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California Pizza Kitchen BBQ Chicken Pizza Recipe

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I could eat pizza for every meal of every day and possibly never get sick of it.  I just LOVE it!  It is the one meal our family eats without any complaints.  If you have ever been to California Pizza Kitchen, you know how delicious their BBQ Chicken Pizza is.
This recipe rivals even their amazing pizza!

California Pizza Kitchen BBQ Chicken Pizza Recipe:
(makes 2 pizzas)
1 teaspoon Instant Or Active Dry Yeast
1-½ cups warm water
4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup olive oil

Sprinkle yeast over 1 1/2 cups warm (not lukewarm) water. Let stand for a few minutes.
In a mixer, combine flour and salt. With the mixer running on low speed (with paddle attachment), drizzle in olive oil until combined with flour. Next, pour in yeast/water mixture and mix until just combined, and the dough comes together in a sticky mass.
Coat a separate mixing bowl with a light drizzle of olive oil, and form the dough into a ball. Toss to coat dough in olive oil, then cover the bowl tightly with plastic wrap and set it aside for 1 to 2 hours, or store in the fridge until you need it.


2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 (20 oz) bottle of BBQ sauce
Olive oil, for drizzling
Salt, for sprinkling
1 (16 oz) block Mozzarella cheese, sliced thinly
1/2 whole red onion, cut in half and sliced very thin
Chopped cilantro, to taste

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Salt chicken breasts on both sides, then place in an ovenproof dish. Pour BBQ sauce over the breasts and turn them over to coat. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until chicken is done. Remove from oven and cut into a fine dice. Set aside.

Increase oven temperature to 500 degrees.
Roll/stretch out one pizza crust. Lay it on a sheet pan drizzled with olive oil. Drizzle a little olive oil on the crust, then sprinkle on a little salt.
Spoon a couple of tablespoons of extra BBQ sauce on the crust and spread it evenly. Top sauce with half the sliced mozzarella. Sprinkle on half the diced chicken and thinly sliced red onion.
Sprinkle again with a little salt, then bake for 15 to 17 minutes, or until crust is golden brown and toppings are bubbly.

Remove from the oven and sprinkle on plenty of chopped cilantro. Cut into squares and serve immediately. Repeat with other crust and other ingredients, or save for another time.

(Recipe from The Pioneer Woman)

And in case you were wondering, I found the cure for watery eyes while cutting onions! It seriously works! :) Super cute, right?!


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  1. says

    yummmy – I think I may need to make this tomorrow night…look yummy oh and the goggles are a great new trend…way to go.

    thanks for visiting my blog and following me I am here to return the favor.

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  2. says

    I love that pizza and have bought the frozen but it just is lacking. I bet that’s so much yummier and nice that you can make it at home. I am a little intimidated by the idea of making the crust from scratch but I bet it’s so worth it. Thanks for sharing your delicious creations on A Crafty Soiree!

  3. Anonymous says

    Does this recipe make two pizzas or one? It is not clear, however it says to place half the cheese, onion and chicken on the crust and bake. I am currently making this and it is looking good.

  4. Rachel says

    Could you freeze this pizza? If so, what would I need to do to reheat it? Should I leave off the cilantro when freezing?

    • Cyd says

      Rachel, we have never frozen this pizza. We eat it up pretty quick. Not sure how it would all work. Sorry we aren’t much help on this recipe.

  5. Jenn says

    My BF loves BBQ chicken pizza and I would love to make this for him. BUT…almost every recipe I find says to add bottled BBQ sauce…and there are SO many BBQ sauces on the market I get flustered (I have the same problem with pulled pork recipes :-/
    Can someone please give me some ideas on what specific BBQ sauces work best with chicken pizza (and pulled pork, for that matter)? The ones I’ve tried tend to have a red BBQ sauce, whereas most of the sauces I use for BBQ at home are dark, strong and mostly used for beef.

    Thanks for the recipe, the pic looks amazing!

    • Cyd says

      We use all brands and flavors of barbecue sauce. You are ususally safe with original or honey barbecue. It just depends what flavors you like. You can buy some that has a little more kick to it. Hope this helps! :)

    • Andi says

      We love to use Sweet Baby Rays or any that are made with brown sugar. I’ve never seen any BBQ sauce specifically say it’s for beef, pork or chicken.

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