Being from Indiana, it’s not all that surprising that I’ve never experienced California Pizza Kitchen.  For those (few) unfamiliar, it’s a popular chain that has quite a following and as I understand it, one of their most loved pies is the Thai chicken pizza.  (Apparently we do have a location in downtown Indy but I haven’t been there.)  We’re always looking for new pizza topping combinations to try on our homemade pizzas, and this is so very different from the things I normally make.  We thoroughly enjoyed the combination of the spicy chili sauce with the peanuts and cilantro, all on top of our favorite pizza crust.  It also made for excellent leftovers the next day.  Hopefully all you Thai chicken pizza lovers out there will enjoy the opportunity to make your own at home.  Fill me in if there are other great CPK combinations that I need to try out!


1 ball pizza dough
Olive oil, for brushing
¼ cup sweet Asian chili sauce, plus extra for drizzling
1 shallot, thinly sliced
½ large zucchini, thinly sliced
1 tsp. red pepper flakes
1 cup shredded cooked chicken
2/3 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
3-4 tbsp. chopped peanuts
2 tbsp. minced fresh cilantro
2 tbsp. minced fresh basil (optional)


  • 01

    To make the pizza, increase the oven temperature to 500˚ F and preheat a pizza stone.  Roll out the pizza dough into a 12-14 inch round.  Lightly brush the perimeter of the dough with olive oil.  Spread the chili sauce over the crust in an even layer.  Layer with the shallot, zucchini, red pepper flakes, shredded chicken, and cheese.

  • 02

    Transfer the pizza to the preheated pizza stone and bake until the cheese is melted and bubbling and the crust is lightly browned, about 10-12 minutes.  Remove from the oven and let cool slightly.  Sprinkle evenly with the peanuts, cilantro, and basil before slicing and serving.

  • This sound amazing- I’ve never tried the one from CPK!

  • Lauren F

    Tostada is hands down my favorite. Might even be in my top-3 favorite restaurant meals, period!

  • Yum, I love this pizza at CPK! It’s so vibrant and fresh and just plain delicious! So happy to have the recipe now. Love your photo!

  • Laura S

    Papa Murphy’s had a Thai Chicken Pizza as one of their specials, maybe a year ago. I’ve been wanting to recreate it at home!

  • Yum. The cilantro on top makes it! I see you got a pizza peel, do you like it? Been debating the purchase. I think we make pizza at home often enough now that I can justify the purchase. Plus, it would probably look pretty cool hanging on the wall!

  • sweetsugarbelle

    I’ve eaten at CPK in the opposite coast, believe it or not, lol! There are two in the Virginia beach area. Although I love the Greek pizza, my favorite thing of all it the tortilla soup!!!

  • I love this combination of flavors and the colors just pop off of my screen. This sounds so wonderful, Annie!

  • annieseats

    You know, I just use it for photos :) I still prefer my parchment method.

  • Anne

    CPK is the BEST, but this looks pretty darn good as well!

  • I bookmarked this same recipe and almost put it on the meal plan this week. Now, I wish I would have because your photos look so darn good!

  • We’ve made this from Tasty Kitchen several times already! It is soooooo good. The peanuts really make the pizza. Beautiful pictures. :)

  • UrbanWife

    We absolutely love Thai food and on pizza? Even better!

  • Alice

    This pizza looks beautiful! To be honest, I’m not a chain restaurant person, but I have tried CPK once or twice and was very underwhelmed both times. Believe me, your pizzas would blow theirs out of the water!

  • There was a place in my hometown (Des Moines, IA…holla!) that made a Thai chicken pizza, and it was our favorite place to stop after a night out at a bar. I’ve never seen a recipe to make it myself before, though! Thanks for sharing!

  • This looks devine! I love CPK but rarely eat out. If I make it there I have to get their tortilla soup. It’s delish!

  • TheMrsatSuccessAlongtheWeigh

    Oh wow, this looks soooo tasty! You know we have a California Pizza Kitchen near us and I’ve never been there! I think yours looks better anyway! :-)

  • Micheleheiner

    Mmm, I love this! I make it with a peanutty sweet chili sauce and it is divine. One of my most favorite pizzas ever.

  • Lynn

    Your pizza looks fantastic but is not at all the same as the original Cpk version. Theirs has a wonderful peanut sauce for the base and does not have zucchini on it. You really should find your way to CPK and try their pear, Gorgonzola, and hazelnut pizza. It sounds weird but once you try it you will understand. The base is a white creamy garlic sauce, followed by a thin layer of caramelized pears, then topped with a mixture of white cheese, including a small amount of Gorgonzola and a sprinkling of toasted hazelnuts. Once the pizza comes out of the oven it is topped with a generous mound of baby greens that have been dressed in a creamy gorgonzola dressing. I dream about this pizza!

  • Yum! We do pizza every Saturday evening in the grey cottage … I will be making this topping for one of our pizzas, for sure!

  • This looks so tasty! And the photos are beautiful. Love the contrast of the red and teal. It’s one of my favorite color combos! And pizza is by far my favorite food. <3

  • This isn’t a CPK recipe, but if you want a new and surprising — and really really good — pizza, you should try this one:

  • Heidi C

    I don’t know about CPK, but here in Kansas City we have a pizza chain called Spin! Neapolitan Pizza. My favorite there is the cipolla e chevre, with caramelized onions, goat cheese, and fig marmalade.

  • Jackie Harper

    I love the pictures in this post. Great job!

  • Thanks for sharing! I just went to check out your post on the perfect homemade pizza dough and am inspired to give it a whirl! One of my most favorite combinations I have had was a peach and pancetta pizza. It had a few sprinkles of goat cheese and a balsalmic reduction drizzled over the top. Such a good sweet and savory combination! – Rachel

  • It’s tough to beat parchment. Makes for such easy insertion and removal. (heh, that’s what she said!).

  • annieseats

    I wasn’t really implying that this was a CPK knock off since, after all, I’ve never tried theirs. This is just a thai chicken pizza for me to enjoy at home.

  • annieseats

    I’ve made that. We love it!

  • Alyssa Talley

    I’m curious if you prefer the perfect pizza dough recipe you linked in this post or the new Cooks Illustrated Thin Crust version? I tried the CI thin crust recipe and it was SO sticky (and a little frustrating to work with), but it tasted great.

    I also noticed my parchment paper says it’s safe in the oven up to 420 degrees – have you had problems with it at 500?


  • Valerie Brunmeier

    I am absolutely compelled to Pin this! My oldest son is crazy about CPK’s Thai Chicken Pizza so I’m going to have to make this one for him. Thanks Annie!

  • This pizza looks amazing. We have pizza and movie night every Friday, and I am always looking for new flavor combinations. I truly cannot wait to try this one!

  • Kittykass

    I’ll have to try this once we get our kitchen cleaned up from our move.

    I remember CPK had a really good Jamaican Jerk Chicken Pizza. I love eating there when I’m back home in St. Louis.

  • Thekitchwitch

    This looks far better than the California Pizza Kitchen dreck! Making this one!

  • hannahbanana_123

    This is so good. I was really unsure of it when I first saw it on Tasty Kitchen but I’m pumped I did.

  • What a great flavor combo idea for a meal basic at my house. Love your blog!

  • Sarah

    Seriously, your pictures just get more and more gorgeous every day!

  • Angela

    My 4 year old is super picky but LOVES CPK. We live in Chicago with all kinds of great pizza but CPK is all he wants. We get the BBQ Chicken Hawaiian pizza and it is delicious.

    I love Thai food. I will be making this pizza. It looks yummy!

  • Sarah

    This looks amazing; Thai basil is essential to adding the Thai flavor!

  • Nksmithfamily

    Annie, your pizza crust is hands down the best pizza crust I have ever made! I especially love that I can freeze it, and even frozen it tastes amazing! I’ve tried so many versions of homemade crust and this is the ultimate. I’ll never try another version. THANK YOU!

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  • Courtney

    Oh wow, that looks amazing!!! Can’t wait to try it- thanks for sharing!!!

  • Oh, what a great idea! We are always up for ethnic pizza ideas! We’ve tried a Thai-inspired one but it didn’t work out so well – we may have to try this one!

  • Margwasserfall

    What a great combination of flavours this is fusion food at its best. Top notch pix, I’m loving your blog Annie and your innovative approach to food.

  • Looks amazing! I love all the flavors you added. Yum, now I want some pizza!!

  • Wow. I`m a huge pizza fan, and this looks great!

  • A great idea for a twist on a traditional pizza. I’ll tell my husband to make it – he’s our pizza maker.

  • annieseats

    I love to hear that! It is true, this pizza crust is what finally made me prefer homemade over carry out. Such a great result from just five simple ingredients!

  • annieseats

    Thank you so much!

  • annieseats

    I love both this crust and the thin crust, but I pretty much only use the thin crust recipe for plain cheese pizzas. With any other topping combo, I think the toppings are just too much for the thin crust to handle. I haven’t had any trouble working with it, though.

    I think a lot of parchments say up to 450ish, but I still use it at 500 and have never had a problem. The exposed parts do brown a little, but nothing major. I think pizza bakes so quickly at that temp that they are out before there is a problem with the parchment.

  • Suchidesai

    Awesome toppings! Can’t wit to try it out. Can you tell me what brand of Asian chili sauce do you usually get?

  • annieseats

    I’m not brand loyal, I just buy whatever I happen to see first.

  • Folly

    That looks so incredibly delicious. I will be making this soon. Which recipe would you recommend for making tasty shredded chicken? I haven’t found one that I like yet. Thanks again for your blog. It’s typically one of the top three highlights of my day.

  • annieseats

    I don’t use a particular recipe, I just cook chicken in whatever way is most convenient at the moment and then shred it. Grilled, poached, roasted – whatever.

  • AKM

    This looks great!

    One flavor combo they used to make at CPK, but has gone by the way side (alas!) is a tandoori chicken pizza with mango chutney. It had marinated tandoori chicken, zucchini and yellow squash, onions, and cilantro. A bit of mozzarella, and some bit of tandoori sauce, instead of tomato sauce.

    It was my favorite for many years. I think there is a CPK cookbook out there, somewhere, that may have the recipe for this pizza.

  • Kristin

    Their BBQ Chicken Pizza is delicious! It uses a combo of smoked gouda with mozzarella for cheese and adds a little cilantro on top after baking. Delicious!

  • Oh my, but this does look delicious. This must be tried.

  • cmacolini

    Wow, that’s a lot different than the version I tried years ago. The sauce was a spicy peanut sauce not Asian chili sauce.

  • Lindsay

    The pear, gorgonzola and hazelnut pizza is my favorite too! I have it on the list to make at home in the next few months!

  • We have a CPK, but I haven’t been in a long time. But this has me craving pizza now, and I’d love to make this version!!

  • I haven;t had their pizza much, even when I lived in a place that had one, but I definitely liked their thai pizza. Great that I can make at home.

  • Not a huge fan of traditional pizza, but the pics just jump out at you and makes me want to try this recipe. Just lovely.

  • annieseats

    Thanks Chris!

  • Leslie

    Hi Annie! Were making this pizza tonight and I’m so excited. I’ve been using your recipe for the perfect pizza crust for quite some time now- I’ve made it probably 20 times, each time as perfect as the last.
    I’ve got a question- I know you can freeze the dough in balls (I’ve done that a handful of times), but have you ever completely assembled a pizza and THEN froze it? I’m wondering because I’m about to make a ton of freezer meals for my friend who’s having a baby in a few months. As easy as it is to assemble a pizza, having all the work done would be even easier (especially with newborn). I know you aren’t big on freezer meals, but I was just curious about your thoughts on this. Thanks Annie!

  • annieseats

    I haven’t done that with this dough, but I have done it with another recipe. I’m actually planning to experiment with this more and post about it in the near future. Don’t know how soon you need to know by, but it’s on my short list of post topics.

  • Lena

    YUM. Thai food + Pizza… Two great things beget a third. I’ve made a quick peanut sauce before using this great Thai Seasoning from my favorite spice shop. ( A few tablespoons of natural, unsweetened peanut butter, some coconut milk, and that fabulous seasoning makes a great sauce, and would be an awesome base for this pizza too. My sister is a vegan (I know, sad face) and I think I could use a little silken tofu in place of cheese for a mini pizza for her. Great idea, thank you!

  • IndianaAnna

    I made personal pizzas for my family members for dinner this evening, using the whole wheat olive oil dough from “Healthy Bread in 5 Minutes a Day”. My husband and I both had this Thai Chicken pizza. He added mushrooms and green peppers to his and I added fresh chopped pineapple to mine. I couldn’t find Asian sweet chili sauce at Marsh when I went there today, so I made my own. It was incredibly easy and turned out delicious. You do have to plan ahead to make it before you want to start assembling the pizza though. My pizza was one of the most fantastic things I have ever made!! Thanks :-)

  • I just made this tonight – it was SO so so worth the (small) extra effort of making it at home! Yum! Thank you for the awesome recipe!

  • foodiefanatic88

    So i’ve recently become obsessed with your blog… and with good reason. This pizza was fantastic! I thought I had my tried and true dough, however this one definitely edged it out of 1st place. So yummy, thanks for all your amazing posts, they are always a delicious escape!

  • annieseats

    So glad you enjoyed it!

  • Valerie

    Wow, this was great! I used to love CPK, but no longer live anywhere near one. I did notice that this one doesn’t have bean sprouts, which I think the CPK version did, but it was really pretty authentic in the taste – and absolutely delicious, which is way more important than authenticity anyway!

  • annieseats

    Oh, I like the idea of bean sprouts. I’ll have to try that next time!

  • Lauren Ochoa

    I made this for dinner and it turned out so awesome! My husband and I loved it. I think I’ll use my other ball of dough to try your chicken ranch pizza next week. I used to be very unexcited about non-Italian based pizzas but lately im starting to see the pizza crust as a blank canvas appropriate for taking in all kinds of directions.

  • This sounds like a brilliant combination – I can’t wait to try it! My family loves pizza, so thanks for giving us this unique twist!

  • Suria

    is Pizza stone is a must..? any other options ?

  • annieseats

    Please refer to the post about homemade pizza crust for my thoughts on pizza stones and why you definitely need one :) Thanks!

  • Earlier this week I made chicken enchiladas, followed by chocolate peanut butter cupcakes. Yesterday I made a Mexican lasagna, today this. I’ve counted, since discovering your blog around February this year I’ve made more than 50 of your recipes. And every single one was worth repeating!! Thanks for being such an inspiration to my daily cooking! :) and yes, this Pizza was great!

  • Hello! My friend’s and I got together tonight and made your recipe! Here is my blog post about it. Check it out!

  • Tracy

    I love this recipe and make it all the time! I’m curious if you ever wrote a post about freezing assembled pizza – I don’t recall seeing one, but it’s possible it was in a pizza recipe post that I haven’t tried out yet. Thanks Annie!

  • annieseats

    No, I haven’t. I don’t really see the point since it only takes a few minutes to roll out dough and top it. I would rather use fresh ingredients that I have on hand than something I stuck in the freezer weeks ago. So, I just keep up my old routine of using the frozen dough balls.