CPK Roasted Garlic Chicken Pizza Recipe

Yields: 2 medium pizzas
Prep time: 30 minutes (plus dough making/rising if homemade)
Cook time: 15-20 minutes

Ingredients

For the Dough (if making homemade):

  • 1 ½ tsp active dry or instant yeast
  • ½ cup warm water (110-115°F) + 2 tbsp more
  • 1 ½ cups bread flour
  • 3 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp olive oil + more for brushing
  • 1 tsp salt

For the Roasted Garlic:

  • 1 whole head of garlic
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • Pinch of salt

For the Garlic-Shallot Butter:

  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter, softened
  • 4 shallots, minced
  • 1 ½ tbsp minced garlic
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme, leaves removed.
  • Pinch white pepper
  • ¼ cup white wine (Chardonnay or similar)

For the Pizza:

  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast, cooked and shredded
  • 1-1 ½ cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • ¼ cup grated Romano or Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley or oregano

Instructions

1. Make the Dough (Skip if using store-bought):

  • In a small bowl, combine warm water (110-115°F), yeast, and sugar. Let stand until foamy (about 5 minutes).
  • In a large bowl, combine the bread flour, salt, and olive oil.
  • Add the yeast mixture to the flour and stir to form a shaggy dough. Knead on a floured surface for 8-10 minutes until smooth and elastic.
  • Place the dough in an oiled bowl, cover, and let rise in a warm place until doubled (about 1 hour).

2. Roast the Garlic:

  • Preheat oven to 400°F.
  • Cut off the top ¼ inch of the garlic head. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt.
  • Wrap tightly in aluminum foil and roast for 30-40 minutes, or until cloves are golden brown and soft.
  • Allow to cool, then squeeze garlic cloves into a small bowl and mash into a paste.

3. Make the Garlic-Shallot Butter:

  • In a skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Add shallots and cook until softened (2-3 minutes).
  • Add minced garlic and thyme, cook for 1 minute more.
  • Stir in white wine and simmer until reduced slightly (1-2 minutes). Remove from heat.

4. Assemble the Pizzas:

  • Preheat oven to 500°F (or highest setting) with a pizza stone or baking sheet inside if using.
  • If you made dough, divide it into two balls. On a lightly floured surface, roll out each ball to a 12-inch circle.
  • Lightly brush the dough with olive oil.
  • Spread the mashed roasted garlic evenly over the dough, leaving a ½ inch border.
  • Sprinkle with half of the mozzarella cheese.
  • Distribute the cooked chicken, top with garlic-shallot butter, then the remaining mozzarella cheese.
  • Finally, sprinkle with Romano/Parmesan cheese and parsley/oregano.

5. Bake the Pizzas:

  • Carefully transfer one pizza onto the hot pizza stone or baking sheet.
  • Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until the cheese is melted, bubbly, and the crust is golden brown.
  • Repeat the process for the second pizza.

Tips:

  • For a crispier crust, pre-bake the dough alone for 5 minutes before adding toppings.
  • Experiment with toppings! Try adding caramelized onions, spinach, or a drizzle of balsamic glaze.
  • Substitute store-bought rotisserie chicken for easy prep.

Enjoy your homemade California Pizza Kitchen-inspired Roasted Garlic Chicken Pizza!

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