BBQ Chicken Caprese Flatbread Pizza
BBQ Chicken Flatbread
This BBQ Chicken Flatbread is an easy and quick meal to put together and it’s packed with scrumptious flavours. It’s perfect for lunch or dinner any day of the week. To give it even more depth of flavour you can marinate the chicken overnight but if you don’t have time that’s okay too, it still makes for a tasty meal. I got this tasty recipe from Chicken.ca and just built a bit on it for my own tastes. I love their site for recipe inspiration.
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BBQ Chicken Flatbread or BBQ Chicken Caprese Flatbread Pizza?
For clarification this is not two recipes but I put BBQ Chicken Flatbread and BBQ Chicken Flatbread Pizza because everyone searches for recipes differently. Some of you will chicken for BBQ Chicken and some will search for Chicken Caprese and the list goes on. Plus the Google gods as I call them may not show you both if you only search for one. Plus not all of you may want to make it a full on Chicken Caprese, shocking I know but I get that people like options.
Tips for Cooking Chicken Caprese Flatbread on the BBQ
I did this recipe entirely on our BBQ but if you don’t have a grill you can also easily make this on the stove and in the oven, make sure to check for those tips in the recipe card. I used a cast-iron grill pan on my BBQ. Why? It’s so much easier to clean afterwards than trying to get those chicken pieces off of the grate of the BBQ.
Even if I oiled it down enough I just find the pan easier and as we all know flare-ups happen on a BBQ so the pan also helps to avoid the consequences of flare-ups. I also added oil to the cast-iron pan, again so the chicken wouldn’t stick to the pan and a bit more flavour too.
The balsamic reduction is the icing on the cake or in this case the perfect topping to complete this caprese chicken flatbread pizza recipe. You can totally skip it but we love it and you can easily make your own or buy it, you have options.
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Just like you have the option to make the flatbread or pizza dough yourself or buy pre-made flatbread which is what I did because some days you just want an easy to make meal that is still mostly homemade and tastes delicious and this BBQ Chicken Caprese Flatbread Pizza is just that and more.
Make sure to check out our other recipes like the ones below!
- One Pan Chicken and Spinach Skillet Pasta Recipe
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My family loves meals like BBQ Chicken Flatbread because they can each put their own favourite toppings on it. My hubby likes raw onions whereas my daughter and I don’t and I love the fresh herbs like basil and the arugula oh my. We all agree that the chicken thighs marinated in balsamic vinegar, garlic and honey is so yummy and is the centrepiece of this meal.
Don’t forget that the quality of your ingredients will also play a part in how tasty or not tasty your meal is. It’s one of many reasons that we always buy chicken with the Raised by a Canadian Farmer logo like in the photo below.
Why Chicken Raised by a Canadian Farmer?
Canadian chicken is a healthy choice, it’s grain-fed, free of added hormones and steroids, and raised right here in Canada according to nationally-set, high food safety and animal care standards. I’ve shared several reasons in the past but here’s one of them that I feel is also very important especially right now when many small businesses are closing and/or struggling:
Canadian chicken farmers are committed to sustainability through innovation, by preserving the health of the land, providing value to Canada’s economy, & making affordable food for Canadians. If you can’t find that label in your local store ask the manager to bring it in!
Chicken Thighs or Chicken Breasts?
I went with chicken thighs this time because they are an economical choice and always tender and juicy but you could easily make this with chicken breasts and it would still be yummy.
BBQ Chicken Flatbread Pizza – An Easy Meal
Pizza nights really don’t get much easier than this when you’re using store bought flatbread and an easy but flavourful chicken recipe like this one. While I love homemade pizza dough, let’s face it store bought dough or flatbread is great for those nights you just don’t have the energy or time to make your own dough. This chicken is also great as leftovers on rice, with noodles or of course on more flatbread!
Let’s get to this easy peasy BBQ Chicken Flatbread Recipe shall we?
- ⅓ cup olive oil, divided
- ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
- 2 tbsp honey
- 4cloves garlic, minced
- 6 boneless skinless chicken thighs (1 1/2 lb/675 g total)
- ½ tsp each salt and pepper
- 2-3 large flatbreads (depends on sizes)
- 1 cup (250 mL) grape tomatoes, halved
- 1lb fresh mozzarella
- ¼ cup pesto
- 1 cup baby arugula
- large handful fresh basil, julienne cut
- Balsamic reduction (optional)
- Grated parmesan (optional)
- Whisk together ¼ cup (60 mL) oil, balsamic vinegar, honey and garlic; pour into large re-sealable bag. Add chicken; seal bag, releasing as much air as possible, and massage chicken to coat evenly. Refrigerate for at least 4* hours or up to overnight if you can.
- Preheat grill to medium-high heat; grease grates well or cast-iron pan (we used a pan on the grill) Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper. Grill chicken, flipping once, for 10 to 12 minutes or until well marked and cooked through. Let stand for 5 minutes; slice thinly.
- Brush some of the remaining oil over one side of each flatbread. Place flatbread on grill, greased side down. Grill for 2 to 3 minutes or until lightly browned and set on bottom. Brush tops with remaining oil; flip over and reduce heat to medium.
- Working quickly, divide chicken, tomatoes, mozzarella and pesto among pizzas.
- Cover and grill for 3 to 5 minutes or until the toppings are
warmed. Remove from grill; top each pizza with arugula, drizzle balsamic reduction and parmesan before serving.
* As previously mentioned, you will get more flavour if you're able to marinate the chicken overnight but if you don't have time you can marinate it for less time, even a few minutes and you will still have a nice flavour.
** We used a cast-iron pan on our grill as it's easier clean-up for us and less flare-ups with grease from the grill. You can of course grill directly on the grates of the BBQ but keep a close eye on it.
You can cook the chicken on the stove in a pan, similar to how you would do it on the BBQ. To warm up the mozzarella and tomatoes you can either cover the pan at the end with the toppings on the flatbread (not the herbs) or warm them up in the oven as it might get a little moist doing it in the pan with the lid on.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 690Total Fat: 40gSaturated Fat: 14gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 25gCholesterol: 188mgSodium: 983mgCarbohydrates: 36gFiber: 1gSugar: 11gProtein: 46g
Please note that we can not guarantee the accuracy of the nutritional information. They are a best guess calculation.
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