Keto BBQ Chicken Pizza

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California Pizza Kitchen Classic

I grew up in Southern California during the infancy stages of this long time favorite national chain restaurant. California Pizza Kitchen in the 80s and early 90s was special and innovative.

The idea of putting BBQ sauce and chicken on a pizza was just crazy talk.

However, it worked and the rest is history.

I knew I need to recreate this recipe in a low carb version. The original CPK BBQ Chicken pizza is 24g net carbs per slice!!

Sure, you can make this pizza with Fathead dough. It’s absolutely delicious with Fathead dough, but this version of Keto BBQ Chicken Pizza is so much easier…and equally as delicious.

Chicken Base

The crust of this keto pizza is actually the chicken. Ground chicken mixed with some seasoning, parmesan cheese, and 2 eggs is super easy to whip up.

Mix and mash the chicken and then smear it into a large rectangle onto a parchment lined baking sheet.

This chicken will form the base of your Keto BBQ Chicken Pizza. This recipe was also my inspiration done by Maria Emmerich, but used too much parmesan cheese for my liking.

You can also use this chicken pizza crust base for any pizza you desire. Try Buffalo Chicken Pizza, Thai Chicken Pizza, or just traditional cheese pizza. Lots of variety and options.

Low Carb BBQ Sauce

There are so many varieties and brands of low carb BBQ sauce available on the market today. I tend to use G. Hughes brand or Primal Kitchen.

You decide which low carb or no sugar brand you want to use. They are available at most regular supermarkets and they are delicious. Be sure to read the ingredients AND nutrition information.

Most low carb BBQ sauce is about 2g net carbs per 2 tablespoons.

This Keto BBQ Chicken Pizza recipe calls for 4tbsp of low carb bbq, but use less or more to your liking.


Every oven is a little bit different. Preheat your oven to 400°. Then bake the chicken crust for about 25 to 30 minutes. I check my pizza crust at about 25 minutes and then usually go for the full 30 minutes.

I may even turn the oven to broil towards just to get a slight crust on the top of my pizza base.

Once you have baked the pizza crust remove it from the oven. At this time you will add to your barbecue sauce, cheese, and sliced red onion.

Place your pizza back into the 400° oven for 1 to 4 minutes. You may even want to broil for 1 to 2 minutes just to get the cheese nice and bubbly. Remove the pizza from the oven and then sprinkle with fresh chopped cilantro.


This keto barbecue chicken pizza stores beautifully in the fridge. I like to place my leftovers in an airtight container and store in the fridge for 1 to 3 days.

Gently reheat your leftover pizza in the microwave, or just eat it cold.

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Keto BBQ Chicken Pizza

Keto BBQ Chicken Pizza

Who said the chicken had to be on top of the pizza? This play on California Pizza Kitchen's Classic menu item uses chicken as the base of this pizza….cuts the carbs and it’s super easy to make.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Course: dinner, lunch
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bbq, easy keto, keto pizza, pizza
Servings: 8 slices
Calories: 171kcal
Author: The Kellie Kitchen


  • 1 lb ground chicken
  • ½ cup parmesan cheese grated
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic
  • 4 tbsp low carb barbecue sauce
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup red onion
  • 1/4 cup cilantro chopped


  • Preheat the oven to 400°. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a bowl mix together the ground chicken, eggs, parmesan cheese, salt, pepper, and garlic. Mix and mash together until it forms a wet though.
  • Spoon the chicken mixture onto the parchment lined baking sheet. Spread out the chicken mixture into a large rectangle. This chicken base should be roughly 10” wide by 12” long.
  • Bake the chicken crust in a 400° oven for about 30 minutes. Remove chicken crust from the oven and smear 2 to 4 tablespoons of low carb barbecue sauce all over the chicken base.
  • Spread 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese over the barbecue sauce. Sprinkle sliced red onions all over the top of the cheese.
  • Place your barbecue chicken pizza back into the 400° oven for 2 to 4 minutes. Then turn the oven to broil for 1 to 2 minutes to brown and crisp the cheese and onions.
  • Remove the pizza from the oven. Sprinkle the top of your barbecue chicken pizza with fresh chopped cilantro. Slice into eight pieces and serve.


Calories: 171kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 105mg | Sodium: 361mg | Potassium: 347mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 237IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 158mg | Iron: 1mg
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