Barbecued Chicken Pizza

James Carrier
You can make pizza dough from scratch, but prebaked pizza crusts - available in many supermarkets - are an easy shortcut.

Yield:

Makes two 8-inch pizzas; 2 or 3 servings

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Nutritional Information

Calories 720
Caloriesfromfat 36 %
Protein 47 g
Fat 29 g
Satfat 12 g
Carbohydrate 59 g
Fiber 4.7 g
Sodium 922 mg
Cholesterol 138 mg

Ingredients

1 pound boned, skinned chicken breasts
1/3 cup prepared barbecue sauce
Salt and pepper
4 slices bacon (4 oz. total), cut into 1-inch pieces
2 baked pizza crusts (7 to 8 in., 5 oz. each)
1/4 cup cream cheese (2 oz.)
1/4 cup canned diced green chilies
1/2 cup shredded jack cheese
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon hot chili flakes

Preparation

1. Rinse chicken and pat dry. Place in an 8-inch baking pan and coat with about 2 tablespoons barbecue sauce. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake in a 350° regular or convection oven until no longer pink at the center of the thickest part (cut to test), about 20 minutes. Let stand until cool enough to handle, then tear into bite-size chunks. In a small bowl, mix with remaining barbecue sauce.

2. Meanwhile, in a 10- to 12-inch frying pan over high heat, stir bacon until browned and crisp, about 5 minutes. With a slotted spoon, transfer bacon to paper towels to drain.

3. Place pizza crusts on a 12- by 15-inch baking sheet. Spread each with about 2 tablespoons cream cheese. Spoon chicken in sauce evenly over both crusts; top with bacon, green chilies, jack cheese, and hot chili flakes.

4. Bake pizzas in a 400° regular or convection oven until cheese is browned and bubbling, 15 to 20 minutes. Transfer to a board and cut into wedges.

Note:

Meredith McGowan, Valencia, Calfornia,

March 2003