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.



Chinese Chicken Salad

Here is a quick and easy copycat restaurant recipe for California Pizza Kitchen's Chinese Chicken Salad.  Read on to find out how to make this dish at home in your own kitchen.

Ingredients for 4 Salads

1 head of Napa Cabbage
1/2 cup chopped cilantro
3/4 cup chopped peanuts
1 head of Romaine Lettuce
2 carrots shredded
toasted sesame seeds
2-3 cooked cooked chicken breast
1 bunch of scallions, chopped
  1. Chopped the cabbage and lettuce.
  2. Combine all the other ingredients in a large bowl.

Ingredients for Salad Dressing

4 1/2 Tbsp hoisin sauce
1 tsp Asian chili paste
4 1/2 Tbsp rice vinegar
3 Tbsp peanut butter
1 1/2 tsp grated ginger
1 1/2 Tbsp sesame oil
3 Tbsp brown sugar
Combine all the ingredient in a small bowl, whisk pour over salad.

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