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Spicy Chipotle Chicken Pizza

One of my favorite pizzas over the years has been the Chipotle Chicken Pizza at California Pizza Kitchen. Whenever we get down there, I try to get my spicy Mexican fix. This here is my copycat version today. It does not cost a flight and it's pretty good too!

So today I want to make you hungry for this pizza and try the thing that drives me crazy, which is when bloggers use umpteen photos to show the process.


  • 1 pizza crust (I used Lovella's Refrigerator Pizza Dough It makes 4 thin crust pizzas
  • Chipotle mayonnaise spread (or a blend of mayo and sambal oelek chili paste)
  • 1 1/2 - 2 cups ( 150 g) Monterrey Jack cheese, grated and divided
  • 1 cup shredded BBQ'd Rotisserie chicken (I use meat from chicken thighs/legs)
  • 1 Tbsp butter and 1 Tbsp olive oil for pan roasting corn
  • 1 shallot, sliced
  • 1 cup corn
  • 1 cup canned black beans, rinsed
  • 4 Tbsp salsa
  • 2 Tbsp cilantro, chopped fine
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1 - 3 jalapenos, sliced
  1. Preheat oven to 425 F.
  2. Prepare pizza crust and par bake for about 5 - 7 minutes.
  3. In heavy saute pan, melt butter combined with olive oil and cook corn, stirring until starting to brown. Remove from pan.
  4. In same pan, cook shallot until soft.
  5. In small bowl, mix corn, beans, salsa, cilantro and cumin.
  6. Spread pizza crust with Chipotle sauce/mayonnaise. 
  7. Layer with half the cheese, chicken and most of the corn/bean/salsa mix (reserving a few spoonfuls for topping once pizza is baked).  
  8. Sprinkle with shallot, jalapenos and left over cheese.
  9. Bake for 10 - 15 minutes until crust is browned to your liking.
  10. Top with reserved corn/black bean salsa before serving.
Tip: you might like a thin lime/ yogurt sauce for dipping to cool down the heat.


  1. It looks delicious! Even this early in the morning. :)

  2. So fitting to have this Mexican pizza on Taco Tuesday! I like umpteen photos when they are good quality photos like yours! We also LOVE California Pizza Kitchen on El Paseo! Let's meet there someday!

    1. Oh, wouldn't be fun! Let us know when you are there.

  3. Well, with all these photos you've got me craving for this pizza Ellen :)

    1. Denise, thank you for stopping by the MGCC blog. This site has 10 contributors and this pizza is a creation from Anneliese.

  4. Your "process" pictures are wonderful and that pizza looks delicious. I especially like that you fried the corn making it extra tasty.

  5. Ellen, such a tasty dish. We love Southwestern food. The corn is nice touch.

    1. Hi Linda, thank you for stopping by the MGCC blog. My personal blog is The Happy Wonderer. This delicious pizza was a creation from Anneliese not me. There are 10 contributors to this blog...

  6. Love the process pictures!


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