Pizza with Smoked Chicken and Italabama White BBQ Sauce

Yep, it’s another pizza recipe. This time we tried out a new sauce called White BBQ Sauce and is sometimes referred to Alabama White Sauce. It’s a mayonnaise based sauce that is used on chicken and seafood, and as a general condiment. This one has been modified for a pizza sauce, hence the Italabama name.

We found this sauce because we were looking for a creative way to use some smoked chicken on a pizza. We kind of used this one as our inspiration but tweaked it for our use. Mostly, we wanted it spicier, so we pulled in some elements from other recipes we found online. I will point out, most recipes have more liquid and don’t use the herbs.

The sauce recipe will make enough for a 16 inch pizza plus have some left over to dip your pizza into (instead of ranch) and you can use the leftover as a spread on sandwiches.

For the Italabama White Sauce:


  • 1 cup Mayonnaise
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon ground horseradish (or 2 tsp prepared)
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne (less for milder heat)
  • 4 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar


OK, this is the simple part. Just whisk all the sauce ingredients together until smooth. We made ours a few hours ahead of time and let it rest in the refrigerator to give it some time for the flavors to meld.

For the pizza:


  • Pizza dough (we used Lidia’s Pizza Dough recipe for ours)
  • Italabama White BBQ Sauce (see above)
  • 2 cups of chopped smoked chicken (you can also use grilled chicken)
  • 1/2 cup sliced sweet onion
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese
  • Red pepper flakes (optional)


Stretch your pizza dough into a 16 inch circle

Spread the sauce over the pizza dough. Leave about a 1/2 inch ring on the outside border of the pizza dough. This will create a better crust.

Spread the chicken, onion and mozzarella around the top of the pizza. Sprinkle with red pepper flakes if you want to give it that extra little kick.

The recipe we found as our inspiration called for 1 cup of cherry tomatoes to be topped on the pizza. They also suggested an option of topping it with chopped fresh basil when you pull it out of the over. I think these would be good additions, but they are definitely not necessary. To me, the sauce and the chicken were the star of the night.

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