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.

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Moroccan Chicken Salad

California Pizza Kitchen Moroccan Chicken
Copycat Recipe

Serves 4

1/2 cup butternut squash, diced 
1 (8 oz) can beets, diced 
1/4 cup dried cranberries 
1 hard-boiled egg, diced 
1 avocado, diced 
2 carrots, diced 
1 red bell pepper, diced 
1/4 cup dates or 1/4 cup dried apricot, chopped 
1 head romaine lettuce, sliced 
1/4 cup Girard's champagne dressing 
1/4 cup roasted almonds 
3 boneless chicken breasts 
1 teaspoon ground coriander 
1 teaspoon cinnamon 
1 teaspoon olive oil 
To make the spiced chicken: combine coriander and cinnamon with olive oil to make a paste. Spread on chicken breasts with a brush or fingers; cook chicken in pan or grill (I used my Foreman grill and it worked well) until fully cooked. Let chicken cool and slice. While chicken is cooking, roast diced squash in a 400 degree oven for about ten minutes (I used my toaster oven). Toss all other ingredients together with the champagne dressing to taste. Top with sliced chicken & almonds.

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