Copy Cat Papa Murphy’s Garlic Chicken Pizza & Homemade Ranch Dressing

 A delicious copy cat version of Papa Murphy’s Garlic chicken pizza, as well as a lactose-intolerance friendly ranch dressing recipe. 

A spot on copycat Papa Murphy's Garlic Chicken Pizza, with homemade ranch sauceOn our first Valentine’s Day, Forrest made me pizza. Well, pizzas to be exact. I think he must have whipped up five pizzas that night — but that was okay, because at least there was a variety! Homemade pizza was something that he always enjoyed making with his family growing up, so I thought it was very sweet that he wanted to share that tradition with me.

Since then, we’ve made many homemade pizzas in our home. Pizzas are so easy to customize and make new flavors with — the possibilities are endless. One of my favorite pizzas is the Garlic Chicken pizza from Papa Murphys.

Papa Murphy’s garlic white sauce is basically ranch dressing and garlic, so I decided to make a dairy free ranch dressing (though this can easily be made with dairy). I found quite a few different recipes for this around the Web, but most of them required coconut milk. I had made another ranch-like dressing using that before, and while it was good, you could definitely tell it was coconut milk. However, I discovered Lifeway Kefir recently, and I thought it would be perfect for the ranch dressing for this pizza.

An easy and delicious homemade ranch dressing recipe -- 99% lactose free

Even more importantly, it was completely spot on for the pizza. I mean, I really feel like if I had a real Papa Murphy’s pizza, and this one, I wouldn’t know which one was the real deal. IT was that close. I was originally going to say you could just use any ranch dressing and add garlic to it, but I actually strongly encourage you to try this homemade ranch dressing made with the Lifeway Kefir — I can’t guarantee the results of just any ranch dressing, now!

So, first, I’ll show you how to make the dressing, and then the pizza. You only need a few ingredients and a mason jar. From everything I’ve read about homemade ranch dressing, shaking it in a jar is better than whisking it.



I use dairy free sour cream from Tofutti, as well as olive oil based mayonnaise.



Plus some dill, garlic, and a dash of vinegar.

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Yields 1 1/2 cups

Copy Cat Papa Murphy’s Garlic Chicken Pizza & Homemade Ranch Dressing
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  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup sour cream (dairy free, if going for lactose friendly version)
  • 2 tablespoon Mayo
  • 2 teaspoon dill
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • Splash of white distilled vinegar
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 2 tablespoon corn starch or tapioca flour
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  1. Combine all the ingredients in a mason jar.
  2. Secure lid.
  3. Shake for a few minutes.
  4. Keep refrigerated.

And now, for the garlic chicken pizza! It was extremely easy to throw together because we bought pizza crust from Papa Murphys (only $3, and it saved us a lot of time), precooked chicken, precooked bacon, tomatoes, green onions, and Kraft shredded cheeses (which have 0 grams of lactose.) The Papa Murphy’s Garlic Chicken Pizza doesn’t have bacon (I don’t think), but I thought it was a much-needed addition.

A spot on copycat Papa Murphy's Garlic Chicken Pizza, with homemade ranch sauceA spot on copycat Papa Murphy's Garlic Chicken Pizza, with homemade ranch sauce

A spot on copycat Papa Murphy's Garlic Chicken Pizza, with homemade ranch sauce

We were going to have it for Sunday dinner, so I made it a few hours ahead of time, re-wrapped it in plastic, and put it in the refrigerator until we were ready to throw it in the oven. My soon-to-be brother-in-law said that it was literally the perfect slice of pizza. Talk about a great compliment!


A spot on copycat Papa Murphy's Garlic Chicken Pizza, with homemade ranch sauce

The ranch dressing was perfect. The pizza was perfect. It was overall a great pizza night at the Clark house (especially because I ate a creamy pizza and didn’t get sick. Lifeway Kefir is definitely our go to choice for lactose substitutes!)


Homemade Ranch Dressing (Lactose Intolerance Friendly)
  • 1 1/2 cup Lifeway Kefir plain flavor


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  • Super, super watery - the consistency of the milk. Tried adding more cornstarch, mayo and sour cream to thicken it up, but it didn't work. Going to take Debbie's suggestion and reduce milk to 1/4 cup. Hope this works! We live SO far away from a PM's now and I'm dying for a slice of this pizza!!!!!
  • I made the sauce exactly as you had in the recipe. Mine turned out VERY watery! I even added one more tablespoon of cornstarch to see if that would thicken it up. It did not. Are you sure that 1 cup of Kefir or milk is correct?
    • Hmm that is very strange! I've made this several times without it being too watery. I'll try again just to confirm. You could certainly cut down the amount to see. It shouldn't be super thick, but it shouldn't be watery either. I'll make it this week just to confirm!
      • Thank you Katie! I did remake it but using only 1/4 cup of kefir and it turned out very good. It's our very favorite pizza from Papa Murphy's so we were tickled to know that we can make it anytime we want to! Thanks!
        • That's good to know - I definitely am going to try again to see what happens. Thank you so much for commenting and bringing this to my attention. I'm so glad it turned out well the second time around!

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