I’d like to say a few words about the Chicken Problem.
No, not the one about which came first, the chicken or the egg. The one about how to keep your family from saying, “Chicken again?” when you serve it.
See, as a dinner, chicken has a lot going for it. It’s cheap, healthy, hearty, and easy to fix. And most people like it – once in a while. But when you lean too heavily on chicken for dinner, it starts to get a little boring. Even if your family doesn’t actually say anything, you kind of get the feeling they’d be a lot more excited about a nice hot pepperoni pizza.
So, give them one…with their chicken.
This Pizza Chicken Bake has everything you love about chicken and everything you love about pizza, all in one pot. It’s got healthy, protein-packed chicken breasts for the base, swimming in a sauce of tangy tomatoes, spicy pepperoni, and gooey cheese. And it’s really easy to make: just brown the chicken, load it in a casserole dish with all the other ingredients, and bake.
When you put this on the table, you definitely won’t hear “Chicken again?” Instead, you’ll hear the clatter of everyone holding out their plates at once.
Pizza Chicken Bake
2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts (3-4 small breasts)
salt and pepper to taste
3 cloves Garlic, minced
1/4 cup diced onion
18-20 -ounce jar of spaghetti sauce
1 cup. shredded mozzarella
1/2 cup sharp cheddar
1/4 c. mini pepperoni
1 tbsp. chopped fresh parsley, plus more for serving
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, heat oil. Add chicken, season well with salt and pepper and sear until golden, 2-3 minutes per side. The couple of minutes of cooking, add mince garlic and onions to the pan.
2. In a casserole dish, pour in spaghetti sauce. Nestle chicken into sauce.
3. Top chicken with cheese and pepperoni and bake until chicken is cooked through, 15 -18 minutes.
4. Garnish with parsley and serve.
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Corey, Darryl, Big D & Little D
- 2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts 3-4 small breasts
- salt and pepper to taste
- 3 cloves Garlic minced
- 1/4 cup diced onion
- 18 ounce jar of spaghetti sauce
- 1 cup shredded mozzarella
- 1/2 cup sharp cheddar
- 1/4 cup mini pepperoni
- 1 tbsp chopped fresh parsley plus more for serving
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, heat oil. Add chicken, season well with salt and pepper and sear until golden, 2-3 minutes per side. The couple of minutes of cooking, add mince garlic and onions to the pan.
In a casserole dish, pour in spaghetti sauce. Nestle chicken into sauce.
Top chicken with cheese and pepperoni and bake until chicken is cooked through, 15 -18 minutes.
Garnish with parsley and serve.