Better than CPK Barbecue Chicken Pizza

Better than CPK Barbecue Chicken Pizza


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Pizza recipes are incredibly easy to make and can be easily changed up with a wide variety of savory ingredients. This choice pizza recipe reminds us of our favorite restaurant, but it's even better when you cook it up at home.

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Chicago, IL

Serving Size / Yield

4-6 servings


  • Pizza Dough:
  • 1¼ cups Bread Flour
  • ½ cups Lukewarm (105°F) Water
  • 2 tsp Sea Salt
  • 1 Envelope Active Dry Yeast
  • 2 Tbsp Extra-virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 Tbsp Honey
  • BBQ Pulled Chicken:
  • 1 Large breast of rotisserie chicken
  • 1 cup BBQ Sauce
  • Topping
  • 1 Small Red Onion, peeled, halved length-wise and thinly sliced
  • ½ cup BBQ Sauce, to taste
  • ½ cup Smoked Gouda Cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup Mozzarella Cheese, shredded
  • 2 Tbsp Spoons of Fresh Cilantro, chopped

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Shred rotisserie chicken, place it in a re-sealable bag. Pour 1 cup of the BBQ sauce over the shredded chicken, seal the bag and massage the bag to coat all the chicken. Place the bag in the refrigerator to marinate for at least 2 hours.
For the pizza dough:
In a 2 cup measuring cup, combine the water and honey stir to combine and sprinkle the yeast over it. Let sit until the mixture is foamy, about 10 minutes. If the yeast doesn't get "foamy" pour it out and start again it is important to have a live yeast mixture. Meanwhile, place the flour and the salt into a sifter and sift it into the medium bowl of a stand mixer. Make a well in the center of the flour and pour in the olive oil and the "proofed" yeast mixture. Turn the mixer, fitted with dough hooks, to knead and turn on. Continue kneading (mixing) until the dough comes cleanly away from the sides of the bowl and forms a ball around the dough hooks (scrape the sides of the bowl to move flour into the path of the hooks as needed).
Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth but still slightly tacky (add flour gradually as needed to reach the slightly tacky state), 3 to 5 minutes.
Lightly oil a large mixing bowl with about 1 1/2 teaspoons olive oil. Place the dough in the bowl and turn to oil the ball on all sides. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap cloth and set in a warm, draft-free place until nearly doubled in size, 1 to 1 1/2 hours.
construction and baking:
Place an appropriately sized pizza stone on the middle shelf of your oven and pre-heat the oven to 450° F.
Remove the risen dough ball from the bowl and place it on a lightly floured work surface , flatten it into a thick disk and with your fingertips and palms, working from the center of the disk out to the edges, press it into a thin disk of dough approximately 10 to 12-inch round and about 1/8 inch thick (if necessary use a rolling pin to achieve the 1/8-inch thickness. Sprinkle flour over the surface of this thin disk (this will become the bottom of the pie when you place the pizza base on the peel in the next instruction).
Distribute some corn meal over the surface of a pizza peel (this will act as “ball bearings” and allow the dough rounds to move easily over the surface of the peel) and transfer the formed pizza base onto the peel insuring that the lightly floured side is on the bottom. Lightly spread ½ cup of the BBQ sauce evenly over pizza base keeping a ½ to 1-inch border of the base uncoated to form a crust; sprinkle the grated ½ the mozzarella and all the Gouda cheeses evenly over the BBQ sauce (leaving about the of uncoated dough around the edge uncoated. Evenly distribute the shredded, marinated chicken over the cheeses. Evenly distribute the thinly sliced red onions over the chicken. Evenly distribute the remaining mozzarella over the red onions and finally evenly distribute the roughly chopped cilantro over the onions.
Finally sprinkle a little extra-virgin olive oil over the surface.
Gently shake the peel to insure the pizza moves freely (if it doesn’t gently lift the edges of the pizza and distribute additional corn meal until it does), using the peel slide the pizza onto the stone and bake the pizza until the cheese is melted and bubbly, about 12 minute in a 450°F oven. Remove from the oven, slice into 8 wedge shaped slices and serve.

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