Cauliflower Pizza with BBQ Chicken

Years ago, before I even knew that I had Celiac disease I got into making pizza with a cauliflower crust.  We were trying to lose weight at the time, and I was experimenting with low carb recipes.

Today cauliflower pizza is back in our dinner rotation as a delicious gluten free, grain free option!

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Grated cauliflower has become so popular, you can find it in both the fresh and frozen food section of your market.  I still hand grate mine as it really doesn’t take that long, and you get the very best flavor and freshness.  If you have a food processor, that is another fast and easy option.

The cauliflower at the market this year have been huge.  This one is going to provide several meals for us.  I will roast florets for an easy side dish and grate the rest for pizzas and cauliflower cakes.

You will see in the preparation that I used a pizza stone for this recipe, but you can also use a regular pizza pan or a sheet pan.  Whichever you choose, you will need parchment paper for easy transfer of the pizza from pan, to oven to cutting board.


  • 4 cups grated cauliflower
  • 2 tbsp. Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 tsp. Italian seasoning
  • 1 cup grated Gruyere cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 1 lb. Chicken tenders
  • ½ sweet onion
  • 2 strips bacon
  • Olive oil
  • Gluten free BBQ Sauce, home made or purchased
  • ¾ cup grated parmesan


Grate the cauliflower using a food processor or hand grater.  Add it to a large non-stick skillet with 2 tbsp. olive oil, salt and pepper.  Cook for 3 minutes, stirring frequently.  Transfer to a bowl to cool.

Beat the egg, Gruyere cheese and Italian seasoning.  Stir in the cooled cauliflower, mixing thoroughly.

Preheat the oven to 400° and line a pizza stone with parchment paper, cut to size.  Spoon the cauliflower mixture onto the parchment and spread it into an even ½” circle.  Use a spatula to smooth it out and neaten the edges.

Bake for 20 minutes at 400°, then broil for 3 minutes on high.  Here’s what it will look like.

Wipe the skillet clean and begin cooking the bacon.  Drain on paper towels and dice.  Cook the onions in the bacon fat, then push to the side and add the chicken with a little olive oil.  When the chicken has cooked through, drizzle lightly with BBQ sauce.

Brush the crust with olive oil, then lightly spread with BBQ sauce, about 4 tbsp.

Spread the chicken mixture over the crust in an even layer.

Top with grated Parmesan cheese.

Broil 3 minutes on high, you should have a little nice browning around the edges but watch that it doesn’t burn.

Slide the pizza, parchment and all onto a cutting board.  Slice with a pizza cutter and use a narrow spatula to lift it off the parchment.

Notes: ♪♫ To keep the pizza from being too soggy, bake the crust by itself and add the toppings during the last few minutes of cooking.  Be sure that all toppings are completely cooked and drained ahead of time.

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