BBQ Chicken Apple Pizza
Absolutely all five nutrient-rich food groups (grains, vegetables, fruits, milk/cheese and meat/protein) are represented in this sweet-savory barbecue chicken pizza.
  • Makes: Makes 1 pizza, cut into 8 or 10 slices
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Difficulty Rating: Intermediate

  • Nutrition Highlights: You’re on your way to eating more whole grains every day if you make this pizza with whole wheat crust instead of white.

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  • Recipe From: My Indiana Home

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon unsalted butter
  • 2½-2¾ cups onions, thinly sliced (¼-inch) and halved (roughly one large onion weighing 14 ounces before peeling and cutting off ends)
  • 2 large apples, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 pre-baked, purchased whole wheat pizza crust (10-12 ounces, 11-inch round)
  • ⅔ cup barbecue sauce
  • 4 ounces cooked boneless, skinless chicken breast, diced or shredded
  • ¾ cup smoked Gouda cheese, shredded
  • ¾ cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • additional barbecue sauce for drizzling over top, optional
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Instructions

  1. Preheat oven (and pizza stone) to 450°F or temperature indicated on pizza crust package.
  2. In a large 12-inch skillet over medium heat, heat oil and butter. When they are hot, add onion slices; cover and cook, stirring frequently, for 10 minutes. Remove lid, increase heat just slightly, and cook additional 7 to 10 minutes, stirring frequently, until onions have reduced in size and are soft and slightly golden brown.
  3. Add apples and cook, stirring constantly, another 2 to 4 minutes, until apples are just barely starting to soften. (Aim for crisp-tender.) Remove skillet from heat and set aside.
  4. Spread barbecue sauce evenly on pizza crust and top evenly with chicken and Gouda cheese. Spoon apple-onion mixture evenly over entire pizza, then sprinkle with mozzarella cheese.
  5. Bake 8 minutes, or until ingredients are hot and cheese is melted. If desired, drizzle a very small amount of barbecue sauce over top.

Tips & Notes

Traditional white or yellow onions, such as Spanish or Bermuda, work best with this pizza. Use Granny Smith apples if you prefer a tarter apple flavor to balance the sweet sauce. Other apples such as Honeycrisp, Jonagold, Fuji, Gala and Golden Delicious, work extremely well on this pizza.

5 COMMENTS

  1. […] BBQ Chicken Pizza with Caramelized Onions and Apples • Adding a little butter along with the oil in the skillet helps provide that rich, caramelized flavor to the onions. • Traditional white or yellow onions, such as Spanish or Bermuda, work best with this pizza. • Use Granny Smith apples if you prefer a tarter apple flavor to balance the sweet sauce. Other apples such as Honeycrisp, Jonagold, Fuji, Gala and Golden Delicious, work extremely well on this pizza. • Convenient pre-baked whole wheat pizza crusts are easily found in most supermarkets today, either in the produce department, bread aisle or near the pizza supplies. • If you can’t find smoked Gouda in the deli cheese case, substitute all mozzarella or part provolone. But try not to skip the smoked Gouda – it adds a rich, deep, smoky flavor. • Add chopped jalapeño peppers for additional zesty spice if desired. • Absolutely all five nutrient-rich food groups (grains, vegetables, fruits, milk/cheese and meat/protein) are represented in this pizza! • You’re on your way to eating more whole grains every day if you make this pizza with whole wheat crust instead of white. […]

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