Wednesday, September 21, 2011

California Pizza Kitchen Barbecue Chicken Pizza

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Being from California, CPK was a regular part of my life growing up. In fact, every summer, my parents would take us to Palm Springs a few times, and we would go to a movie and eat at CPK. This is my dad's absolute favorite kind of pizza. Too bad he lives 3,000 miles away.

Get it together, dad.

To all the people who have had to buy CPK pizzas frozen and haven't experienced the real thing, I'm sorry. But I will tell you, this is pretty dang close to the original.

Ingredients:
  • Pizza dough
    • I get mine from Trader Joe's, and it costs $1. If you're looking for the best pizza dough, hit up Whole Foods. Granted, you can make it yourself, but most days, I'm okay with just paying the money.
  • Olive oil
  • Mozzarella cheese
  • Barbecue sauce
  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts (frozen)
  • 1/4 red onion
  • Fresh cilantro
Directions:
  • Before you leave for work in the morning, throw the frozen chicken breasts into a crock pot and cover generously with barbecue sauce. Let it sit all day on low
  • When you get home, tear up the chicken with two forks and set aside
  • Spread out the pizza dough into a circle and place on baking/pizza sheet
  • Lightly brush olive oil over pizza dough and spread one tablespoon-full of barbecue sauce onto the pizza dough
  • Evenly spread the chicken across the top of the pizza dough
  • Top generously with mozzarella cheese
  • Throw some slices of red onion on top of the cheese
  • Bake at 375 degrees for 25-30 minutes or until cheese is bubbly and crust is golden
  • Top with cilantro and serve with salad
I'm going to admit that I am not a big barbecue person, and I don't like red onions. But I love this pizza.

Love and new tastes,

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