Sheet Pan Buffalo Chicken Pizza.
Sheet Pan Buffalo Chicken Pizza. Fresh pizza dough topped with ranch, extra saucy buffalo chicken, three kinds of cheese, and a house style “pizza seasoning”. The key to this pizza is baking it on a sheet pan at a high temp until the crust becomes just a little crisp and the cheese is melty. As soon as the pizza comes out of the oven, top it with more buffalo sauce, slice, eat, and ENJOY. Trust me, every last bite of this pizza is delicious and will leave you wanting more. It’s both savory and a touch spicy…the cheesy, saucy pizza that’s just perfect for game day.
This pizza has been a long time coming. A long, long time. I’ve avoided sharing this recipe for years, but the time has finally come. Today we’re talking all things buffalo chicken pizza. This is without a doubt my brother’s favorite pizza. They ask for it every time they’re here, and honestly, it’s always the first pizza to disappear.
To back up a bit, I have a long history with buffalo chicken pizza. I remember the very first time I had a slice, I was with my best friend, Stephanie. Her parents had ordered pizza and one of the pizzas was topped with buffalo chicken. At the time I’m not sure I even knew if I enjoyed buffalo chicken, but I tried it, and geez, it was good. I remember it like it was yesterday. The crust was soft, doughy, and loaded with ranch. It was topped with chunks of chicken, buffalo sauce, and multiple kinds of cheese.
Every last bite was honesty just so delicious. From that day on, Steph and I would always request the buffalo chicken pizza any time her family ordered out. And then, I even had my parents ordering it on the rare occasion my family would get carryout pizza.
I loved it. And when I started to cook? Yup, it was the first pizza I ever made.
Fast forward to today. I make this pizza all the time. I always try to make it just how I remember it tasting so many years ago.
The pizza was saucy, greasy, and beyond cheesy, The chicken wasn’t the star, but more the sauce and the cheese. There was something green, maybe green onions or parsley, but it’s wasn’t prominent. There wasn’t anything pretty about this pizza, but…it was beyond good.
For my pizza, I tried to replicate every last detail. And through years of practice, I think I’ve finally gotten it just right. And that speeds us up to today. Even though we love this buffalo chicken pizza. I wasn’t ever going to share the recipe. I figured that it wasn’t needed. Everyone has their own version of this pizza on the internet. I didn’t need to share mine.
Two things happened. One, we received so many requests through Instagram for this pizza. At first, I ignored them…until this weekend when I did a quick google search for buffalo chicken pizza. I realized that yes, the internet has a lot of buffalo chicken pizza recipes. But, none of them are JUST for buffalo chicken pizza. The recipes I found all had something else with it. Maybe a random vegetable, a different sauce, or just something making it fancier than I feel it needs to be.
And that’s when I realized HBH needs this recipe. We need the unclassy, not so pretty, and extra cheesy buffalo chicken pizza. Just like the one you eat at your favorite pizza spot. Only better, because this one has more sauce, more cheese, and just the right amount of garlicky herbs. It. Is. So. GOOD!
Start with the dough.
Start with the dough. I like to use my homemade pizza dough recipe from the HBH Super Simple cookbook. It’s the easiest to make and truly delicious. If you can think a few hours ahead of time, I’d recommend making your own dough. If not, store-bought pizza dough works great too (Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s both have great options)!
For those of you who prefer a thicker crust pizza, I recommend using closer to three-quarters or even one pound of pizza dough. We like our crust thinner, so I only use a half-pound of dough.
Once you have your dough figured out, it’s time to make pizza.
Now, these next two steps are KEY and what I’ve found to be the most common throughout everything I read. You need to cook this pizza at a high heat temp, so start preheating your oven to five hundred degrees as soon as you decide you’re making pizza. Ideally one to two hours ahead of time to get it really HOT.
If you’re in a pinch, thirty minutes works just fine too.
Push the dough out on a sheet pan, then layer it with ranch dressing, very saucy buffalo chicken, cheese, and my “house style pizza seasoning” blend. Then add fresh cilantro or parsley, garlic, fennel, and plenty of crushed red pepper.
I use a mix of blue cheese, mozzarella cheese, cheddar, and parmesan, but feel free to use your favorite kinds of cheese.
You’ll bake this pizza in the upper position of the oven, and in less than fifteen minutes you’ll have amazing pizza and your kitchen will smell incredible. As soon as the pizza comes out of the oven. Top with additional buffalo sauce (always more sauce), slice, and eat. This one is meant to be eaten hot and you really just need buffalo sauce and ranch for serving. Maybe some additional parmesan, but that’s it.
It’s not fancy at all, but that’s what makes this pizza good. It’s just that cheesy pizza we’re all really craving the most. And yes, it’s going to be pretty darn perfect for this Sunday’s Super Bowl.
Looking for more game day recipes? Here are a few to try:
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Sheet Pan Buffalo Chicken Pizza
Fresh pizza dough topped with ranch, extra saucy buffalo chicken, 3 cheese, and seasoning...perfect for gameday!
- 1/2 pound pizza dough, homemade or store-bought
- 1 cup cooked shredded chicken
- 1/2 cup buffalo sauce (homemade sauce in notes)
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
- 2 teaspoons dried parsley
- 1 teaspoon dried dill
- 1/2 cup fresh cilantro or parsley, chopped
- 1-2 cloves garlic, grated
- 1/2-1 teaspoon fennel seeds
- 1 pinch red pepper flakes
- 1/3 cup ranch dressing (homemade sauce in notes)
- 1/4 cup crumbled blue cheese (optional)
- 1 cup shredded whole milk mozzarella
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 1/2 cup grated parmesan or asiago cheese
1. Position the oven rack in the upper 1/3 portion of your oven. Preheat the oven to 500° F. for at least 30 minutes before baking, preferably 1-2 hours ahead. If you have a baking stone, start preheating it.
2. Place the pizza dough on a lightly oiled quarter sheet pan. Gently press the dough until it covers most of the sheet pan. Cover and let sit while you prep the pizza.
3. In a bowl, combine the chicken, buffalo sauce, chives, parsley, and dill.
4. To make the herb seasoning. In a bowl, combine the cilantro/parsley, 1-2 cloves grated garlic, fennel seeds, and a pinch of red pepper flakes.
5. To assemble. Grab the dough and spread on the ranch, you may not need it all. Add a drizzle of buffalo sauce if you'd like, then layer on the chicken and cheeses. Sprinkle the herb seasoning over top.
6. Slide into the preheated oven and bake for 10 minutes, rotate the pizza, and bake another 3-5 minutes or until the crust is golden and the cheese has melted. Top the pizza with fresh cilantro, additional buffalo sauce and/or ranch. ENJOY!
Buffalo Sauce: Mix 1/2 cup hot sauce, 1/2 cup olive oil or melted butter, 1/2 teaspoon paprika, 1/2 teaspoon smoked, paprika, and a 1/2 teaspoon each onion powder, garlic powder, salt, and pepper in a glass jar or measuring cup.
Ranch: Mix 1/2 cup plain greek yogurt or sour cream, 2 tablespoons buttermilk, 2 tablespoons fresh chopped chives, 1 teaspoon dried parsley, 1 teaspoon dried dill, 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/2 teaspoon onion powder, and a pinch each of kosher salt and black pepper in a glass jar or measuring cup.
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