I’m always coming up with new pizza ideas because, well, who doesn’t love pizza? It’s a quick and easy meal to prepare and we almost always have leftovers, which is just an added bonus! We also love cooking up pizza at home for ‘date night’ — pizza, wine and a movie = a fabulous Friday night!
We had some leftover chicken sausage in the freezer and, knowing the hubby’s love of pepperoni/meatball toppings, I thought this recipe would be a winner. I was so right! There are so many flavors of chicken sausage out there that you could make many different variations of this recipe. I used an apple chicken sausage which had a bit of sweetness to it, so I sautéed up some onions and the combination was absolutely delicious! The sweetness from the onions and sausage balanced out the saltiness of the mozzarella and acidity of the tomato sauce. AND I had leftovers for lunch the next day!
I was first introduced to “fancy” pizzas when I started working full-time right out of college. There happened to be a fantastic pizza place down the road with what seemed like an endless display of CRAZY delicious pizzas — everything from buffalo chicken ranch pizza to penne a la vodka pizza to Caesar salad pizza — how could I ever choose?! I was in pizza heaven. I could never imagine going back to plain old cheese pizza and luckily, when the hubby and I first started dating, there was another fancy pizza place a block from his apartment! Once we moved in together, we started making pizza at home as a quick (and healthier) solution to ordering out. When the hubby began cutting back on dairy in his diet, I came up with some pizza ideas that didn’t revolve around cheese. This BBQ chicken pizza is the recipe that I keep going back to — it’s quick, easy, and delicious!
The toppings on this pizza really impart so much flavor that you’ll never miss the cheese if you’re dairy-free or looking to cut more calories. Recently, I’ve been making the recipe half-and-half…that’s half with cheese and half without (my way of ensuring that I get my cheesy leftovers!). The tang of the BBQ sauce, the sweetness and bite of the red onion, and the heartiness of the chicken make for a satisfying weeknight meal. Just serve with a big side salad and you’re good to go.