Get ready to elevate your dinner game with this Pizza Chicken recipe. This recipe brings chicken to the next level with juicy chicken breasts smothered in zesty pizza sauce, blanketed with gooey melted cheese, and your favorite pizza toppings. If you love chicken and you love Pizza, you are going to love this savory combination of two classic dishes.

Pizza Chicken baked in a rectangle baking pan. 4 chicken breasts covered in pizza sauce, mozzarella cheese, pepperoni, and chopped basil

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Pizza Chicken Bake Recipe

Watch the video tutorial and see how easy it is to make this low-carb, gluten-free, alternative to pizza. This dish has all of the benefits of pizza— toppings, savory pizza sauce, and stretchy melted cheese, melded together on tender, juicy chicken breasts instead of crust.

We love Italian-inspired recipes from the rich flavors of Chicken Marsala to the comforting layers of cheesy Lasagna. If you love saucy, cheesy twists on classic recipes, our Pizza Chicken recipe promises an irresistible twist on classic flavors that you have to try!

Pizza Chicken Video

Watch Natasha make this baked Pizza Chicken. Say goodbye to the temptation of greasy pizza delivery and hello to an alternative that will surely satisfy your pizza craving. Now fire up that oven, and let’s get baking! You will be shocked at how easy it is to make.

The last time I made this, I QUADRUPLED the recipe, and it disappeared fast! Kids love that it tastes like pizza and has that irresistible mozzarella cheese pull, while adults love having a lighter option to satisfy their pizza cravings, guilt-free.

Why You’ll Love Pizza Topped Chicken

Whether you’re a die-hard pizza lover or just looking for a delicious way to switch up your chicken routine, this recipe has you covered. It’s sure to become a new favorite in your dinner rotation.

  • Quick and Easy – Say goodbye to pizza dough prep and waiting for delivery. This straightforward recipe is perfect for busy weeknights when you want a satisfying meal without spending hours in the kitchen and it will be done faster than a greasy pizza can be delivered.
  • Tastes Like Pizza – By swapping out the traditional pizza crust for lean chicken, you can satisfy your pizza cravings. It’s a smart option that doesn’t sacrifice taste or satisfaction.
  • Family Friendly – Kids love that it tastes like an ooey-gooey pizza and can be customized with their favorite toppings. Plus, let’s face it, pizza crusts often get left behind on kids’ plates, so skip the unnecessary carbs and ensure smiles all around.
Mozzarella cheese pulls on Pizza Chicken with pepperoni and fresh basil

Ingredients

The key to making great Pizza Chicken is all about using quality ingredients. Traditional household ingredients come together with a taste that is sure to impress.

  • Chicken – boneless, skinless breasts cut into quick-baking cutlets
  • Mozzarella Cheese – you’ll love the stringy cheese pulls as you cut into your chicken
  • Pizza Sauce – Whether homemade or storebought, opt for a thick sauce
  • Tomatoes – thinly sliced Roma tomatoes enhance both the taste and presentation of your dish (or use your favorite pizza toppings)
  • Pepperoni – for a classic pizza topping, or try our tempting variations listed below
  • Seasonings – salt, fresh cracked black pepper, garlic powder and dried oregano add plenty of flavor to the chicken
Ingredients for Pizza Chicken: chicken breasts, shredded mozzarella, Roma tomatoes, salt, pepper, pepperoni, pizza sauce, oregano, basil leaves, garlic powder,

Pizza Toppings For Your Chicken

This recipe is incredibly versatile. Use your favorite pizza toppings or what you have on hand. Be a real culinary hero and customize each cutlet for your family members or guests. Some of our favorite variations include:

  • Chopped bell peppers, green or red
  • Onion
  • Sliced mushrooms
  • Black olives (pre-sliced work great)
  • White Pizza Sauce
  • Roasted garlic
  • Crumbled feta, sliced mozzarella, or parmesan cheese
  • Fresh herbs
Chicken cutlet smothered in melted cheese, thick pizza sauce, fresh basil, pepperoni, and sliced tomato

Pro Tip:

You can use your favorite store-bought pizza sauce, but I recommend buying a thicker pizza sauce so it doesn’t get too watery when baked. A thick sauce will hold the toppings onto each chicken cutlet, if it is too thin, you will lose your toppings. You can use Homemade Pizza Sauce, but it tends to be thinner with a smoother texture, which is why I prefer storebought pizza sauce here.

How to Make Pizza Chicken

  • Prep – Preheat your oven to 400°F and lightly grease a casserole dish with olive oil.
  • Prepare – Slice each chicken breast into two cutlets. Pound between plastic wrap until 1/4” thin. Combine all of the seasonings in a small bowl and then generously sprinkle over both sides of the chicken cutlets
  • Sautée – Heat a large heavy-bottomed pan over medium-high heat. Heat 1 Tbsp olive oil and then add the chicken in a single layer. Sautée each side until beautifully golden, sealing in those juicy flavors (about 2 minutes per side), then transfer to your prepared casserole dish. Cook in batches as needed. Don’t worry about cooking it through at this point.
  • Assemble – Arrange cutlets in a single layer in the casserole dish. Using a spoon, coat the top of each cutlet with pizza sauce. Next, add shredded cheese, then top with tomato slices, followed by pepperoni.
  • Bake – Bake uncovered at 400°F for 25 minutes. The USDA (2019) recommends cooking chicken to 165°F on an instant-read thermometer.

Pro Tip:

If you’re cooking this for a crowd, use a large, rimmed baking sheet that’s just large enough to fit the chicken in a single layer and bake as directed.

What to Serve With Pizza Chicken

Complete your dinner with these side dishes that perfectly complement the flavors of any Italian dinner.

Make-Ahead

You can prepare this dish ahead of time to make mealtime a breeze. Slice and sautée the chicken, assemble the pizzas, and store covered in the refrigerator until you are ready to bake. You may need to adjust the baking time if baking from cold.

  • Freezing: Store the assembled, unbaked chicken cutlets in a freezer-safe dish for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight before baking.
  • To Store: Place leftovers in an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.
  • To Reheat: In a small skillet, cook for 5-7 minutes. You can add a few drops of water or additional sauce if needed to avoid dry chicken. Alternatively, place chicken on a plate in the microwave for 1-2 minutes or until heated through.
Pizza chicken pierced with a fork to show the mozzarella cheese pulls in every bite

Get ready to impress with this irresistible Pizza Chicken recipe. It’s a surefire way to turn an ordinary chicken dinner into a culinary adventure that everyone will love. So why wait?

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Pizza Chicken Recipe (VIDEO)

5 from 17 votes
Author: Natasha Kravchuk
Pizza Chicken brings chicken to the next level with juicy chicken breasts topped with savory pizza sauce, melted cheese, and your favorite pizza toppings.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 33 minutes
Total Time: 48 minutes

Ingredients 

Servings: 4 servings
  • 2 large boneless skinless chicken breasts, 8 oz each
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil, plus more as needed to sautee
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp fine sea salt, plus more to taste
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp freshly cracked black pepper, plus more to taste
  • 1/2 cup pizza sauce, or marinara sauce if you need a substitute
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese, low moisture, part skim
  • 1 Roma tomato, thinly cut into 8 slices
  • 8 slices pepperoni
  • Fresh basil leaves, to garnish, (optional)

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400°F. Grease the bottom of a 9×13 casserole dish lightly with olive oil.
  • Slice each chicken breast in half lengthwise into 2 cutlets. Put cutlets between 2 sheets of plastic wrap and pound with the flat side of a meat mallet to an even 1/4” thickness. Combine all of the seasonings in a small bowl and sprinkle it over both sides of the chicken cutlets.
  • Heat a large heavy-bottomed skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1 Tbsp olive oil and when the oil is hot, add the chicken in a single layer. Sautée about 2 minutes per side, or until golden then transfer to your prepared casserole dish. Don’t worry about cooking it through at this point. Repeat with the remaining chicken, adding more oil as needed.
  • Arrange chicken cutlets in your casserole dish in a single layer. Spoon pizza sauce over each cutlet and spread to coat the tops. Top the chicken with shredded mozzarella cheese, then top with tomato slices, followed by pepperoni.
  • Bake uncovered at 400°F for 25 minutes until the cheese is golden brown in spots and the chicken is cooked through to 165°F on an instant-read thermometer.
  • Remove from oven. Before serving, sprinkle fresh, chopped basil leaves on top for a pop of color and fresh flavor.

Nutrition Per Serving

1serving Serving200kcal Calories4g Carbs20g Protein11g Fat4g Saturated Fat1g Polyunsaturated Fat5g Monounsaturated Fat0.1g Trans Fat58mg Cholesterol741mg Sodium382mg Potassium1g Fiber2g Sugar420IU Vitamin A5mg Vitamin C236mg Calcium1mg Iron
Nutrition Facts
Pizza Chicken Recipe (VIDEO)
Serving Size
 
1 serving
Amount per Serving
Calories
200
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
11
g
17
%
Saturated Fat
 
4
g
25
%
Trans Fat
 
0.1
g
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
1
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
5
g
Cholesterol
 
58
mg
19
%
Sodium
 
741
mg
32
%
Potassium
 
382
mg
11
%
Carbohydrates
 
4
g
1
%
Fiber
 
1
g
4
%
Sugar
 
2
g
2
%
Protein
 
20
g
40
%
Vitamin A
 
420
IU
8
%
Vitamin C
 
5
mg
6
%
Calcium
 
236
mg
24
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Main Course
Skill Level: Easy/Medim
Cost to Make: $$
Calories: 200

Natasha Kravchuk

Welcome to my kitchen! I am Natasha, the blogger behind Natasha's Kitchen (since 2009). My husband and I run this blog together and share only our best, family approved and tested recipes with YOU. Thanks for stopping by! We are so happy you're here.

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  • Lena
    March 29, 2024

    This recipe was DELICIOUS. The chicken was so, so juicy and the pepperoni gave it the perfect saltiness. Such a game changer of a recipe! Yum, yum, yum!!!

    Reply

  • Robin
    March 26, 2024

    You said it’s freezable unbaked…but do you mean precooking it(sautéing) cooling then assembling and freezing? TIA

    Reply

  • Amanda
    March 25, 2024

    Delicious recipe, family loved it. Chicken was tender and juicy, sauce/cheese/pepperoni take it over the top. Thanks for another awesome recipe!

    Reply

  • Karen
    March 21, 2024

    Do you have a recipe tor peanut butter oatmeal no bake cookies? No chocolate.

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      March 21, 2024

      Hi Karen. I do not have a recipe for that.

      Reply

  • Cheryl B
    March 21, 2024

    Delicious! We loved it!! …and it really was pretty quick and easy to make; FUN too! Served it with angel hair pasta and steamed broccoli.
    Made it with pizza sauce this time, next time we’ll try it with the white sauce, cuz that sounds amazing too. Thank you for yet another tasty recipe, Natasha!

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      March 21, 2024

      You’re very welcome, Cheryl!

      Reply

  • Lliane
    March 20, 2024

    I notice some other people using your name .and sending recepie.
    I block them .only want your recepie.
    If I wanted others I would be following them .it gets very annoying.
    People pretending they are someone else

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      March 20, 2024

      Yes, there are many fake accounts. Unfortunately, I can’t control it. The most I can do is report the accounts to Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, etc. when I see them in hopes that they will get taken down. Please help by reporting and blocking them too. My real accounts will show a checkmark next to my name in my profile meaning the account has been verified to be real.
      Thank you!

      Reply

  • Becky Moulden
    March 18, 2024

    My family LOVED this recipe! It is so interesting that it incorporated some of their favorite things — chicken and pepperoni pizza. It was fast, easy, and required a minimum of ingredients. It will be a “go to” for us. Bravo!

    Reply

  • Tricia Morris
    March 18, 2024

    Followed the recipe to the letter and it turned out great! Thanks for the fun video too! I look forward to making this again!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 18, 2024

      You’re welcome and I’m glad that it turned out great!

      Reply

  • Pamela Cerruti
    March 17, 2024

    Can’t wait to try. Which side dishes did you serve with this?

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      March 17, 2024

      It can be served with salad, garlic bread, pasta, etc.

      Reply

  • Hilda Testini
    March 16, 2024

    Love this recipe, so easy, but the way I have made many dishes and deserts from you and they are so delicious, the thumbprint cookies are the best .

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 17, 2024

      I’m happy to hear that you are enjoying my recipes!

      Reply

  • Hani Estefane
    March 16, 2024

    Hello dear Natasha,
    Your recipe page about the pizza chicken does not contain any video. I love to watch your recipes on videos to see you shining with life and humor !

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      March 16, 2024

      Hi! It is there. Go to the very top of the page and there is a video icon you can click on. You can also scroll down just a bit to where is says “Pizza Chicken Video.”

      Reply

  • Paul Langer
    March 16, 2024

    Where do I find the link for the skillet you used in the chicken pizza recipe

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      March 17, 2024

      Hi Paul! They are HexClad pans. Click on SHOP from the menu option at the top of the page. I’ve linked all of my favorite tools in my Amazon affiliate shop.

      Reply

      • Judy
        March 21, 2024

        Your recipes are so good, when looking for something to cook, I no longer look elsewhere….I go straight to you! Thank you for sharing your talent!

        Reply

        • NatashasKitchen.com
          March 21, 2024

          Thank you, Judy!!

          Reply

        • Natasha's Kitchen
          March 21, 2024

          Thank you for your trust and support. It means a lot to me!

          Reply

  • Diann Harris
    March 16, 2024

    Spotted Sharky (after watching twice) at the very end on your hand. Sorry if this is wrong, but I tried.

    Reply

  • Susan
    March 15, 2024

    Your recipes are on point. Most are Authentic and delicious. E joy your videos and the funny cuts of opening and closing push and pull scenes.

    Reply

  • Jessica
    March 15, 2024

    Looks so yummy and easy! What brand of pizza sauce do you recommend?

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      March 15, 2024

      Hi Jessica! I used homemade pizza sauce, I linked the recipe in the recipe card (click on the red font).

      Reply

  • Erin
    March 15, 2024

    I like my pizza chicken with white sauce, so this recipe was perfect. Loved every tender bite!

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 15, 2024

      We LOVE it with white sauce! I’m so glad you enjoyed it.

      Reply

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