California Pizza Kitchen Original BBQ Pizza

California Pizza Kitchen was one of the first places to make really unique pizzas.  This pizza features chicken, cilantro, and Barbeque sauce.  The California Pizza Kitchen has two great cookbooks.
The California Pizza Kitchen Cookbook.

barbeque chicken pizza


California Pizza Kitchen Original BBQ Pizza

California Pizza Kitchen Original BBQ Pizza

You can make this special dish at home, our version of the recipe is no secret.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: California Pizza Kitchen Original BBQ Pizza, Pizza Recipe
Servings: 16
Calories: 169kcal


  • 8 ounces chicken breasts grilled
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons barbecue sauce (we use a spicy-sweet sauce).
  • For the pizza
  • 16 ounces pizza dough
  • 2 tablespoons semolina for handling the dough
  • 1/2 cup barbecue sauce (we use a spicy-sweet sauce).
  • 2 tablespoons Gouda cheese shredded
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese shredded
  • 1/4 cup red onion sliced
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro


  • In a large frying pan, cook the chicken in olive oil over medium-high heat until just cooked, 5 to 6 minutes. Do not overcook. Set aside in the refrigerator until chilled through. Once chilled, coat the chicken with two tablespoons BBQ sauce; set aside in the refrigerator. 
  • To make the pizza Place a pizza stone in the center of the oven and preheat to 500 degrees for one hour before cooking pizzas. Use a large spoon to spread 1/4 cup BBQ sauce evenly over the surface of the prepared dough within the rim. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon smoked Gouda cheese over the sauce. Cover with 3/4 cup shredded mozzarella. Distribute half the chicken pieces evenly over the cheese (approximately 18 pieces). Place approximately 18 to 20 pieces of red onion over the surface. Sprinkle an additional 1/4 cup mozzarella over the top of the pizza. 
  • Transfer the pizza to the oven; bake until the crust is crisp and golden and the cheese at the center is bubbly (about 8 to 10 minutes). When the pizza is cooked, carefully remove it from the oven; sprinkle 1 tablespoon cilantro over the hot surface. Slice and serve. Repeat with the remaining ingredients for a second pizza. (The two pizzas may be prepared simultaneously if you are careful in placing the pizzas at opposite corners of your pizza stone.)


Calories: 169kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 22mg | Sodium: 438mg | Potassium: 98mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 135IU | Vitamin C: 0.4mg | Calcium: 88mg | Iron: 1mg
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