Bread & Pizza/ Chicken

Chicken Barbacoa Pizza


Part 7 in the “Pizzas with Dave” series…and quite possibly the last, for now anyway.

Pizza has truly morphed beyond the simple pepperoni, meatlover’s or veggie pizzas.  Putting just about anything on a pizza is acceptable today and for that, I am grateful.  However there is one item on this pizza that might seem quite odd.  The cabbage.

My sister Emily (the one who just got married…isn’t she pretty?) took a cooking course while in high school.  One day she came home and declared that we had to have cabbage on our pizza.  Her teacher had taught this to the class, and she in turned, shared it with us. While I don’t remember everyone else’s reaction to the idea, I personally was very skeptical.  But I acquiesced to her very sweet demand and am glad I did.  I have loved cabbage on pizza ever since.  It was her pizza topping suggestion that set me upon my current path of cabbage-love.

From the moment I decided cabbage on pizza was a good decision, this pizza just developed. The combination of flavors, particularly if you use a chipotle spiced BBQ sauce is a the perfect blend of a street taco and a shredded BBQ chicken sandwich.

Due to the quick-cooking nature of the outdoor pizza oven, the cabbage needs to be the very top ingredient in order to cook and slightly char.  If you cook this in your home oven, it will have the time it needs to cook and crisp up anywhere among the ingredients you layer it.

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Chicken Barbacoa Pizza

Author: Michelle De La Cerda


  • Pizza Dough
  • 2 tbsp . BBQ sauce
  • ½ cup BBQ shredded chicken +/-
  • ½ cup green cabbage; diced
  • Onion slices
  • Bell pepper slices
  • Mozzarella cheese
  • Cilantro; freshly chopped
  • Extra virgin olive oil


  1. Roll out the dough ball to the desired thinness. 
  2. Using a pastry brush, brush the edges or crust of the dough with olive oil. 
  3. Take two hearty kitchen tablespoons of BBQ sauce and spread around the dough, stopping at the olive oil border.
  4. Evenly spread the chicken over the sauce. 
  5. Layer the onions, bell peppers, cabbage and cheese.  Sprinkle freshly chopped cilantro over the entire pizza.

Outdoor Pizza Oven

  1. Place the pizza in the oven, towards the back, it will cook in about 2 minutes, but watch it, and half way through cooking, move it closer to the front of the oven.  
  2. Remove it from the oven, allow it to sit for a minute then slice and serve.

Indoor Oven with Pizza Stone

  1. Or if using a pizza stone indoors: preheat the oven to 400° and allow the stone to preheat for at least 10 minutes. 
  2. Assemble the pizza and slide it onto the stone in the oven. 
  3. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until it has reached the desired doneness. 

Thank you for sharing!

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  • Reply
    September 4, 2014 at 4:53 am

    I’m always up for a new pizza topping, I’ll have to try the cabbage. I’m a wee bit jealous of that pizza oven.

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      September 4, 2014 at 10:11 am

      Christine, the cabbage when it gets all cripsy, is sooo tasty. Make sure it is on top in order to crisp. And I am jealous of the pizza oven too. It is my friends oven.

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    September 4, 2014 at 8:57 am

    That outdoor oven looks like so much fun to use. Fabulous pizza recipe!

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      September 4, 2014 at 10:13 am

      Sandi, I recommend an outdoor oven, I think you’ll get plenty of use out of it where you live! New honey-do item for your hubby?

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    September 4, 2014 at 10:10 am

    I love the variety of ingredients that can go on pizza. I’m all over using cabbage! Beautiful bride for sure! Pretty sister too 🙂

    • Reply
      September 4, 2014 at 10:14 am

      Thank you. Her wedding was wonderful, despite the 110-degree Vegas heat. Cabbage is such a fun ingredient to work with.

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    September 4, 2014 at 4:49 pm

    I was going to say all that and you have a pizza oven too?? Ok…it’s your friend’s, but still I’m jealous! And I want that pizza….now please!

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      September 4, 2014 at 10:47 pm

      I love his pizza oven. I get to use it on Friday! I am so excited. The pizza is delicious.

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    Cynthia/What A Girl Eats
    September 4, 2014 at 7:09 pm

    Oh, wow! That looks fantastic Michelle! Fabulous!

    • Reply
      September 4, 2014 at 10:48 pm

      Thank you Cynthia. It was terrific.

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    Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidence
    December 16, 2014 at 10:30 am

    This looks crazy delicious, and I am 100% jealous of your outdoor pizza oven!!

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      December 16, 2014 at 10:36 am

      It is crazy delicious and no need to be jealous, I am jealous too. It was on loan from a friend! We did a pizza series together and he let me use his oven. But when I settle down…I WILL have one in my back yard. It’s amazing.

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    December 16, 2014 at 10:46 am

    Pizza … my weakness. It looks amazing!

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    Faith (An Edible Mosaic)
    December 16, 2014 at 10:58 am

    Oh heck yes! I love BBQ chicken pizza and your version sounds incredible. And congrats to your sister – what a beautiful bride!

    • Reply
      December 16, 2014 at 12:29 pm

      Thank you Faith. She had a wonderful day!

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    December 16, 2014 at 11:25 am

    That is one delicious looking pizza!

    • Reply
      December 16, 2014 at 12:26 pm

      Thank you Kristen.

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    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts
    December 16, 2014 at 6:03 pm

    I want your pizza oven!! I love trying different toppings on pizza, so fun to switch it up!

    • Reply
      December 16, 2014 at 6:12 pm

      Wish it were my oven.

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    Nicole, RD
    December 16, 2014 at 7:18 pm

    Cabbage on pizza? I need to try that! 🙂

    • Reply
      December 16, 2014 at 7:58 pm

      It’s my favorite.

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    Cate O'Malley
    December 16, 2014 at 8:01 pm

    What a unique twist – it looks amazing!

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    amanda @ fake ginger
    December 16, 2014 at 10:02 pm

    Oh yum, this looks fantastic! I don’t think I’ve ever tried cabbage on pizza but I definitely want to try it now!

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      December 16, 2014 at 10:39 pm

      It’s worth giving it a try.

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    Des @ Life's Ambrosia
    December 16, 2014 at 10:34 pm

    I love cabbage on pizza too! PS. You have a pizza oven? Ummm…I’m beyond jealous.

    • Reply
      December 16, 2014 at 10:39 pm

      Yay, a fellow fan!!! And no, I don’t have an oven, it was on loan for the pizza series. A good friend of mine built it in his backyard.

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    Amanda Hishchynsky
    December 21, 2014 at 9:54 pm

    Oh yum! Now all I want is pizza… THIS pizza

    • Reply
      December 21, 2014 at 10:20 pm

      Awesome, thank you Amanda.

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