California Pizza Kitchen, known within the food industry as CPK, is a casual dining restaurant chain that specializes in California-style pizza. The restaurant was started in 1985 by attorneys Rick Rosenfield and Larry Flax in Beverly Hills, California. The chain is widely known for its innovative and non traditional pizzas, such as the "Original BBQ Chicken Pizza", BLT, Thai Chicken, and Jamaican Jerk Chicken pizzas. They also serve various kinds of pasta, salads, soups, sandwiches and desserts. They have an extensive children's menu for children ages 10 and under which includes a variety of different pizzas, pastas, salad, and chicken.

The chain has over 230 locations in 32 US states and eleven other countries, including 26 California Pizza Kitchen ASAP kiosks designed to serve passengers at airports and shopping malls. The company licensed its name to Kraft Foods to distribute a line of premium frozen pizzas, in 2000.; Nestlé purchased Kraft's pizza lines in 2010.


According to the California Pizza Kitchen website their Kung Pao Spaghetti is make with a classic Kung Pao sauce with garlic, green onions, peanuts and hot red chilies. When you order you may choose chicken, shrimp or chicken & shrimp combo. The recipe below looks like a lot of ingredients but it is very easy to make.  Get everything out and cut up before you start cooking.


1 1/2 Tbsp corn starch
2 Tbsp soy sauce
1 lb chicken or shrimp
1 Tbsp soy sauce
1 Tbsp white wine
1 green pepper thin sliced
1 Tbsp light brown sugar
2 green onions
1 Tbsp corn starch
2 celery stalks thin sliced
1/2 tsp sesame oil
1 Tbsp grated ginger
1 tsp white wine vinegar
1/2 cup roasted peanuts
2 small dried red hot peppers
pinch red pepper flakes

Cook spaghetti according to package directions.
Mix the cubed chicken & peel shrimp with corn starch and soy sauce and marinate for 1/2 hours.
Mix the seasoning sauce in a bowl and set aside.
Heat oil in a wok or skillet and fry the chicken or shrimp until done. 
Remove and set aside.
  1. Heat a little oil in a wok and stir fry the veggies until they are slightly tender.
  2. Add the fresh ginger.
  3. Add the seasoning sauce, stirring until thick.
  4. Add meat, stir until thoroughly heated.
  5. Add hot peppers and flakes.  Cook for 1 minute.
  6. Turn off the heat, add peanuts, mix well.
  7. Toss in drained, cooked spaghetti.

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