Spicy Grilled Chicken BBQ Flatbread

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california bbq pizza

This week’s challenge was “California cuisine” – which for most people, when they think of Cali foods, things like avocados and sushi rolls come to mind. For me, however, I think of flatbread and broccoli. And that’s mostly because of this scene in Inside Out where they complain about a pizza shop where the ONLY kind of pizza served is broccoli pizza!

My broccoli pizza actually uses some broccolini and broccoli, combined with a homemade tangy BBQ sauce, shallots and onions, then is finished off with a balsamic drizzle. It’s the perfect combo of sweet and spicy on a thin and crispy crust! Plus, when broccoli is baked, it begins to crisp and caramelize, leading to a delightfully salty flavor with a pinch of sweetness at the stalk.

california bbq pizza

Spicy Grilled Chicken BBQ Flatbread

The Starving Chef
My broccoli pizza actually uses some broccolini and broccoli, combined with a tangy BBQ sauce, shallots and onions then finished with a balsamic drizzle.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Pizza
Cuisine American, Pizza
Servings 4




  • 16 oz raw pizza dough
  • ¼ cup sweet corn
  • 1 shallot sliced thin
  • 1 cup broccoli or broccolini roughly chopped
  • 4 tablespoons corn meal
  • 1 tablespoon flour


  • Preheat a pizza stone in the oven for one hour at 425 F. If not using a pizza stone, place a baking sheet in the oven while it preheats and you prep the pizza. A hot stone or baking sheet will help create a crispy bottom. Sprinkle the corn meal onto a wooden cutting board or similar surface that will not melt or burn if it comes into contact with the pizza stone.
  • Whisk together the BBQ sauce ingredients and set aside. Flour a clean surface and roll out the pizza dough until it reaches your desired thickness. Place the rolled dough on the board sprinkled with corn meal.
  • Spread the BBQ sauce on the dough then top with the grilled chicken, shallots, broccoli and sweet corn as desired. Shift the uncooked pizza from the board to the preheated pizza stone or baking sheet. Bake for 10-15 minutes, until the dough is cooked through and crispy. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar. Enjoy!
Keyword BBQ, chicken, corn, pizza, sauce
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