Monday, January 27, 2014

Pizza Chicken

This huge dish of deconstructed pizza is hearty, delicious and pretty healthy coming in at less than 300 calories when you used reduced fat cheese and turkey pepperoni. Not too bad for a meal ready in about 40 minutes or so. Dave and I both really enjoyed it and I'm glad I loaded it up on veggies to make it flavorful and super filling. I didn't even bother to make sides for this dinner, just serving it with some crusty bread which was used to shovel all the bits of goodness onto our forks. The chicken breast serve as a crust for this loaded pizza complete with sauce, two kinds of cheese, peppers, onions, mushrooms and pepperoni. This dish will definitely be a regular in our rotation and would also be perfect for company.

I caught the tale end of a Hungry Girl episode on Food Network a few weeks ago where Lisa Lillian was making up this dish. I made several adaptations since Lisa was making only one serving and I wanted to make several. I ended up with four servings, so we had leftovers, so instead of cooking the chicken in skillet, I piled everything on, then baked it in the oven. The result was perfect and I really like all the different flavors that make everything about this chicken delicious. If peppers, onions and mushrooms aren't your thing, just swap them out for your favorite pizza toppings and call it a day. Turkey sausage? Ham and pineapple? Make it your own and enjoy a delicious dinner.

Pizza Chicken


1 cup green pepper, diced
1 cup onion, diced
1 cup sliced mushrooms
1 pound chicken breasts (usually 2 breasts)
1 teaspoon pizza sprinkle
salt and pepper, to taste
1 cup pizza sauce
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella
16 sliced turkey pepperoni, chopped
2 Tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

In a medium skillet sprayed with cooking spray, saute peppers, onions and mushrooms until softened.

While, veggies cook, place chicken on a cutting board.  Carefully filet each chicken breast by pressing down with the palm of your hand and slicing in half through the thickness of each one to make 4 thin chicken breasts. Arrange on a baking sheet.

Season each breast on both sides with pizza sprinkle, salt and pepper. Arrange on a greased baking sheet.

Spread pizza sauce over each chicken breast to cover. Then top with mozzarella cheese.

Once cooked, divide veggies evenly over chicken breasts. Top with chopped pepperoni and grated Parmesan.

Bake at 350 degrees F for 30 minutes or until the temperature reaches 165 degrees.

Remove from oven and serve.

Makes 4 servings.

Happy Baking,
The Cookie Princess

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