Cowboy Pizza – And Taking Inventory When You’re In Over Your Head


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Cowboy Pizza

Today I’m going to show you how to make a Barbecue Chicken Pizza that will make your taste buds yodel! It comes together quick as a wink, too, whether you use my homemade pizza crust recipe or store bought.

But before we get started with that, I’m gonna chat with you a little bit about what to do when you find yourself bobbing along in water that is obviously over your head.

Sit back and get comfy, or scroll on down to the recipe. Whatever cranks your tractor.

Here we go…

If you are the sort of individual who breathes oxygen, you have likely found yourself overwhelmed at some point in your life. If you are like me, this happens on a regular basis. Like when the sun shines or the sky is blue.

Right now I’m staring at my computer screen with a little email icon in the bottom corner that tells me in red letters I have 69,780 unread emails. I’m not kidding. I generally get a few hundred emails a day and I try to answer as many as I can but as much as I want to answer them all, at some point you just have to admit defeat. Last year, I got so overwhelmed with not being able to answer all the postal mail that was coming in that I couldn’t bring msyelf to go to my P.O. box for eleven months…the longer I waited, the harder it was to bring myself to go. Finally, I set up a time when Mama and I could get together so she could help me go through the mail, took two laundry baskets, and collected everything.

Between the technical ins and outs of running a website, photographing and writing new posts, working on my book and a book tour which will soon have me away from my family and the work I am already behind on for a month, with just a day or two (at most ) home each week (the thought of that hurts my heart so much that it keeps me awake at night), trying to answer comments on SouthernPlate and Facebook, business calls and emails, speaking requests and appointments, Being a Mama – which is most important, all my other assorted jobs, and trying to keep up with a house, It is safe to say that in those moments where I allow myself to look at the whole picture, I’m pretty overwhelmed.

I have no staff.

There is no housekeeper.

Supper at the end of the day is cooked by me or not cooked at all.

I often find myself feeling as if I’m running on empty and can’t go another step.

That’s when I step back and, rather than look at how ill equipped I am to handle everything, I look at the tools that I do have.

This is a list I made last night in my journal…

I have:

The ability to love people



sleep (sometimes)


inner joy

God’s grace.

and when it comes down to it what else could I possibly need?

And after making out a list of what I do have, I see that I have all I need to do what I am called to do. And if I do not have what I need to fulfill my calling, then I know that God will give it to me or I need to re-examine the genuiness of that calling.

So I encourage you to step back today and make a list. Rather than focus on what you don’t have, list what you do.

How are you equipped? Be honest, be open minded.

Do you have a sense of honor and a strong work ethic? Is there a stubborn streak that can get you far if used properly? Do you have a Mama who loves you or a child who looks up to you? Is there a weather day of sunshine on your horizon? All of these and so much more can be counted as assets in your toolbox that enable you to meet life head on and become the person you were destined to be.

When you feel yourself sinking, if you step back and look at the big picture, you’ll realize that for every body of water you must cross, there is a bridge.

Now lets make pizza.

Cowboy Pizza

Cowboy pizza can easily be adapted to your favorite flavors but I’m going to show you how I make it and you can go from there.

To make it my way you’ll need: Shredded Mozzarella, green onions, barbecue sauce*, and cooked chicken.

You’ll also need a pizza crust but we’re about to get to that part.

Barbecue Sauce – I’m using my original barbecue sauce recipe which can be found in my first book. You can use whatever recipe or store bought sauce you like the most.

I’m also streamlining things a bit by starting with a rotisserie chicken.

Let me tell ya why…

Cowboy Pizza

So this week, I can buy a raw chicken, bring it home and cook it myself, for $5.53. Or I can buy a chicken, already cooked so all I have to do is debone and chop it, for $4.99.

I have a rule I’ve learned to live by in my older age which, surprisingly, did not seem as obvious in my younger years as it does now:

Do not complicate that which is simple.

Cowboy Pizza

You’re also going to need a pizza crust. You can purchase a store bought one like this (which I get in the refrigerated section, near the cheeses) or you can make your own like this.

Cowboy Pizza

This is my homemade stuffed crust pizza recipe that you can put together in a little over five minutes and is easy as can be. Click here for the recipe with step by step photos.

Now lets make our pizza :)

Don’t blink because this is gonna go fast.

Cowboy Pizza

Remove the skin and chop up about a cup or two of chicken. You don’t need this much but I was hungry when I made this.

Add in 3-4 tablespoons of bbq sauce of your choice.

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Stir that up to coat.

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Spread some bbq sauce over your crust.

How much you use is up to you. Personally, I like to use about double what is shown here but I toned it down a bit for this post.

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Sprinkle sauce with just a little bit of dried oregano.

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And a little bit of cheese.

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Add chicken.

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Top with sliced green onions and more cheese.

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Bake this at 400 for 20-25 minutes. Serve hot.

God Bless Cowboys. Yeehaw.

Cowboy Pizza
  • 1 Pizza crust, either store bought or homemade (click here for recipe)
  • 16 ounce bottle Barbecue sauce
  • 1-2 cups shredded Mozzarella
  • 1-2 cups chopped, cooked chicken
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon dried Oregano
  1. Toss chopped chicken with 4 tablespoons of barbecue sauce to lightly coat. Set aside.
  2. Spread remaining barbecue sauce over pizza crust (less if you like). Sprinkle with Oregano. Sprinkle with ½ of cheese.
  3. Add chicken to top of pizza and sprinkle with remaining cheese, followed by onions.
  4. Bake in 400 degree oven for 20-25 minutes, or until crust is lightly browned and cheese is bubbly. *If you are using a store bought crust, follow baking directions on the package.
  5. Serve warm.

“Not everything that counts can be counted;

and not everything that can be counted counts.”

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  1. says

    I just love you and you are a massive blessing sweet girl :) I feel the same way on a much smaller scale than you, and seeing your trust in the provisions you have is awesome.

    Oh, and the pizza sounds amazing too 😉

    • roy ann miller says

      we only have 2 stores in our town walmarts and brookshires but both have chicken. I finally found somebody that cooks real food that I really like and I love the stories that go with them. The bigger kids you know the ones who are in their 30’s or 40’s don’t like to admit there from the country but the grandkids always want my sweet ice tea even those on a diet. They say I am the only one that can fix it right. Love your book and bless you for the stories they sure have helped me when I was down and needed a laugh

  2. Chris Richardson says

    From all outside appearances you have it all together; but letting us “see you sweat” makes you so much more relatable! Thanks for all you do! Just keep swimming…

  3. Terry says

    Suggestion 1 – hit delete on the 60,000+ emails. Maybe just the ones 2+ months old. — not a chance you will catch up with that many. — Took me a week to get thru 800 after my vacation.

    Love the recipes. Appreciate your honesty. Adore the fact that your family comes first. Those kids are only little once.

    You need to find a Lazy river and an rubber tube to sit in.

      • Mama Owl says

        Ha! My kid would be ecstatic!!! Seriously, I have to hide those things! She opens them and sucks the ketchup right out! She’s a chain sucker too! LOL! AAA… we all get there from time to time. I’m overwhelmed with cake orders right now. It passes… you breathe deep… and then get ready for the next ride! :) MMMM! This is definitely going on the menu for next week!

  4. Laura Anderson says

    PLEASE hire a PR person to assist you with mail(perhaps a college student part time), etc and a ONCE a week housekeeper….I realize its $ but its money well spent! I just cooked your mac n cheese, we are addressing my oldest childs wedding invites tonight(Sept 14th wedding in Huntsville) and Im preparing a meal for us ! Your cookbook is my GO TO recipe finder Christy!

    • says

      Hey Laura! Would love to but running the site is far more expensive than it seems (more than twice my mortgage each month) but on the plus side, when people hear from me they are really hearing from me :) Thank you for your wonderful advice though and the sweet heart in which it was given. Congratulations on the wedding!!!! And I’m honored that you use my recipes! Can’t wait for you to see the next book. Be sure and come to Bridge Street if you can tomorrow because I’d love to meet ya!

      • Laura Anderson says

        I wish I could meet you at B & N Bridgestreet sweet Christy, we are going to the beach(our daughter dances two different places) and its her only free week this summer. THANKS for your kind words! <3 Please get a housekeeper!!

  5. barbara miller says

    wow, that is a lot of e-mail. i get around 400 a day sometimes. mostly junk. just invited 30 of my FB friends to like your FB page. gonna make this pizza today. looks yummy. thanks for making your blog one of your priorities we appreciate it!! thanks for all you do and prayers for the strength to keep it up. :)

  6. Melanie Sullivan says

    Hey, Christy! Oh wow. I love your cookbook, love seeing a new blog post email in my inbox from you, and simply adore your stories. I can’t imagine my world without Christy Jordan, quite frankly! But knowing that we – your adoring fans – are causing you to feel overwhelmed just broke my heart. I know you have an amazing family support structure and I know you know the great Comforter but it still made me want to rush over with a glass of tea and give you a big ‘ol bear hug. I agree with whoever it was above that commented that you should delete the old unread emails and start fresh. No since having such a crazy big number staring you in the face! I love that your family is your absolute #1 priority. Like I said, I love the stories about your littles and your family get aways and all that! Wish I lived closer and I’d volunteer to answer your “regular” email and mail for you for free! :) Sending you a big hug from Georgia!! We love you, Christy!

  7. Jan Kalonick says

    Christy if we all would step back and look at what we do have, we would all be so much better off and not let the “little” things get to us. And I say to you AMEN!!!!

  8. Bella says

    Hi Christie! Loved your post! Bless you for all that you’re doing. It is clear that you are a selfless giver. The WORLD could use more.

    On another note, how about hiring unpaid interns? I’m sure that the work experience for college students would be invaluable! If I lived in Bama, I’d volunteer to help! :o)

    • says

      I have had an intern before, she was WONDERFUL, helped me with all sorts of things. Mostly, I looked for interns to help when I did a live stage cooking show at my University. My first intern did a lot of work on that for me and was brilliant. My second intern came for the cooking show the following year and she was amazing. Then I had another one…I asked if she could be at my house at 9:00 one morning and she called around 11:00 to say she was thirty minutes away. The whole summer was like that :) My last intern was a long distance one to help with paperwork and asked her to make me a calendar out of a list of events I had. I expected to hear back within a day or so but three months later she was still working on it :) It’s a 50/50 toss up whether or not a college student will be a help or double the work load I’m afraid :) It’s just a different world and students have such varied reasons for going to college, which I can certainly understand. I don’t have the time right now to bet on a 50/50 chance anymore but I still have wonderful faith in those 50% someday taking the torch and running a fine country for us!

  9. Becky says

    Thank you so much Christy. You are such a blessing to me and my family.

    A few weeks ago I read an older post in which you said that God gives us enough time in each day for the things He wants us to do. If we don’t have enough time, we have to cut things back down to God’s to-do list, not every hare-brained plan we have come up with.

    My life is crazy right now, and this has been my sanity saver! I keep remembering that I only have to do THE Plan, not all the extras!

    Thanks SOOOOOO much for passing on the wisdom God gives you instead of hoarding it all!

    God bless and keep Christy!

  10. Gail says

    Thank You Christy, I love your recipes and found your magazine today on the newstand, I will subscribe to it today also. My husband was born and raised in SC and he dearly loves southern cooking, and I do try real hard to fix it for him.
    I want to tell you I am learning to do hair bows too, and yours was so simple to follow, now I need for you to do more of them ……Bless you and yours, Gail

  11. Amanda Patton says

    Thank you Christy! I am so grateful to you and your insight. My family is currently eating grilled chicken and the mac and cheese from your magazine! Yummy! We love it. I got your magazine (signed by the way) last Friday and have cooked from it everyday since! I can’t wait for your cookbook. Thank you for your honesty, its so nice to know that you really do read what your fans say and respond. It just makes me feel special. That sounds corny but I know you get it.

  12. Rosie says

    I haven’t written before but I think that the talents you have also include being able to put people at ease, patience, being a loving daughter and keeper of the family stories (love this), the list could go on and on. I am so happy for you that you have been so blessed and now to come out with your own magazine… that is awesome. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and giving people encouragement to be the best that they can be.

    You can’t possibly answer that many emails. Your fans know that. Will keep you in my prayers. Hugs.

  13. MARSHA G says

    Christy there is a great lazy river her in Texas in the town of San Marcus. Talk about relaxing you sure can do it. by the way I won one of the breakfast sandwich makers and you would not believe the things I have come up to use it for. I even made whoopie pies with it by lining it with the Reynolds non stick foil. I couldn’t survive without the non stick foil especially on my lazy days when I don’t want to scrub a sticky casserole dish. One day I took sliced bread, buttered side down spread it with mashed potatoes lightly and then on the next layer put a thin slice of leftover meatloaf topped with more bread and left it to get all toasty and talk about yummy. Lucky for me the sandwich maker is so easy to clean as I am being creative with it. Gosh all mighty I love that thing!!! I bought your magazine and read it from cover to cover. Loved it!!!! I feel so blessed to have run across your site. I am so enjoying it and the recipes. Thank you Christy for a GREAT CLEAN SITE!!!! Too many now days have to get raunchy and that is a shame they forget about GOD!

  14. Julianne Thurston says

    BBQ Chicken Pizza!!!
    Awesome- we make this once a month :)
    We like to mix out BBQ sauce with a small can of tomato paste to make it a little thicker.
    To be honest, we could call this “Leftover Pizza” because so often we use a little of this and that- leftover BBQ chicken, leftover cooked veggies like:
    cooked onions, zuchinni, cooked or raw chopped peppers, fresh spinach leaves and mushrooms are the BOMB.
    (You’ll find your pizza is less watery if you use pre-cooked veggies- we love lots of veg on our pies)

    And one piece of this pizza is SO filling and delicious :) and healthy too~

  15. SherryDelight says

    For several years, I’ve been using Harris Teeter rotisserie chicken for the base for bbq chicken quesadillas, chicken salad, chicken casseroles, and soups. It’s a $4.99 Sunday Special, so I pick up one after church most every Sunday. Shred it up and then it’s ready for week night meals. Looking forward to trying your quick and easy cowboy pizza recipe! My hubby loves anything with BBQ sauce! I plan to grab a package of the pizza dough from the deli (frequently on sale for 99 cents, & reg price $1.99), instead of the premade. OH, YUM. Enjoying your blog, and looking forward to Becoming Conference at Ridgecrest! THANKS!

  16. Tracy says

    I hope that you will take this comment as it is intended…not as a criticism but just an observation of God’s hand in your life. I was concerned when I first read this post and realized that you were stretching yourself too far in too many directions. Then all of a sudden, I read that you got thrown from Moe and were forced to take a vacation, of sorts. Accident? Nah. God is so good. Now, don’t get me wrong…I don’t want a vacation like that! But sometimes (I’ve gained a little (very little) wisdom in my almost 50 years) we have to be “put in our place.” I think you got put in your place, Christy. Your place is with your family first…that is obvious…and your other place is your ministry. It has been my joy to witness your journey. I have been in tears and laughed outloud at so many of your stories. Your gift is not a small one. God Bless and Thank You so much for your ministry. And as always, thank you so much for your recipes! I have your cookbook, magazine…and am anxiously awaiting the arrival of your second cookbook! You are a treasure and I hope you know that!! HUGS!

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