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Pizza Stuffed Chicken

September 16, 2020

Last Updated on September 16, 2020 by Slow The Cook Down

This low carb and keto friendly pizza stuffed chicken breast recipe is a simple and tasty weeknight meal. Ready to serve in about 30 minutes, you need just 5 ingredients and a few minutes of prep. Oven baked and super delicious!

Overhead shot of the stuffed chicken on a white plate garnished with fresh herbs

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If you are stuck in a bit of a dinner rut, this super easy pizza stuffed chicken is a great option. Full of flavor and made with simple ingredients, it comes together lickity-spit! It has all of the flavor of pizza, but it’s gluten-free, low carb, low calorie, low sugar and it’s loaded with protein. What’s not to love?!

If you are after more easy weeknight recipe ideas taht come together quickly and easily, be sure to check out my One Pot Creamy Garlic Pasta and Oven Baked Red Pesto Frittata.

Ingredients

You only need a few simple ingredients to make this delicious meal.

  • Chicken: Use boneless and skinless chicken breast for this recipe. If you can use organic and air chilled chicken for the best flavor.
  • Salt and pepper: To season the chicken.
  • Italian seasoning: These dried herbs help to recreate that unmistakeable pizza flavor.
  • Pizza sauce: Use your favorite pizza sauce. Marinara will also work well.
  • Mozzarella: Use fresh mozzarella to stuff and top the chicken breasts. If you can, get buffalo mozzarella which is nice and creamy.
  • Pepperoni: Because it is even a pizza without pepperoni?!
Stuffed chicken on a plate garnished with fresh herbs

How to make pizza stuffed chicken

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  • Season the chicken breasts (photo 1).
  • Cut a pocket in each breast and spread in the pizza sauce (photo 2).
  • Fill with mozzarella and pepperoni slices (photo 3).
Three step by step photos showing how to season and stuff the chicken
  • Place the chicken breasts in an oven proof dish (photo 4).
  • Top with pizza sauce, cheese and pepperoni (photo 5).
  • Bake until cooked through.
Chicken breasts in a baking dish before being cooked

Recipe Variations

  • Use a pizza sauce with reduced added sugar and salt for a healthier dinner.
  • Add some of your other favorite pizza toppings like black olives, pineapple.
  • Swap the pepperoni for ham, cooked bacon or cooked sausage.
  • Cut down on fat by skipping the stuffing and just topping the chicken with the mozzarella and pepperoni

Frequently Asked Questions

What do you serve it with?

This stuffed chicken recipe is super versatile and can easily be served with some of your favorite sides. Keep it low carb by serving it up with some steamed broccoli or beans or a salad. Alternatively it works great with oven baked fries and red cabbage slaw.

Can you make it ahead of time?

It’s best to make these chicken breasts when you are ready to cook them and serve them right out of the oven.

If you do have leftovers, they will keep in the fridge for 3 days. You can reheat the breasts in a preheated oven at 200F / 100c for about 20 minutes until warmed all the way through. When reheating, cover the breasts with foil so that the pepperoni doesn’t burn.

How do you know when the chicken is cooked?

The best and easiest way to cook the perfect juicy chicken breast is to use an instant read thermometer. When inserted into the thickest part of the breast it should register at 165F. The chicken breast should be an even white color throughout with no pink.

A pizza stuffed chicken breast after being baked next to a spatula

Recipe Notes and Tips

  • Chicken is best cooked when it’s at room temperature, so take the breasts out of the fridge 30 minutes before you want to cook them.
  • When you cut the pocket in the chicken, take care not to cut all the way through so that the sauce can’t escape.
  • If the chicken won’t close back up after stuffing it, use toothpicks to secure in place.
  • Let the chicken rest for 5 to 10 minutes before serving to allow the juices to redistribute.

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The cooked chicken in a baking dish

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Clos eup of the pizza stuffed chicken on a white plate

Pizza Stuffed Chicken

This low carb and keto friendly pizza stuffed chicken breast recipe is a simple and tasty weeknight meal. Ready to serve in about 30 minutes, you need just 5 ingredients and a few minutes of prep. Oven baked and super delicious!
5 from 1 vote
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 264kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 8 tablespoons pizza sauce
  • 1 mozzarella ball cut into slices
  • 16 slices pepperoni

Instructions

  • Pre heat the oven to 375F / 190c.
  • Pat the chicken breasts dry and season with salt, pepper and Italian seasoning.
  • Using a sharp knife, cut partially through each breast lengthways to form a pocket.
  • Spread 2 tablespoons of pizza sauce on both sides of the pocket of the chicken breasts.
  • Place in 3 slices of mozzarella and 4 pepperoni slices in each pocket and close over. If the chicken doesn't stay closed, you can use toothpicks to hold it shut.
  • Place the breasts in a oven safe dish.
  • Spread 2 tablespoons of sauce over each breast, top with the remaining slices of mozzarella and pepperoni.
  • Bake in the oven for 20-25minutes until the chicken is cooked through.
  • You can place the breasts under the broiler for a couple of minutes to get the cheese nice and bubbly if you wish.

Notes

  • Chicken is best cooked when it’s at room temperature, so take the breasts out of the fridge 30 minutes before you want to cook them.
  • When you cut the pocket in the chicken, take care not to cut all the way through so that the sauce can’t escape.
  • If the chicken won’t close back up after stuffing it, use toothpicks to secure in place.
  • Let the chicken rest for 5 to 10 minutes before serving to allow the juices to redistribute.

Nutrition

Calories: 264kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 94mg | Sodium: 752mg | Potassium: 693mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 336IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 103mg | Iron: 2mg
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    Tamara Andersen
    September 25, 2020 at 7:13 pm

    5 stars
    Wow! For such an elegant main dish, these look pretty easy to make! I’ve got some really nice chicken breasts in my freezer, and I’m thinking these pizza stuffed chicken breasts are calling my name. Thanks for the awesome recipe!

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