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Light BBQ Chicken Pizza

19 reviews / 4.4 average

I've always been fashionably late with... fashions.

Like Capris. As a brace-faced-bad-bangs 8th grader, I was convinced that I would never ever wear them. My friends went capri crazy but I resisted. As luck would have it, I came to realize that my friends were right and now I have a closet full of capris from my late-bloomer capri phase in the late 90's. Sweet.

Twitter. I'll get back to you on that one.

Jeggings. I didn't want to wear them, like, this year. But then my sister told me they were cool so I bought them. And now I wear them all the time, and I'm crossing my fingers that the fad is still a fad and I'm not just 5 years behind the fashion train again.

Speaking of jeggings, do you wear them in the summer?

How? And why?


Cauliflower pizza crust.

So it figures that I'd be about 10 years late on the cauliflower crust fad with this BBQ Chicken Pizza, but I don't care if I'm 100 years late on this one. All that matters is that I've arrived here at the point of making cheesy, filling pizzas that are secretly packed with vegetables.

I don't mean to say that I don’t like cauliflower, cause I really love it. Er, I take it back. Love is a strong word. Does anyone truly LOVE cauliflower? {Update: I DO! A few batches of creamy cauliflower garlic rice later, I really do!}

Whether or not you love cauliflower is beside the question. This crust is a delicious alternative to traditional pizza crust and it holds up incredibly well under a mountain of toppings and a bucket of cheese. Wait, no no no, this is light and I didn't put a bucket of cheese on top. I didn't.

Don't like BBQ Pizza? You're weird. But you could actually still make this sneaky-healthy-crust and top it with whatever other weird-o toppings that you like, cause you're weird like that.

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Light BBQ Chicken Pizza

  • Author: Skillful Cook
  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Yield: 8 1x


This light BBQ chicken pizza has just 200 calories per slice thanks to a cauliflower pizza crust. Healthy, colorful, and full of BBQ flavor!


  • 1 head cauliflower
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup cornmeal
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 cup barbecue sauce
  • 1 cup cooked, shredded chicken
  • 3/4 cup shredded Mozzarella cheese
  • thinly sliced red onions
  • fresh cilantro


  1. Chop the cauliflower into medium pieces. Heat a large skillet over high heat. Add the oil and heat until shiny. Place the cauliflower in the hot oil, stir to cover with oil, and place a lid on the skillet. Check skillet every few minutes to keep cauliflower from burning, but let it get a nice browned roasted outside. Continue to let cauliflower cook, covered, for about 10-15 minutes, or until tender-crisp. Let cool for a few minutes.
  2. Preheat the oven to 450. In a blender or large food processor, place eggs, cornmeal, and seasoning. Place cauliflower in blender and puree until you have a semi-smooth, thick batter. Cover a pizza pan with parchment paper and pour batter into the center of the paper. Spread until you have about a 1/2 inch thick crust or thinner if desired.
  3. Bake the crust for about 20 minutes, checking occasionally to keep from burning. I liked the crispy edges, so I recommend letting it brown a little bit more than a normal crust.
  4. While crust is cooking, coat chicken with barbecue sauce. When the crust is cooked through and golden brown, remove and top with barbecue chicken, half the cheese, red onion, and the rest of the cheese. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until cheese is melted and golden. Top with cilantro, slice, and serve!
  • Prep Time: 30 mins
  • Cook Time: 40 mins
  • Category: Dinner
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: healthy pizza recipe, bbq chicken, bbq chicken pizza, pizza recipe

FYI, every time I type this little section at the bottom, I have to do some mad HTML coding. That's right. I make cauliflower pizza crust and I do HTML coding.

I don't even know who I am right now.

Post Update: I've continued the cauliflower craziness with a Healthy Fettucine Alfredo recipe that includes a cauliflower sauce. Click here to check it out.

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  1. Skillful Cook Logo

    I wore my black jeggings yesterday with an oversized shirt and flat ballet pumps. I think it worked despite my initial scepticism. And I also remember the non-capri phase of my youth, I’m only just coming to terms with the fact that I might be able to wear them now.

    I’ve seen this cauliflower crust around and it gets such rave reviews that I have no excuse for not having tried it yet. Love the BBQ toppings.

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    I’m always a bit fashionably late too. I swore I would never wear chucks and now I have 5 pairs. I swore I would never wear skinny jeans and now that’s the only kind of jeans that I own. I swore that I would never make a cauliflower pizza crust but I’m sure I’ll be making these in no time!

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    Wait. What? Cauliflower pizza is a thing? I didn’t know that. I hate cauliflower but I have to try this! I was actually just about to get up and try making a bean and buckwheat flour pizza (I know…) but I think I’ll try this instead. That way I can get rid of the bag of cauliflower taking up precious space in my freezer. 🙂

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    this looks SO good. It stopped me in my tracks as I was going through my reader. I love that this is with a cauliflower crust — something on my to-do list! I love HTML coding 🙂 because I’m a nerd like that! As in, real life nerd, so it makes me happy to see you coding 😉

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    I can totally relate to jumping late on the capris-train! 🙂 And I still haven’t tried jeggings, so you can always know there’s someone more behind than you!

    Cauliflower crust, though…. definitely on my to-do list.

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        Haha – I am totally in the lead for cute zoo apparel. I should put that on my resume for sure!

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    I’ve been meaning to try cauliflower crust forever. Guess I’m late to the party, too. And instead of being behind on trends, I tend to skip them completely. Fashion just doesn’t work on me 🙂
    PS- this looks awesome! I can’t wait for lent to be over so I can eat chicken again!

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    Hi…found your site through Pinterest. Wonderful recipes and photography!

    I actually love cauliflower, so will definitely try this. Gotta love that low calorie count. Thanks for sharing.

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    If I make this for dinner, does that cancel out the bag of trail mix and half-sleeve of Thin Mints that I ate for breakfast? Please say yes, since this was supposed to be the day I started losing weight… but then it was a Monday and I was late for work and my computer said that my entire documents folder didn’t exist and the call of chocolate was just too strong… You understand, right?! 🙂

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      No no no. Documents folder GONE? Please tell me it was recovered. And obviously yes, this cancels out anything else bad from your day. Probably from your whole life.

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    I’ve been wondering how you do that nutritional stats thing b/c I can’t find any online calculator that looks like this one. Do you create it yourself? Mad props if so, I can’t code a darn thing!
    I’ve jumped on the twitter and jeggings bus within the past year but have yet to do the whole cauliflower thing, go figure!

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    Oh wow, that pizza looks AMAZING. Am I weird that I’m an insane cauliflower lover? Like, “polish off a head of cauliflower in one sitting” cauliflower fan. Its the best veggie to dip with hummus, in my opinion, because it never overpowers the flavor of the hummus.

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      I feel like everyone and their mom was on that cauliflower pizza train a few months ago. Everyone except me. And you. 🙂 I’m glad I’m not the only one living in the dark!

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    Sounds really interesting! I have tried to incorporate cauliflower in our diet and was not very successful… I’ve pureed it before, it was not the best thing. I’ll try this now!

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    I still haven’t tried this crust. It looks so good though. I need to try and sneak it by mu husband. I was totally behind on the Twitter thing too!

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    I made it and it was yummy! I was worried about the cauliflower tasting like… cauliflower, so when I was sauteing it I added lots of garlic powder and salt. And when I pureed everything, I added lots of fresh basil. It still tasted a little bit like cauliflower, but not so much that it was bad. And I put mine on a Silpat and then on a pizza stone so it’d get super crunchy. It was great! And thanks for the answer about how much cauliflower to use. 🙂

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    Oooh, love bbq pizza! Don’t worry about being late, because that’s always me. In fact, I’ve seen but haven’t tried the cauliflower crust yet. It looks awesome though!

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