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.



BBQ Chicken Pizza

The California Pizza Kitchen Restaurant created the BBQ chicken pizza craze.  They  also have a lot of other unique pizza on their menu.  This page will show you an easy way to make BBQ chicken pizza using prepared pizza dough.  Read on to find out how simple it is to make this restaurant copycat recipe at home with limited cooking skills.
I've never had much luck at making homemade pizza dough so for this recipe I suggest using a Boboli pre-made shell from the grocery store it will guarantee a perfect crust every time. According to the California Pizza Kitchen website this pizza was introduced in 1985 at their first restaurant in Beverly Hills, California. They list the ingredients as barbecue sauce, smoked Goudacheese, Mozzarella cheese, BBQ chicken, sliced red onions and cilantro. The recipe below makes one whole pizza.

1 pizza shell
1 diced chicken breast
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 cup BBQ sauce
1 cup smoked Gouda cheese
1/2 cup mozzarella cheese
small red onion rings
chipped fresh cilantro to taste

To make the Chicken:  In a large frying pan, heat olive oil on medium high heat.Add chicken pieces and cook until done (about 6 minutes) Coat chicken with 2 Tbsp BBQ sauce. Chile in the refrigerator.

To make the Pizza:  Spread 1/2 cup BBQ sauce over the top. Leave 1/2 in around the edges. Add your chicken. Add the cheeses. Put onion rings on top. Bake in a 425 degree oven for 10-15 minutes. Garnish with fresh cilantro to taste.Let the pizza sit for about 5 minutes before slicing to help the cheese set.

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