This recipe is a twist on the classic barbecue chicken pizza that we know and love. This unique take reveals that pizza has a sophisticated side. These days it is trendier than even to top your pizza with uncommon and exotic toppings. This summer we are loving the addition of Cashews and a Maple Syrup BBQ sauce that offers a true Canadian taste. Enjoy!


IngredientsBBQ pizza2

Pizza crust (of your choosing:  I prefer to use this recipe)

Pizza sauce (try this recipe for an all-purpose tomato sauce that will knock your socks off)

4 chicken thighs

1 cup Wildly Delicious Bourbon and Maple Syrup BBQ Sauce

1/2 small red onion, diced finely

2 small or 1 large apple, peeled and sliced into half moons

2 cups mozzarella cheese, grated

1 cup Pete’s Own Raw Cashew nuts

Cilantro, to top



Preheat your oven to 400F.

Slice the chicken thighs into small chunks. Heat a glug of olive oil in a sauté pan, and add the chicken and barbecue sauce.  Cook until the chicken is cooked but still tender, and the sauce has started to caramelize and reduce slightly.

Place or spread your pizza crust on to a greased baking sheet.  Top your crust with pizza sauce, and then add the red onion, the chicken, apple and cheese.  Sprinkle with cashews.

Slide the pizza into the oven and cook until the cheese is melted and bubbling, and the crust has begun to brown.



Jessie is a writer, food lover and women’s wellness practitioner.  She owns the Halifax-based Nalumana Women’s Wellness, and writes about all things food, wellness, parenting and adventure for a variety of publications, including her own blog, Purple House Cafe.