Chicken Pizza with Roasted Garlic (Easy Homemade Pizza)
If you love homemade pizza, you have to try this Chicken Pizza with Mozzarella & Roasted Garlic! This recipe provides step-by-step instructions to either grill it like a pro, or make it in your oven.
It’s been a little while since I’ve shared a pizza recipe with you guys! But, just because I haven’t blogged it, doesn’t mean I haven’t eaten it.
Rather than heating up the house with the oven in the summer, it’s just as easy and fast to cook a pizza on a grill.
However, this chicken pizza can also be made in the oven if you prefer. Totally up to you!
We usually make our homemade pizzas with whatever we happen to have on hand (it’s a great way to use up leftover odds and ends), and this Chicken Pizza with Mozzarella & Roasted Garlic is inspired by that clean-out-the fridge method.
About the ingredients for Chicken Pizza:
- For the crust, I bought a brand of locally-made frozen pizza dough. Feel free to make your own dough, or buy a refrigerated version. Whatever you are comfortable with is best.
- If you want a grilled pizza, but you’re not confident about your dough grilling skills, take an easy shortcut and use naan bread, like I did for my cobb pizza! This is also the FASTEST way to make this pizza!
- I used a good brand of store-bought pizza sauce here. Again, feel free to make your own, but pre-made pizza sauce is a shortcut I’m comfortable with taking. There’s some really good ones at the grocery store these days (I like San Marzano and Rao’s brands).
- For chicken, I pulled apart a cooked chicken breast that was left over from a meal earlier in the week. Rotisserie chicken or even leftover orange glazed chicken thighs works great, too!
- In my opinion, nothing beats big slices of fresh mozzarella on a pizza. With a fresh, milky flavor and super creamy texture, fresh mozzarella cheese is what I keep on hand for fancy toast and homemade pizza (if I don’t “snack” until it all disappears before I make the pizza). Save the deli slices for lasagna with cottage cheese, and use the fresh stuff for this pizza.
- I roasted my own garlic (instructions in recipe card) because it’s easy, cheap and makes the house smell delicious. If you’d rather buy roasted garlic from the olive bar at your store, hey – judgement free zone.
- I had spinach on hand so I used that for some leafy freshness, but arugula or kale would be great as well. I’ve also used leftover fajita veggies to add a little vegetable action to this pizza!
- You haven’t lived until you’ve eaten a pizza with everything bagel seasoning with caraway. There is always a jar of this seasoning mix in our cupboard and it always seems to make it’s way onto pizza crust.
How to Make Chicken Pizza In the Oven (Use a Pizza Stone!):
Don’t have a grill? Or is it winter and you don’t want to stand outside in the cold grilling?
I totally get it, and there are directions below to make this pizza entirely in the oven.
If you decide to go with this approach, I highly recommend a pizza stone. Pizza stones are a wonderful tool to have if you’re a pizza lover because they help to achieve a crispy crust on this chicken pizza without shelling out a few thousand dollars for an actual pizza oven.
I especially love a crispy crust on a Brussels sprouts pizza.
You simply throw the pizza stone in the oven as it preheats and once the oven comes up to temp you put the freshly stretched dough down on the stone and stick the stone back in the oven to crisp up the crust.
Make sure you brush up on how to care for your pizza stone to ensure it lasts a long time!
Do you cook chicken before putting on pizza?
YES, definitely. The pizza won’t cook long enough for raw chicken to cook all the way through on top of the pizza.
For this reason, I start with cooked chicken that has been pulled or chopped. Do NOT make this pizza with raw chicken!
The easiest way to get this pizza started is to buy a rotisserie chicken at the store and use some of the meat from that.
You can also roast or grill a chicken breast or a few thighs to come up with 1-1/2 cups of cooked chicken for your pizza. Use my buttermilk chicken marinade for extra juicy and flavorful chicken.
What to serve with pizza:
- 2 heads garlic, top of bulbs trimmed off so tops of cloves are exposed
- 1 ball (1 pound) of homemade pizza dough, or store-bought
- 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided (for grill directions)
- Nonstick cooking spray (for oven directions)
- 1/2 cup prepared pizza sauce
- 1-1/2 cups cooked and pulled/chopped chicken
- 4 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, thinly sliced
- 1 tablespoon Everything Bagel Seasoning
- 1 cup spinach leaves, torn
ROAST THE GARLIC
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Wrap garlic heads in foil and place on small rimmed baking pan. Transfer to oven and cook 1 hour or until garlic is dark golden brown and very soft. Remove from oven and let stand for 5 minutes or until cool enough to touch. Squeeze garlic cloves from their skin into a small bowl.
- Preheat grill for two-zone grilling: half of grill should be set to medium-high; other half should be off (indirect heat).
- Stretch and shape dough into 14-inch circle and place on pizza pan or large tray. Brush one side of dough with 1 tablespoon oil. Use hands to transfer dough to direct heat side of grill, oiled side down. Do not worry if dough becomes a little misshapen during the transfer. Cook 2 minutes, or until the dough releases itself from the grates (do not disturb dough before it releases).
- Brush top side of dough with remaining 1 tablespoon oil, then use tongs to flip dough. Cook 2 minutes or until dough releases from grates. Continue cooking dough 3 to 4 minutes longer or until dough is firm and grill-marked in all areas, flipping and rotating frequently but keeping grill closed when not flipping.
- Remove dough from grill and spread with sauce. Top with chicken, cheese, everything bagel seasoning and roasted garlic cloves.
- Transfer pizza back to grill on indirect heat side. Close grill and cook 8 to 10 minutes or until toppings are warmed through and crust is fully cooked.
- Remove pizza from grill and top with spinach. Cut and serve immediately.
- Place pizza stone in oven and preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
- Toss and stretch pizza dough into a 14-inch circle. Once oven is preheated, carefully remove pizza stone from oven and spray with cooking spray. Carefully place dough on stone. Transfer to oven and bake 12 minutes.
- Remove from oven. Spread crust evenly with sauce. Top with chicken, cheese, everything bagel seasoning and roasted garlic cloves.
- Return pizza to oven and bake for an additional 6 minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbly.
- Remove pizza from oven and top with spinach. Cut and serve immediately.
Home Chef Tips:
- Garlic can be roasted up to 3 days in advance. Keep in covered container in refrigerator until ready to use.
- To make Everything Bagel Seasoning, stir together 2 tablespoons each dried minced garlic, poppy seeds and white sesame seeds, plus 1 tablespoon each caraway seeds and kosher salt.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 2 slices
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 298Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 54mgSodium: 482mgCarbohydrates: 15gFiber: 2gSugar: 2gProtein: 18g