Barbecue Chickpea Pizza with Gouda and Caramelized Onions

by jenna on July 25, 2011

Sooooo… was your weekend?

I ate gnocchi, went to book club, watched five episodes of glee (<—new obsession) and found a cute skirt for $2. I would say that’s a success. I also made this pizza! Woah.

I really wanted to put a spin on the traditional barbecue chicken pizza…something a little lighter but still equally as delicious. As much as I love my usual standard, it was time to branch out. The same thing goes for your favorite skinny jeans. Awesome and comfortable, but sometimes you need some variety in your life.

The answer? Chickpeas!

(errr that would be the answer for a pizza rut, not for adding variety to your jean collection. that’s just weird)


Moving on! I make a lot of pizzas, folks, and I’ve decided one of the best secrets to a delicious pie is to nix pre-packaged cheese altogether and grate your own. Grating your own cheese not only builds up your triceps, but also results in a far superior product! I used a goat’s milk gouda cheese here and it was absolutely delicious….almost nutty!

After grating your cheese, it’s time to get saucy. Oh yeah….

The, cover abundantly with cheese and chickpeas.

And finish with a healthy dose of caramelized onions. Every time I make caramelized onions I always wonder why I don’t make them more often. Sure, they take a little TLC (tears, love and care) but the end result is so worth it. Trust me on this one.

Looking for a good pizza dough recipe? I’ve got you covered. It’s sorta a staple in this house and I have several baggies of dough currently in my freezer for anytime pizza cravings.

Barbecue chickpea pizza: the new wardrobe classic.

Barbecue Chickpea Pizza with Gouda and Caramelized Onions

makes one large pizza (about 8 slices)

Print this recipe!


1 batch The Best Pizza Dough

1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed

1 bottle barbecue sauce of choice (I loved the Trader Joe’s kind!)

1 large yellow onion

1 T olive oil

8 oz gouda cheese, freshly grated


Make the pizza dough according to recipe directions. Note that one recipe makes two large pizza crusts so you may want to freeze half the dough for later.

Heat the olive oil up in a large, heavy-bottomed pot. Slice the onion very thinly and cook in the olive oil for about 30 minutes on low heat, until deeply golden and caramelized. Stir frequently! You don’t want to burn this.

Preheat your oven to 450 degrees.

Roll out your pizza dough into a large rectangle or circle. Drizzle with barbecue sauce (you’ll probably only use 1 cup sauce). Sprinkle with cheese then layer with chickpeas and caramelized onions.

Reduce oven temperature to 425 and bake pizza on a lined baking sheet for 15 minutes, or until cheese has melted and the crust is done. Let cool then cut into slices and serve.


30 minutes (doesn’t include time to make pizza dough)



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Molly @ RDexposed July 25, 2011 at 4:37 am

Chickpeas? On pizza? I’m loving it!

And I just got hooked on Glee!! I watched all of season 1 in six days and am waiting for Netflix to mail me season 2. I’m obsessed with Rachael and Finn!!


Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles July 25, 2011 at 4:44 am

Could this BE any more creative?…. I love chick peas and this is a great idea!
A $2 skirt! NO WAY! 🙂 What a steal!


Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance July 25, 2011 at 4:47 am

Chickpeas on pizza is a beautiful idea! Why didn’t I think of that?
Come on Jenna, you’re killing my ego! 😉


amy walters, aDESIGNdock July 25, 2011 at 4:50 am

Re: Pizza – love chickpeas, love pizza…never imagined combining the too, but now I’m so intrigued!
Re: Skirt – $2…no way. Love
Re: Glee – yay for musicals!


Heather (Heather's Dish) July 25, 2011 at 4:54 am

i’m kind of obsessed with bbq pizza…the sauce gets so yummy and caramelized! sounds great with chickpeas too 🙂


Cait July 25, 2011 at 4:58 am

looks fabulous and bbq pizza- YUM!


Lauren @ What Lauren Likes July 25, 2011 at 5:01 am

What a greatgreat idea! I am planning this for lunch already! skirt for 2$ = bomb weekend!!


Lisa @ Sunny Seed Stories July 25, 2011 at 5:03 am

I feel like I say this every day, but wow, this is really genius!


Analiese July 25, 2011 at 5:04 am

Yum! This looks amazing! I never thought to put chickpeas on a pizza, but that’s a great way to get a little protein action. I, too, love barbecue pizzas, but not the heaviness that accompanies them. I recently created a healthy Barbecue Shrimp, Spinach, and Basil Pizza that was to-die-for. Here’s the recipe!


Bethany @ More Fruit Please July 25, 2011 at 5:05 am

I think I would be giddy for days if I had a great skirt find for only $2. Or if my weekend included BBQ pizza. Either one I think would make me equally giddy. It doesn’t take much to keep me happy in life.


Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat July 25, 2011 at 5:07 am

Oh wow… barbecue sauce, pizza, chickpeas AND caramelized onions!? Can’t go wrong with that!


katie @KatieDid July 25, 2011 at 5:08 am

It’s a perfect “poor girls” (or college girl in my case) bbq chicken substitute! I agree about the onions, I usually only let them go for 5 minutes but if I had a bit more patience it would take a lot of dishes to a whole new level.


Brooke @ BittersweetBrooke July 25, 2011 at 5:10 am

I would have never though to use Chickpeas but it looks awesome! And I have to say there nothing better than gouda on pizza. I had it a few weeks back and it really blows most cheeses out of the water for pizza. Yum.


Karen July 25, 2011 at 5:10 am

This inventive combo looks positively yum…chickpeas and BBQ sauce?! I’m excited!
(Love Glee!)


Gina @ Running to the Kitchen July 25, 2011 at 5:11 am

This reminds me of a fancy flatbread/pizza you’d find in a restaurant. Looks so good! I love how you used BBQ sauce instead of marinara.


Caroline @ chocolate and carrots July 25, 2011 at 5:21 am

My husband would go crazy over this pizza. Yum! Also, I’m totally in love with glee too! I can’t wait for it to start back up in the Fall. I’m pretty sure it’s the high-light of my week (that and Modern Family)! 😉


Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga July 25, 2011 at 5:23 am

I am all about getting creative and trying new things. Pizza is a good start.

But I am all about a $2 skirt. Now THAT’s something I wanna try out.

Our your new real MK bag for $60 that you found. I need to come to your area to thrift shop…i swear I’ve singlehandedly cleaned out all the good stuff from my zip code & surrounding in San Diego 🙂


rachel @ the faded apron shared table July 25, 2011 at 5:28 am

this looks delicious. another good chickpea /bbq recipe is quesedillas with barbeque sauce, smashed chickpeas, chicken, and cilantro (and cheese, of course).


Sarah@The Flying ONION July 25, 2011 at 5:28 am

Holy Moly!

I used to always eat chickpeas on my pizza. No idea why I stopped. They’re heavenly. As are black beans with avocado and corn as a topper, with spicy mexican cheese. Yum!

This is a pizza after my own heart. 😀


Cait's Plate July 25, 2011 at 5:35 am

Um, you pretty much just described the world’s BEST weekend! I LOVE Glee – I didn’t get into it until halfway through season one but now I’m a total “Gleek” through and through 🙂


Corey @ Learning Patience July 25, 2011 at 5:35 am

Wow – never thought to put chickpeas on my pizza – hmmm….cool idea! A skirt for $2 – now that’s a steal! 🙂 Happy Monday! xoxo


Lauren at Keep It Sweet July 25, 2011 at 5:39 am

I’ve never thought to put chickpeas on pizza but this looks amazing, I love it!


chelsey @ clean eating chelsey July 25, 2011 at 5:47 am

You’re a genius. Chickpeas on pizza? That Ican do.


Emily July 25, 2011 at 5:50 am

This looks so sumptuous, Jenna! Many thanks for the recipe!

As for Glee, watch out! Once my partner started viewing episodes, I didn’t see her for a week…


Baking N Books July 25, 2011 at 6:04 am

I don’t know – I think the blog world has gone a little pea crazy! I get enough of them in my hummus 🙂


Holly @ The Runny Egg July 25, 2011 at 6:10 am

I adore caramelized onions — I too wonder why I don’t make them more often — the work is so worth it.


Kristen @ Popcorn on the Stove July 25, 2011 at 6:11 am

That looks amazing. Caramelized onions are so good!!


Elizabeth July 25, 2011 at 6:20 am

I’m kind of obsessed with Glee right now too! Just got into it and went through the whole first season in 2 weeks. And that pizza would have been an awesome addition to the embarassing number of hours I sat in front of the TV 🙂


Kristin @ eat healthy. be happy. live well July 25, 2011 at 6:27 am

Yay for Glee!!!!!!! It’s definitely one of my obsessions as well 🙂

By the way, I made your potato salad this weekend for 25 people and it got RAVE reviews 😀 I plan on featuring it on my blog tomorrow!!


Molly July 25, 2011 at 6:30 am

this looks so good!!


Kristina July 25, 2011 at 6:41 am

I’m not sure how you managed to make a pizza that has literally ALL of my favorite things on it (BBQ?? Chickpeas??? GOUDA???!)… but there it is. If I wasn’t trying to clean out my fridge before going out of town for two weeks I would make this right now…


Jen July 25, 2011 at 6:47 am

I was toying with the idea of making a bbq chickpea pizza the other day with gouda but I wasn’t sure how long I should bake the pizza for and I was starving so I wasn’t about to leave room for error! I just went with a bbq chicken pizza with gouda instead. Excited to try this one. 🙂


Amanda July 25, 2011 at 6:47 am

Jenna, it sounds like you had a busy but wonderful weekend! 🙂 This pizza looks delicious and I now know what to do with the chickpeas in my kitchen that have been calling my name!


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Kelli H (Made in Sonoma) July 25, 2011 at 7:02 am

mmm that looks good. Russian River Brewery has my favorite bbq chicken pizza called Pazzo. It’s BBQ chicken, ranch sauce, mozzarella, Peperoncini, & caramelized onions. I can’t wait to recreate it but I’d also love this one!


Liz @ IHeartVegetables July 25, 2011 at 7:05 am

Ahhh I was scouring the internet trying to find a recipe that I could convince my non-vegetarian man friend to try, and this looks perfect!


Lizz @ Leading the Good Life July 25, 2011 at 7:17 am

Oh, thank you, this looks great! Putting on the list to cook for my brother when he visits!


Amanda July 25, 2011 at 7:19 am

I love the chickpea and caramelized onion idea!

My tried-and-true dough recipe is identical to yours- it’s worked for me for many years now and I love it. Can’t wait to try your variation for my next BBQ pizza!


Jessica @ Bake a Little July 25, 2011 at 7:57 am

This Looks absolutely amazing and I cannot wait to try and make it! Thanks for sharing such a great recipe 🙂


Urban Wife July 25, 2011 at 8:16 am

I’m a Gleek. No shame in it! p.s. This pizza…oh gosh, it might just be on tonight’s dinner menu! 🙂


Janna July 25, 2011 at 8:25 am

I have been eating chickpeas out of the can lately lol too lazy to cook in this heat. This is obviously a lot more appealing!


Shari @ Chicago Cuisine Critique July 25, 2011 at 8:26 am

This looks great!


Andrea @ The Skinny Chronicles July 25, 2011 at 8:28 am

Caramelized onions are one of those culinary mysteries I have never managed to get the hang of. I know. I know. It should be so simple. I think it’s that I am too impatient to wait the full 30 minutes.


Laura @ Cookies vs. Carrots July 25, 2011 at 8:34 am

Love this idea! I would have never thought of putting chickpeas on a pizza!


Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather July 25, 2011 at 8:34 am



Erin @ small things July 25, 2011 at 8:36 am

aha, several bags of pizza dough in the freezer = brilliant idea I had not yet thought of


Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather July 25, 2011 at 8:37 am

Chickpeas… So unique! I’m totally trying this out. They’re one of my favorite beans, not that ive found one I didn’t like 🙂


Mary (What's Cookin' with Mary) July 25, 2011 at 8:39 am

I honestly had no idea what I was going to make for dinner tonight until reading this… taking a dough ball out of the freezer now ! Thanks Jenna 😉


Mary (What's Cookin' with Mary) July 25, 2011 at 5:18 pm

Just taste tested. This recipe = winning !


Mary (What's Cookin' with Mary) July 25, 2011 at 6:27 pm
Notyet100 July 25, 2011 at 8:39 am

Will try this sometime,…


Mary (What's Cookin' with Mary) July 25, 2011 at 8:40 am

Silly question… do you think it’s ok to let frozen pizza dough just sit out on the counter or does it have to stay in the fridge ?


Becki @ Becki's Whole Life July 25, 2011 at 8:52 am

Wow – chick peas on pizza sounds great to me. I wish I could get the rest of my family to eat them. This is a fabulous combo of flavors.


Chris July 25, 2011 at 9:16 am

Wow! Sounds amazing. I’m making this for dinner tonight.


Adrianna from A Cozy Kitchen July 25, 2011 at 9:25 am

I totally need better looking triceps, which means I must try this. Love the chickpeas, too–never would’ve thought to put them on a pizza.


Jess@atasteofconfidence July 25, 2011 at 9:40 am

That looks amazing, I LOVE carmelized onions.


Alexa @ Simple Eats July 25, 2011 at 9:43 am

What an awesome idea for sub for chicken! I have to make this!


Erika @ The Teenage Taste July 25, 2011 at 9:49 am

I never would have thought of putting chickpeas (or any bean for that matter) on pizza, but it seems to work wonders! Perfect dinner choice for Meatless Monday too! Thanks Jenna! 😉


Alison (postcollegecook) July 25, 2011 at 9:59 am

I made pizza yesterday with spinach, vodka sauce, asiago and caramelized mushrooms in red wine — sounds delicious, right? But this looks so much better! Next time…


Joelle (On A Pink Typewriter) July 25, 2011 at 10:30 am

Oh my gosh, I totally thought that was a BBQ chicken pizza like from CPK before I looked more closely.. great idea for vegetarians!


Kelsey @aslolife July 25, 2011 at 11:14 am

OMG, totally salivating right now!! I love that Trader Joe’s Barbecue sauce too!


Jackie @ That Deep Breath July 25, 2011 at 11:24 am

what a great idea to add chickpeas! i will need to try this


Jessica @ Bay Bay Bites July 25, 2011 at 11:40 am

OMG, that looks absolutely delectable. I think I’m salivating.


Amy @ What Jew Wanna Eat July 25, 2011 at 12:29 pm

This looks delish! Caramelized onions and BBQ sauce always make things better. And with chickpeas, it’s practically a health food!


jenna k July 25, 2011 at 12:49 pm

bbq pizza is my favorite! and i generally don’t like chickpeas, but i think i could get behind them with this recipe. it looks so yummy!


Hilliary@HappilyEverHealthy July 25, 2011 at 12:50 pm

Loving this idea! I love BBQ chicken pizza, would have never thought to sub in chickpeas for the chicken! Fabulous idea!


Heather July 25, 2011 at 1:07 pm

That looks absolutely amazing and has also motivated me to go to the grocery store (a step I was going to skip tonight!) so I can try this.

But…. I don’t follow the math. I know we’re not counting the time it take to make the dough, but shouldn’t the total time be at least 45 minutes? 30 minutes on the onions and 15 minutes baking?

Is this just me?


Mary (What's Cookin' with Mary) July 26, 2011 at 7:10 am

I made it last night and it def took about 45 min…


Rebecca @ How the Cookies Crumble July 25, 2011 at 1:24 pm

This looks amazing especially with the addition of caramelized onions!


Trish July 25, 2011 at 4:46 pm

I think I might really love you. Like really. YUM!


Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin July 26, 2011 at 4:27 am

I’ve never tried BBQ sauce OR chickpeas on pizza. But this looks fantastic!


Aggie July 26, 2011 at 10:18 am

Hold up! Chickpeas on pizza? and barbecue sauce! I’m completely in love with this pizza. Genius.


ellen July 26, 2011 at 3:08 pm

so, wow. just made (and ate) this. a few things of note: 1. this was my first time ever eating bbq pizza (making OR eating) 2. it’s actually the first time i made my own pizza crust. and it was all pretty much amazing. i’m officially a convert to always making my own pizza crust.


Jackie July 26, 2011 at 5:25 pm

I went out to buy a cheese grater today, just so I can make this recipe!

Random question: Do you have any good ice cream cake recipes? I love your stuff, and it’s a good friend’s birthday on Friday — he’s requested ice cream cake!


Sonia (the Mexigarian) July 27, 2011 at 11:56 am

Hubby loved BBQ chicken! And he loves pizza. But he hates chickpeas. Ah well. He will have to eat them when I cook this up for him. Mua ha ha ha.


Cara Barone July 28, 2011 at 5:39 pm

I cannot wait to try this!! I make flatbread pizza at least once a week because it’s so easy and healthy and have been looking for a bbq pizza recipe. Thank you!


Pam July 28, 2011 at 7:31 pm

Oh yum, are you accepting take-out orders!
I agree with grating cheese yourself, I switched to hand-grating cheese too. The packaged pre-grated cheese is just gross, full of BHT and other nasty preservatives.


Stephanie August 2, 2011 at 6:39 am

I just wanted to let you know the boyfriend and I made this for dinner the other night and it was seriously beyond perfection. Made for GREAT leftovers as well. Thanks for inspiring a great idea. Cheers!


Emily @ Comfortable Home Life August 2, 2011 at 4:02 pm

I have this in my mouth right now. I can’t stand the perfection.


Shaina August 11, 2011 at 5:44 pm

I just made this, and my husband was muy skeptical … he was weirded out by the bbq sauce (I know. Who is he?!). The verdict? We both LOVED it. My husband didn’t hate it, and I SUPER DUPER loved it a TON. I am so excited I finally tried it – and even with store-bought pizza crust (sigh), it was superspectacular! Definitely making this again! And again … and again … and again!


Lauren E. July 17, 2012 at 2:13 pm

Wow. Just wow. I am making this immediately.


Elizabeth December 28, 2012 at 8:14 pm

I’ve made this pizza once a week for the past three weeks. I am officially obsessed!! Probably the tastiest meal I have ever cooked.


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