For years, I tried to stay away from pizza because modern diet culture called it "junk food" or "unhealthy." But just like almost everything in the food science world, there's a spectrum of nutrition each food fits into and it's not as black and white as "unhealthy" vs "healthy."
Granted, there are plenty of pizza options out there that aren't the best for you (like the ones that need extra napkins just for soaking up all the excess oil...ew), but not all pizza is created equal.
My husband has taught me this every day of our marriage! He LOVES pizza no matter who makes it but also knows that there's cheap pizza, fast pizza, gourmet pizza, and really really good pizza.
So I set out to create a pizza that was cheap, fast, gourmet, AND really really good. Not just good like "mmmm this is so tasty" but also good for you, like there's actually some "healthy" options in there!
And guess what - today's Easy 30 Minute BBQ Chicken Pizza really is the pizza of your dreams! All you need is some simple ingredients, 15 minutes of prep time, and an oven and you're set!
Start by making your homemade pizza dough. You'd never guess it could be done with [two] ingredients but it's a thing and once you try it, you'll never go back!
Make your whole wheat self-rising flour by whisking together the flour, baking powder, and salt until well combined. Now you'll never have to buy a bag of self rising flour from the store!
Make a well in the center of the bowl and add in the greek yogurt (picture 1).
Note: nonfat greek yogurt is actually better for this dough recipe than full fat greek yogurt because of the moisture content. Don't try using anything other than nonfat or you'll be disappointed (and messy). Also, greek yogurt is THE only yogurt that works - don't try using regular yogurt.
Now, just fold the yogurt into the flour until a crumbly dough forms (picture 3). Don't worry if there's leftover flour at the bottom, it'll come together once you start kneading!
Turn the dough onto a well floured surface and knead by hand, incorporating all the excess flour and crumbs, until the dough is firm. Add more flour as necessary if the dough still seems a bit wet and sticky - I usually add 2-4 tablespoons.
Once the dough is ready, sprinkle more flour on top and roll out into a 12" circle. Gently roll up the edges (pictured below) to form a "crust." Your pizza should now be about 11" in diameter.
Layer on the spinach, 3/4 of the cheese, BBQ chicken, red onions, the remaining cheese, and the red chili flakes. S
pray the crust with cooking spray and sprinkle on the garlic salt. Trust me when I say the garlic crust makes ALL the difference!
After baking, top with the crispy bacon, fresh cilantro, and drizzle on the remaining BBQ sauce. Et voila! You've got the easiest and tastiest healthy BBQ chicken pizza ever!
Of course! Just know that the nutrition facts will be different than what I calculated.
Yes! The 2-ingredient pizza dough recipe works with all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, and gluten-free all-purpose flour. Just use the exact same amount of gluten-free flour as the recipe calls for.
Either you didn't flour your surface and your hands or you didn't add enough flour to the dough. Even though the recipe calls for 1 cup, technically it needs about 3-4 tablespoons more flour by the end, which comes from the floured surface, hands, and intentionally adding more flour as you knead.
Because the pizza is baked in a traditional oven at only 450°F, the temperature isn't hot enough to cook the dough with a wet sauce on top. Tossing the chicken in the BBQ sauce and drizzling more on top at the end allows for the dough to crisp up in the oven without over-baking the rest of the pizza.
Not only did I use whole wheat flour, greek yogurt, and turkey bacon, but I also added spinach and a better brand of BBQ sauce! In fact, each slice of pizza is less than 200 calories with 21g of protein! So if you have two slices, that's 42g of protein!
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Ok now hurry and stock up on the ingredients so you can make this healthy BBQ chicken pizza, like, tonight! It's seriously SO good and you'll want to add it to the weekly menu rotation permanently.
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This 30 Minute BBQ Chicken Pizza is so easy to make and insanely delicious. The dough requires no yeast and is topped with fresh spinach, mozzarella, BBQ chicken, red onions, turkey bacon, and cilantro. Oh, and don't forget the garlic crust!
*For gluten-free diets, you can use an equal amount of gluten-free all-purpose flour.
**If you have a pizza stone or a 12" cast iron skillet, you don't need parchment paper.
Nutrition facts are a calculated estimate of one slice of pizza.
Serving: 1 slice / Calories: 198 / Fat: 4.7g / Saturated Fat: 2.1g / Sodium: 540mg / Carbohydrates: 18.1g / Fiber: 2.1g / Sugar: 3.2g / Protein: 21g
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