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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
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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.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Appetizer, Entree
Cuisine: American
Keyword: BBQ Chicken Pizza, California Pizza Kitchen Recipe, Copycat Recipe
Servings: 10 people
Author: Sues


  • 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, thinly sliced
  • Chopped cilantro, for garnish

Pizza Dough

  • ¾ Tbsp active dry yeast
  • 1 ½ cups lukewarm water
  • ¾ Tbsp salt
  • 1 ½ tsp granulated sugar
  • 2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 ¼ 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 ¾ 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.

Pizza Dough

  • 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