Friday, February 26, 2010

B-B-Q Chicken Pizza

CPK is one of my favorite restaurants of all time, and I love trying to re-create their BBQ chicken pizza. It's such a refreshing change from marinara sauce (which I really can't stand), and full of fresh-tasting flavors. (note: this picture was taken BEFORE it was baked, so don't be fooled by the unmelted cheese and uncooked onions-- It only gets better from here.)

B-B-Q Chicken Pizza
-Adapted from California Pizza Kitchen-


Combine the following ingredients and let yeast activate for at least 5 minutes:

1 T. yeast
1 T. sugar
1 ½ c. warm water

Then add:

1 tsp. salt
4 c. flour

Mix well and then knead for about 5 minutes, or until dough is soft and pliable. (I always use the dough hook attachment on my KitchenAid and just let it do its thing!)

Cover with wet paper towels and a dish towel and let rise in 170 degree oven for about 20 minutes or until double in size. Spread dough evenly over greased pizza pan or cookie sheet. (I spray the edges with FF spray butter and plenty of garlic salt for flavor.) Let rise, covered in oven for 7 more minutes. Raise oven temperature to 375 degrees. Bake the dough for 5 minutes before adding toppings. This will ensure that it is not doughy in the middle.

Remove and add pizza toppings:

1/2 c. Favorite BBQ sauce (spread on crust)
2 chicken breasts, shredded and mixed with about 1/3 c. BBQ sauce
2 c. Shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 c. Shredded Gouda cheese (optional, but this is the KEY to making it extra delicious!)
1/2 a red onion, thinly sliced
1 head cilantro, chopped

Bake at 375 degrees until light golden brown (20-25 minutes).
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