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Sep 8, 2019

Barbecue Chicken Pizza {Copycat}

Homemade Barbecue Chicken Pizza - It might just remind you of your favorite restaurant barbecue chicken pizza. 

Barbecue Chicken Pizza {Copycat}

This barbecue chicken pizza is super easy to make. You can use store bought pizza dough or pizza dough that you can make and freeze to use for later.

If you're really in a hurry, you can skip making the pizza dough and use the pizza topping ingredients on toasted English Muffins, bagels, or your favorite flatbread for a quick and easy pizza. 

For this pizza, I used a Neapolitan style pizza dough that I had frozen after using some of it to make a clam pizza. The dough can be frozen for up to three months. Just thaw it in the refrigerator before making this pizza. 

Barbecue Chicken Pizza {CPK Copycat}

What is Neapolitan-Style Pizza?

Neapolitan pizza, or pizza Napoletano, is one of those European protected designation of origin (PDO) names that isn't supposed to by used unless it actually is made in the region for which it is named. 

In fact, members of the Italian bread police have called me out for using PDO names for some of my breads. I'm sorry Italian bread police! 

Real Neapolitan pizza is made with Italian tomatoes from a specific region, as well as mozzarella cheese that comes from Italian water buffalo. 

Neapolitan-style pizza dough is made from strong wheat (in this case, bread flour), is very high hydration, and is stretched super thin before topping. Next, it is baked in a very hot oven, often wood-fired, and is ready in minutes. 

Barbecue Chicken Pizza {California Pizza Kitchen Copycat}

How to assemble a Neapolitan-Style Pizza:

If you're a pizza shaping expert, you will be able to stretch the dough out over a semolina sprinkled pizza peel, top it, and slide it onto your hot baking stone without a hitch. 

This is not me. I've tried, and have ended up with amoebe-shaped pizzas, or even worse, pizzas that stick to my pizza peel and end up having to be scraped onto the stone. 

Instead, I stretch the dough out onto a lightly oiled piece of parchment paper and then add the toppings. I use the pizza peel to slide the dough, along with the parchment, onto the baking stone. If you want, you can remove the parchment after about 5 minutes of baking. Either way, I still am very happy with the crispy dough. 

Copycat California Pizza Kitchen Barbecue Chicken Pizza:

This pizza is really easy to make. For one thing, the sauce is bottled barbecue sauce. The cheeses include smoked Gouda and mozzarella. 

First you bake chicken breasts in barbecue sauce. Next you spread the shaped dough with some more barbecue sauce and top it with the chicken, cheeses, and thinly sliced red onions. When the pizza is done, you sprinkle it with chopped cilantro and serve.

You can use my recipe for frozen pizza dough (in the recipe) if you like or just use store bought pizza dough. Either way, this pizza is delicious.

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Barbecue Chicken Pizza {California Pizza Kitchen Copycat Pizza}

Barbecue Chicken Pizza {Copycat California Pizza Kitchen Recipe}

Yield: 2 servings
Homemade Barbecue Chicken Pizza - It might just remind you of your favorite restaurant barbecue chicken pizza.


For the Dough (Makes 3 pizza dough balls, you will only need one)
  • 5 cups (22 1/2 ounces) unbleached bread flour (preferably King Arthur Flour)
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon instant yeast
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 3/4 cup plus one tablespoon room-temperature water
For the Pizza
  • 1 dough ball from the Neapolitan-style pizza dough
  • 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/3 cup of your favorite bottled dark barbecue sauce
  • 8 ounces skinless boneless chicken breast meat
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup (2 ounces) grated smoked Gouda cheese
  • 1/2 cup (2 ounces) grated mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 small red onion, halved and thinly sliced
  • Fresh cilantro, for garnishing


How to cook Barbecue Chicken Pizza {Copycat California Pizza Kitchen Recipe}

To Make the Dough
  1. Mix all of the dough ingredients in the bowl of a stand mixer with the dough hook until you have a shaggy dough, about 4 minutes. Let rest for 5 minutes. Mix again on medium-low for another two minutes. 
  2. Divide the dough into 3 pieces and form each into a ball. Brush each ball with olive oil. Place each ball into a zip-log bag that has been sprayed with spray oil, and let rest at room temperature for 15 minutes. 
  3. Refrigerate overnight to use the next day, or freeze to use within 3 months. 
  4. Thaw the dough in the refrigerator the day before assembling the pizza. 
  5. The day you are making the pizza, remove the thawed dough from the refrigerator about 2 hours before shaping and topping. 
To Assemble and Bake the Pizza
  1. Place a baking stone on the middle rack of the oven and heat the oven to 450 degrees F for at least 30 minutes.
  2. Cut the chicken into 1/2 inch cubes and toss with 1 teaspoon of olive oil and 2 teaspoons of the barbecue sauce, salt, and pepper. Wrap in foil and bake for 20 minutes. 
  3. Lay parchment paper over a pizza peel and lightly brush it with olive oil. Stretch the dough ball into a 10-inch round on the parchment paper. 
  4. Brush the dough with the remaining barbecue sauce, leaving a 3/4 inch border. Top with the cooked chicken, cheeses, and red onion slices. 
  5. Slide the pizza onto the baking stone and bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until the crust is golden and the cheese is bubbly. 
  6. Garnish with the cilantro. 
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The dough recipe was adapted from American Pie by Peter Reinhart.

In this book, Peter Reinhart follows the origins of pizza from Italy to the United States. The book is filled with stories of the history of pizza in the U.S.

Would you like to comment?

  1. This was the first time I ever tried the parchment paper method, I was doing a happy dance around my kitchen. What a great idea and I never ever thought about it before reading it in the King Arthur recipe.

  2. One of my favorite pizzas and homemade crust? Count me in!

  3. Looks delicious! It sounds like a pizza my family would love.

  4. OMG I love bbq chicken pizza - this looks PERFECT

  5. This is my favorite pizza from CPK. I'd love to make it at home.

  6. This was a version we tried on my new pizza crusts. One of the faves for everyone!


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