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Hawaiian BBQ Chicken Pizza is a delicious and easy weeknight dinner! Pizza crust is topped with your favorite barbecue sauce, chopped chicken, sweet pineapple, red onion, cilantro, and mozzarella cheese before being cooked to perfection.

Hawaiian BBQ Chicken Pizza is a delicious and easy weeknight dinner! Pizza crust is topped with your favorite barbeque sauce, chopped chicken, sweet pineapple, red onion, cilantro, and mozzarella cheese before being cooked to perfection.
overhead view of slices of hawaiian chicken pizza
hawaiian chicekn pizza on counter with pieces slightly separated from each other

Did you know that Hawaiian pizza isn’t actually from Hawai’i?

It was actually invented in Canada! The creator, Sam Panopoulos was born in Greece and moved to Canada where he eventually started a restaurant with his brothers. In 1962 he got the idea to add some pineapple to a pizza and his customers loved it! 

Today, the idea of pineapple on pizza can be a bit contested, but I always say that if food tastes good to you and makes you happy, then there’s no problem. And I do love pineapple on my pizza! 

two slices of pineapple pizza on white plate with more slices and cilantro around

This Hawaiian chicken pizza recipe is quick and easy to make. It will take less time than ordering delivery, and its so easy your kids can get in on the action, too!

Invite your kids to help chop ingredients, and roll out their own pizza dough and add toppings. Pizza night is a fun family activity everyone can get behind. 

overhead view of slices of hawaiian chicken pizza

Ingredients needed:

You need a few important  ingredients on hand to make this recipe. Please note these are not all the ingredients needed, but here are the most important and a few notes about them:

  • Pizza crust – You can use either a homemade pizza dough (like my sourdough discard pizza dough recipe), or a refrigerated pizza crust. A dry mix for pizza dough works, too. Whatever you want to use works!
  • Chicken – In this recipe we cook two breasts, but this recipe is also a great way to use leftover chicken or rotisserie chicken from the store! Do what works best for you and your schedule. 
  • Barbeque Sauce – Since the sauce is a main component of the pizza, make sure to buy a flavorful, high-quality sauce.
  • Bacon – I recommend using fresh cooked bacon, not bacon bits for this recipe, which could add a funny taste.
  • Mozzarella Cheese – Use either fresh mozzarella or mozzarella you shred yourself. Pre-shredded mozzarella from the bag won’t melt as well. 
  • Pineapple – You can use either fresh cut pineapple or canned pineapple. If using canned, drain the juices off and pat the chunks slightly with a towel before adding to the pizza so it doesn’t add too many extra juices.
  • Red Onion – After slicing, run your red onion under cold water to remove some of the bite from it.
  • Cilantro 
hawaiian bbq chicken pizza on counter with hand pulling out a slice

How to make this recipe

This recipe is very simple to make! Here is a brief overview of the recipe to give you an idea of how it works. For the full set of directions and measurements, please make sure you scroll down to the recipe card below!

Mixing the dough.

  1. Mix the ingredients together until combined.
  2. Cover the bowl and allow it to rest for 30 minutes.

Bake the chicken and bacon

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. 
  2. Line a baking sheet with foil and grease a small baking dish.
  3. Add chicken to the baking dish. Season chicken with salt and pepper. Bake chicken for 22 to 25 minutes, or until cooked to an internal temperature of 165 degrees F. Remove chicken from the oven and cut into small cubes.
  4. While chicken is cooking, add bacon in a single layer to the lined baking sheet. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes or until browned and crispy. Remove bacon from the oven and crumble into small pieces.

*Recipe note: If you’d like to grill the chicken instead: Preheat grill to medium heat. Add chicken to the grill. Grill for 10 minutes before flipping and cooking another 8 to 10 minutes, or until cooked through to an internal temperature of 165 degrees F.

cooking chicken and bacon

Assemble the pizza

  1. To assemble the pizza, roll pizza dough out until it’s 12 inches in diameter. Place it on a greased pizza stone or a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Brush olive oil all over the top of the dough, from edge to edge.
  2. Pour BBQ sauce in the center of the dough. Using the back of a spoon, spread the sauce around the dough, leaving ½-inch of space from the edge.
  3. Sprinkle mozzarella cheese on top.
  4. Then add the diced chicken and crumbled bacon.
  5. Add pieces of pineapple and red onion throughout.
  6. Bake the pizza for 20 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown and the cheese is melted.
  7. Garnish with fresh cilantro just before serving.
assemble pizza

Storage and reheating information

This pizza is best when it is served fresh from the oven.

But on the chance that you have leftovers, you can store them in an airtight container or ziptop bag in the fridge for up to 2 days.

To reheat, reheat in a 350 oven for about 5-10 minutes, until the cheese is melty again, or in an airfryer. Do not reheat in the microwave or the pizza crust will become soggy.

hawaiian bbq chicken pizza on counter with slices separated

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overhead view of slices of hawaiian chicken pizza

Hawaiian BBQ Chicken Pizza

Hawaiian BBQ Chicken Pizza is a delicious and easy weeknight dinner! Pizza crust is topped with your favorite barbeque sauce, chopped chicken, sweet pineapple, red onion, cilantro, and mozzarella cheese before being cooked to perfection.
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Course: 30 Minute Meal
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 52 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 7 minutes
Servings: 4 Servings
Calories: 697kcal
Author: Jenni – The Gingered Whisk

Ingredients

  • ½ pound boneless chicken breast
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 strips bacon
  • 16 ounces store bought pizza dough defrosted if frozen
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • ¾ cup barbecue sauce
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • ¼ cup diced pineapple fresh or canned
  • ¼ cup thinly sliced red onion
  • Fresh cilantro for topping

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Line a baking sheet with foil.
  • Grease a small baking dish.
  • Add chicken to the baking dish.
  • Season chicken with salt and pepper.
  • Bake chicken for 10 to 15 minutes,and then add bacon in a single layer to the lined baking sheet and place that in the oven, too.
  • Bake for 10 to 15 an additional minutes or until the bacon is browned and almost crispy and the chicken has reached an internal temperature of 165 F.
  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool for a few minutes.
  • Crumble the bacon into small pieces. Dice the chicken into bite sized cubes.
  • To assemble the pizza, roll pizza dough out until it’s 12 inches in diameter.
  • Place it on a greased pizza stone or a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  • Brush olive oil all over the top of the dough, from edge to edge.
  • Pour BBQ sauce in the center of the dough. Using the back of a spoon, spread the sauce around the dough, leaving ½-inch of space from the edge.
  • Sprinkle mozzarella cheese on top.
  • Then add the diced chicken and crumbled bacon.
  • Add pieces of pineapple and red onion throughout.
  • Bake the pizza for 20 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown and the cheese is melted.
  • Garnish with fresh cilantro just before serving.
  • Cut into 8 slices and enjoy.

Notes

Leftover pizza can be stored in an air tight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. Reheat in the oven or air fryer until warmed through.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 697kcal | Carbohydrates: 80g | Protein: 39g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 88mg | Sodium: 1559mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 23g

5 Comments

  1. Yum!!! Love these flavors! We use a very similar marinade for wings but this is a healthier option. Will do!

  2. vanessalillian says:

    Ooh, I like the sound of that! I thought it was going to go to a pineapply place but that sounds suitably Hawaiian, too 🙂

  3. Very tasty, simple recipe. Grills beautifully – I use deboned chicken thighs & it rivals L & L Hawaiian BBQ at a fraction of the cost. Easy to make & yummy! Great recipe

  4. I love adding pineapple to pizza, and making it with bbq sauce instead of marinara was such a good idea. I can’t wait to make this again.

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