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Chipotle Chicken Pizza

Chipotle Chicken Pizza is a delicious California Pizza Kitchen copycat with chipotle salsa as the sauce, chunks of chicken, red onion, and Mexican cheese. Once the pizza is baked it is topped with a black bean-corn salsa, a lime cream sauce, and fresh cilantro for even more flavor.

Chipotle Chicken Pizza

California Pizza Kitchen has my favorite pizzas. We used to go to the restaurant frequently to eat, but we hardly ever find the time to anymore. I thought the next best thing would be to recreate some of my favorites at home. A couple of weeks ago I posted a copycat version of their Thai Chicken Pizza and I think I like this one just as much.

Chipotle Chicken Pizza - California Pizza Kitchen copycat

I totally love Mexican flavors and this pizza is full of them. I think my favorite is the black bean-corn salsa. Pizza has become one of my favorite things to make since I signed up for Perfect Pizza at Home (a free Craftsy video class), and finally after a lifetime of trying, I have become adept at making homemade pizza dough. I won’t go on too much about how much I love this class since I already have here and here. Chipotle Chicken Pizza - California Pizza Kitchen copycat

For this Chipotle Chicken Pizza recipe, you will need a Pizza Baking Stone, a Pizza Peel, and one pound of pizza dough. I suggest using the recipe that is given in  Perfect Pizza at Home. The instructions are too detailed for me to do justice here, but you can find it by following the above link and signing up for the free class. And by detailed, I don’t mean hard – just that the instructor gives tons of tips you don’t want to miss out on and seeing the process done in video is a big help if you are a visual person.

 

Chipotle Chicken Pizza - California Pizza Kitchen copycat

 

Chipotle Chicken Pizza - California Pizza Kitchen copycat

Chipotle Chicken Pizza

Chipotle Chicken Pizza

Chipotle Chicken Pizza is a delicious California Pizza Kitchen copycat with chipotle salsa as the sauce, chunks of chicken, red onion, and Mexican cheese. Once the pizza is baked it is topped with a black bean-corn salsa, a lime cream sauce, and fresh cilantro for even more flavor. 
PREP: 1 hr 55 mins
COOK: 10 mins
TOTAL: 2 hrs 5 mins
SERVINGS: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup mild thick and chunky salsa
  • 2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, minced
  • 1 1/2 cups diced cooked chicken
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced red onion
  • 1 cup shredded Mexican cheese
  • 1 pound pizza dough

Black Bean-Corn Salsa

  • 3/4 cup canned black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 3/4 cup canned or frozen corn
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons salsa
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin

Cilantro Lime Cream

  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped, fresh cilantro

Instructions

  • Bring pizza dough to room temperature for 90 minutes.
  • You want to heat the oven, with a pizza stone inside, for at least 30 minutes before using it. Oven should be heated to at least 450 degrees. Preferably 500 if your oven will go that high. Use the middle rack for the pizza stone.
  • Make the Black Bean-Corn Salsa. Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl and refrigerate until needed.
  • Make Cilantro Lime Cream. Combine ingredients in a small bowl and refrigerate.
  • Divide dough into 2 pieces. Working with one piece at a time, stretch or roll the dough into approximately a 12 inch round. I shape it with my hands without it touching any surface, but if you are using a surface, lightly flour it. (Note: There is an excellent demonstration for how to shape dough in the free Craftsy video Perfect Pizza at Home.
  • Lightly dust a pizza peel or back of a cookie sheet with cornmeal or flour. Place shaped dough on top. You want to make sure there is enough cornmeal or flour to keep the dough from sticking to the peel or it will get misshapen when you transfer it to the pizza stone.
  • Stir together the 1 cup of salsa and the chipotle peppers and spread about 1/3 to 1/2 a cup on the dough. Top with half the cheese, chicken, and red onion.
  • Transfer to pizza stone by tilting and shaking the pizza peel until it slides all the way onto the stone. Bake for 5 to 10 minutes or until cheese is melted and crust is golden.
  • To serve, top with black bean-corn salsa and drizzle with lime cream sauce. (I used a plastic bag and snipped the corner to drizzle the cream sauce. This only works well if you have very finely chopped the cilantro.
  • Repeat to make one more pizza.

Notes

Makes 2 pizzas.

Nutrition

Calories: 548kcal
Author: Christin Mahrlig
Course: Pizza
Cuisine: American

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20 thoughts on “Chipotle Chicken Pizza”

  1. Meghan @ Freezer Friendly Moms

    This looks incredibly yummy! I am a total sucker for anything chipotle! Can’t wait to try this one out! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Wow, this looks phenomenal! I haven’t seen pizza with a salsa on top before…clearly, I haven’t been CPK in a very long time. Yum!

  3. Shikha @ Shikha la mode

    Love how bright these photos are! I used to work at CPK and I was OBSESSED with trying a different pizza everyday hahahaha.

  4. Gorgeous pizza! I’m loving all your creative pizzas! We’re having pizza tomorrow and I seriously can’t decide which one I want to make! I am so tempted to make both 🙂

  5. Jess @ whatjessicabakednext

    Double WOW! I am totally craving a slice of this pizza right now! Love the Mexican twist on this classic recipe and the chipotle flavour is SO good. I cannot wait to give this recipe a go, Christin! 😀

  6. Shashi at Runninsrilankan

    So – just a plain pizza with adobo peppers in chipotle sauce would be heaven – but you added in that Black Bean-Corn Salsa and drizzled that cilantro lime dressing – now, resistance is futile!

  7. This pizza looks amazing! I love all these ingredients, and I’ll bet this is WAY better than CPK’s. 🙂

  8. Lindsey @ American Heritage Cooking

    This pizza looks amazing! I’ve never had it at CPK (probably because I always get the BBQ chicken pizza) but I will absolutely be trying it at home! Pinned!

    1. Christin Mahrlig

      We are always tempted by the BBQ Chicken Pizza too! Now my daughter will only eat pizza if it has a bbq sauce instead of a tomato sauce!

  9. Ashley | The Recipe Rebel

    Love this Mexican take on pizza! The color is absolutely gorgeous! Pinned 🙂

  10. I absolutely love Mexican inspired dishes and pizza. Why haven’t I ever thought to combine the two?! I love this pizza, it looks absolutely delicious!

  11. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice

    Now this is my kind of pizza! I love the chipotle flavors, Christin! My husband and I often order bbq chicken pizza, so I can only imagine how good this version must taste!

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