California Pizza Kitchen-Style Gluten Free BBQ Chicken Pizza

California Pizza Kitchen-Style Gluten Free BBQ Chicken Pizza

California Pizza Kitchen-Style Gluten Free BBQ Chicken PizzaYou really need to try this gluten free bbq chicken pizza. Even if you have never eaten at California Pizza Kitchen. Even if their unfortunate dabbling in an unreliably gluten free menu for a time hurt your feelings real bad. Even if you think you don’t like red onions or cilantro (okay fine you can always leave one or both of those out). It’s just so … delectable. It’s not like you couldn’t have thought of this combo yourself. And it’s not like these ingredients are, each separately, something to write home about. But together? Crazy good. And now that you have the recipe for my Thick-Crust Gluten Free Pizza from GFOAS Bakes Bread right here on the blog? No excuses!*

*ETA: Make the pizza crust on the grill in the summertime, and keep that kitchen cool but still enjoy this amazing pizza!

California Pizza Kitchen-Style Gluten Free BBQ Chicken Pizza

That hand model? That’s my 12-year-old. She doesn’t even really care for red onions. Except here on this pizza! This pizza is just … magic.

California Pizza Kitchen-Style Gluten Free BBQ Chicken Pizza—Step by Step How-to!!

I’m not even sure you needed the step-by-steps. But here they are. Maybe you’re a visual person. I want to meet you where you are—in your eyes, or in your ears. Or something like that which actually makes sense. You feel me?

California Pizza Kitchen-Style Gluten Free BBQ Chicken Pizza

If you’re one of the few people who actually follow me on Instagram now (the final social media frontier, to me at least), you knew this bbq chicken pizza was coming. You knew! I posted a photo of it last week. I finally started using Instagram a bit because I am deep deep deep in prep for the photo shoot next week for Gluten Free Classic Snacks: 100 Recipes for the Brand-Name Treats You Love (coming early 2015!). And I wanted to share some of it with you. Instagram just seemed like a natural place to share, say, Gluten Free Twix Bar-Style Cookies, waiting to be dressed up as GF Twix for the shoot. I’m also going to share behind-the-scenes photos from the shoot. Come along! It’s fun (really!).

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Prep time: Cook time: Yield: 2 thick 12-inch pizzas


Thick-Crust Gluten Free Pizza Dough from page 187 of GFOAS Bakes Bread (reprinted here on the blog)

1/4 cup (56 g) extra-virgin olive oil

1 pound bone-in chicken parts

1 tablespoon kosher salt

About 3/4 cup (6 fluid ounces) gluten free BBQ Sauce (follow the link for homemade, or use your favorite ready-made sauce—I like KC Masterpiece since it’s gluten free and the first ingredient is tomatoes, not high-fructose corn syrup)

5 ounces smoked gouda cheese, grated

5 ounces low-moisture mozzarella cheese, grated

1/2 small red onion, peeled, halved and sliced very thinly

Chopped fresh cilantro, for sprinkling


  • Make the pizza dough according to the recipe instructions and place the dough in the refrigerator in a sealed container.

  • Make the chicken. Preheat your oven to 375°F. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper and place the chicken parts on top. Drizzle about half of the olive oil evenly on top of the chicken pieces, and sprinkle with kosher salt. Place in the center of the preheated oven and roast until the juices from the chicken run clear and the meat registers 165°F on an instant-read thermometer (about 45 minutes). Set the chicken aside to rest until it is cool enough to handle. Remove the meat from the bones and discard the skin. Shred the chicken with two forks and set it aside. Increase the oven temperature to 400°F.

  • Shape the pizza dough. Place a pizza stone (or overturned rimmed metal baking sheet) on the bottom rack of your oven and preheat the oven to 400°F. On a lightly floured surface, knead the dough until smoother as directed in  These General Shaping Tips. Divide the chilled dough into two equal portions, and roll each into a ball. Sprinkle both lightly with flour, and cover one with a moist tea towel so that it doesn’t dry out. Using well-floured hands and a rolling pin, as necessary, pat and roll out the first piece of dough on a lightly floured surface into a 12-inch round, rotating the dough and flouring it frequently, to prevent sticking, as shown in the gluten free pizza shaping video. Roll and pat the dough more thickly as you work from the center of the dough to the edges to create a crust. Transfer the round of dough to a piece of unbleached parchment paper. Repeat with the second piece of dough. Using a pastry brush, brush the entire surface of each pizza round sparingly with extra-virgin olive oil.

  • Top the pizzas. Spread an even layer of about 1/4 cup of the bbq sauce on top of each pizza, leaving a 1-inch border all around. Top each with about half of the shredded chicken, drizzle lightly with more bbq sauce, then top each with 3 ounces of grated smoked gouda cheese, followed by 3 ounces of grated mozzarella cheese, and a sprinkling of sliced red onions.

  • Bake the pizzas. Place each crust, one at a time, each still on its parchment paper, on the hot pizza stone. Bake until the crust is browned and your toppings are cooked as desired (about 7 minutes, but time will vary depending upon how crisp you’d like the crust). As soon as each pizza is removed from the oven, sprinkle it with chopped cilantro. Allow the pizza to set for a few minutes before slicing and serving.



P.S. If you haven’t yet, I hope you’ll consider picking up a copy of Gluten Free on a Shoestring Bakes Bread! I appreciate it, more than you know. Let’s teach the world what gluten free pizza should taste like!

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