This Jamaican Jerk Chicken Pizza, a California Pizza Kitchen copycat, has slices of jerk- seasoned chicken breast, a sweet and spicy sauce, crispy bacon, roasted red peppers, and onion. This is not your ordinary pizza!
I especially like that California Pizza Kitchen pizzas are topped with nontraditional toppings. Their pizzas are fun and creative.
Jamaican Jerk Chicken Pizza
If you’re getting bored of regular pepperoni pizza, give this Jamaican Jerk Chicken Pizza a try.
This pizza is right up my ally. Jamaica is maybe my favorite place on earth. I love the people, the music, the food. You just can’t beat an authentic piece of jerk chicken.
Now the chicken on this pizza is by know means authentic. Not even close. That would be too large an undertaking for a weeknight meal.
But nonetheless, this chicken has plenty of flavor. It is coated in a spice rub made from brown sugar, paprika, allspice, garlic powder, and cayenne pepper, and then grilled.
In addition to the chicken, roasted red and yellow peppers, red onion, bacon, and green onion give the pizza tons of flavor. It’s restaurant quality pizza at home.
Don’t be scared by the long list of ingredients. The jerk seasoning and sauce can be made several days in advance and the peppers can be roasted and sliced ahead of time too.
Either use store-bought pizza dough or make your own. I love the recipe in this (free) Perfect Pizza at Home class on Craftsy.
If you have a difficult time getting the dough to roll or stretch, let it rest for 5 minutes and try again. Sometimes a little patience is needed to get a great result.
For best results, use a pizza stone. It will help get the pizza crust really crispy. Preheat the stone in the oven for at least 30 minutes.
Can Parts of This Recipe be Made in Advance?
Absolutely. To save time on a busy night-
- Mix the jerk seasoning ingredients together. This can be done a week or so in advance. Just be sure to store in an airtight container.
- Make the sauce a day or two in advance.
- Grill the chicken and roast the peppers a day or two in advance.
- 1/2 cup light brown sugar
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/4 cup ketchup
- 1/4 cup light corn syrup
- 1/4 cup minced onion
- 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/8 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
- 1 1/2 tablespoons light brown sugar
- 1 teaspoons salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- olive oil
- 2 chicken breasts, pounded thin
- 1 red bell pepper
- 1 yellow bell pepper
- 1 pound pizza dough
- 2-3 cups shredded mozzarelle cheese
- 4 slices bacon, cooked
- 1/2 cup thinly sliced onion, yellow or red
- 1 green onion, sliced
- To make sauce, combine all ingredients in a medium saucepan. Simmer for 6 to 8 minutes. Let cool and then puree in a blender. (Sauce can be made a day in advance.)
- In a small bowl, combine all ingredients for jerk seasoning. Sprinkle chicken breasts with seasoning and drizzle with olive oil.
- Grill chicken for 4 to 5 minutes per side, or cook in a pan over medium heat. Let cool and then thinly slice.
- Roast both peppers by setting them directly over the flame of a gas burner. Turn every few minutes until all sides are charred. Plunge them into ice water and remove the skins. Slice into thin slices. Alternately, you can roast the peppers in a 450 degree oven for 45 minutes.
- Divide dough in half. Making 1 pizza at a time, roll or stretch dough into a 10-inch circle. Place on a lightly floured pizza pan or pizza peel.
- Brush the dough with olive oil. Spread desired amount of sauce on dough. Sprinkle with 1 cup mozzarella cheese and half of all toppings. Sprinkle with a little more mozzarella cheese.
- Slide pizza onto pizza stone and bake until crust is golden, about 9 to 10 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 500 degrees with a pizza stone in it for 45 minutes.
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Originally published August 30, 2015.
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