Friday, August 27, 2010

California Pizza Kitchen Chicken Club Pizza

My favorite pizza at California Pizza Kitchen* is the Chicken Club. And the Thai Peanut Chicken. And the Jerk Chicken. And the Pear and Gorgonzola. And the Vegetarian with Japanese Eggplant. But for the purpose of this post, it's the Chicken Club, so here we go.

This is not actually a copy-cat recipe. It is one that I made up because I wanted this pizza but didn't want to go get it (see the footnote). So I'm sure it doesn't taste exactly like it, but it's yummy. So let's all pretend we can't tell the difference, shall we?

Your favorite pizza crust (I like this pizza with whole wheat)
garlic butter
ranch powder
1 chicken breast
2 roma tomatoes
6 strips bacon, cooked and crumbled
mozzerella cheese
1 head romaine lettuce
1/4 c mayo
1/4 c sour cream
2 avocados

Rub chicken breast with oil and ranch seasoning. Bake in 375 degree oven until cooked through. Dice into bite sized pieces.

Roll out pizza crust or pat into pizza pan. Precook dough according to recipe instructions. Remove from oven and slather generously with garlic butter. Top with sliced tomato, diced chicken, and crumbled bacon. Top with slices of mozzerella cheese until the entire pizza is covered. Bake in 350 degree oven for 10 - 12 minutes, or until cheese is golden.

Yes, in this picture I used cherry tomatoes. They are also good on this pizza.

Meanwhile, cut lettuce into strips and mix with mayo, sr cream, and salt and pepper to taste.

Place on top of cooked pizza. Top the entire concoction with fresh avocado slices. Season with kosher salt and cracked black pepper. Done and done.

*It should be noted that I absolutely HATE, with a capitol H-A-T-E, California Pizza Kitchen. I have stepped foot into one of their establishments once in my life and I will never ever go back. It was so pretentious. And I hate that. And I also hate that frequenters of the restaurant refer to it as CPK. I don't know why, but that just really really bugs me. Like all you need is a blue tooth and some CPK to be the world's biggest D-Bag. But, I love their pizza. Sue me.


Nicole said...

W.O.W. I'm pretty sure you just called me a d-bag. I never thought THAT day would come. Hahahaha! I never knew you hated CPK that much. Is it because you didn't have the heart to tell me since I am one of the d-bags who have been there a million times for work lunches, at the time used a blue tooth (though NEVER in the restaurant or when I was with people) and absolutely love the pizza?! I even refer to it as CPK (just like I did in my post) b/c it is so much easier than saying the entire loooong name! Oh, my, I feel so lowly right now. I may need to change my ways...

I'm soooo excited to try your recipe though--it looks AMAZING. When you say ranch powder, do you mean the ranch dressing mix packets? Thanks for posting this; I've been anxiously waiting for it!!

Shannon said...

Ha ha ha ha ha ha Nicole. You DIDN'T! I can't believe this! First 50 Cent, and now this!!! How will our friendship ever survive?

Just kidding. I would never hold work related offenses against you. You know I love ya, even if I hate CPK. :)

Nicole said...

Hey, Shannon, not to be a bother--but do you want to tag your posts so I can find them easy later? :) I know I will be coming back to these! :)