Light BBQ Chicken Pizza

BBQ PizzaPinit

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?


Pizza Crust

So it figures that I’d be about 10 years late on the cauliflower crust fad, 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 donโ€™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.

4.6 from 15 reviews
Light BBQ Chicken Pizza
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Serves: 8
  • 1 head cauliflower
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • ½ cup cornmeal
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • ½ cup barbecue sauce
  • 1 cup cooked, shredded chicken
  • ¾ 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 ½ 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!


FYI, everytime 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. 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.

  2. 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!

  3. DYING to try the cauli crust! And yes, I actually DO love cauliflower, ha!

  4. 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. :)

  5. 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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

  6. Lizabeth K. says:

    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.

  7. 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!

  8. 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.

  9. 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?! :)

    • 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.

  10. The pizza is gorgeous, Lindsay!

    I live in capri pants, year round. The joys of San Diego living :)

  11. 157 calories? I’m IN!

  12. Love the addition of corn meal to the crust!
    We loved the cauliflower crust, but also thought, if there is tons of cheese in the crust and on top…it isn’t very light! :)

  13. 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!

  14. Gorgeous pizza! The flavors sound really fantastic! :)

  15. 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.

  16. Hahaha! Well, I didn’t enen KNOW about cauliflower crust, so you’re ahead of me at least. :)
    This looks amazing, I heart bbq pizza!

    • 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!

  17. 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!

  18. 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!

  19. 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. :)

  20. 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!

  21. That looks incredible! I haven’t tried the cauliflower crust yet, either, but I think I might have to cave and make it. :)

  22. Michele says:

    This looks fantastic! Can’t wait to make it!

  23. That pizza looks delicious! Jeggings in the summer sound miserable lol.

    • Yes!! Thank you!! I just don’t think I’m up for that challenge.

    • It was most delightful and deilicous thanksgiving. Candi out does herself each and every time. So pleased to be there! Sent via BlackBerry by AT&T ________________________________ From: Cooking with Candi Date: Sat, 24 Nov 2012 12:59:28 +0000 To: ReplyTo: Cooking with Candi Subject: [New post] Thanksgiving 2012 is Overโ€ฆ. another year down cookingwithcandi posted: I am sitting here with my morning coffee relieved to have Thanksgiving behind me with no more lists to pore over and no more last minute runs to the supermarket. Relax time. I hope that everyone enjoyed their holiday and that we all enjoyed our families

  24. YUMMMM as always! This is gluten free too which is fabulous – I need to make this ASAP!
    btw, I am sure you’ve already been nominated but…I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award in case you want to check it out :)

  25. I, happily, am not weird. I need this pizza immediately.

  26. This recipe looks fantastic! I cannot wait to make it. Wonderful picture as always.

  27. I haven’t tried a BBQ style pizza — major plothole! This looks excellent!

  28. Oh, I am way behind on the fashion train. I can never keep up. I was just staring at all my clothes today thinking, they’re all about the same age as my second boy. . . . um, he’s 10.
    Feeling a bit frumpy to say the least.
    I love the idea of this crust. I saw it earlier this year too, and even bought the stuff to make it, then just kept getting intimidated my the whole cooking/pureeing/ process of having to cook it before cooking the pizza. But I still find it so intriguing. And I do really, REALLY like cauliflower too. . . .

  29. Hello! Question… It says 8 servings and the nutrition info is per serving. So, is that 157.1 x 8= the whole pizza? Am I just off? LOL help!

  30. I actually do LOVE cauliflower, it’s weird, I know. And jeggings and capris? I will never stop wearing them, trend over or not :)

  31. I’ll probably never wear leggings and tunics again because I did that in the late 80’s early 90’s and looked bad enough in it then!

    Also, I don’t really like BBQ sauce, weird! But I love cauliflower crust. I’ll definitely add this to my to-do list. Thanks!

    • You are that weirdo! I knew there was someone out there who wouldn’t go for the BBQ :) I’m just teasing you – this would be delicious with any different toppings!

  32. Cauliflower crust is the bomb diggity. My bf refuses to eat it, which you know…more for me. I make it for me and send him down the street to buy a slice or two for his non-figure-watching self. Men. Anyway, love that this has cornmeal in it. Can’t wait to try your version! Quick question though – any tips for not setting off the smoke alarm 800 times? Or was that not an issue for you?

    • Men. So true. And as for the smoke alarm – not an issue! Are you thinking because of the cauliflower roasting or the baking?

      • It’s probably just my overprotective smoke alarm, but last time I made it, every time I checked on the baking crust it was smoke city. Maybe the lesson is to stop opening the oven to check on the crust?

  33. Steph Mork says:

    Yes jeggings can be worn in the summer, more as capris actually! Roll up the bottom once about 2 inches up and voila! New pair of pants. Add a flowy tank and sandals and your set :)
    This also looks amazing!

  34. I JUST got my first pair of jeggings this week. You are not alone. Lol. And I tried cauliflower crust LAST week. I flopped it. I forgot to cook it before I put the toppings on.. Oops. I’m nervous to try again although I KNOW that was the issue.

  35. Hmmm. No cauliflower crust I’ve seen has looked THAT good. Maybe I wrote it off a bit too hastily!

  36. I’m really late to the party, because I still haven’t tried a cauliflower crust. But I keep seeing them, and I know I need to try! And I love your toppings!!

  37. I am really curious to try this version of the Cauliflower Crust. My sister and I made another version – – and it was delicious. The texture of yours sounds like it would be really different than that one. (I will let you know)
    P.S. – I can’t believe no one has mentioned yoga pants! They are the greatest fashion trend EVER. No jeggings or capris for me… lol… I just feel weird in capris…..

    • You are so right. I jumped on the yoga pants train a little earlier than I usually do with new “fashions” and I basically wear them all weekend.

  38. I’m totally skeptical….but it’s baking in my oven now–haha!

  39. Ashley George says:

    This looks delicious!
    I’ve made a few other cauliflower crusts before, & although the edges get crispy, the center is always super soft. When I try to cut the pizza into slices it always fall apart.
    Does this cauliflower crust firm up in the center?

  40. hey lindsay,
    I really enjoyed this pizza. And the kids didn’t even realize the crust was cauliflower! Muah ha ha ha! Unfortunately, this being my first experience with that type of crust…I thought it was all the way cooked through, but it wasn’t. I guess I need to “burn” it some more. =) The hubby enjoyed it!

  41. I made this last night, and it was a big hit! Delicious. I definitely would not say it’s eight servings, though, lol. I made the crust super-thin to get two pizzas out of it, but probably needed to double the recipe for the five people that ate it :)

  42. I am sooo nervous to make this with the cauliflower, but I have everything on the ingredient and must feed my children tonight! Thank you for the recipe *crossing my fingers* :)

  43. Yum, yum & more yum. Parchment paper didn’t work out though…cris stuck to it. I will bake it right on the pan next time. Te centre was soggy on my pizza (still tastes good but a bit too messy)…any suggestions? Added mushrooms & green pepper to it & loved the taste!

  44. Khadijah says:

    This looks great! How different is it from a regular crust? My husband is usually on-board with my healthy recipe attempts and doesn’t complain, but I don’t know if I can sneak this one by him. What is the texture like?

    • The texture is softer and less bready… but if you let it crisp up (even until it looks brown on the edges) it will be better. It’s not really good for eating with your hands, and the leftovers still taste great but are even less crispy. My husband loved it – I think he was distracted by the barbeque chicken and cheese! :)

  45. Does the crust taste at all “eggy”?? My husband hates the taste of eggs. I’d love to try this but …??

    • No, I didn’t think so. It’s different, more moist and kind of softer than a regular crust (depending on how much you let it crisp up) but I didn’t notice any egginess… and usually I’m hypersensitive to eggs.

  46. Yum! This version of cauliflower pizza crust looks way better than one I have previously tried– the other was packed with cheese in the crust, which made it super greasy, yuck! Will be trying this soon, thanks!

  47. Just tried this tonight (well, cooked the cauliflower while cooking dinner last night and refrigerated it, I’m always wary of scrambling eggs with hot things when you’re not supposed to) with these two sets of toppings:

    bacon, pineapple, bell pepper, mozzarella, tomato sauce w siracha

    kale, zucchini, goat cheese, mozzarella, regular tomato sauce

    I’d do it again, but maybe broiling the crust alone for a few min before adding toppings as my edges and underside got crisp, but the top was still barely done and definitely not crisp. Edges were starting to burn even.

    Flavor was very nice though and it seems slightly less time consuming than making traditional dough.

  48. This was great! Thank you so much for the interesting website. I wanted to take a picture of it and it was devoured right away. No leftovers!

  49. says:

    bonne idee

  50. This recipe looks amazing. Haven’t tried it though. But I will forever read your site because you are hilarious!!!
    p.s. I still haven’t tried squeezing into jeggings. Maybe one day. =D

  51. I am definitely making the cauliflower pizza crust tomorrow night for supper. I was just wondering if the calorie count is for just the crust or with the chicken and cheese added to it?

  52. mar bhat says:

    This looks so good. I have mine in oven now. I dont think my crust will get crispy 8-(. Hope it taste good. I have mine baking on a stone…

  53. I’m super excited about this, we’re getting ready to try out this recipe right now (:

  54. Can you use oatmeal instead of cornmeal?

    • I wouldn’t recommend it, but maybe you could use oat bran instad (just make it by crushing the oats in the food processor for 15-30 seconds). I think the whole oats would be too big and wouldn’t give the same crunch as the cornmeal.

  55. Hi!
    I just made this recipe for the first time, it was absolutely delicious and super easy to make. Me and my fiance are really trying to eat healthier so I am very excited to have this as a healthy option! She practicaly inhaled the pizza she liked it so much, and I just couldn’t get enough! I’m so glad I found this site.

  56. I love this idea, and I’ve taken to the cauliflower pizza crust with full force. I only made the BBQ kind once. I’ve also made a Buffalo chicken pizza that was a hit. Tonight I’m really going wild: I’ve added ground flax and sun-dried tomatoes to the crust, and I’m doing a chicken alfredo topping since I had an open jar of sauce in my fridge. I’m so excited!

  57. My friend and I made this last night (well, mostly she made it and I tossed a salad) and it was really good. I would never have thought to use cauliflower to make pizza dough but it worked really well – and so delicious! Thanks!!!

  58. How do you make your crust crispy? Mine always turns out very soft and falls apart do easily (definitely can’t pick up your slice) so I have to use a fork.

    • The thinner you spread it and the longer you bake it before topping it, the more crispy it will be. It’s not going to be as crispy as a regular pizza crust (it is made from cauliflower, after all) but you should be able to get a little bit of crispiness by baking it longer. I do remember that I needed to use a fork for the leftovers because it gets more soggy the longer it sits. Hope that helps!

  59. Amazing dish, a simple recipe to make.
    WOW, looks amazing :) Love your blog

  60. do you know if this is gluten free?

  61. This is awesome! The crust is great and love the barbecue chicken. I used chipolte barbecue sauce for extra spice. Thanks for the great recipe!

  62. I made this yesturday and it was so good! After crisping the couliflower i steamed it with white white I added tomatoes and parmeasean cheese! so good

  63. Can you make the crusts ahead of time and freeze them?

  64. Excited to try this! and for the jeggings in the summer…they are fabulous! (im talking about the ones the feel like stretchy jean material, not just cotton) u can roll the bottoms up and they are kinda like capris and wear with sandals. or wear them with flats in the evenings when a little cooler.

  65. I love that you added the cornmeal for that “real” pizza crunch! I also love how supportive you are of fellow bloggers! With so many “mean girls” out there, thanks for being an example of how we should treat each other! Can’t wait to make this, trying to cut the carbs (my fav carb is beer) and bbq chicken is my fav!

  66. I made this last night…well, my own version but same framework :) It turned out great! The hubs and I LOVED it…the kiddos however were not convinced (ages 3 &5) LOL. I will try it with pepperoni sometime and see what their reaction is with that one ๐Ÿ˜‰ I will DEFINITELY be making this one again!

  67. Sounds delicious! Is the parchment paper a necessity? I live overseas where it is not available.

  68. Is the crust crispy of soft?

  69. This is my second time making this… so yummy! Both times I’ve added some pineapple chunks to make it a “Tropical BBQ pizza”… super good :)

  70. Is there a substitute I could use for the cornmeal?

  71. What size pan do you suggest? Can’t wait to try it!

  72. Ashley says:

    As soon as school is out and I have my days all to myself (I’m a teacher) I’m giving this a go. I’d just do it now on a weekend, but then my husband would know that it’s a cauliflower crust and that would just be unacceptable … Or maybe that’s exactly what I should do so I can have the whole pizza to myself …

    Also, do the crusts freeze well? Like could I roll out a few crusts (personal size maybe! Perfect lunches for me! … Sorry, tangent …) then roll them up in wax paper and freeze them, kind of like the Pillsbury frozen crusts you can buy?

  73. Hey! I just made this recipe for dinner and it was SO GOOD! YUM! I live by a low carb diet so naturally pizzas are not a common occurrence for me but worked really well as a low carb meal, I just had to find appropriate BBQ sauce and we’re good to go! I just reviewed it on my food blog at
    Thanks, I love your recipes!

  74. We made it and loved it. I think we could have crisped the crust more but the strange thing is that it tasted a bit like turkey stuffing. Not the same consistency though. Only reason I can’t gI’ve it 5 stars is that my son thought it was terrible. Kids can have no sense of taste at times though.

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