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.



Cajun Pizza

Here is a restaurant copycat recipe for California Pizza Kitchen's Cajun pizza. This pizza is made with blackened chicken, spicy andouille sausage with a creole sauce, red & yellow peppers, onions and mozzarella cheese topped with green onions. Read on to learn how to make this pizza at home using simple ingredients and limited cooking skills.

I've never had much luck at making homemade pizza dough so I found the prepared pizza shells pictured to the right at Walmart for less than $2 a piece.  Another quick tip to making this pizza is to use leftover rotisserie chicken from the deli.  It's already cooked so all you need to do is add come Cajun spices.  

Ingredients for creole sauce

1 Tbsp cornstarch
1/4 tsp garlic powder
2 Tbsp cold water
1/8 tsp dried thyme leaves
1 (8oz) can stewed tomatoes
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
1/8 tsp hot pepper sauce

Directions for making sauce

  1. In a small saucepan, stir cornstarch into cold water until dissolved.
  2. Add remaining ingredients blend well.
  3. Cook and stir over low heat 3 to 4 minutes or until sauce is bubbly and thickened.

Ingredients for Pizza

1 - 2 cups rotisserie chicken
1 red pepper
2 cups mozzarella cheese
2 Italian sausages
1 yellow pepper
creole sauce
1 white onion
1 prepared pizza shell

Build the Pizza

  1. Preheat oven according to shell directions.
  2. Shred chicken in a small bowl and drizzle with creole sauce.
  3. Remove sausage from casing and fry in a skillet until brown.
  4. Slice peppers, onions and scallions.
  5. Build the pizza by putting a thin layer of creole sauce on the shell.
  6. Add the cheese, chicken, onions and peppers.
  7. Cook according to shell package.
  8. Let the pizza rest for 5 minutes before slicing.

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