California Pizza Kitchen BBQ Pizza Copycat

  • Yield 4-6 servings
  • Prep 20 minutes
  • Cook 20 minutes

A homemade BBQ Chicken Pizza to rival the likes of the one you'll find at California Pizza Kitchen.

BBQ Chicken Pizza
Deborah Harroun

Make crust one day before you plan to make the pizza.


1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon warm water (105 - 115F)
3/4 teaspoon yeast
1 teaspoon sugar
1 cup bread flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 tablespoon olive oil
1 boneless, skinless chicken breast half, cut into bute-sized pieces
1/2 cup Bullseye Original BBQ Sauce
1 1/2 teaspoons olive oil
1 cup shredded Mozzarella
1/2 cup grated Gouda cheese (preferably smoked)
1/2 cup sliced red onion
2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh cilantro



  1. In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, combine water, yeast and sugar. Let sit for 5 minutes, until the yeast starts to foam. Add flour, salt and olive oil and mix until dough comes together. Knead 10 minutes. Place dough in a greased bowl and turn to coat with oil. Cover and let rise for 2 hours. Place in refrigerator overnight.
  2. Remove dough from refrigerator one to two hours before making pizza, allowing it to come to room temperature.


  1. Place chicken in a bowl with 1/4 cup BBQ sauce. Cover and let marinate for 2 hours.
  2. Place pizza stone in oven and preheat oven to 450F for 30 minutes.
  3. Saute chicken over medium heat until cooked through and no longer pink, 7-8 minutes. Set aside.
  4. Sprinkle countertop with cornmeal and roll out pizza dough into a circle 10-inches in diameter. Spread remaining 1/4 cup BBQ sauce on dough. Sprinkle half mozzarella cheese and gouda over BBQ sauce. Top with chicken, red onion and remaining mozzarella. Transfer pizza to oven and bake for 10-12 minutes, or until golden brown. Top with cilantro.

This recipe originally appeared as BBQ Chicken Pizza on


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