All the flavors of pizza in a super easy baked chicken dinner!
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
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.
I use the Applegate Farms brand for a natural pepperoni and 1 package is more then enough to make this recipe.
- Category: Dinner
- Method: Baking
- Cuisine: American
Keywords: Pizza Chicken Bake, Pizza Stuffed Chicken, Pizza Stuffed Chicken Breast