15 October 2010

Everyone needs easy, fast, go-to meals that can be made with pantry ingredients for busy evenings. This is one of mine.

Barbecue Chicken Pizza

2 cups chicken, cooked and diced
½ - ¾ cup of your favorite barbecue sauce
12” pizza crust (homemade or store-bought)
½ cup Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
Ranch dressing, optional
Cole slaw, optional

Preheat oven to 400°.

Combine chicken and barbecue sauce. Spread evenly over pizza crust. Top with cheese.

Bake for about 10 minutes or until cheese is melted.

Serve with ranch dressing for dipping or cole slaw for topping, if desired.

Makes 4 servings, two slices each.

Note: If you are using a homemade crust, you will need to adjust the baking time. The store-bought one that I use is pre-baked.

Like I said, this is a great go-to meal because everything comes out of the pantry (except the cheese, but I always have cheese in the fridge!). Here is the crust I buy at Meijer:

In the past I have made my own barbecue sauce, but then we found a store-bought one that we really like. It's Sweet Baby Ray's Honey Chipotle. It is really good. Sweet, but with quite a kick from the chipotle. In the summer, we went through about two bottles a month!

I like my pizza dipped in ranch dressing. There is something about the combination of the sweet and spicy from the pizza with the creamy and cool of the dressing. Really good. Jim likes cole slaw on his barbecue sandwiches, so this time I made some cole slaw to go with it and he put it on top of his pizza. He liked it.

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