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Pizza Chicken Bake: the easy, flavorful recipe for a pizza-style chicken dish

Total time: 35 Min
Difficulty: Low
Serves: 6 people
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This Pizza Chicken Bake is an easy main dish recipe to enjoy pizza-style chicken dinners on a weeknight. Omit the breadcrumbs and you have a delicious low-carb, keto main dish recipe.

You have all the textures and flavors you’d find in a pizza with all the protein from chicken breast. Perfect for fussy eaters. You can also customize the topping as you want.

This recipe will be a standard go-to in your midweek recipe repertoire. Cheesy, packed with tomato, and herby…what’s not to love? It’s family-friendly, fits the budget, and is quick to make. Make sure to check out the tips below.

Pizza Chicken Bake Ingredients

Protein – we used chicken breasts, but you can also use turkey or chicken thighs.

Milk – use whole milk.

Breadcrumbs – omit them if you’re making a low-carb dish.

Tomato sauce – use store-bought or make your own.

Cheese – use parmesan and cheddar.

How To Make Pizza Chicken Bake

Start by marinating the chicken breasts in milk about 30 minutes ahead of time. In the meantime, make the breadcrumb mixture by mixing breadcrumbs, grated parmesan, salt, and pepper. Coat the cutlets in breadcrumbs and cook for 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, make the sauce. Once the chicken breasts have cooked for 20 minutes. Take it out of the oven, top with the sauce and cheese, and cook for another 5 minutes.

Tips For Easy Pizza Chicken Bake

For a variation, butterfly the chicken breasts and stuff them with mozzarella and pepperoni. Proceed with the recipe.

To make it ahead of time, cover the chicken breasts with the breadcrumb mixture, cover with plastic wrap, and store in the fridge. Bake before serving. You can also make the tomato sauce and store it in the fridge.

Use jarred marinara sauce. Alternatively, process canned tomatoes in a blender until smooth and use instead of tomato sauce.

Feel free to add other toppings like wilted spinach, sautéed mushrooms, or sundried tomatoes.

For a BBQ chicken pizza, substitute the tomato sauce with BBQ sauce and add pineapple.

What To Serve With Pizza Chicken Bake

Serve with a side of roasted low-carb veg (like zucchini noodles) or greens. If you’re not on a low-carb diet, serve on a bed of mashed potatoes, or a side of roast potatoes.

How To Store Pizza Chicken Bake

Store the pizza chicken bake leftovers in the fridge (in an airtight container) for up to 3 days. Reheat in the oven or microwave.

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Ingredients
Chicken breast
600 g
Milk
250 ml (1 cup)
Breadcrumbs
110 g (3/4 cup)
Parmesan
50 g (1/3 cup)
Tomato sauce
150 g (3/4 cup)
Oregano
1 g (1 tsp)
Cheese, shredded
120 g (1 cup)
salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

Soak chicken breast in milk. Let them marinate at least for 30 minutes.

In a bowl combine breadcrumbs and grated parmesan, and season with salt and pepper.

Coat the cutlets in breadcrumbs.

Cook in the preheated to 180°C/360°F for 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, season tomato sauce with salt and oregano.

Take cutlets out of the oven. Spoon seasoned tomato sauce on each cutlet and top with shredded cheese.

Return to the oven for 5 minutes. Serve immediately.

Notes

Feel free to add other types of meats to make the dish meatier: pepperoni, ham, cooked bacon, or Italian sausage will all work.

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