Paleo Pizza with BBQ Chicken

This 16″ pizza is a full meal deal, alive with the flavor of tender barbecued chicken chunks, mushrooms, and onions. Everybody knows that a great pizza needs cheese, however dairy isn’t Paleo. So I top it with my Vegan Mozzarella Cheese, or use your favorite grass-fed cheese. The crust is easy to make, with yummy savory herbs. To make this pizza nightshade-free, try my No-Tomato Sauce, and you’ll never miss the tomatoes. Nightshades such as tomatoes, peppers, potatoes and eggplant are common allergens that can create intestinal perforations that are not good. For more info see my article “Beware of Nightshades”. Or use your favorite tomato sauce. It helps to make the Vegan Mozzarella Cheese and No-Tomato Sauce ahead of time and keep them on hand to use in other Italian recipes. The toppings are all optional – use your imagination – olives, meat, garlic, zucchini, anchovies, etc. This is a 16-inch Pizza, which means it is Mama-sized. Serves 6. See photos below.

Paleo Pizza with BBQ Chicken

Ingredients

Instructions

    Make the No Tomato Sauce, or use your favorite Tomato Sauce:
    Pizza Crust:
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, add almond meal, arrowroot, baking soda, salt and garlic. Mix well. Add eggs, olive oil, and optional herbs. Mix well until a coherent dough forms, form it into a ball, and press it flat on a 16" Pizza pan or the equivalent tray. Press dough to create a rim at the edges. Bake the crust for 20 minutes.
  3. Prepare the BBQ chicken:
  4. In a large skillet over medium heat, add 1/2 cup No-Tomato Sauce (or your favorite Pizza sauce). Add 2 tablespoons sweetener and maple flavoring. Mix together and saute very briefly 5 minutes stirring occasionally. Do not overcook or it may dry out in baking.
  5. Prepare Other Toppings:
  6. In a large skillet over medium heat, add the olive oil and crushed garlic. Heat until slightly sizzling. Add mushrooms, a pinch of salt, saute briefly 2 minutes stirring occasionally, and set aside. Slice the cheese and onions. Chop the herbs, if using.
  7. Assemble and Bake:
  8. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spread No-Tomato Sauce evenly to the edges of the baked crust. Add sliced Vegan Mozzarella cheese. Distribute the BBQ chicken, mushrooms, onion, and optional herbs evenly on top.
  9. Bake for 15 minutes about 4 to 5 inches from the top of the oven. Remove from the oven and serve! See step by step photos for crust below.

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Pizza Crust – In a medium mixing bowl, add the almond meal, arrowroot, baking soda, salt and crushed garlic. Mix well. Add the eggs, olive oil, and optional herbs.

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Mix well.

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Mix until a coherent dough forms.

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Form it into a ball,

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Press the dough flat into a 16″ Pizza pan or the equivalent size tray. Press it to the edges and create a rim. Then bake the crust for 20 minutes.

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Meanwhile prepare the toppings. In a large skillet over medium heat, add the olive oil and crushed garlic. Heat until slightly sizzling. Add mushrooms, a pinch of salt, saute briefly 2 minutes stirring occasionally, and set aside.

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Slice the Vegan Mozarella Cheese.

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Spread No-Tomato Sauce evenly to the edges of the baked crust. Add sliced Vegan Mozzarella cheese. Distribute the BBQ chicken, mushrooms, onion, and optional herbs evenly on top.
Bake for 15 minutes about 4 to 5 inches from the top of the oven.

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Remove from the oven. Slice and serve!