BBQ Chicken Pizza: Paleo Spirit

Pizza has not been in my life for the last three years. And for the most part I am fine with that. But every now and then I crave pizza, and without a more healthful alternative I am liable to fall off the wagon and go for something really detrimental to my health. So…when I made the paleo pizza crust recipe and it turned out perfect (IMHO) I knew Barbecue Chicken Pizza had to be on the agenda.

BBQ Chicken Pizza | Paleo Spirit

Have you ever had BBQ Chicken Pizza? If not, you really should try it…and soon (or at least after you are done with your “strictly paleo plan” or Whole30, if you are doing that right now). I first became acquainted with this dish while in college at Texas A&M University in College Station, TX. The restaurant that served this pizza was a popular destination when you wanted to impress your date. I seem to recall being less impressed with my date than with the BBQ chicken pizza. Sorry.

Fort Worth Fun

Speaking of Texas, this past Christmas holiday our family made the journey from New Jersey back to my Texas home. It was the first time we have been there for Christmas in years. We took the opportunity to not only visit family but take a side trip to Fort Worth. My Maryland-born husband wanted the full “Cow Town” experience so we took in a few sights in the Stockyards area of the city.

Fort Worth photography by Lea Valle

We shopped for boots at M.L. Leddy’s (could not afford them!) and got in touch with our Texas heritage.

Photography by Lea Valle

We took in Pawnee Bill’s Wild West Show featuring trick roping, trick riding, trick shooting, a bull whip act, Indian Ceremonial dance and cowboy songs – a full historical experience of the original show from the turn of the 20th century. We also marveled at the longhorn cattle.

Forth Worth photography by Lea ValleCowboys | photography by Lea Valle

In fact, we were so enchanted by the longhorn cattle, Nathaniel even had his photograph taken atop one of those hefty beasts. To the right, in the photo below, is my mother as a young girl with a longhorn in Galveston, TX.  I had no idea this was a Texas family tradition.

LR Nat and Nonna with longhorn

Billy Bob’s Texas

It was New Year’s Eve Day when we visited Fort Worth and it dawned on us we would be remiss if we did not check out nearby Billy Bob’s Texas. Billy Bob’s is the “World’s Largest Honky Tonk” and sits within walking distance to all the sites in the Stockyards. We mosied over there in the early evening – before the crowds arrived – to play some pool and just take in the sites and sounds.

Playin' Pool at Billy Bob's | photography by Lea Valle

Billy Bob's Pool Party | photography by Lea Valle

We finished the evening with gigantic steaks at the famous Cattlemen’s Steak House before welcoming the New Year from the comfort of our hotel room.

Our trip to Texas was wonderful mainly for the time with family and friends we have longed to see. Just being back in that friendly state warmed our hearts and made us wish we had more time to take it all in. For now we will have to be satisfied with small reminders.

Barbecue Chicken Pizza


Instructions for making BBQ Chicken Pizza (Gluten-free/Grain-free)

Preheat the oven to 350° F. Prepare the paleo pizza crust and pre-cook according to instructions (approximately 12 minutes on a pre-heated pizza stone). Combine the diced chicken and 2 tablespoons of barbecue sauce. (Best if preheated a bit). Cover the pizza crust with 1/4 cup barbecue sauce. (I used “Bone Suckin’ Sauce” which contains some honey but mostly clean ingredients and no gluten.)bone suckin sauce Paleo Pizza with BBQ Sauce | Paleo Spirit

Top with 1 cup of grated gouda cheese (or cheese of your choice – smoked gouda would be great).

Paleo Pizza with BBQ Sauce and Cheese | Paleo Spirit

Add thinly sliced purple onions.

Paleo Pizza BBQ Chicken

Top with BBQ flavored chicken and 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro.

Paleo Pizza BBQ Chicken | Paleo Spirit

Place into the preheated 350° F oven onto a hot pizza stone and cook for approximately 10 minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbly. Top with remaining 1 tablespoon of chopped fresh cilantro. Slice and serve immediately.

BBQ Chicken Pizza | @paleospirit

I hope you enjoy the pizza. Thanks for reading! Bye y’all. (Print friendly recipe below)

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Barbecue Chicken Pizza
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BBQ Chicken Pizza on a Paleo Pizza Crust (Grain-free, Gluten-free)
Recipe type: Pizza
Cuisine: American
Serves: 4-8
  • 1 cup diced, cooked chicken
  • 2 tablespoons barbecue sauce
  • ¼ cup barbecue sauce
  • 1 cup grated Gouda cheese
  • ¼ medium purple onion, very thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 paleo pizza crust
  1. Prepare the paleo pizza crust and precook approximately 12 minutes
  2. Mix the diced chicken with 2 tablespoons of BBQ sauce and warm up
  3. Spread ¼ cup of BBQ sauce onto precooked crust
  4. Top with 1 cup of grated cheese, sliced onions, chicken and BBQ mixture and 1 tablespoon of chopped fresh cilantro
  5. Place in preheated 350 degree F oven onto a hot pizza stone and cook for approximately 10 minutes or until cheese is melted
  6. Remove from oven and top with remaining 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro Slice and serve immediately


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