Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Review: CPK BBQ Chicken Pizza

Described as "crispy thin crust pizza topped with white chicken, bbq sauce, smoked gouda, mozzarella. red onions and cilantro." Upon opening the box I noticed the toppings were plentiful and pretty evenly spaced, and nothing seemed to have been dislodged from the frozen puck during shipping, always a plus. I decided to bake it on a pizza tray, despite the instructions saying to put it on the bare oven rack. I don't trust whatever my dad has been cooking in there to be in direct contact with my pizza crust, so I played it safe. After 13 grueling minutes the pie was finally done and I was ready to indulge. I sliced it up into 8 slices even though I planned on eating the whole thing and dug in. The BBQ sauce has a nice smoky taste and a bit sweetness to it, which is really compelmented by the red onions and cilantro. Im not a huge cheese fanatic so I can't comment on the quality of the gouda or mozzarella, but they definitely work well on this pizza. The crust baked up perfectly and had a nice crunch, without becoming a cracker. Im a fan of thin crust, so I might be a little biased on this, but for me the less crust the better. Lastly, the chicken is of pretty mediocre quality and is similar to those frozen tyson strips (or any frozen chicken). The plentiful bits still taste pretty good though and thats all that really matters. I topped the pie with a nice sprinkling of crushed red pepper (a tradition I practice on every pizza I've ever eaten), and the little bit of spiciness only added to this flavors appeal.

 I purchased this on sale for $3.50  but I believe retail is usually around $7. If you can find it on sale I definitely recommend picking this up, but I'm not sure that I would shell out full price for it. It is very tasty, but its still a frozen pizza after all and for 7$ you could get a few slices and a drink down at your local pizzeria.

Rating: 7.5/10

Macros (for full pizza). suggested serving size was 1/3 pizza btw
Calories: 906
Fat: 30g
Carbs: 108g
Protein: 51g


  1. I've never been crazy about CPK frozen pies, I've got nothing against frozen pizza (even down with Ellios) but something about their crust just doesn't do it for me - not good enough to be good, not shitty enough to be good that good shitty. Nomsayin' brah?

    My fave for the fancy pants is American Flatbread - might cost just as much as a delivery pie, but it's well worth it.

    On the cheapness - Dr. Oetker. Catch that dude on sale like all the time.

  2. I can see how the crust could be a turnoff, its not doughy in the slightest and is reminiscent of a flatbread of some sort. Like I said in the review though, in a frozen pie I'm perfectly fine with that especially considering the macros. I would also never pay full price for it, but for 3.50 its a steal.

    Never seen American Flatbread, but ill keep an eye out...as for Dr. Oetkers, I always see them on sale as well, but pictured it as some snake oil being pushed by a crazy "doctor". These pizzas also seem to find themselves strewn about the freezers like they have no designated spot, which always made me weary. Are they any good? if so maybe ill put my bias behind me and see if it can regrow some hair on my temples...or at least provide me with a tasty snack.