BBQ Chicken Polenta Pizza Cakes

These BBQ Chicken Polenta Pizza Cakes are a tasty bite-sized appetizer recipe. They’re easy to make with barbeque chicken, fresh mozzarella cheese and a touch of cilantro.

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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.  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!!

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How to Make these Chicken Pizza Bites

Simple line up of ingredients, Left: BBQ chicken, fresh mozzarella, polenta and cilantroImage of Sliced PolentaHere’s the polenta, I sliced it into 1/2 inch slices to get ready for the grill pan.

Image of Shredded BBQ ChickenAbout 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 🙂

Image of Sliced MozzarellaSome fresh mozzarella cheese.

Image of Polenta on the GrillI drizzled in 2 tablespoons of olive oil and placed the sliced polenta right into the ol’ grill pan.

Image of Polenta GrillingAfter about 4 to 5 minutes, give em’ a flip.

Image of BBQ Chicken Polenta Pizza Cakes on the GrillTop with a spoonful of BBQ chicken.

Image of BBQ Chicken Polenta Pizza Cakes GrillingTop with a 1/2 slice mozzarella cheese.

Image of BBQ Chicken Polenta Pizza Cakes in the OvenPlace under your oven’s broiler for 3 to 4 minutes, until cheese melts….then enjoy!

Image of BBQ Chicken Polenta Pizza Cakes with a Fork on a Plate

Image of BBQ Chicken Polenta Pizza Cakes

BBQ Chicken Polenta Pizza Cakes

These BBQ Chicken Polenta Pizza Cakes are a tasty bite-sized appetizer recipe. They're easy to make with barbeque chicken, fresh mozzarella cheese and a touch of cilantro.
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 148kcal
Author: Jenny
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  • 1 lb polenta 1 tube
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cups cooked barbeque chicken shredded
  • 12 slices fresh mozzarella 1-inch each
  • 12 individual cilantro leaves


  • Preheat oven's broiler with rack places 5 to 6 inches below heat.
  • 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.


Calories: 148kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 29mg | Sodium: 185mg | Potassium: 52mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 283IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 145mg | Iron: 1mg
Keywords: barbeque chicken pizza, bbq chicken pizza, bbq chicken pizza recipe, bbq chicken recipe, bbq chicken recipe oven, chicken pizza, mini pizzas, polenta recipe


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46 Responses
  1. Sarah

    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. Nora @ Natural Noshing

    I LOVE polenta! What an easy and delicious recipe – I am going to add them to my list to make, yummy!!!!

  4. kimberlycun

    hmmm i never warmed up to polenta, but i’ve never had them grilled either. thanks for the idea!

  5. Debbi Does Dinner Healthy

    These sound awesome! Are they sturdy enough to pick up with your fingers?

    1. Jenny

      Hi Amy,
      The polenta gets crisped on the outside and stays soft on the inside. Hope this helps!

  6. Heidi @ Food Doodles

    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 😀

  7. Urban Wife

    Thanks for the recipe! I was searching for a quick appetizer and this fits the bill. 🙂

  8. Jamie | My Baking Addiction

    These look so delicious! I love polenta and stack that with bbq chicken, I’m sold!

  9. Lori @ RecipeGirl

    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. Jenny

      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 🙂 I will be doing a giveaway with one very soon too!

  10. Chris @ TheKeenanCookBook

    Would you believe I have never had polenta? But with this recipe looking so good, it may be time I try it 🙂

  11. Lindsey

    I have never tried grilled polenta, but after drooling over these pics I have to give it a try! Thanks for another great recipe 🙂

  12. Meg

    What is polenta? It looks really good, but I can’t tell from the picture what it is. Please explain!

    1. Jenny

      Hi Meg,
      Polenta is made from ground corn, so they taste like little corn cakes. You’ll have to give it a try 🙂

  13. Jen

    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.


  14. 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!!

  15. Jill

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

  16. Lauren at Keep It Sweet

    These do look delicious! What a great little treat as an appetizer or even a meal if you have a few with salad:-)

  17. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga

    Jenny they look so good and full of great flavor with the bbq chicken. But I LOVE the melted mozzarella action, for sure 🙂

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