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four slices of bbq chicken french bread pizza

BBQ Chicken French Bread Pizza

This BBQ chicken French bread pizza recipe is a fun and easy way to get all your favorite pizza flavors in just 30 minutes! It's incredibly cheesy, satisfying, and inexpensive to make.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword BBQ Chicken French Bread Pizza
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 692kcal


  • 1 (16 ounce) loaf French bread cut in half lengthwise
  • 1/4 cup butter (a half stick) softened
  • 1 cup BBQ sauce use your favorite
  • 2 cups cooked chicken I used rotisserie
  • 1/2 cup red onion chopped
  • 1 jalapeno pepper sliced (optional)
  • 2 cups mozzarella shredded
  • 1 cup smoked gouda shredded, see note
  • 1 handful cilantro chopped (optional)


  • Preheat your oven to 400F and move the rack to the top third of the oven.
  • Cut the bread in half horizontally (try to do this as evenly as possible), add it to a baking sheet, and spread the butter evenly over the cut side of each half.
  • Bake for 5-6 minutes (this crisps it up a bit so it's less likely to go soggy after adding the toppings), then take it out of the oven.
  • Spread each half with the BBQ sauce, and then top with the chicken, red onions, jalapeno slices, and then the cheeses. I prefer to add the cilantro on after the pizza is cooked, but you can add it during this step before the cheeses if you prefer.
  • Bake for 12 minutes and then broil for a few minutes until hot and bubbly (watch it carefully so it doesn't burn).
  • Sprinkle the cilantro over top, slice into desired size pieces, and enjoy!


  • If you can't find smoked gouda, try smoked cheddar, regular cheddar, or just use more mozzarella. The smoked gouda adds another layer of flavor, so I highly recommend using it.
  • This pizza is very flexible... feel free to adjust the topping quantities as needed or sub with something else.
  • Serving size really depends how much people eat/what else it's served with.
  • Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy only and should be construed as an estimate rather than a guarantee. Ingredients can vary and Salt & Lavender makes no guarantees to the accuracy of this information.


Calories: 692kcal | Carbohydrates: 62g | Protein: 39g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 0.3g | Cholesterol: 130mg | Sodium: 1600mg | Potassium: 413mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 907IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 531mg | Iron: 4mg