Best High-Protein Low-Carb BBQ Chicken Crust Pizza

This is the best-tasting bbq chicken crust pizza recipe made high-protein, low-carb and gluten-free with chicken, parmesan cheese, egg, garlic and seasonings. Then we’re adding lightly sauteed mushrooms, spinach, and red onions for the easiest digestion with BBQ sauce, tomatoes, and mozzarella cheese for a healthy dinner or lunch.

BBQ chicken crust pizza on a pizza board.

This is the easiest and best-tasting bbq chicken pizza recipe made high-protein and low-carb with a chicken crust. This gluten-free pizza is a healthier twist on the California Pizza Kitchen thin-crust pizzas. The flavorful crust is made high in protein by mixing shredded chicken, parmesan cheese, egg, garlic and seasonings. Then we’re adding lightly sauteed mushrooms, spinach, and red onions for the easiest digestion with BBQ sauce, tomatoes, and mozzarella cheese. 

It’s a seriously good pizza the whole family will love on pizza night. If this is your first time making chicken crust pizza this is the perfect recipe that is sure to become your favorite BBQ chicken crust pizza recipe.

Is BBQ chicken crust pizza low-carb?

Yes, my recipe is considered low-carb and high-protein. The crust is made from chicken, parmesan cheese, and egg, which are all low in carbohydrates. The toppings typically include red onions, mushrooms, spinach, mozzarella cheese, and parmesan cheese, which are also low in carbs. Overall, this pizza is a great option for those following a low-carb diet.

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Why You’ll Love This Easy BBQ Chicken Crust Pizza Recipe

  • You only need a few simple ingredients.
  • It is super easy to make for an impressive result.
  • The flavor-rich ingredients make it taste amazing!
  • All the ingredients are easily digestible for a gentle tummy.
BBQ chicken crust pizza on a pizza board.

Ingredients & Substitutions

Here is everything you need to make the best-tasting viral barbecue chicken pizza crust in the oven:

Cooked Chicken: You can use canned chicken, cooked chicken breasts, rotisserie chicken, or leftover chicken. Raw chicken must be cooked first.

Egg: flaxseed or chia seed “egg” (1 tablespoon ground flaxseed or chia seeds mixed with three tablespoons of water, let sit for 5 minutes to thicken)

Fresh Garlic: You can replace with garlic powder.

Italian Seasonings: Fresh herbs would also taste delicious.

Light Olive Oil: Any healthy oil will taste delicious, including extra virgin olive oil, avocado oil, or grapeseed oil.

Parmesan Cheese: You can use grated or shredded parmesan cheese. You can also use another meltable cheese, such as mozzarella cheese, white cheddar, or Monterey jack.

Red Onions: These are optional and can be replaced with green onion, white onion, yellow onion, or scallions.

Mushrooms: You can use any mushroom variety you like or you can omit them.

Mozzarella Cheese: This cheese has the best melt and gives the classic cheese pull. But you can also use cheddar cheese, Monterey jack cheese, gouda cheese, or provolone cheese.

Baby Spinach: You can replace the spinach with kale leaves or omit them.

Barbecue Sauce: You can use your favorite BBQ sauce, homemade BBQ sauce, or low carb BBQ sauce that meets your dietary needs.

BBQ chicken crust pizza on a pizza board.

How to Make My Low-Carb Chicken Pizza Crust with BBQ Sauce Recipe

Here are easy, detailed, step-by-step instructions for the best way to make chicken crust BBQ pizza. The instructions are also repeated in the recipe card at the bottom of this blog post.

Step 1: Make the Chicken Pizza Dough

In an upright blender or food processor, combine the canned chicken, grated parmesan cheese, egg, garlic cloves, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper. Mix well to combine.

Chicken crust dough ingredients added to a food processor.
Chicken pizza dough in a food processor.

Step 2: Cook the Chicken Pizza

AIR FRYER METHOD:
Cut a round piece of parchment paper that will fit inside your air fryer. Drop roughly half of the chicken mixture onto the parchment paper. This amount will vary depending on the size of your air fryer. Pour a small amount of oil on your fingers so the dough doesn’t stick to them, and spread the dough about 1/4 inch thick and 1/2 inch inside the edge of the parchment paper.

Carefully transfer the parchment paper with the crust onto the air fryer basket.

Air fry the crust for about 10-12 minutes at 385°F, or until it is golden brown and crispy, flipping halfway through cooking. Remove the crust from the air fryer and let it cool slightly.

OVEN METHOD:
Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C). Line a baking sheet or sheet pan, round pizza pan, or pizza stone with parchment paper. Pour a small amount of oil on your fingers so the dough doesn’t stick to them, and spread the dough about 1/4 inch thick.

Bake the crust in the preheated oven for about 25-30 minutes or until it is golden brown and crispy. Remove the crust from the oven and let it cool slightly.

Spreading chicken pizza crust on parchment paper.

Step 3: Prepare the Toppings

Bring a frying pan to medium-high heat and add one tablespoon of oil. Then add the chopped mushrooms and red onions. Season with salt. Occasionally stir with a spatula until they are soft and translucent. Transfer to a paper-towel-lined plate. Add another tablespoon of oil to the pan and add the baby spinach. Cook for several minutes until wilted. Transfer to the paper-towel-lined plate.

Finely dice the tomatoes and grate the cheese.

Sauteeing mushrooms and red onions in a frying pan.
Sauteeing spinach in a frying pan.

Step 4: Assemble and Cook the Pizza

Spread the BBQ sauce on the slightly cooled crust. Then, spread the wilted spinach leaves and shredded mozzarella cheese on top of the pizza. Then add the mushrooms, red onions, and diced tomatoes.

Bake for 6-8 minutes in the oven until the cheese is melted and bubbly. You can also broil the pizza on high for about one minute to toast the cheese. Sprinkle with fresh cilantro or basil for a touch of freshness.

Adding toppings to bbq chicken crust pizza.
BBQ chicken crust pizza on a pizza board.

BBQ Chicken Pizza Crust Recipe Notes

Canned Chicken: Drain the canned chicken well before using it in the crust to remove excess moisture. This will help ensure that the crust bakes up crispy.

Crust Consistency: If you like a crispier crust, you can extend the cooking time by a few minutes. This recipe is best enjoyed fresh and hot, as the crust will lose some crispiness when stored.

Seasoning: Adjust the seasonings to taste. You can more or less of your favorite herbs and spices. If you prefer a spicier crust, you can add a pinch of red pepper flakes or cayenne pepper to the chicken mixture.

Serving Suggestions

Here are a few delicious pizza toppings:

Classic Cheese: pizza sauce, mozzarella cheese
Supreme Pizza: pizza sauce, cheese, sausage, bell peppers, onions, and mushrooms
Meat Lovers: pizza sauce, cheese, pepperoni, ground beef, sausage, and bacon
Hawaiian: pizza sauce, cheese, and pineapple
Four Cheese Pizza: pizza sauce, mozzarella, parmesan, ricotta, and asiago cheese
Buffalo Chicken: buffalo sauce, cheese, red onions, and sometimes ranch or blue cheese dressing, offering a spicy and tangy flavor
Pesto Pizza: pesto sauce, fresh basil, and monterey jack cheese
Extra Seasonings: Italian seasoning, red pepper flakes, garlic aioli

Refrigeration: Store any leftover pizza in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Freezing: Place the cooled pizza in a single layer on a baking sheet and freeze until firm. Once frozen, transfer the pizza to a freezer-safe bag or container. It should keep well for up to 1 month.

Reheating: To reheat, you can use the air fryer again. Preheat the air fryer to 350°F (175°C) and cook the pizza for about 3-5 minutes, or until heated through.

Freezing Tips: When freezing the chicken pizza crust, you can separate the individual slices with parchment paper to prevent them from sticking together. 

How crispy is the chicken crust pizza?
Crispness can vary depending on the cook time. You can cook it slightly longer for a crispier crust.

Can I use leftover chicken for the pizza crust?
Absolutely! Leftover rotisserie chicken or grilled chicken is a perfect way to add flavor and save time.

Can I use fresh chicken instead of canned chicken in chicken crust pizza?
Yes, you can use cooked and shredded chicken breast or thigh meat as a substitute for canned chicken. Ensure the chicken is cooked through before using it in the crust.

Can I make keto pizza crust ahead of time?
Yes, you can prepare the crust ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours before baking. Alternatively, you can freeze the unbaked crust for up to 1 month. Thaw in the refrigerator before baking.

What kind of cheese can I use in the pizza crust?
Yes, you can experiment with different types of cheese in the crust. Mozzarella or cheddar cheese can be used as alternatives to parmesan, but the texture and flavor of the crust may vary.

Can I make this chicken pizza crust recipe vegetarian?
Yes, you can make a vegetarian version of this recipe by substituting a plant-based alternative for the chicken, such as cooked and mashed chickpeas or white beans. For a completely plant-based meal, use a vegan egg substitute and vegan cheese.

BBQ chicken crust pizza on a pizza board.

Best High-Protein Low-Carb BBQ Chicken Crust Pizza

Gluten-Free diet-friendly recipe
This is the best-tasting bbq chicken crust pizza recipe made high-protein, low-carb and gluten-free with chicken, parmesan cheese, egg, garlic and seasonings. Then we're adding lightly sauteed mushrooms, spinach, and red onions for the easiest digestion with BBQ sauce, tomatoes, and mozzarella cheese for a healthy dinner or lunch.
5 from 3 votes
Servings 8
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

Ingredients
  

Chicken Pizza Crust:

  • 20 ounces canned chicken
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons light olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • dash pepper

Pizza Toppings:

  • 2 cups mozarella cheese
  • 1 cup mushrooms
  • 2 cups baby spinach leaves
  • 1/4 red onion
  • 1/2 cup diced tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup barbecue sauce

Instructions
 

  • In an upright blender or food processor, combine the canned chicken, grated parmesan cheese, egg, garlic cloves, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper. Mix well to combine.
  • AIR FRYER METHOD:
    Cut a round piece of parchment paper that will fit inside your air fryer. Drop roughly half of the chicken mixture onto the parchment paper. This amount will vary depending on the size of your air fryer. Pour a small amount of oil on your fingers so the dough doesn't stick to them, and spread the dough about 1/4 inch thick and 1/2 inch inside the edge of the parchment paper.
    Carefully transfer the parchment paper with the crust onto the air fryer basket.
    Air fry the crust for about 10-12 minutes at 385°F, or until it is golden brown and crispy, flipping halfway through cooking. Remove the crust from the air fryer and let it cool slightly.
  • OVEN METHOD:
    Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C). Line a baking sheet, round pizza pan, or pizza stone with parchment paper. Pour a small amount of oil on your fingers so the dough doesn't stick to them, and spread the dough about 1/4 inch thick.
    Bake the crust in the preheated oven for about 25-30 minutes or until it is golden brown and crispy. Remove the crust from the oven and let it cool slightly.
  • Bring a frying pan to medium-high heat and add one tablespoon of oil. Then add the chopped mushrooms and red onions. Season with salt. Occasionally stir with a spatula until they are soft and translucent. Transfer to a paper-towel-lined plate. Add another tablespoon of oil to the pan and add the baby spinach. Cook for several minutes until wilted. Transfer to the paper-towel-lined plate.
    Finely dice the tomatoes and grate the cheese.
  • Spread the BBQ sauce on the slightly cooled crust. Then, spread the wilted spinach leaves and shredded mozzarella cheese on top of the pizza. Then add the mushrooms, red onions, and diced tomatoes.
    Bake for 6-8 minutes in the oven until the cheese is melted and bubbly. You can also broil the pizza on high for about one minute to toast the cheese. Sprinkle with fresh cilantro or basil for a touch of freshness.

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Notes

Canned Chicken: Drain the canned chicken well before using it in the crust to remove excess moisture. This will help ensure that the crust bakes up crispy.
Crust Consistency: If you like a crispier crust, you can extend the cooking time by a few minutes. This recipe is best enjoyed fresh and hot, as the crust will lose some crispiness when stored.
Seasoning: Adjust the seasonings to taste. You can more or less of your favorite herbs and spices. If you prefer a spicier crust, you can add a pinch of red pepper flakes or cayenne pepper to the chicken mixture.

Nutrition

Calories: 307kcalCarbohydrates: 8gProtein: 28gFat: 18gSaturated Fat: 7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0.003gCholesterol: 83mgSodium: 880mgPotassium: 294mgFiber: 1gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 1148IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 236mgIron: 2mg
Keyword bbq chicken, bbq sauce, chicken crust, chicken pizza crust, low-carb pizza, viral recipe
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3 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    This was my first time making a chicken crust pizza and it turned out great! I omitted the mushrooms and added green peppers. The chicken is really flavorful and I love that it’s low carb. Will be making again!!

  2. 5 stars
    I’m so excited to share this recipe with you! BBQ chicken pizza is one of my favorite flavors! I hope you have a chance to make this recipe 🙂

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