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bbq chik’un pizza with ranch

This was the champion slice in the unofficial vegan pizza challenge! It’s the clear winner when you can basically smell it through the screen. It’s quite the concoction too. Have you ever dusted your pizza crust with seasoned pistachios?! No? Well I’m about to change your life with that and the rest of this vegan pizza masterpiece!

Watch the vegan pizza challenge below.

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bbq chik'un pizza with ranch

All your pizza dreams have come true with this incredible creation. This bbq chik’un pizza with ranch was the champion in our unofficial vegan pizza challenge!

Course Appetizer, Main Course, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword pizza, vegan pizza
Prep Time 14 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 29 minutes
Servings 1 x 13"-15" pizza
Author Lauren Toyota


  • 1/4 C shelled unsalted pistachios
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 C veggie chik'un strips (we used 2 packages of Yves brand)
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil (for frying chik'un)
  • 1/4 C bbq sauce (or you can use half bbq and half hot sauce)
  • 1 C vegan mozzarella style shreds
  • 1/2 C thinly sliced red onion
  • 2 C arugula


  1. To make the vegan ranch, follow our recipe here.
  2. Heat a pan over medium heat with vegetable oil and break up or finely chop chik'un strips even more so with your hands or a knife. Brown the strips for 4 to 5 minutes, then add bbq sauce and cook another minute until well coated.

  3. Grind up pistachios in a coffee grinder until a fine powder is formed. Pour out the pistachio dust into a small bowl and stir in sea salt (if the pistachios are unsalted) and garlic powder.
  4. Dust the pistachio crumbs all over the crust. Make your own from our recipe here or you can find pre-risen pizza dough in the deli section of most grocery stores.
  5. Add vegan mozzarella shreds, red onion, and bbq chik'un strips.

  6. Bake the pizza in an oven preheated to 450°F. Add arugula during last minute of baking to slightly wilt it.

  7. Thin out the vegan ranch with a bit of nondairy milk milk or water and drizzle it on top of the pizza before serving.


  • Lily Pants 3 years ago

    I made Lauren’s version last night and it was AMAZING!!!!! I added a little bit of chili flakes to my chicken while it cooked and a little speckling of BBQ sauce at the end. I will definitely make this again.

  • Marissa 3 years ago

    Just made this for dinner. It is soooo delicious!

  • Lauryn Wate 3 years ago

    My boyfriend and I gave up making pizza because it just never turned out good, until we tried one more time with this recipe and we will NEVER make another pizza again!
    It was seriously so good, I couldn’t believe it! Tasted like we had ordered it from a local pizza place in town. So good. Thank you Lauren!!!

    • Lauren Toyota 3 years ago

      SO happy you liked this one!!!

  • Mercy 2 years ago

    What pizza crust did you use? A prepackaged? Our a homemade crust?

  • sheana gray 1 year ago

    This ranch sauce is amazing!! I made a cauliflower hot wings pizza with ranch and celery. OMG so amazing thanks girly for the recipe!!

    • Lauren Toyota 1 year ago


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