California Pizza Kitchen's Barbecue Chicken Pizza

10 ounces boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 3/4-inch cubes

1 tablespoon olive oil

2 tablespoons favorite barbecue sauce 

Cornmeal or semolina flour, for handling 

1/2 cup favorite barbecue sauce 

2 tablespoons shredded smoked Gouda cheese

2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese 

1/4 small red onion, sliced into 1/8-inch pieces 

2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro 

 

To make BBQ Chicken: In a large frying pan, cook the chicken in olive oil over medium-high heat until just cooked, 5 to 6 minutes. Do not overcook. Set aside in the refrigerator until chilled through.

 

Once chilled, coat the chicken with 2 tablespoons BBQ sauce; set aside in the refrigerator.

 

To make the pizza: Place the pizza stone in the center of the oven and preheat to 500 degrees F for one hour before cooking pizzas.

 

Use a large spoon to spread 1/4 cup BBQ sauce evenly over the surface of the prepared dough within the rim. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon smoked Gouda cheese over the sauce. Cover with 3/4 cup shredded Mozzarella. Distribute half the chicken pieces evenly over the cheese (approximately 18 pieces). Place approximately 18 to 20 pieces of red onion over the surface. Sprinkle an additional 1/4 cup Mozzarella over the top of the pizza.

 

Transfer the pizza to the oven; bake until the crust is crisp and golden and the cheese at the center is bubbly, 8 to 10 minutes. When the pizza is cooked, carefully remove it from the oven; sprinkle 1 tablespoon cilantro over the hot surface. Slice and enjoy!

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