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.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time55 mins
Servings: 10 people
- 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
- 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
Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees.
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.
Remove chicken from the oven and increase oven temperature to 500 degrees. Let chicken cool slightly and dice into small cubes.
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.
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.
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.
Mix yeast and water in a large bowl and let rest for 2 minutes.
Stir salt, sugar, and extra-virgin olive oil into the mixture.
With a wooden spoon, mix the flour into the mixture.
Cover bowl with a kitchen towel and let rest in a warm spot for about 2 hours, so dough can rise.
- 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