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CPK Thai Chicken and BBQ Chicken Pizza Recipes

Updated on August 23, 2017

Make Pizza Like California Pizza Kitchen the Easy Way or the Easier Way

Do you love CPK as much as I do? When I was expecting my second child, I couldn't get enough of their thin crust pizzas and would have visited CPK every day if we could have afforded it. To satisfy my cravings without breaking the budget, I learned to make a few of their menu items at home. And it seems to me that they have changed their recipes, and some of my favorites just aren't the same. Thankfully, I can re-create them home with the original flavor.

Two of my favorites are the Thai Chicken Pizza and the Barbecue Chicken Pizza. You can make these in your own kitchen. I will show you three ways to prepare these pizzas, ranging from extremely easy to a little bit less easy. Any way you make them, they are delicious!

If yeast is live and active, liquid will become bubbly.
If yeast is live and active, liquid will become bubbly.

Let's Start with the Crust

You can throw these pizzas together in a flash using a thin store bought crust, such as Boboli, or pre-made pizza dough that you simply stretch out on a greased pizza pan and cook according to the package directions. This is by far the fastest and easiest way to put pizza on the table.

However, one of the reasons to go out for pizza is for the crust. Almost everyone has their favorite: thick, thin, whole wheat, garlic, hand tossed, or stuffed. There are so many varieties from which to choose. CPK makes one of the most delicious crusts I have ever tasted. But my sister gave me a recipe that is even better! If you are up to a little culinary adventure, keep reading and I will show you how to make the crust from scratch, completely by hand or with the aid of a bread machine.


1 1/3 c. warm water, liquid whey or beer (This is a great way to use whey leftover from making cheese, or the liquid on top of your yogurt, which you can mix with water for this recipe.)

2 tsp. dry active yeast

2 TB. Olive oil

1 tsp. sugar

1 tsp. honey

2 TB. Cornmeal

3 1/2 c. flour (half white, half whole wheat)

1 ts. Baking powder

1/4 ts. Garlic powder

1/4 ts. Onion powder

1/2 ts. Italian seasoning (or just basil)

Add all ingredients to bread machine in order of your manufacturer's instructions. Set to dough cycle. Once completed, take dough out, split in two if you want 2 medium-size pizzas or leave whole for one great big large pizza. Grease your pan or stone with olive or grapeseed oil. Spread dough, put light layer of sauce on and bake at 400 for 5 min. Remove and add your toppings. Bake at 400 for approx. 20 minutes. Don't let your cheese burn!

If you will prepare the dough by hand, you will need to combine the liquid first with the yeast. Combine all the dry ingredients in a big bowl and make a well in the center. After you combine yeast and liquid in a separate bowl, add honey and sugar. Then add the liquid ingredients to well of dry ingredients. Mix and form a ball. Cover with a towel, and let it rise until double. Punch down and split it in two, if you want to medium pizzas. Spread it out on a greased pan and let rise for another 30-40 min. Then bake as directed above.

Hint: to test your yeast to make sure that it is active enough to make your dough rise, Combine the yeast, warm liquid, honey and sugar. Let it sit for a few minutes. The liquid should begin to stir as the yeast bubbles up and floats to the top. If this does not happen, start again with fresh yeast.

Yeast Brands that I Recommend - If your yeast is a dud, your dough will be too.

If you have yeast in the fridge that you haven't used in a while, proof it to see if it is still good. If not, I recommend purchasing one of the brands below. For avid cooks who make a lot of bread, 1 or 2 pound bags are perfect! For the occasional baker, the individual packets are best.

Garnish with Thai basil leaves for added flair and another layer of flavor.
Garnish with Thai basil leaves for added flair and another layer of flavor.

Thai Chicken Pizza

Exotic, Tangy, Wow!


1 jar of peanut sauce(8-oz)

1 tbsp olive oil

6 oz chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch cubes or thin strips

1 1/2 C. shredded mozzarella cheese

2 scallions, slivered on the diagonal, or 1/2 a red onion, sliced thin

handful of white bean sprouts

handful of shredded carrots

1/2 red bell pepper, sliced thin

1 tbsp chopped peanuts

1-2 tbsp chopped cilantro (Note: If the taste of cilantro turns you off, substitute flat leaf parsley. This eliminates a layer of flavor, but I have found that most people either love or hate cilantro.)

Optional: If you have planned ahead and want your chicken to be extra delicious, soak it overnight in a brine made from enough water to cover the chicken, 1 tbsp lemon juice, 1 tbsp brown sugar, 1 tbsp salt, and 1/2 sliced onion. Place the chicken and the brine in a zipper bag or covered bowl and refrigerate for 6 hours to overnight. You chicken will be tender and delicious!


Saute the chicken in olive oil until just cooked (do not over-cook; a little pink in the middle is okay.) Place the chicken in the refrigerator until chilled, and then coat thoroughly with 1/2 of the jar of peanut sauce.

Spread the other half of the jar of peanut sauce in a thin layer over the top of your prepared pizza crust. Cover the sauce with 1/2 of your cheese. Spread chicken, onion, beans sprouts, red pepper and carrots evenly over the top of the pizza. Cover toppings with remaining cheese and peanuts.

Bake according to the instructions above or the package directions, if you have purchased the crust.

When cooked through, remove the pizza from the oven and sprinkle with cilantro or parsley.

To garnish, we used several Thai Siam Queen basil leaves. You can use regular basil, or skip the garnish completely.

Cool slightly, slice an enjoy!

We really enjoy dipping our pizza in sweet red chili sauce for extra zip. Hint: this sauce is often served in Australia with sour cream as a dip for french fries. Yum!

Sources for Sauces and Ingredients

Thai sauces and ingredients are becoming easier to find in stores, but if you have trouble, here are the items you will need.

Note: Thai basil is easy to grow. It is a warm weather plant, so plant it in the spring for a summer harvest. It can be dried or frozen to use all winter!

Sweet Chili Sauce

This delicious Sweet Chili sauce is delicious and can be used in a variety of Thai and Asian dishes, as well as other dishes you may not think of. An example of this is the Australian appetizer of Chips (french fries) covered in a Sweet Chili sauce and sour cream. Yum!

Basil Plants

Basil, and its relative Thai Basil, are very easy to grow. I keep pots filled with Basil, other herbs such as mint, and other plants like garlic right outside my door to quickly grab when I am cooking. This saves me trips to the grocery store and makes my recipes more flavorful with the fresh herbs and spices from my patio garden.

Smoked gouda cheese and cilantro give this pizza a smokey, tangy flavor.
Smoked gouda cheese and cilantro give this pizza a smokey, tangy flavor.

Barbecue Chicken Pizza

Classic bbq updated with smokey, tangy flavor


6 oz chicken breast

1 bottle of your favorite barbecue sauce (Sweet Baby Ray's is our favorite)

4 oz smoked Gouda cheese (or fresh mozzarella, if you don't care for smoked cheese)

1 C. Mexican blend shredded cheese (or a mixture of shredded cheddar and mozzarella)

1/2 of a red onion, thinly sliced

Pinch of salt

1 bunch of fresh cilantro (or fresh parsley, if you prefer.)

Optional: see previous recipe for instructions about marinating chicken in brine.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place chicken in an oven-proof pan and coat with a cup of barbecue sauce. Sprinkle with salt and bake for about 20-25 minutes. Do no over cook the chicken. (Note: sidestep the baking and buy a precooked rotisserie chicken Shred it and coat with barbecue sauce.)

Slice red onions and cheese in thin slices. Cut up the chicken into 1/2-inch pieces.

Drizzle barbecue sauce over the prepared pizza crust (it does not need to cover the entire crust.) Spread smoked Gouda cheese, then onions and chicken evenly over the pizza. Drizzle with a little bit more sauce. Finally, spread shredded cheese over the top.

Bake according to the instructions above or the package directions, if you have purchased the crust.

Chop cilantro while the pizza is cooking. When the pizza is fully cooked, remove it from the oven and sprinkle as much chopped cilantro as you like over the top of the pizza. Slice and enjoy!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 5 years ago from United States

      The bbq chicken pizza definitely appeals to me!

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      Spiderlily321 5 years ago

      Pizza is so good. I love making it. This all sounds really delicious to make. Thanks for sharing!

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      Little Linda Pinda 5 years ago from Florida

      I never ate at the California Pizza Kitchen. My son lives in California. I'll have to look for that next time.

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      natashaely 5 years ago

      I love pizza and will be adapting this to a gluten and dairy free one for me! Great page, upbeat and well written and it's made me hungry so it's done it's job :)

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      Rose Jones 5 years ago

      Very clever and delicious looking. Happy to Squidoo Angel Bless this thorough lens!