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BBQ Chicken Pizza on Broccoli Kale Crust

We’ve all heard the rave reviews for Trader Joe’s cauliflower crust pizza. I, myself, have had a great cauli pizza experience. But now it was time to try their other veggie-based crust. This one is made with broccoli and kale and while it tastes less like normal crust, I think I might like the flavor better. It’s like eating just the pizza toppings, but it’s stable and there’s no sauce running down your arms. I set my flavor combo as bbq chicken and built something pretty freaking tasty.

Last few toppings that only go on after the whole thing comes out of the oven

Start by sticking your broccoli kale crust in the oven and cook according to the package directions (12 minutes per side at 450). While side one cooks, sauté a small sweet onion (sliced thin) til it’s nice and soft. Set aside. Now it’s time to flip your crust. Do that and then use the pan from the onions to cook boneless skinless chicken breast in your favorite bbq sauce (tomato based ones work best). Break it apart as it cooks so by the end, it will be like shredded chicken. It should be done when the crust is. Top the crust with the chicken, onions, and shredded cheese blend. Stick it under the broiler for about 5 minutes. When it comes out, top with your remaining three toppings: arugula, chopped pickled jalapeños, and scallions.

Placing some toppings before going under the broiler
Just out of the oven

I could see this working with a drizzle of sour cream, but it’s not necessary. These flavors work really well together. Don’t be afraid of the jalapeños. They’re pickled so they’re pretty mild and if you chop and scatter them, they won’t make anything too spicy. A little spice is nice though because the bbq sauce and onion is sweet. It’s a good balance.

Finished product

I’m not usually an alternative pizza flavor kinda gal so bbq chicken pizza is not something I would ever order. But we’re already going alternative with the crust so nothing about this pizza is normal.

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