Taste Test: Whole Foods’ 365 Thin Crust Barbecue Chicken Pizza
When it comes to frozen pizza, you can do a whole lot worse than 365’s thin-crust barbecue chicken pizza. Even though you won’t be fooled into thinking it’s from a pizzeria (a task no frozen pizza has yet to achieve), it’s satisfying, bakes up nicely, and doesn’t lack for chicken or barbecue flavor.
On the box, the pizza is advertised as “topped with savory white meat chicken, red onion, mozzarella, and smoked Gouda cheese.” Underneath it all is a layer of barbecue sauce, and it’s topped with a sprinkling of cilantro.
About 15 minutes in a 400-degree oven yields a pizza that doesn’t sag at all and mercifully doesn’t drip anything onto the oven floor below. After letting it rest for a couple minutes, a sharp knife was needed to cut through the crispy, not-too-crunchy crust. There was enough chicken on the pizza to make sure that some got into every bite, but the sauce was very sweet and overpowered just about everything else on the pizza. We didn’t taste much in the way of smokiness from the Gouda, and there were only a few discernible flecks of onion. That said, the chicken was easily identifiable as sliced boneless breast meat, the crust-to-cheese ratio was spot on (even though the crust itself was a little bland), and the pizza was very flavorful and not easy to walk away from unfinished.
The entire pizza, which is about 10 inches across, contains 1,020 calories, 39 grams of fat, 99 grams od carbohydrates, and 1,980 mg of sodium.