh yes. I love cauliflower pizza crust!

  40. 09/06/2012 at 8:05 pm

    Oh, Julie – you’ve inspired me to make my own little list!

    1: I LOVE a 4 day work week. LOVE.
    2. Heck yes to that living social deal – and the cute girl in the ad covering her face with the coffee cup just happens to be one of my good friends!
    3.)BBQ chicken pizza is my life. I eat about 3 slices a week. Making this.

    Wow. What an unloading! That felt good.

  41. 09/06/2012 at 8:45 pm

    I haven’t tried the cauliflower crust yet but this looks awesome! I have to give it a try. And I love a good BBQ pizza!

  42. 09/12/2012 at 11:50 pm

    OHH. EEEMMM. GEEEEE! I am so sorry I didnt comment on this one when you first posted it! We already had this talk of how we seriously must be twins, because this is absolutely my favorite pizza ever! Then you have to go top it off by using a cauliflower crust?!? Whoa man! I have been wanting to use a cauliflower pizza crust for a while now. Now that I have my food processor, I am going to have to get on it :D


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