This Buffalo Chicken Pizza Recipe includes homemade pizza dough and grilled buffalo chicken. It all adds up to one seriously scrumptious grilled pizza!
For anyone who has a passion for grilling you know beer and grilling go hand in hand. While I’m not a big beer drinker, I do love to eat my booze.
Beer works perfectly for so many recipes, but none quite like grilling recipes. It can be used as a marinade, or used to add depth and flavour to a dish.
Deciding on a recipe was easy. I knew I wanted to make pizza for this post, it’s a staple in our household. We make pizza in one form or another a few times a week.
The second I knew I was making pizza it was an easy leap to Buffalo Chicken Pizza. I knew I could incorporate the beer in the sauce. Then it was an easy leap to choose Boston Lager. Seemed to make good sense to me.
I’ve been using beer in my pizza dough for over 25 years. It works perfectly to add a little extra pizazz to any dough. Something my Dad taught me many moons ago.
If you use a bread machine you won’t need to heat the beer up, most machines will bring the ingredients to the correct temperature. If yours doesn’t then I suggest warming the beer up a bit.
If you make dough the old school way, and knead by hand I suggest heating the beer until it hits about 120 degrees. This is just going to help keep the dough from falling flat and the yeasty goodness to do it’s thing. Yeast is magical, but it tends to like warmth. So just pop a bottle of beer in a warm water bath. Works like a charm.
This recipe is a bit step heavy. You need to make the dough, let it rise, then grill the chicken, make the sauce on the grill in cast iron pan, then slice the chicken up and drop it in the pan of sauce. Then you need to make the pizza, then grill the pizza. It’s a bit of a process but I assure you all the steps are easy and not overly time consuming.
You will love me after you make this. It’s okay. I make good pizza. Many a marriage proposal have rolled in over my pizza, and my lasagna. You can ask but I’ll say no. Just putting that out there. But feel free to shower me with gifts. Perfectly acceptable. I could use a new bridle for the horse if you’re looking for ideas. This chick ain’t into bling, unless it’s for horsey.
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- Note- makes enough for 2, use one for this recipe
- 1 cup Samuel Adams Boston Lager
- 1 tablespoon shortening
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2¾ cups AP white flour
- 1¼ teaspoon bread machine yeast
- 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts
- Salt and pepper to taste
- ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
- ¼ cup Samuel Adams Boston Lager
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- ¼ cup Samuel Adams Boston Lager
- 2 tablespoons worcestershire sauce
- 1 tablespoon chipotle hot sauce
- ¼ cup good quality tomato sauce
- 1 tablespoon good quality tomato paste
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- 1½ cup mozzarella cheese
- ½ cup pizza sauce
- Combine all the pizza ingredients in the bread machine in order they are listed in. When adding the yeast make a little shallow well for it in the middle of the flour. If you bread machine doesn't bring the ingredients to correct cooking temperature you should heat the beer up a bit. I like mine between 110 and 120, typically as close to 120 as possible. Turn the machine on the dough setting (not the pizza setting, it's too short, I always choose dough over pizza setting), and hit start. It should take about 90 minutes to get great dough. Remove from the machine, and spray the dough with non-stick spray or a little olive oil. Divide dough in half and wrap one up for another pizza later (I slather mine in olive oil and place in a glass container, cover the top with parchment, then place the lid on), then use the other one for this pizza. Place it in a glass bowl, lay a piece of parchment over top then cover with foil tightly. Place in a warm area in your kitchen for about an hour or so. Punch it down and you're ready to roll it or hand stretch it. We typically hand stretch ours. Adding extra flour makes dough a bit chewy, and we're not huge fans of cornmeal. Spray a pizza pan with non-stick spray and lay the dough over top. Press into edges to form a crust. Take a fork and punch a couple of fork marks in the dough randomly. Set aside.
- Preheat grill to medium heat.
- Place the chicken pieces in a large glass bowl. Season with salt, pepper, and smoked paprika. Pour the beer over top. Cover and let stand for about 20 minutes. Remove and rain off liquid.
- Brush chicken pieces with olive oil. If you like some kick add more seasoning spices now. Place each piece on the grill and cook on both sides for about 4 to 5 minutes, I like mine cooked until it just starts to char the edges. Remove and place on a cutting board. Allow to cool briefly while you start the sauce.
- Place the butter an brown sugar in a cast iron skillet, set on the grill and allow the butter to melt an the sugar to dissolve. Now add the beer and let it bubble up and cook for about 3 to 4 minutes, this gives it time to reduce down a bit. Add worcestershire sauce and hot sauce. Allow it to bubble up for a minute or two. Add the tomato sauce, paste and minced garlic. Allow to bubble, stirring until it thickens. This can take about 3 to 5 minutes. Once it starts to thicken up cut your chicken pieces into thin strips and toss those in the cast iron pan with the sauce. Allow to cook, stirring gently until all the chicken is covered in thick, gorgeous sauce. Set aside.
- Make sure grill is still at a medium heat. At this point you can decide if you want to use a pizza stone or if you'll just use the pizza pan. I used the pizza pan because my daughter is not a huge fan of the stone pizzas. So weird, I can't explain that one.
- Spread the pizza sauce evenly over the dough you spread out and set aside earlier. Then top with mozzarella cheese. Then place the buffalo chicken over top. Make sure you scrape all the good bits off the pan and use up almost all the sauce, setting a wee bit aside to drizzle over the pizza once it's cooked.
- Place pizza on the grill grate. Close the lid and allow to cook for about 10 to 14 minutes, depending on the heat of your grill. If you find the bottom getting too dark you can raise the pizza up by setting two bricks on your grill and placing the pizza pan on top. This elevates the pizza a few inches for those who like a less crisp crust. Just a little pizza tip for you. It's how I roll.
- Once the pizza is done remove from the grill and drizzle the remaining buffalo sauce over top of the pizza.
- Use your pizza cutter or pizza rocker to cut the pizza into slices.
- Serve with a big old Pizza and Beer Loving Smile.
I've never been a fan of other cheeses on pizza so for ours we typically use mozzarella. You can swap that for other kinds.
I really like smoky heat, so this has smoked paprika and chipotle. The heat builds and goes really nicely with the flavour of the beer in the pizza dough.
Most buffalo chicken pizza recipes have you use the buffalo sauce under the cheese, I don't know why but I don't care for that. I like using regular pizza sauce on the dough then topping the cheese with the buffalo chicken and sauce. It's just how I've always done it. Not tradition but it's how I roll.
We love garlic, if you don't leave it out. Easy peasy.
The horizontal photo was taken the next day with one I reheated. So I can say with absolute certainty this pizza reheats really well. Any time I develop recipes I make them at least 3 or 4 times to ensure they work. It usually leads to lots of leftovers. But look how fabulously this pizza reheats on the grill. Just as scrumptious on day 2.
I really hope you like the recipe. It’s a family favourite, we love chicken so we’re always playing with recipes that include it. And pizza is staple in the Beaulieu compound so it’s something you will see often on both blogs.
Thanks to Samuel Adams for the inspiration to get my beer on. This was so much fun. Be sure to check out Samuel Adams to see what brews are for you! Remember they are available in Canada which rocks for me since I’m in Ontario. There’s tons of fun varieties so take your time and browse.
We purchased our Samuel Adams Boston Lager at our local LCBO. We live in a small town so I was sort of sceptical we would find it but they had the Boston Lager which is the one I wanted to use. So score one for the team.
For more photos of my fabulous experience using Boston Lager in my recipes follow me on Instagram. I shared a ton of in action shots while I made this recipe. I’ll be using the rest of the beer for more recipes so I’m sure you’ll see it show up again for some fun recipes.
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Now be confident and get your grill on!