California Pizza Kitchen BBQ Chicken Pizza Recipe

I love making copycat restaurant recipes in my home, including this California Pizza Kitchen BBQ Chicken Pizza. It will blow your mind at how delicious it is.

I could eat pizza for every meal of every day and possibly never get sick of it.  I just LOVE it.  It is the one meal our family eats without any complaints.
If you have ever been to California Pizza Kitchen, you know how delicious their BBQ Chicken Pizza is.  This recipe rivals even their amazing pizza.
It is so full of flavor, and is so simple to make. My family was shocked that I made something that tasted better than the actual pizza place.
The sauce on this recipe is one of my favorites. It’s quick, simple, delicious, and pairs perfectly with this delicious BBQ Chicken Pizza.

what bbq sauce flavor works best with this pizza?

For this pizza, we like to stick to our basics. I usually go for a honey, brown sugar, or an original bbq sauce recipe.

My husband likes to get a little wild with his bbq sauces and use a spicy flavor, or one with a little more heat.

With our kids (and my weak tastebuds) we try to keep it simple and just use an original bbq sauce or something a little on the sweet side to be safe.

I have also found that I don’t love the hickory taste with this pizza, unless I am smoking it, and not baking it.

recipe shortcuts:

I love the taste of homemade dough, more than any other dough out there. However, I also love shortcuts and saving time.

With this recipe I will usually make the homemade dough because it is pretty simple and quick, but sometimes I will buy a pre-made crust or pizza crust dough.

I also love the cilantro on this pizza, but you could do without it if you don’t have it on hand, or don’t prefer the flavor.

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Serves: 6-8

California Pizza Kitchen BBQ Chicken Pizza Recipe

This Copycat California Pizza Kitchen Recipe just might be better than the original!

2 hr, 5 Prep Time

15 minCook Time

2 hr, 20 Total Time

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  • 1 teaspoon active dry yeast
  • 1 1/2 cups warm water
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • For the pizza:
  • 3-4 chicken breasts, cooked and cubed
  • 1 (20 ounce) bottle bbq sauce
  • Olive oil, for drizzling
  • Salt, to taste
  • 1 (16 ounce) block mozzarella cheese, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
  • Chopped cilantro, for garnish


  1. Sprinkle yeast over warm water in a small bowl and let stand for 5 minutes.
  2. In a mixer, combine flour and salt.
  3. Drizzle olive oil into the mixer and mix until combined.
  4. Pour in yeast/water mixture after it has proofed and mix until dough is formed.
  5. Coat a large mixing bowl with olive oil and form dough into a ball and place inside. Cover bowl tightly with plastic wrap and set aside for 1-2 hours or in the fridge for 2+ hours.
  6. Preheat oven to 500 degrees F.
  7. Drizzle and spread olive oil over two baking sheets.
  8. Split dough in half and roll out onto each pan.
  9. Lightly brush a little olive oil onto each crust and sprinkle with salt.
  10. Spread 1/4 cup bbq sauce on each crust.
  11. Combine cooked chicken with remaining bbq sauce until chicken is coated in sauce.
  12. Top pizzas with mozzarella, chicken and sliced onion.
  13. Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until crust is golden brown and cheese is melted.
  14. Remove from the oven and garnish with cilantro.
  15. Cut into squares and serve.


Makes 2 pizzas.

Recipe adapted from The Pioneer Woman.



908 cal


23 g


131 g


42 g
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24 Responses to “California Pizza Kitchen BBQ Chicken Pizza Recipe”

  1. I love that pizza and have bought the frozen but it just is lacking. I bet that's so much yummier and nice that you can make it at home. I am a little intimidated by the idea of making the crust from scratch but I bet it's so worth it. Thanks for sharing your delicious creations on A Crafty Soiree!
  2. My BF loves BBQ chicken pizza and I would love to make this for him. BUT...almost every recipe I find says to add bottled BBQ sauce...and there are SO many BBQ sauces on the market I get flustered (I have the same problem with pulled pork recipes :-/ Can someone please give me some ideas on what specific BBQ sauces work best with chicken pizza (and pulled pork, for that matter)? The ones I've tried tend to have a red BBQ sauce, whereas most of the sauces I use for BBQ at home are dark, strong and mostly used for beef. Thanks for the recipe, the pic looks amazing!

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