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This Vegan BBQ Chicken Pizza features homemade gluten-free, vegan pizza crust topped with a layer of my Pumpkin BBQ Sauce, vegan mozzarella cheese, vegan blue cheese, plant-based chicken, red onion, and fresh cilantro for the most delicious homemade pizza!
For as much as a pizza lover that I am it’s weird that I don’t have more pizza recipes on the blog… I do have my Beet Hummus Pizza, Vegan Meatball Pizza, Kale + Crispy Chickpea Sweet Potato Crust Pizza, and Caramelized Peach and Red Onion Arugula Pizza, but I think I’m going to be adding more homemade pizzas on the blog this year. And those pizzas are all delicious, but they are more unique pizzas… sometimes I think I’m just craving a classic, like a good BBQ Chicken Pizza 😉
The homemade gluten-free, vegan crust is simple to make and doesn’t require any rise time with the use of quick yeast. There’s just 7 simple ingredients in this crust: gluten-free 1:1 baking flour, baking powder, salt, coconut/maple sugar, 1 packet of quick yeast, olive oil, and warm water. You’ll combine the warm water with the quick yeast and sugar and let it proof for about 5-10 minutes. Meanwhile, combine the flour, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl and whisk to combine. When the yeast is bubbly/foamy, add that to the flour along with the olive oil and gently stir to create your pizza dough!
Press the dough out onto a flat, parchment-lined baking sheet and roll the edges up slightly to create that traditional pizza crust edge. You don’t want the dough to be too thick or the center won’t bake all the way through, so make sure you press it out enough. It will rise slightly with the use of yeast and baking powder. I’ve also made this Vegan BBQ Chicken Pizza in a cast iron skillet and it was also scrumptious that way!
To get the crust edges nice and golden you can brush it with olive oil, coconut oil, or plant-milk before baking. I used oat milk and it worked great.
I happened to have some of my Pumpkin BBQ Sauce in the fridge already made, but to make it for this pizza is really quick and easy. This barbecue sauce doesn’t have a pumpkin flavor if that’s what you’re wondering, but rather I add pure pumpkin puree to the sauce to add some nutritional value! It’s both sweet and tangy and comes together in just 10 minutes. You won’t use the whole batch for the pizza so it’s great for other recipes, especially as we are in the midst of grilling season.
If you feel like using store bought BBQ sauce, that’s fine, I just like to make mine at home so I know exactly what’s going into it and to avoid a ton of added artificial sweeteners. Make sure the ketchup you use is clean as well.
I use two different kinds of vegan cheese on this pizza: vegan mozzarella cheese, which is pretty easy to find in grocery stores these days, and vegan blue cheese, which is specially made by the Follow Your Heart brand (not sponsored). I like to add the vegan blue cheese as it gives this pizza a fun, unique flavor, but if you can’t find it, using just the mozzarella is fine and the pizza still tastes amazing!
I love the sweetness of red onion, especially if you sauté them with a little bit of oil and salt, which I suggest doing before adding them to the pizza.
There are lots of options for plant-based chicken out there now! Pick your favorite, or if you prefer you can use real chicken, but I encourage you to try this with plant-based chicken on a Meatless Monday or something and see how you like it! Alternatively, if you can’t find any plant-based chicken, you can use tofu cut into strips or chunks! I like to cut mine into smaller strips and then precook it with a little oil in a skillet before adding it to my pizza. You can sauté the chicken and onion together in the same skillet to on save time (and cleaning!).
Lastly, garnish with fresh cilantro and enjoy!
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*Pizza crust recipe adapted from Orchids & Sweet Tea.
**Vegan Blue Cheese is made by the Follow Your Heart brand and is optional, but if you can find it- I recommend it! I found mine at Whole Foods.