CPK BBQ Chicken Pizza
My first California Pizza Kitchen experience was several years ago. I met a few friends there for lunch one day because it was close to my office and I used to hear people rave about how good the pizza was, well one particular type of pizza. Of course -at the time that earned a huge eye-roll because about every different person has a place that has “THE BEST PIZZA EVER”. It was a beautiful day and we sat outside and began gossiping and other non sense when the food came and a hush descended across the table and we dug in. Quickly, I back tracked on my eye roll as I devoured 5 (yes 5-this was before the kids) slices of BBQ Chicken pizza. It was delicious and still is today, now before you go and call the pizza police on me, I am not crowning this “The Best Pizza Ever” but I am going to give it a nice little Tiara (and maybe “Miss Overall Beauty”- I know I am not the only one who watches Toddlers and Tiaras so you know what I am talking about). More to the point- here is my take on this deliciously wonderful pizza.
BBQ Chicken Pizza
Recipe adapted from The Pioneer Woman
1 Pillsbury Flat bread Pizza dough
2 Whole Boneless Chicken Breast
1 cup of BBQ sauce ( I used Honey BBQ because I love sweet and spicy)
Salt For Sprinkling
Olive oil- For Drizzling
16oz Fresh Mozzarella Cheese, Thinly sliced
½ Whole Red Onion, Cut in half and sliced thin
Chopped Cilantro, for topping
Salt chicken breasts on both sides, pour BBQ sauce over the breasts and turn them over to coat. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until chicken is done. Remove from oven and cut into a fine dice. Set aside.
Roll/stretch out pizza dough Lay it on a sheet pan drizzled with olive oil. Drizzle a little olive oil on the crust, then sprinkle on a little salt.
Spoon a couple of tablespoons of extra BBQ sauce on the crust and spread it evenly. Top sauce with half the sliced mozzarella. Sprinkle on half the diced chicken and thinly sliced red onion.Then top with remaining chicken and mozzarella.
Sprinkle again with a little salt, then bake for 15 to 17 minutes, or until crust is golden brown and toppings are bubbly.
Remove from the oven and sprinkle on plenty of chopped cilantro. Cut into squares and serve immediately. Yummy Goodness!!