BBQ Chicken Polenta Pizza Cakes

Ahhh, finger foods, one of life’s little pleasures. I have a weird thing for grilled polenta, it really is so good if you haven’t tried it before. I decided to top my polenta cakes with some BBQ chicken, fresh mozzarella cheese and a touch of cilantro. These little appetizers are perfect for any party or even lunch.

Go find a tube of cooked polenta at your grocery store, it’s usually by the pasta sauces and pasta. Use any left over chicken with BBQ sauce (Click HERE for my recipe for homemade BBQ shredded chicken) for the topping or your grocery store usually has a refrigerated prepared BBQ shredded chicken.

Hope you enjoy!!

Simple line up of ingredients, Left: BBQ chicken, fresh mozzarella, polenta and cilantro


Here’s the polenta, I sliced it into 1/2 inch slices to get ready for the grill pan.


About 2 cups of cooked, shredded BBQ chicken. I used a package from Trader Joe’s, however HERE is a simple homemade BBQ Sauce recipe of mine if you wanna go homemade 🙂


Some fresh mozzarella cheese.


I drizzled in 2 tablespoons of olive oil and placed the sliced polenta right into the ol’ grill pan.


After about 4 to 5 minutes, give em’ a flip.


Top with a spoonful of BBQ chicken.


Top with a 1/2 slice mozzarella cheese.


Place under your oven’s broiler for 3 to 4 minutes, until cheese melts….then enjoy!



BBQ Chicken Polenta Pizza Cakes

1 pound/tube of polenta

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

2 cups cooked/shredded BBQ chicken

12 1-inch slices fresh mozzarella

12 individual cilantro leaves

1. Preheat oven’s broiler with rack places 5 to 6 inches below heat.

2. Slice polenta into 1/2 inch slices. Place oil into a grill pan over medium heat. Place polenta slices into hot grill pan and grill for 4 to 5 minutes, until slightly browned. Flip and top with a spoonful of BBQ chicken then a slice of mozzarella cheese. Grill for 4 minutes then place under broiler until cheese is melted. Top with a cilantro leaf and serve.

12 servings



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46 Responses
  1. I have to be honest, I’ve never cooked with polenta before. I think I was waiting to stumble upon the perfect recipe that just made that crazy food makes sense to me. This is totally it! Bookmarking! Thank you!

  2. Elise

    I made these this weekend for a Graduation BBQ and they were a complete hit! Everyone loved them and asked for the recipe- thanks for sharing!

  3. Those look delicious! I’ve been wanting to make something yummy with polenta and cheese. I think I might create something similar for dinner tonight. You’ve definitely inspired me ๐Ÿ˜€

  4. You’re such a genius. I never, ever look at that kind of stuff at the market and think I can combine them to create something fun. I go the more difficult route!! Ugh. I love my grill pan!

    1. Hi Stacey,
      It actually came in a gift from BlogHer Food a couple weeks ago, but it is by Cuisinart. You can look it up online ๐Ÿ™‚ I will be doing a giveaway with one very soon too!

  5. I have never tried grilled polenta, but after drooling over these pics I have to give it a try! Thanks for another great recipe ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. WOW! I have to make these! They look so good and so easy. Definitely would be a winner in this house! Thank you for the idea.


  7. Melanie

    When I saw the title, I thought, “Oh that sounds so delicious, but I’m sure it will be too difficult for me to make.” It looks so easy though. I’m so impressed. I’m definitely trying this one!!

  8. This looks great! What a different idea. We found Polenta recently and really enjoy it. I’ll have to try this one.

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