BBQ Chicken Pizza

I have some really cool news that I want to share with everyone.  Last week, Zack and I both got inducted into honor societies!  I was inducted into Psi Chi, the international honor society for Psychology and Zack was inducted into Phi Theta Kappa.  PTK only accepts students who are in the top 5% of the school and it is a really prestigious honor.  I am so proud of my Zack!

The night of his induction ceremony, we had this delicious pizza.  I work an hour away from home so it was going to be a time crunch getting home and preparing this and then driving 20-30 minutes to Zack’s school for the ceremony.  I was kinda anxious about it, but I shouldn’t have worried, because when I got home, Zack had it ready for us!

He did an awesome job making it.  It was delicious.

Look at all that cheesy goodness.

Zack wanted to be artsy with this picture, so he put the stripe of BBQ sauce down the side of the plate.

I am so thankful to have him in my life.  He is so good to me.

BBQ Chicken Pizza

Yield: 3-4 servings

– 1 pizza crust (homemade, store bought, refrigerated)

– 1/2 c BBQ sauce

– 1 cup cooked and shredded chicken

– 1/2 c thinly sliced onion

– 1 orange bell pepper; diced

– 1 3/4 c Monterey Jack (or cheddar/mozzarella) cheese

– chopped cilantro; to taste (optional)

Preheat oven to 475 degrees.  Place pizza crust on foil lined baking sheet.

Spread BBQ sauce on pizza crust.  Add shredded chicken, onion, and bell pepper on top of sauce.  Top with cheese.

Bake 12-15 minutes or until crust is deep golden brown.  Cut into squares; garnish with cilantro.

BBQ Cups

Zack and I love barbeque sauce, turkey, cheese, and bread.  This recipe incorporates all of them.

These would be great finger food-type appetizers for a get-together.  In fact, I think they were in that section of the cookbook that I got the recipe from.

There is a little bit of prep work for these, because you have to brown the turkey before you can bake them, but it really does not take that long and the end result is so good.

The can of biscuits that I used had 8 biscuits in it, so I just baked the extra two on a baking sheet and Zack got breakfast out of the deal, too! 🙂

BBQ Cups

– 1 lb ground turkey

– 1 onion

– 1/2 cup BBQ sauce

– 1 tablespoon brown sugar (optional, I used a sweet barbecue sauce so I omitted this)

– 1 can biscuits

– cheese

Brown turkey and onion.  Add BBQ sauce and brown sugar.  Simmer 15 minutes.  Cool.  Roll canned biscuits to fit jumbo muffin tin.  Place meat mixture inside.  Add cheese on top.  Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.  Makes 6 jumbo BBQ cups.

Turkey Burger

Normally, I’m not a big fan of turkey burgers.  I think they have a strange consistency and I tend to avoid them.  This recipe actually called for ground chicken to be used, but we didn’t have any at the time, so I just hesitantly used ground turkey.

In these burgers, you actually bake cheese, BBQ sauce, and spices INTO the burgers.  This completely changes the consistency and makes them so yummy.

The recipe also says to caramelize onions and serve them on the sandwiches, but I didn’t think they needed it.  I’m sure it would be delicious, though, and if any of you try it, let me know how it turns out!

BBQ Turkey/Chicken Burger

1 lb ground turkey breast (or ground chicken)

¼ cup finely grated sharp cheddar cheese

1 tsp. smoked paprika

½ tsp. onion powder

¼ tsp. garlic powder

¼ tsp. black pepper

¼ tsp. salt

¼ cup BBQ sauce + some for topping

4 whole wheat buns

1 onion, sliced

1 tablespoon olive oil

In a large bowl, combine chicken, BBQ sauce, paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, pepper, and cheddar cheese.

Mix until just combined and then form 4 patties.

Preheat the grill or a skillet and cook the burgers until fully cooked through (if using a skillet, about 8 minutes per side).

While burgers are cooking, heat a skillet on medium heat and add olive oil. Add sliced onions with a pinch of salt and saute until carmelized, about 10 minutes.

When burgers are ready, top with cheese, onions, BBQ sauce and lettuce and tomato. It’s also good to toast the buns.

BBQ Bacon Wrapped Shrimp

Once again, my love of grilling comes into play.  I don’t eat pork or beef, but Zack loved these! I tried just the shrimp part and they were yummy.

I think these would be good for a picnic/barbecue.  Plus, food on skewers is not only cute, but also fun to make!

BBQ Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp

1 lb. bacon, thin center-cut style

2 tsp sweet paprika

½ tsp cayenne pepper

½ tsp curry powder

½ tsp ground cumin

½ tsp ground coriander

½ tsp salt

½ tsp ground black pepper

1 tablespoon olive oil

2 tablespoons sugar

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

1½ lbs large shrimp (20-25 count), shelled, deveined, tails left on or off (your preference)

1. Cut the slices of bacon in half. In a large heavy skillet, partially cook the bacon over moderate heat to render some of the fat without allowing the pieces to crisp. Remove the slices as they are done and drain on paper towels. They will still be flobby and look unappetizing. They need to be soft so you can wrap them around the shrimp, and you will finish cooking them on the grill.

2. In a medium bowl, combine the paprika, cayenne, curry powder, cumin, coriander, salt, and pepper. Stir in the olive oil, sugar and lemon juice. Add the shrimp and partially cooked bacon and toss well to coat. Let marinate at room temperature for 30-60 minutes, stirring occasionally.

3. Meanwhile, warm your grill. Remove shrimp from marinade, reserving for later use. Wrap a half slice of bacon around each shrimp and thread on a skewer. Overlap the ends of the bacon on the tummy of the shrimp, poking the skewer through that point and out through the back. You can also use a toothpick to individually secure the bacon.

4. Place the skewers on a sheet pan covered with aluminum foil and drizzle the remainder of the marinade over the shrimp.

5. Brush your grill rack with a little oil. Grill the skewers for about 5 minutes, or until bacon begins to crisp. Turn skewers over and grill until bacon is browner, and shrimp is opaque throughout. Serve hot or warm.