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BBQ Chicken Pizza (California Pizza Kitchen Copycat)

This BBQ Chicken Pizza is inspired by a menu favorite from California Pizza Kitchen. With simple ingredients and a homemade crust (or store-bought if you want!), it can easily be made and enjoyed at home.

Bird's eye view of BBQ chicken pizza cut into squares with cheese, chicken, BBQ sauce, red onion, and cilantro as toppings and "BBQ Chicken Pizza (California Pizza Kitchen Copycat)" text at the top

First, let me start off by saying once upon a time, I adored California Pizza Kitchen BBQ Chicken Pizza. CPK is one of those places I would eat at after as a broke just-out-of-college girl after a busy day of “window shopping” at Copley Plaza in Boston. These days, if I’m going out to eat, I like to go to non-chain restaurants, especially since there’s always something new opening in Boston. But I still think about that pizza sometimes and get all kinds of nostalgic. So, I did what any pizza obsessed blogger would do, I made my own California Pizza Kitchen BBQ Chicken Pizza at home! Though the ingredients seemed pretty obvious, I based the recipe off The Pioneer Women’s CPK BBQ Chicken Pizza recipe (and through her commenters learned that smoke gouda is the magic ingredient!).

First, you have to make your dough. It’s just so simple and yes, it might make a little bit of a floury mess on your countertop, but it’s always worth it. To be able to say you made the entire pizza from scratch is just admirable and your friends will think you’re that much cooler. If you’re really not in the mood to make your own (I promise, it will take about 5 minutes… Plus the 2 hours rising time), of course you can buy store-bought. Just be sure to note that this recipe makes two BBQ Chicken Pizzas, so either buy two pounds of dough or cut the topping ingredients in half.

You’ll start by smothering chicken breasts in BBQ sauce and baking them. Then you’ll roll our your dough and brush a little more BBQ sauce over it.

Collage showing the BBQ chicken pizza making process, including dough rising in a bowl, BBQ sauce brushed on rolled out dough, and baked BBQ chicken

And add the rest of those beautiful toppings. There’s actually not a ton you’ll need for this pizza; it’s a beautifully simple one.

Close-up of pizza dough rolled out with chicken, cheese, and red onion toppings before it goes into the oven

Once you bake it for 13-15 minutes at 500 degrees, it will be perfectly golden with the toppings nice and bubbly. But don’t forget to add the cilantro. I’m not even the biggest cilantro fan, but it’s SO good here.

Bird's eye view of BBQ chicken pizza just out of the oven topped with BBQ sauce, chicken, cheese, red onion, and cilantro

To serve, cut into square and serve nice and hot, fresh out of the oven.

Bird's eye view of BBQ chicken pizza cut into squares with cheese, chicken, BBQ sauce, red onion, and cilantro as toppings

Did you know I am usually seriously anti-square pizza?? I have no idea why, but something about it brings back really bad memories for me (maybe school pizza??). If you take me out to a pizza shop or order me takeout and it’s square pizza, I will not be a happy camper. But when it comes to homemade, I love square pizza and make it often. I think I love that squares are generally smaller than normal pizza slices, which means you can eat more!

Close-up of BBQ chicken pizza cut into a square and topped with BBQ sauce, chicken, cheese, red onion, and cilantro

This BBQ chicken pizza did not last long in this house. I really love the BBQ sauce base over traditional tomato sauce and naturally BBQ goes superbly with chicken. It’s basically a no-fail recipe and an automatic people-pleasing pizza! It’s especially perfect for a summer party and goes really well with beer. Trust me on this!

I’m just thrilled I can have my California Pizza Kitchen BBQ chicken pizza without even leaving my house!

Do you have a favorite restaurant pizza that you’d love to recreate at home?

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BBQ Chicken Pizza -- This pizza is inspired by a menu favorite from California Pizza Kitchen. With simple ingredients and a homemade crust (or store-bought if you want!), this copycat pizza can easily be made and enjoyed at home | wearenotmartha.com
BBQ Chicken Pizza (California Pizza Kitchen Copycat)
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
35 mins
Total Time
55 mins
 

This BBQ Chicken Pizza is inspired by a menu favorite from California Pizza Kitchen. With simple ingredients and a homemade crust (or store-bought if you want!), it can easily be made and enjoyed at home.

Course: Appetizer, Entree
Cuisine: American
Servings: 10 people
Author: Sues
Ingredients
  • 1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 cup + 2 Tbsp BBQ sauce, divided
  • Pizza Dough (recipe below or 2 lbs. store-bought)
  • Olive oil, to drizzle
  • 12 oz. sliced fresh mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup shredded smoked gouda cheese
  • 1 small red onion
  • Chopped cilantro, for garnish
Pizza Dough
  • 3/4 Tbsp active dry yeast
  • 1 1/2 cups lukewarm water
  • 3/4 Tbsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp granulated sugar
  • 2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees.

  2. Lightly sprinkle salt and pepper on both sides of chicken breasts and place in an oven-safe baking dish. Pour 3/4 cup BBQ sauce over the chicken making sure to coat both sides. Bake for about 15-20 minutes, until the chicken is cooked through and registers at 165 degrees.

  3. Remove chicken from the oven and increase oven temperature to 500 degrees. Let chicken cool slightly and dice into small cubes.

  4. Divide pizza dough into two portions and roll and stretch one out to fit on a rimmed sheet pan sprinkled lightly with corn meal. Drizzle with a touch of olive oil and season lightly with salt. 

  5. Drizzle 3 Tbsp BBQ sauce over dough and smooth out with a brush or the back of a spoon. Place half of the fresh mozzarella on dough, add half the chicken, sprinkle half the smoked gouda, and add half the sliced onion. Repeat with second portion of dough.

  6. Place pizzas in oven and bake for 13-15 minutes, until crust is golden and toppings are bubbly. Remove from oven and sprinkle with cilantro. Slice and serve.

Pizza Dough
  1. Mix yeast and water in a large bowl and let rest for 2 minutes.

  2. Stir salt, sugar, and extra-virgin olive oil into the mixture.

  3. With a wooden spoon, mix the flour into the mixture. 

  4. Cover bowl with a kitchen towel and let rest in a warm spot for about 2 hours, so dough can rise.

Recipe Notes
  • If you only want to make one pizza, you can wrap second portion of dough in plastic wrap and keep it in the fridge for about 7 days. You can also put dough in freezer for up to 3 months and defrost in fridge overnight before using. Be sure to divide pizza topping ingredients in half if only making one pizza!
  • Please note recipe cook time does not account for 2 hours of dough rising time.
  • Adapted from The Pioneer Woman
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18 Responses to "BBQ Chicken Pizza (California Pizza Kitchen Copycat)"

  1. mmmm! can you figure out how to do the japanese pizza next?!?

  2. Blog is the New Black says:

    Isn’t her version SO good?! I died a little when I made it!

  3. Erica says:

    I love love pioneer woman! Her recipes are so delicious. And your pizza looks amazing. I am a bbq sauce fanatic, so I pretty much enjoy any recipe that involves it ;).

  4. Everyone loves that BBQ pizza, I’ll have to try to make your recipe!

  5. Simply Life says:

    oh wow, you could definitely sell this!

  6. Just like the original! I need to start making my own dough at home if it means pizzas that look like this!

  7. Monique says:

    this is a great recipe!
    I love artichokes and spinach on pizza. yummms

  8. Fun and Fearless in Beantown says:

    I love this pizza too and I definitely want to try making the homemade version!

  9. Lizzy says:

    I just made CPKs Thai Chicken Pizza- it was one of the best pizzas I’ve ever made- you gotta try it! Yours looks delicious too : )

  10. Sharlene says:

    I’ve been wanting to try this pizza out too! Oh it looks so yummy!!

  11. Elina (Healthy and Sane) says:

    I LOVE CPK’s bbq chicken pizza! I am SO recreating this. Yes, homemade dough is definitely the way to go. Was this one chewy? I’m still looking for the perfect recipe…

  12. Elina (Healthy and Sane) says:

    Haha, you’re famous! 😉

  13. Kerstin says:

    This pizza looks way better than CPK – yum!

  14. Jennifer says:

    This looks amazing! I’ve always loved CPK’s BBQ chicken pizza too and this looks even better! Definitely making this soon.

  15. I love making homemade pizza! And I must say that pizza looks BETTER than the CPK one!

  16. Aunt Em says:

    I just made this pizza last week (love PW’s recipes). I make refried pinto beans and spread a layer of them on the crust (after brushing it with a little bit of BBQ sauce) then add the other toppings….absolutely delicious!!

  17. Ashley F says:

    This might be my favorite pizza recipe! It is so close to the original!

  18. I remember sharing this pizza with a colleague from the East Coast back when BBQ pizza was exotic. Highly skeptical, she managed to bring herself to take one bite. The look on her face? Priceless!!!! Truly a classic pizza and your recipe is spot on!!

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