The creators of the deep-fried BBQ chicken ‘pizzadilla’ that’s breaking the internet told us why they made it

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The “Deep Fried BBQ Chicken Pizzadilla.”
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Twisted Food

A fried deep dish BBQ chicken pizza is breaking the internet – and even Chrissy Teigen wants to try it.

A video of the dish being made was originally published to Twisted Food, a UK food website, under the name “Deep Fried BBQ Chicken Pizzadilla.”

Twitter user @_kurlykay, who goes by K, then shared the video on Thursday after spotting it on her Instagram feed. The viral clip shows the elaborate pizzadilla-making process, which the recipe suggests could take up to three hours.

The faceless cook begins by mixing six spices and oil, covering six chicken breasts in the marinade. The chicken is baked for an hour, then shredded by hand. The shredded chicken is placed into a bowl, along with chopped bacon, BBQ sauce, and green and red onions.

Next, the cook assembles a tortilla and cheese quesadilla – which is so large that it looks more like a savory cake – using the shredded chicken mixture as filling. The whole thing then goes into the fridge to chill for one hour. While it chills, the cook assembles a sour cream and mayonnaise dip with various spices for dipping.

Once the quesadilla has chilled, it’s cut into six slices that are coated in flour, egg, and breadcrumbs, then deep fried. After the slices turn golden brown, they’re shaped into a pizza, coated in sauce and cheese, covered with pepperoni, and grilled for five minutes. The end result is…intimidating.

“I posted it because everyone else had to see the madness,” K told Insider. “These videos are a guilty pleasure of mine but this was just next level.”

K’s first tweet about the video was later quoted by Yashar Ali, which helped the clip go viral.

Even Chrissy Teigen weighed in on the viral culinary creation, writing that she would eat “that bbq chicken stuffed tortilla pizza thing.”

“I didn’t think it would go that far to be honest,” K told Insider. “But the response has been hilarious.”

K said her “inner foodie” tells her to try everything at least once, but she’ll probably be skipping out on this particular meal.

“I think this is the exception to the rule,” she said.

While Twisted Food’s website lists a cooking time of 45 minutes, many social media users were doubtful of the timeframe – especially considering that steps one and four of the 11-step recipe involve over an hour and 20 minutes of baking time.

Shay Spence, the food editor at People, recreated the meal and said the entire cooking process took him a little over six hours and $80 worth of ingredients.

Other social media users had strong opinions on the pizzadilla as well.

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Insider spoke to Tom Jackson, co-head at Twisted, about the viral pizzadilla.

“Twisted is the home of outrageous, fun, unserious food, so we’re over the moon to see our Pizzadilla carrying the torch for us, and for Britain,” Jackson told Insider. “To us, Twisted is a way of life. Throw out the rule book, cook some rad food with your mates and have a laugh.”

Jackson said that cooking and eating should be fun, and that the Twisted staff had a lot of fun putting the recipe together.

“Not all of our recipes are as crazy as this, and the videos are just a small part of what we do,” he explained. “Twisted is an ethos, we encourage an irreverent attitude to life, we encourage people to experiment and break the rules and to approach food and cooking with the tongue firmly in the cheek.”

Jackson said it was great to hear that Chrissy Teigen is a fan.

“She can come round for a pizzadilla any time,” he said. “Provided she’s up for doing the washing up.”

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