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.



Here is a restaurant copycat recipe for California Pizza Kitchen's famous Buffalo Chicken Pizza.  This is a simple recipe using a prepared pizza shell and simple ingredients found at any grocery store.  Read on to learn how to make this dish at home.


1 prepared pizza shell
blue cheese salad dressing
1 lb chicken breast,
1/2 cup hot wing sauce
shredded mozzarella cheese
cut into small cubes
2-3 scallions, chopped on a bais


  1. Preheat oven to 450.
  2. Put hot sauce in a small saucepan.
  3. Add chicken and cook over medium heat until chicken is done.
  4. Remove chicken to a bowl with a slotted spoon.
  5. Boil hot sauce and pour over the chicken.
  6. Let cool.
  7. Spread a thin layer of blue cheese dressing on the pizza shell.
  8. Use a slotted spoon to add the chicken.
  9. Top with mozzarella cheese.
  10. Add scallions.
  11. Sprinkle with a few dashes of hot sauce to taste.
  12. Bake for 10-15 minutes until the cheese melts.

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