California Pizza Kitchen's BBQ Chicken Pizza Recipe

I have been putting in a lot of time working on my Weekend Grillers site this past week and, writing about it constantly makes me seriously crave Barbeque -- even more than usual. So I thought for today we could look at one of my son's favorite restaurants and one of their specialties -- California Pizza Kitchen's BBQ Chicken Pizza.


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California Pizza Kitchen's BBQ Chicken Pizza Recipe

Ingredients: (See first note below)

  • 1/2 to 1 pound of boneless/skinless Chicken Breasts cut into 1/4 inch pieces
  • 1 tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 2 tablespoons BBQ Sauce

  • 1 basic Pizza Dough
  • Some Cornmeal, Semolina or Flour for easy handling of the Dough
  • 1/2 cup BBQ Sauce (Just keep the bottle handy - Mark)
  • 2 tablespoons shredded Smoked Gouda Cheese
  • 2 cups shredded Mozzarella Cheese
  • 1/2 cup Red Onion Pieces - sliced into 1/8 inch pieces
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh Cilantro
  1. Preheat the Oven to 500 Degrees (see second note below)
Cook the Chicken
  1. Fry the Chicken in the Olive Oil over medium heat until just cooked - about 5 to 6 minutes. Do not overcook.
  2. Set in refrigerator until chilled.
  3. Add the two tablespoons of BBQ sauce and toss to coat.
  4. Set aside.
Assemble the Pizza
  1. Using a large spoon, spread BBQ Sauce evenly over the prepared dough.
  2. Sprinkle Smoked Gouda over the Sauce.
  3. Cover with 1 1/2 cups Mozzarella.
  4. Distribute Chicken pieces over cheese.
  5. Sprinkle onion pieces over top.
Bake the Pizza 
  1. Place the Pizza in the Preheated oven and bake until the center is bubbly - about 8 to 10 minutes.
  2. Remove pizza and sprinkle with Cilantro.
  3. Slice and Enjoy.

Note: The amounts listed above will make a LARGE pizza (up to 18 inches.) If you crusts, oven or appetites are smaller, either halve the ingredients or make two pizzas using half the ingredients on each.

Note: The hotter you can make your oven, the better it is for cooking pizza. This is the major difference between Pizzaria Pizza and homemade pizza. The professional ovens in a Pizzaria will crank up many times hotter than the average home oven. There are a couple of things you can do to help make your oven cook pizza better:

1. Buy a good Pizza Stone. A Pizza Stone is a big piece of tile you stick on the bottom shelf of your oven and just leave there. It does several things to help with baking but mainly it holds and concentrates the heat, thus making the oven hotter and more efficient. This is especially good when cooking pizza.


Old Stone Oven 14-Inch by 16-Inch Baking Stone
  • Made in the USA 
  • Pizza stone duplicates crispy pizzeria-style crust
  • Firebrick construction offers superior heat retention and distribution 
  • Flat surface releases pizza or bread quickly and easily 
  • Durable texture resists cracking caused by high temperatures


2. Preheat your oven (with you Pizza Stone inside to absorb the heat) as hot as it will go for up to an hour before you cook the pizza.

There you have it. Next I think I will do TGI Friday's Jack Daniels Grill Glaze. So if you wait you can use that on your California Pizza Kitchen's BBQ Chicken Pizza.


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California Pizza Kitchen Pasta, Salads, Soups, And Sides
At California Pizza Kitchen restaurants across the country, many of the favorite dishes (and most-requested recipes) are not the pizzas!

Customers keep coming back for the boldly flavored pastas, soups, salads, and side dishes. 

The follow-up to the bestselling California Pizza Kitchen Cookbook , this new cookbook serves CPK customers just what they ordered -- secret restaurant recipes, never available before. With gorgeous color photographs of the finished dishes throughout the book, CPK fans will be tempted by recipes for Oriental Chicken Salad, Spinach Artichoke Dip, and Kung Pao Spaghetti, to name just a few.


Photo of BBQ Chicken Pizza By idovermani - Dov Harrington. Used by permission under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-SA 2.0) License.

1 comment:

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