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Thai Chicken Pizza (CPK Copycat)

This copycat of California Pizza Kitchen’s Thai Chicken Pizza will be a hit with lovers of sweet and spicy food.

Thai Chicken Pizza - California Pizza Kitchen copycat

I love a pizza with nontraditional flavors and toppings and this copycat of California Pizza Kitchen’s Thai Chicken Pizza is a real winner. It has diced chicken tossed in a spicy peanut sauce flavored with ginger, honey, sesame oil, and oyster sauce. A gooey layer of mozzarella cheese covers the chicken and it is topped with shredded carrots, bean sprouts, and green onion. A sprinkling of chopped fresh cilantro and chopped peanuts finish off the flavors. It is a pizza made for lovers of sweet and spicy foods.

Thai Chicken Pizza - California Pizza Kitchen copycat

Not to mention, it is a very photogenic pizza. Sorry for all the pictures. I couldn’t help myself.

Thai Chicken Pizza - California Pizza Kitchen copycat

We go to California Pizza Kitchen quite often. It’s probably our go to place for special lunches. The only problem with eating there is I can never decide what to order. There are too many delicious pizzas and salads to choose from. I’ve never actually eaten the Thai Chicken Pizza at the restaurant, but the recipe is in California Pizza Kitchen Cookbook that I have had for years and I thought it would be the perfect pizza to make at home.

Thai Chicken Pizza - California Pizza Kitchen Copycat

Typically I haven’t really been one to make pizza at home mainly because I was completely inept at making pizza dough. I blame it on the fact that I was raised on Chef Boyardee pizza.

I say “was” because I am now able to make a pizza dough that I am pround of thanks to the free Pizza Making Class Perfect Pizza at Home on Craftsy.

Thai Chicken Pizza - California Pizza Kitchen copycat

If you’ve never taken a class on Craftsy before, they are amazing and this Pizza Making Class, which is completey free, is the perfect way to try out the Craftsy video classes AND learn how to make a darn good pizza.

The class is over 30 minutes in length but it is divided into segments and you can pick and choose which ones you want to watch. Even better, all Craftsy classes have a 30 second replay button so you can watch and cook at the same time and hit the replay button if you get behind or miss something.

Thai Chicken Pizza - California Pizza Kitchen copycat

There are 4 types of dough taught in the class. So far I’ve only made the American-Style (Neopolitan) dough. I first made Muffaletta Pizza with it a few weeks ago. It makes a big batch of dough which keeps well in the fridge for a number of days.

So a few days after I made the Muffaletta Pizza, I used the remaining dough to make this Thai Chicken Pizza.

Thai Chicken Pizza - California Pizza Kitchen copycat

Perfect Pizza at Home shows you not only how to make the perfect dough, but how to shape it as well. This part takes a little bit of practice and my Thai pizza was much more evenly shaped than my Muffaletta Pizza. 🙂

If you make one of the Craftsy doughs, which I highly recommend, you will need to do it a day in advance and refrigerate it overnight. Then bring it to room temperature for 90 minutes before shaping it.

Thai Chicken Pizza - California Pizza Kitchen copycat

I haven’t included the pizza dough instructions here because frankly I couldn’t do them justice. Being able to watch the instructor demonstrate the process is a much better way to learn. So go to Craftsy and download the free class if you want to improve your pizza making skills.

Thai Chicken Pizza - California Pizza Kitchen copycat

Or you could just use a pound of store-bought pizza dough.

Thai Chicken Pizza - California Pizza Kitchen copycat

Thai Chicken Pizza - California Pizza Kitchen copycat

Thai Chicken Pizza

This copycat of California Pizza Kitchen's Thai Chicken Pizza will be a hit with lovers of sweet and spicy food.
PREP: 20 minutes
COOK: 10 minutes
TOTAL: 30 minutes


Spicy Peanut Sauce

  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup hoisin sauce
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 teaspoons rice wine vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
  • 2 tablespoons water

For the Pizza

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 chicken breasts cut into 3/4-inch cubes
  • 1 pound pizza dough
  • cornmeal
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 4 green onions, slivered diagonally
  • 1/2 cup bean sprouts
  • 1/3 cup shredded carrot
  • 2 tablespoons chopped roasted peanuts
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro


  • Place a pizza stone in the oven and preheat to 500 degrees (or as high as your oven will go).
  • To make Peanut Sauce, combine all sauce ingredients in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Boil gently for 1 minute. Remove from heat and set aside.
  • Heat olive oil in a nonstick pan and cook chicken until no longer pink, about 5 minutes. Place chicken in a bowl and toss with half of the peanut sauce.
  • Divide dough in half and shape each into a 9-inch round.
  • Coat a pizza peel lightly with cornmeal and place one pizza dough round on top. Spread 1/4 cup of sauce evenly on dough.
  • Cover sauce with 3/4 cup mozzarella cheese.
  • Place half the chicken on top of the cheese followed by half the green onions, carrots, and bean sprouts.
  • Top with 1/4 cup mozzarella and half of the peanuts.
  • Transfer pizza to pizza stone and bake 8 to 10 minutes, until crust is golden.
  • Sprinkle with cilantro and serve. Repeat for second pizza.


I highly recommend using the dough recipe from Perfect Pizza at Home a free class on Craftsy.


Calories: 715kcal
Author: Christin Mahrlig
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American

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Recipe Source: adapted from California Pizza Kitchen Cookbook

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46 thoughts on “Thai Chicken Pizza (CPK Copycat)”

  1. I had a recipe for this a while back, but it was much more time consuming. Glad I found this – used since leftover cooked chicken and had a delicious meal in no time! Added some sliced red pepper to use it up. Thank you!

  2. Karen Eisenhart

    I made this with a rotisserie chicken and substituted chili-garlic paste for the oyster sauce and it turned out great!!

  3. Love the recipe! One question, is the chicken raw when you put it on the pizza? I generally cook (grill or sautée) mine first.

  4. Delicious! I had to make two adjustments due to what was (not) in my pantry. Still wonderful. First time I tried and it was a hit!

  5. Interesting as this recipe looks, and delicious as it probably is, I would add the caveat if you are serving it to others: PLEASE BE AWARE OF PEOPLE LIKE ME WHO HAVE PEANUT ALLERGY! Seriously, if they didn’t know/realise that this pizza contains peanuts (and who expects peanuts in a pizza?) and took even one bite it could kill them – dramatic as it sounds it really is THAT serious.

      1. Darlene Roepke

        Really…it’s so lame to comment on a recipe you’ll never eat, so why put for the effort?

        1. right??? Its Thai. Its LIKELY going to have peanuts. Anyone who eats Thai normally already knows this.

    1. I thought everyone reads and collect ingredients before using a recipe, perhaps not since you have an issue with it. I highly recommend reading ingredients when you have allergies, especially when you’re shopping because boxed meals and restaurant food can be just as dangerous. Another option, use a substitute like cashews, or don’t use nuts at all.

  6. Made this a number of times now and always comes out great. Nice flavor from the sesame oil. I always top it off with some chili oil to kick it up a bit. Love it!

  7. I made a vegan version of this using marinated tofu for the chicken and vegan cheese. What a great pizza concept!

  8. Brittney W.

    This looks absolutely delicious!! Can’t wait to try it. I also took the crafty pizza course and loved it!! So it was nice to see someone else who enjoys making that crust as much as I do 😉

  9. This looks absolutely incredible, Christin! Thai flavors are one of my favorites and I love that you made a nontraditional pizza. I can’t wait to add this to our next pizza night!

  10. Annie @Maebells

    I am really trying to make myself branch out with new flavors and I think this pizza is just the way to do it! It looks amazing!

  11. I too like non traditional toppings and love this Thai inspire pizza. Looks wonderful Christin.

  12. I love pizza, but have never tried a thai version. I definitely feel like I need to now, this looks incredible!

  13. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice

    This pizza looks incredible, Christin! I love California Pizza Ktichen too, although I’ve never had their version of this pizza. I’m sure your version is even better! I love the thai flavors, so unique! Pinned!

  14. Jocelyn (Grandbaby cakes)

    This pizza remake is a true winner. I love California Pizza Kitchen! You did this justice!

  15. Amy (Savory Moments)

    Wow – what a creative pizza! I love, love Thai food (and, of course I love pizza) so I know I’d enjoy this a lot. Happy New Year!

  16. Bam's Kitchen

    Now this would be a fun idea for a New Years party- give everyone some pizza dough and let them create their own masterpiece. I think I would want to start with your Thai Chicken pizza as it really does sound delicious and I have not tried anything like it before. Wishing you and your family a super 2015!

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