Saturday, May 17, 2008

Culinarily Obsessed Pizza Kitchen Open For Business

Everybody loves pizza right? Seriously, I don't think I know a single person who doesn't admit they love pizza. Even the picky eaters I know enjoy cheese pizza at the very least. Me? I can't say I enjoy cheese pizza, but I love it pretty much any other way. Top it with every meat you can think of, I'm in. Just pepperoni? I'm not shy to grab the first slice. You're offering up a supreme? Yum-o!

I'm a Carolina girl through and through so I know nothing of that whole NY vs Chicago thing, but give me a slice of each and I'll gladly do a taste test. My most favoritest kind though is hands down barbeque chicken pizza. I can't be sure but I think the famed California Pizza Kitchen may be to credit for the delicious creation. That's definitely where I tried and fell in love with the stuff. But since I live not so close to a CPK and the only one remotely local is in the mall, which everyone knows is a dangerous place for a woman, I figured it best to star making my own. I haven't tried my version next to the CPK version of barbeque chicken pizza, but from my mouth-watering memories my version tastes pretty darn close. The best part? Besides that I'm saving money and potentially serious credit card debt, my Barbeque Chicken Pizza is easy peasy.

Somehow even with my serious cookbook addiction I didn't know that California Pizza Kitchen had their own cookbook, but turns out they do. You can preview excerpts of the book on Amazon, so if you love pizza go check out what mouthwatering recipes you can make at home from The CPK Cookbook. And it turns out they've got a new cookbook geared toward family cooking due out in August called California Pizza Kitchen Family Cookbook

bbq chicken pizza ingredients
The ingredients

bbq chicken pizza
Going in the oven!

bbq chicken pizza
Can we dig in already?

BBQ Chicken Pizza

1 pre-made pizza dough (I suggest Pillsbury in with the refrigerated canned biscuits)
1/4 c bottled barbeque sauce (more or less to suit your taste)
1/2 of small thinly sliced onion
pre-cooked chicken, cut into bite size chunks
1-1 1/2 c shredded italian blend or pizza cheese

Preheat oven according to dough directions. Grease or spray pan with non-stick spray. Flatten dough into pan, pinching up slight edges. Spread barbeque sauce evenly onto dough using just enough for a thin layer, be careful not to go all the way to edge of dough. Spread chicken pieces evenly over sauced dough, top with cheese. Scatter onion over cheese. Bake according to dough package instructions. Allow to cool slightly before serving.

Ok, did I just use two Rachael Rayisms in one post? And I'm not even a fan! That should tell you how much I love this pizza.

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Comments on "Culinarily Obsessed Pizza Kitchen Open For Business"


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:57 AM) : 

Love BBQ chicken pizza, too! (And BLT is a runner-up) But your recipe sounds better than mine, will have to try. Thanks! Looks delicious too...


Anonymous Brett Widmann said ... (11:40 AM) : 

This sounds like a better recipe than what I have at home. I'm going to give this one a try sometime.


Anonymous Elana said ... (12:13 PM) : 

You should really get a pizza stone. I tried this recipe, but made mini pizzas on my pizza stone and it turned out great. Thanks for the ideas


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