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Pepperoni Pizza Chicken Recipe
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Pepperoni Pizza Chicken

Course Chicken, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword chicken-breasts, pepperoni-pizza-chicken
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Resting time 5 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 478kcal
Author Melissa Sperka

Ingredients

  • Olive oil
  • 4 8 oz boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese, plus 1 Tbsp divided
  • 1 teaspoon dry Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 35 slices pepperoni
  • 1 16 oz jar pizza sauce
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • fresh chopped chives or fresh basil for garnishing
  • tomato paste optional

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 375°F.
  • Pound the chicken breasts to even thickness, if needed. Season lightly with salt and black pepper.
  • On a plate mix together ½ cup Parmesan, Italian seasoning, garlic and red pepper flakes. Coat chicken pieces on all sides, repeating until all is used.
  • On the stovetop heat a few drizzles of olive oil in a large 12-inch cast iron skillet or similar oven safe skillet over medium-high heat. Brown the chicken for 2 minutes per side. Remove from stovetop.
  • Pour pizza sauce over chicken. Top each with 3-4 pieces of pepperoni.
  • Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese and remaining Parmesan. Arrange remaining pepperoni on top. (May use more pepperoni, if desired)
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes or until chicken is cooked through and cheese is bubbly.
  • Rest for 5 minutes and serve with pasta or on toasted hoagie rolls.

Notes

  • To thicken the sauce at the end of cooking, carefully remove chicken breasts to a platter and keep warm. Add tomato paste 1 tablespoon at a time to the sauce stirring until melted. Repeat until the sauce has thickened to your taste.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 478kcal | Carbohydrates: 133g | Protein: 72g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 74mg | Sodium: 1007mg | Potassium: 133mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 645IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 436mg | Iron: 1mg