We tend to make our own homemade pizzas so when the folks from California Pizza Kitchen asked us to try their new and re-imagined frozen pizzas, we were a little skeptical. We love to go to CPK for pizza, so we decided to give the pizza a try. They have a few flavors that sounded interesting to us. Their spicy chipotle chicken pizza sounded wonderful so that is what I decided to try.
The instructions were simple so we preheated the oven and removed the pizza from the packaging. We noticed that the toppings seemed a little sparse, but since this is supposed to be a spicy pizza, that did not bother us.
The last time we made a CPK frozen pizza, we thought that the pizza was slightly over baked using the shortest baking time given, so this time we cut off a minute of baking time. This pizza baked perfectly at the minimum time suggested on the package.
When the pizza was done, we cut and tasted it. It had a slight smoky flavor we expected from chipotle chicken as well as all the expected components, including spicy chicken, onions, red pepper, black beans. Upon tasting, there was not as much heat as I had hoped for. One taster said his mouth was burning; and I did not find any heat in mine. What we learned is that there were chopped poblano peppers on the pizza, but they were not evenly disbursed, so his piece had a lot of heat while mine did not have any. If spiciness is an issue for those eating it, look for the tiny pieces of diced poblano pepper and move it around the pizza.
The crust was very thin and crispy. My husband enjoyed the crust, but I would have preferred it just a wee bit thicker.
I almost never buy frozen pizzas, but I might buy this again. While it is not a great pizza, it is better than most frozen pizzas available, and for around $6-$7, it is worth a try. It is a limited edition pizza, so do not wait too long to look for it in your grocery store’s frozen food section.
You may want to check out our review of the CPK’s BBQ chicken pizza.