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Copycat California Pizza Kitchen BBQ Chicken Pizza

Enjoy this popular Copycat California Pizza Kitchen BBQ Chicken Pizza recipe made right at home! Comes together easily, and so delicious the whole family will enjoy it!

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Copycat California Pizza Kitchen BBQ Chicken Pizza
Prep Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings 24
Calories 295 kcal
Author Yvonne



  • 1 tsp. instant or active dry yeast
  • 1-1/2 c. warm water
  • 4 c. all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/3 c. olive oil

For the pizza

  • 2 whole boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/2 c. your favorite barbecue sauce
  • Olive oil for drizzling
  • Salt for sprinkling
  • 16 oz fresh mozzarella cheese sliced thinly
  • 1 c. shredded smoked gouda cheese
  • 1/2 red onion thinly sliced
  • Chopped cilantro to taste


For the crust

  1. In a small bowl, sprinkle yeast over (very) warm water; let stand for a few minutes and set aside.   

  2. In a stand mixer, using the paddle attachment, combine flour and salt. With the mixer running on low speed, drizzle in olive oil until combined with flour.

  3. Next, pour in yeast/water mixture and mix until just combined, and the dough comes together in a sticky mass (clean from the sides of the bowl).

  4. Coat a separate mixing bowl with a light drizzle of olive oil, and form the dough into a ball. Toss to coat dough in olive oil, then cover the bowl tightly with plastic wrap and set it aside for 1 to 2 hours, or store in the fridge until ready to use.

For the pizza

  1. Preheat oven to 375 F.  

  2. Salt chicken breasts on both sides, then place in an ovenproof dish. Evenly coat chicken breasts with BBQ sauce on both sides. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until chicken is done. Remove from oven and cut into 1/2 in. cubes; set aside.

  3. Increase oven temperature to 500 F. 

  4. Roll/stretch out one pizza crust (recipe makes two). Lay on a sheet pan or pizza pan/stone drizzled with olive oil. Drizzle a little olive oil on the crust, then sprinkle on a little salt (optional). Spoon a couple of tablespoons of extra BBQ sauce on the crust and spread evenly. Top sauce with half the sliced mozzarella, half the diced chicken and half of the thinly sliced red onion, finish with a sprinkling of smoked gouda. Sprinkle again with a little salt. 

  5. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes, or until crust is golden brown and toppings are bubbly. Remove from the oven and sprinkle on chopped cilantro. Slice and serve immediately. Repeat with other crust and other ingredients, or save for later!

Recipe Notes

This recipe makes two pizzas. According to the Pioneer Woman, t’s best to make the dough at least 24 hours in advance, and 3 or 4 days is even better.

Adapted from The Pioneer Woman

Nutrition Facts
Copycat California Pizza Kitchen BBQ Chicken Pizza
Amount Per Serving
Calories 295 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 38mg13%
Sodium 352mg15%
Potassium 154mg4%
Carbohydrates 33g11%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 14g28%
Vitamin A 200IU4%
Vitamin C 0.4mg0%
Calcium 173mg17%
Iron 2.1mg12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.