As a kid, I loved root beer. As a grownup (but still a kid at heart), I love boozy root beer. (I discovered it at the start of this past football season and it’s quickly become a game day favorite).

Even if you don’t like root beer as much as I do (shame, shame), you’re gonna totally dig it cooked with chicken.


  • Pizza dough (store-bought or homemade)


  • 3 tbs olive oil
  • 1/2 an onion, diced2/3 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup of root beer2 tbl molasses
  • 2 tbl lemon juice1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder1/4 tsp cayenne


  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper


  1. In medium saucepan saute onions in olive oil. Add ketchup, root beer, molasses, lemon juice, chili powder, garlic powder and cayenne. Bring to boil, turn down heat, and allow to simmer for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F.
  3. Pound the chicken and then season with paprika, cumin, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Grill the chicken (you aren’t using your oven just yet) at 450 degrees for 10 minutes, turning once. All of the juices will release from the chicken.
  4. After allowing the chicken to cool, rip the chicken apart with your hands to shred and then top with your sauce. Mix together well.
  5. Roll out your pizza dough and slice it into squares. (Or you can keep in one large square or round shape and serve all together as a pizza, instead of individual flatbreads).
  6. Brush the dough with olive oil and bake in the oven for ten minutes until dough is cooked.
  7. Top with the chicken and serve! (If you want the chicken warmed before serving, go ahead and briefly microwave the chicken or throw the chicken on the flatbread/pizza dough back in the oven briefly until warmed sufficiently).

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