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.



Chipotle Chicken Pizza

This is an original restaurant copycat recipe for California Pizza Kitchen's Chipotle Chicken pizza.  This dish has seasoned chicken, chilies, salsa and cilantro and lime cream sauce.  Read on and learn how to make this pizza with simple ingredients and limited cooking skills.

I've simplified this recipe by using prepared pizza crust, jarred salsa and rotisserie chicken which are all items that you can find at your local Walmart Food Center.


1 pizza shell
1/4 cup chopped onion
1 chipotle chile in adobo
1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper
1-2 cups rotisserie chicken
1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper
corn & black bean salsa
1 cup mild thick & chunky salsa
1-1/2 cups mexicdan blend cheese
  1. Preheat oven.
  2. Place pizza shell on a greased pizza pan.
  3. In a small bowl, mix salsa and chipotle chile and spread on the shell.
  4. Top with shredded rotisserie chicken.
  5. Add onions and peppers.
  6. Sprinkle with Mexican cheese blend.
  7. Bake according to shell directions until crust is golden brown and cheese is melted.
Let pizza rest for 5 minutes before slicing.
Optional garnishes 
  • citanro
  • black bean and corn salsa

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