Balsamic Strawberry Pizza with Chicken, Sweet Onion and Applewood Smoked Bacon

Back in the day, I loved this little pizza-by-the-slice place because it had a huge list of unconventional toppings. I’d order the “International” slice, which allowed me to choose five toppings. I usually chose bacon, corn, capers, onions and broccoli. Yes, broccoli. (Really, it becomes roasted on top.) All this to say, I like my unconventional toppings.

Before I continue, I have to address those of you reading in disbelief. I can hear you from here, “strawberries on a pizza?” I implore you to keep an open mind.

This pizza kind of reminds me of that classic spinach, red onion, strawberry salad with a homemade balsamic poppy seed dressing. How can you resist?

How about if we add…

Rotisserie chicken? Sweet onions? Sriracha Sauce? Does that convince you?

Balsamic reduction. How about now?

Okay, I saved the best for last…

Applewood smoked bacon.

Is anyone still there? 🙂

Well, my campaign for the “equal treatment” of pizza toppings has ended. For those of you who are still with me, let me get to the recipe notes.

  • Regarding the pizza dough: You can use store-bought dough, but I recommend the Five-Minutes-A-Day technique (See this earlier post for the Olive Oil Pizza Dough, which can be made ahead and refrigerated.) Once you’re done with this pizza you’ll have plenty of dough left for another pizza or you can make some stove top naan and serve it with the Red Curry Chicken salad below.
  • Regarding the chicken: You can use leftover chicken or knock out two meals at once by cooking enough chicken for your pizza and your favorite Chicken Salad.
  • I replaced the jam with 1/2 cup of pureed, sweetened strawberries, and it was tasty.

Thank you The Café Sucré for this recipe.

Viva fraises à pizza.

(Apparently the French word for pizza is pizza.)

Balsamic Strawberry Pizza with Chicken, Sweet Onion and Applewood Smoked Bacon 


½ cup strawberry jam or preserves (or 1/2 cup pureed strawberries plus 1 tablespoon sweetener, to taste)
¼ cup balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon Sriracha Chili Sauce (Don’t skip this!)
1 pound ball pizza dough, your favorite or this recipe of no-knead olive oil dough
1 cup diced or shredded chicken breast, from rotisserie chicken or left over chicken of any kind
½ cup applewood smoked bacon, cut in 1 inch pieces, cooked and drained
½ cup thin sliced sweet onion
12 ounces shredded Italian blend cheese
¼ cup fresh cilantro, finely chopped (I substituted for chopped chives)
¼ cup fresh strawberries, diced small


1. Place pizza stone or sheet pan on middle rack of oven. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

2. Place balsamic vinegar in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer until reduced to half of the original volume and mixture is thick and syrupy, about 4 minutes. Add strawberry preserves or pureed strawberries and Sriracha and mix well. Set aside to cool.

3. Roll out pizza dough on a lightly floured surface to approximately a 14 inch circle. Shape does not have to be perfect, this is a rustic pizza. Place a piece of parchment paper, slightly larger than your dough on a pizza peel or an upside down sheet pan. (The parchment paper will make your transfer of the pizza to the oven infinitely easier!) Sprinkle parchment paper lightly with cornmeal. Fold dough in quarters and place on parchment paper, then unfold.

4. Combine chicken with 2 tablespoons of the balsamic-strawberry mixture and mix to coat all chicken with sauce. Pour rest of sauce onto pizza dough and spread to cover. Leave a 1 inch border all around the edge. Scatter chicken evenly over the sauce.

5. Place about 3/4 of the cheese on top of dough and spread to cover sauce evenly. Scatter bacon and sweet onion over cheese to distribute evenly. Scatter remaining cheese over this layer. RESERVE remaining ingredients for after baking.

6. Slide parchment paper with pizza on top onto stone or cookie sheet. Bake for about 8-10 minutes or until cheese is bubbly and crust is golden brown. Watch carefully, at this temperature it is easy to burn the pizza!

7. Remove from oven and let cool slightly, 1-2 minutes. Sprinkle with chopped cilantro (or chives) and fresh diced strawberries. Serve and enjoy!

2 Responses to “Balsamic Strawberry Pizza with Chicken, Sweet Onion and Applewood Smoked Bacon”
  1. Sherri Lee says:

    This looks and sounds amazing! And I love reading your blog because you write JUST like you talk and it makes me miss you less…or sometimes more. Anywho, looking forward to the 21st!

  2. What a kind thing to hear 🙂 I have to start writing everything down that I want to talk about so I don’t forget. Woohoo, only 8 days until the day of fun.

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