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Packed with classic pizza flavors, this cheesy baked pizza chicken is an easy meal that the whole family will enjoy.
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  1. Pizza Chicken Ingredients
  2. How to Make This Pizza Chicken Recipe
  3. How To Serve
  4. Storage
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This baked pizza chicken is a fantastic fusion between cheesy pizza and tender chicken. The classic combination of pepperoni and cheese pizza toppings are wrapped in a chicken breast before being topped with even more gooey cheese for a delicious entree that’s full of flavor.

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Pizza Chicken Ingredients

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You’ll need:

  • 2 pounds (4 medium-size) boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 cup pizza sauce (divided into 6 tablespoons for filling and 8 tablespoons for topping)
  • 1 cup freshly shredded mozzarella cheese (divided)
  • 4 slices of smoked provolone cheese (1 slice per chicken breast)
  • 24 slices of regular-size pepperoni
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 
  • ½ cup plain bread crumbs 
  • 2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese 
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chopped oregano (divided)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chopped basil (divided)
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper 
  • 8 bamboo skewers

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

BREADCRUMBS: You can substitute panko bread crumbs or pre-seasoned breadcrumbs for the plain. 

HERBS: If you cannot find fresh herbs, you can substitute dried basil and dried oregano.

VEGGIES: You could also add any vegetable toppings you like on pizza. Green peppers, red onion, and mushrooms are a few classic choices that would be delicious stuffed inside the chicken.

SPICE: Kick up the heat a bit with a dash of red pepper flakes along with the herbs.

How to Make This Pizza Chicken Recipe

STEP ONE: Preheat the oven to 425°F. Line a 10×15 baking sheet with foil. Spray with nonstick cooking spray. Set it aside.

STEP TWO: Add the breadcrumbs, parmesan cheese, 1 tablespoon chopped oregano, 1 tablespoon chopped basil, and onion powder to a shallow bowl or dish. Stir to combine. Set it aside.

breadcrumbs, parmesan cheese, oregano, basil and onion powder combined in a bowl

STEP THREE: Pound the chicken breasts to ¼-inch thickness. 

PRO TIP:

When pounding the chicken breasts, you can sandwich the chicken breast between pieces of wax paper, butcher paper, parchment paper, or even a gallon-size Ziploc bag. If you do not have a dedicated meat mallet, you can use a small skillet to pound the chicken breast. 

chicken breast pounded on a parchment paper

STEP FOUR: Pat both sides of each piece of chicken breast with a paper towel to remove excess moisture.

STEP FIVE: Lightly sprinkle 1 of the sides of the pounded chicken breasts with kosher salt and cracked black pepper.

pounded chicken breasts sprinkled with salt and cracked black pepper

STEP SIX: Flip the chicken breasts over, and spread 1½ tablespoons of pizza sauce on top of the unseasoned side of the chicken breast. Be sure to avoid the edges of the chicken breast.

pizza sauce spread over the chicken breast on a wooden board

STEP SEVEN: Lay 1 slice of provolone on top of the pizza sauce.

provolone cheese laid on top of the pizza sauce on a wooden board

STEP EIGHT: Layer 6 pepperoni slices on top of the provolone.

pepperoni slices layered on top of the provolone cheese on a wooden board

STEP NINE: Sprinkle 2 tablespoons of shredded fresh mozzarella on top of the pepperoni.

mozzarella cheese sprinkled on top of the pepperoni on a wooden board

STEP TEN: Slowly begin to roll one end of the chicken breast toward the other end. Tucking the filling as you roll. Once the chicken breast is rolled, secure the roll with 2 bamboo skewers.

PRO TIP:

You can cut 1 skewer in half if you are running low on skewers. 

chicken breast rolled and secured with bamboo skewers on a wooden board

STEP ELEVEN: Generously brush the rolled chicken breasts with extra-virgin olive oil.

chicken breast brushed with oil on a baking pan

STEP TWELVE: Dip the rolled chicken breasts into the breadcrumb mixture. Be sure to coat the sides as well. Place chicken breasts on the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes.

PRO TIP:

Oven temperatures vary and may need to be recalibrated periodically to ensure they are accurate. Make sure to keep a close eye on your homemade pizza chicken as the suggested baking time approaches.

chicken breast dipped in breadcrumb on a baking pan

STEP THIRTEEN: Remove the chicken breasts from the oven. Spread 2 tablespoons of the pizza sauce on top of each chicken roll. Top the pizza sauce with the remaining shredded mozzarella, ¼ teaspoon each of the chopped oregano and basil. Bake for an additional 5 minutes. Remove the bamboo skewers before serving.

sauce spread on top with mozzarella, oregano and basil on top of the chicken

How To Serve

This pizza chicken bake would make the perfect weeknight dinner. Add garlic bread and a side salad such as our homemade Caesar salad or cucumber salad for a delicious and filling complete meal.

Our baked bruschetta chicken and baked crack chicken are two more easy recipes for tasty chicken dishes.

Storage

IN THE FRIDGE: Store any leftover pizza stuffed chicken in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. 

IN THE FREEZER: You can freeze the baked chicken rolls for up to 1 month. Allow the chicken rolls to thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating.

a close up shot of a piece of Pizza Chicken split in half on a plate

Skip the pizza dough and wrap your favorite pizza toppings in a delicious baked chicken breast as a fun way to jazz things up for dinner. With lots of options to customize, this chicken dish is sure to be a winner.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Can I add other toppings inside the chicken rolls?

Any of your favorite toppings would be delicious rolled up in this tasty breaded chicken. Bell peppers, mushrooms, onions, bacon, or sausage would all taste yummy.

How do I know when the chicken is cooked through?

An instant-read thermometer should register at 165°F at the thickest part of the chicken. The cooking time may vary slightly depending on the size of your chicken breasts.

Can I freeze this baked chicken?

This dish can be frozen for up to one month. Make sure to thaw completely before heating it up.

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Packed with classic pizza flavors, this cheesy baked pizza chicken is an easy meal that the whole family will enjoy.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4

Ingredients
  

  • 2 lbs skinless chicken breast, 4 medium size boneless,
  • 1 cup pizza sauce, divide 6 tablespoons for filling and 8 tablespoons for topping
  • 1 cup freshly shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 4 slices smoked provolone cheese, 1 slice per chicken breast
  • 24 slices pepperoni, regular size
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ cup plain bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chopped oregano, divided
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chopped basil, divided
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper
  • 8 bamboo skewers

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Line a 10×15 baking sheet with foil. Spray with nonstick cooking spray. Set it aside.
  • Add the breadcrumbs, parmesan cheese, 1 tablespoon chopped oregano, 1 tablespoon chopped basil and onion powder to a shallow bowl or dish. Stir to combine. Set it aside.
  • Pound the chicken breasts to ¼ inch thickness.
  • Pat the both sides of the chicken breast with a paper towel to remove excess moisture.
  • Lightly sprinkle 1 of the sides of the pounded chicken breast with the kosher salt and cracked black pepper.
  • Flip the chicken breasts over, and spread 1 ½ tablespoons of pizza sauce on top of the un-seasoned side of the chicken breast. Be sure to avoid the edges of the chicken breast.
  • Lay 1 slice of provolone on top of the pizza sauce.
  • Layer 6 slices of pepperoni on top of the provolone.
  • Sprinkle 2 tablespoons of shredded mozzarella on top of the pepperoni.
  • Slowly begin to roll one end of the chicken breast toward the other end. Tucking the filling as you roll. Once the chicken breast is rolled, secure the roll with 2 bamboo skewers.
  • Generously brush the rolled chicken breasts with extra virgin olive oil.
  • Dip the rolled chicken breasts in the breadcrumb mixture. Be sure to coat the sides as well. Place the coated chicken breasts on the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes.
  • Remove the chicken breast from the oven. Spread 2 tablespoons of the pizza sauce on top of each chicken roll. Top the pizza sauce with the remaining shredded mozzarella, ¼ teaspoon each of the chopped oregano and basil. Bake for an additional 5 minutes. Remove the bamboo skewers before serving.

Notes

  • When pounding the chicken breasts, you can sandwich the chicken breast between pieces of wax paper, butcher paper, parchment paper or even a gallon size ziploc baggie.
  • If you do not have a dedicated meat mallet, you use a small skillet to pound the chicken breast.
  • You can cut 1 skewer in half if you are running low on skewers.
  • You can substitute panko bread crumbs or pre seasoned breadcrumbs for the plain.
  • If you are not able to find fresh herbs, you can substitute dried basil and dried oregano.

Nutrition

Calories: 652kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 65g | Fat: 35g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 15g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 194mg | Sodium: 1782mg | Potassium: 1182mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 808IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 401mg | Iron: 4mg
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