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If I was stranded on an island and could only have one food – that would be Pizza. I just adore pizza – nothing like a gooey cheese and pepperoni New York Style pizza with rolling the slice to eat! Nothing better. Then reality sets in. I can have this type of pizza once in a great while but if I want pizza more often it needs to be a healthy alternative.

We are going to be trying different types of pizza and other dishes in our cast iron skillet. Using a 10-inch cast iron skillet pizza makes 4 large slices or 8 small slices. Based upon the below portions, a pizza cut into 4 slices has approximately 400 calories a slice. Typically I do not measure my ingredients in these types of dishes but it is important to control the calories and fat by adding cheese, so it is important to measure the cheese. Banana peppers do not have any calories (per the jar) but are high in sodium so be careful on how much you add. Slicing your own pepper might be a better option. Pizza sauce is delicious but can be high in sodium. Try to use less pizza sauce and add more chopped tomatoes. Or better yet make a quick sauce controlling the ingredients and sodium. A nice compliment to this dinner is to add a Blood Orange Avocado Salad with Macadamia Nut Oil. It is packed with a lot of good vitamins and nutrients!

Rustic Cast Iron Vegetable Pizza Topped with BBQ Chicken Close up Photo

Don’t forget the Blood Orange Avocado Salad with Macadamia Nut Oil!
Blood Orange Avocado Salad with Macadamia Nut Oil Close up photo

10-inch Cast Iron Skillet
1 small or medium sweet onion, cut in half and sliced
1 tbsp Olive Oil
½ cup Your Favorite Pizza Sauce
Bbout 2/3 cup Your Favorite cheeses, shredded
1/4 cup chopped tomato
Red and Orange Peppers, chopped
Banana Pepper Slices, chopped
4 ounces Rotisserie BBQ Chicken
Whole Wheat Pizza dough – 14 ounces

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Caramelize the onions in the olive oil. Season the cast iron skillet. Roll out pizza dough into desired size and place in the cast iron skillet. Let it rest for a few minutes. Add your favorite pizza sauce. Top with caramelized onions, chopped tomato, chopped peppers, and banana peppers. Add a blend of cheeses and top with BBQ cooked chicken. Don’t forget to add the basil either fresh or dried. It does add a lot of flavor! Bake for about 20 to 25-minutes.

This is why I call this recipe “rustic”. When I was assembling the ingredients it had a rustic look to me!
Rustic Cast Iron Vegetable Pizza Topped with BBQ Chicken Preparation without cheese photo

A little cheese can go a long way to help bring flavor to the pizza without being the main ingredient. You could reduce the cheese to about 1/3 cup and this pizza will still be delicious!
Rustic Cast Iron Vegetable Pizza Topped with BBQ Chicken Preparation with cheese photo

11 thoughts on “Rustic Cast Iron Skillet Vegetable Pizza Topped with BBQ Chicken

  1. willowdot21 says:

    What a sumptuous post ans really don’t really like Pizza!

    1. Bernice says:

      ha ha – then the picture must be good then!

  2. This is so much better than the delivery pizza I ordered for my boys Friday night! Rustic or not, it looks like a delicious dinner. I’m trying to decrease the amount of cheese I consume (no small feat for me) so your suggestion of reducing the cheese is a good one with spot-on timing!

    Thanks for the inspiration!

    1. Bernice says:

      Your welcome! I hope you enjoy the recipe and of course make your own changes. I love a gooey cheese pizza but with all the healthy toppings I did not miss having less cheese. Enjoy!!

  3. Amazing suggestion…I am on my way to the kitchen to see if I have all the ingredients. Thank you.

    1. Bernice says:

      Your welcome – I hope you enjoy it. It is becoming one of my favorite pizzas!! Outside of New York style – of course. 🙂

  4. Cindy says:

    Great idea! I love my cast iron fry pan – this is another great recipe to do in it.

    1. Bernice says:

      Wonderful! I hope you enjoy it!

  5. donna213 says:

    What a great idea for pizza, I am going to try that. The salad looks good too.

    1. Bernice says:

      Thank you! It is delicious and I adore the salad! I feel a bit healthier after eating it. 🙂

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