Copycat California Pizza Kitchen BBQ Chicken Pizza (2024)

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Published on Nov 6, 2014

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Copycat California Pizza Kitchen BBQ Chicken Pizza (2)The copycat recipes continue! If you’ve ever been to the California Pizza Kitchen, chances are you’ve had this pizza. It’s one of their most popoular pizzas, if not the most popular. It’s insanely delicious, and topped with cilantro it just takes to the next level. I’m a HUGE pizza fan, and was so excited to give this a try! After having tried this, I’m even more excited to make a few of their other pizzas at home too. Ever had their California Club Pizza? It’s to die for! If you like BBQ chicken, I can just about guarantee you will love this pizza!

I’ve been loving creating some of my restaurant favorites at home the last few weeks. There’s nothing better than having the control of making what you love right at home where you know exactly what goes in to your food and can enjoy what you love (for generally cheaper) without going out! For the locals,I’ll be teaching a class at the Pinners Conference on ‘Copycat Favorites’. If you’re free Friday November 7th @ 1:30 come to my class at the South Towne Expo Center and taste a coupleof yummy recipes from your favorite restaurants that you can make right at home! Register here & use the code ‘triedandtasty’ for $5 off! Not only would it be great to grub together, I’d love to meet you! Hope to see you there!

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Keyword:Copycat California Pizza Kitchen BBQ Chicken Pizza

Prep Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes

Servings: 24

Calories: 295 kcal

Author: Yvonne

Enjoy this popular Copycat California Pizza Kitchen BBQ Chicken Pizza recipe made right at home! Comes together easily, and so delicious the whole family will enjoy it!



For the pizza

  • 2whole bonelessskinless chicken breasts
  • 1/2c.your favorite barbecue sauce
  • Olive oilfor drizzling
  • Saltfor sprinkling
  • 16ozfresh mozzarella cheesesliced thinly
  • 1c.shredded smoked gouda cheese
  • 1/2red onionthinly sliced
  • Chopped cilantroto taste


For the crust

  1. In a small bowl, sprinkle yeast over (very) warm water; let stand for a few minutes and set aside.

  2. In a stand mixer, using the paddle attachment, combine flour and salt. With the mixer running on low speed, drizzle in olive oil until combined with flour.

  3. Next, pour in yeast/water mixture and mix until just combined, and the dough comes together in a sticky mass (clean from the sides of the bowl).

  4. 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 ready to use.

For the pizza

  1. Preheat oven to 375 F.

  2. Salt chicken breasts on both sides, then place in an ovenproof dish. Evenly coat chicken breasts with BBQ sauce on both sides. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until chicken is done. Remove from oven and cut into 1/2 in. cubes; set aside.

  3. Increase oven temperature to 500 F.

  4. Roll/stretch out one pizza crust (recipe makes two). Lay on a sheet pan or pizza pan/stone drizzled with olive oil. Drizzle a little olive oil on the crust, then sprinkle on a little salt (optional). Spoon a couple of tablespoons of extra BBQ sauce on the crust and spread evenly. Top sauce with half the sliced mozzarella, half the diced chicken and half of the thinly sliced red onion, finish with a sprinkling of smoked gouda. Sprinkle again with a little salt.

  5. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes, or until crust is golden brown and toppings are bubbly. Remove from the oven and sprinkle on chopped cilantro. Slice and serve immediately. Repeat with other crust and other ingredients, or save for later!

Recipe Notes

This recipe makes two pizzas. According to the Pioneer Woman, t’s best to make the dough at least 24 hours in advance, and 3 or 4 days is even better.

Adapted from The Pioneer Woman

Nutrition Facts

Copycat California Pizza Kitchen BBQ Chicken Pizza

Amount Per Serving

Calories 295Calories from Fat 99

% Daily Value*

Fat 11g17%

Saturated Fat 4g25%

Cholesterol 38mg13%

Sodium 352mg15%

Potassium 154mg4%

Carbohydrates 33g11%

Fiber 1g4%

Sugar 2g2%

Protein 14g28%

Vitamin A 200IU4%

Vitamin C 0.4mg0%

Calcium 173mg17%

Iron 2.1mg12%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. AidaNovember 14, 2014 at 7:43 am

    Yvonne, great blog! And thanks for this recipe – I love their BBQ pizza. I started making pizza just recently, I always thought it was too complicated to make the dough until realizing it’s just like bread. Now as for baking pizza – do you recommend getting a stone, or is sheet pan just as good?


    1. Yvonne

      November 16, 2014 at 5:28 pm

      Thanks so much Aida! This pizza is phenomenal! The dough on this is especially simple – I love it! You know, I like both. Sometimes I do the stone, sometimes the sheet pan. Really, the only thing I prefer the stone for mostly is pictures. Otherwise I don’t really love one over the other!


  2. Marion@Life Tastes GoodNovember 7, 2014 at 9:25 pm

    I’m really enjoying all of your copycat recipes! Can’t wait to try them!


    1. Yvonne

      November 8, 2014 at 7:22 pm

      Thank you so much Marion, I love copycatting recipes!


    1. Yvonne

      November 8, 2014 at 7:22 pm

      Thanks Bobbi! Haha! Wouldn’t that be nice?! :)


    1. Yvonne

      November 8, 2014 at 7:21 pm

      Thank you so much Sheena!


  3. RachaelNovember 7, 2014 at 9:49 am

    I want this so bad! I love it. And the crust looks so simple. Have fun today at Pinner’s. I am hoping to make it for a bit! But will miss your class because that is right when my kids get out of school :(


    1. Yvonne

      November 8, 2014 at 7:21 pm

      The crust was SO simple!!! I couldn’t believe how quickly it came together. Pinners was great, hope you were able to make it out for a bit!


  4. Erica SchwarzNovember 7, 2014 at 3:41 am

    I am a pizza junkie so I am totally in love with your photos! This pizza sounds amazing and looks beautiful!


    1. Yvonne

      November 8, 2014 at 7:21 pm

      Thank you so much!!! It was just as delicious as it was beautiful :D


  5. Carrie @Frugal Foodie MamaNovember 6, 2014 at 8:20 pm

    I haven’t been to a California Pizza Kitchen in forever! Of course, there are not any near me now that I live in a small town. ;) Love that I can find copy cat recipes like this so that I can still enjoy some of my favorites even though I don’t live in the big city anymore. Thank you for sharing!


    1. Yvonne

      November 8, 2014 at 7:20 pm

      I used to go there when I would go to concerts down in the ‘city’ I guess you could say. It’s the closest one to me and it’s not that close, so it’s nice to have the recipe that I can make at home!


    1. Yvonne

      November 8, 2014 at 7:18 pm

      Thanks! I can’t get enough pizza recipes, love them!


  6. realfoodbydad

    November 6, 2014 at 1:16 pm

    This is our favorite pizza from CPK so I can’t wait to try this!


    1. Yvonne

      November 8, 2014 at 7:18 pm

      Thanks Matt!! I absolutely loved it, it’s a fantastic recipe!


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