Easy Pizza Stuffed Chicken

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This Easy Pizza Stuffed Chicken is a naturally gluten free way to celebrate all the flavors of pizza. It’s a family friendly, super easy dinner that always gets rave reviews.

White baking dish with Pizza Chicken and a metal serving spatula with a white and blue linen.

Do you have a pizza night tradition in your house? Ours is usually on the weekends, and it’s something we always look forward to! Our longest standing tradition is to go out hiking in the mountains, then come home to make pizza and relax. But any day definitely works for a pizza night in my book.

We do eat the ‘real thing’ sometimes, but other times we do some sort of a different take on pizza flavors. And so today I have a brand new one to share with you – Pizza Stuffed Chicken! It’s a super easy way to have all the flavors of chicken, but it’s also naturally gluten free.

I don’t know about you, but gluten free pizza crusts can bring me to tears. They’re just so bad… and so I’d rather not have a crust at all.

It may sound like I’m joking, but bread baking was my all consuming passion before I started have trouble with gluten. So pizza crust is something I probably take too seriously!

And while I’m now able to eat a bit of wheat, I know so many who are Celiac and can’t have it at all. So I hope whether or not you’re gluten free you’ll give this recipe a whirl because it’s so good!

So let’s get started making my Easy Pizza Stuffed Chicken!

The process of cutting open the chicken breasts, with the pizza ingredients laid on top.

The first step is to ‘butterfly’ the chicken breasts. This is just simply cutting them in half, but not cutting all the way through. That way you can open them up like the above photo to put the pizza ingredients in the middle.

The second step of putting the stuffed pizza chicken into a white baking dish and covering it with tomato sauce.

Once you fold the chicken closed over the stuffing ingredients, you place them into a baking pan. Then to make things extra easy, use your favorite jarred pasta sauce over the top.

Cheese sprinkled over the top of the prepped pizza chicken.

From there we’re going to sprinkle on mozzarella with a touch of parmesan. And finally it all gets baked into a golden and bubbly pan of goodness!

Baked pizza chicken in a white baking dish with a metal spatula and a blue and white striped linen.

Tips to make this extra easy:

  1. Use a jarred pasta sauce and mix and match flavors to create new combinations. I used a tomato basil pasta sauce, but any marinara or even spicy tomato sauce would work great.
  2. Use pre-grated cheese when you’re really in a hurry, or just when you need a break!

What about dairy free options for pizza chicken?

  1. Use your favorite dairy free cheese.
  2. Or bake this without any cheese at all and serve with my Savory Vegan Cashew Cream Sauce or Instant Pot Paleo Queso.

And finally some more (gluten free) pizza recipe inspiration:

Serve this Pizza Chicken with:

  1. Cauliflower ‘Polenta’
  2. Spaghetti Squash
  3. The Best Mashed Potatoes
  4. Simple Mashed Sweet Potatoes

I sure hope you get a chance to make this soon, and if you do, I hope you’ll leave me a comment/rating below. I always love hearing from you here in the comments. And also over on Instagram where you can tag me at #getinspiredeveryday with your pizza night photos!

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Easy Pizza Stuffed Chicken


  • Author: Kari
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 25
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

All the flavors of pizza in a super easy baked chicken dinner!


Ingredients

Scale

1 tablespoon olive oil

4 boneless skinless chicken breasts, 2 pounds

25 slices pepperoni, see notes

4 thick cut slices mozzarella, 4 ounces, I used smoked mozzarella

3 cups tomato basil sauce or marinara, 1-24 ounce jar

1 clove garlic, minced

1 1/2 teaspoons Italian seasoning

2 cups grated mozzarella cheese

1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese

Chopped fresh basil or parsley for garnish


Instructions

Preheat the oven to 400ºF, and rub the olive oil evenly around a 9×13″ baking dish.

Butterfly each chicken breast by placing your hand on top of the chicken, and using a sharp knife cut horizontally, leaving about 1/2″ not cut. Lay 5 slices of pepperoni on one side of each chicken breast along with 1 slice each of the mozzarella.

Then mix your choice of sauce with the garlic and Italian seasoning. Spoon about 1 tablespoon of sauce over pepperoni and cheese on the chicken breasts. Fold the chicken breasts over to close, and carefully transfer them one by one to the baking dish.

Pour the remaining sauce over the top. Then sprinkle evenly with the grated mozzarella and parmesan. Lay the remaining 5 pepperoni slices across the top of the cheese. Bake until the chicken is done, 165ºF on a thermometer, about 25 minutes.

Sprinkle with chopped basil or parsley and serve immediately.

Notes

I use the Applegate Farms brand for a natural pepperoni and 1 package is more then enough to make this recipe. 

This dish is purposefully extra saucy which goes wonderfully with side dishes. Mop up the extra sauce with mashed potatoes, my cauliflower ‘polenta’, spaghetti squash, steamed rice, or crusty bread!

  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Pizza Chicken Bake, Pizza Stuffed Chicken, Pizza Stuffed Chicken Breast

2 thoughts on “Easy Pizza Stuffed Chicken”

    • I haven’t made and frozen this one yet, but I don’t see why it wouldn’t work. I hope you enjoy the recipe, and let me know if you decide to freeze it!

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