Chicken Pepperoni Bake: Pizza in a Casserole

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Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 40 mins
Total: 55 mins
Servings: 8 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
301 Calories
18g Fat
8g Carbs
25g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8
Amount per serving
Calories 301
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 18g 23%
Saturated Fat 5g 24%
Cholesterol 76mg 25%
Sodium 229mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 8g 3%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Protein 25g
Calcium 68mg 5%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This easy recipe uses pepperoni, mozzarella cheese, tomatoes, and herbs to spice up chicken breasts. If you think this sounds a lot like pizza, you're right. Pizza sans crust, that is. It's comfort food for sure, with an Italian twist.

This recipe is from the book "At Home in the Kitchen" by Jorj Morgan.

Ingredients

  • For the Chicken:
  • 4 chicken breasts (skinless, boneless; 6 ounces each)
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • salt to taste
  • black pepper to taste
  • For the Sauce:
  • 1 can/16 ounces tomatoes (chopped)
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • salt to taste
  • black pepper to taste
  • For the Topping:
  • 2 ounces pepperoni (sliced into thin rounds; 8 slices)
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese (shredded)

Steps to Make It

Prepare the Chicken Breasts

  1. Gather the chicken ingredients.

  2. Pound the chicken breast halves between two sheets of plastic wrap to a thickness of about 1/2 inch.

  3. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Heat the olive oil in a shallow skillet over medium-high heat.

  4. Combine the breadcrumbs with the oregano and garlic powder in a bowl. Season the mixture with salt and freshly ground pepper.

  5. Coat the chicken breasts with the breadcrumbs.

  6. Saute the chicken breasts in the olive oil until browned, about 4 minutes on each side.

  7. Remove the chicken to a baking dish and set aside.

Make the Sauce

  1. Gather the sauce ingredients.

  2. Combine the tomatoes, sugar, oregano, basil and garlic powder in a saucepan.

  3. Cook over medium heat for 10 minutes.

  4. Season with salt and freshly ground pepper.

Assemble and Bake the Casserole

  1. Gather the prepared chicken, sauce, and topping ingredients.

  2. Pour the sauce over the browned chicken in the baking pan.

  3. Place the slices of pepperoni on top of each chicken breast and sprinkle the tops with mozzarella cheese.

  4. Bake for 20 to 30 minutes or until the cheese melts and just begins to brown.

 

Serving Suggestions
Since this is sort of like eating chicken and pepperoni pizza without the crust, you need a starch to round it out. Pasta tossed in butter with sauteed onions and mushroom, garnished with parsley, is a good option. Or just a simple side of spaghetti tossed in olive oil and garlic is a tasty complement. Add garlic bread (more carbs, but this is Italian night) and an Italian green salad with lettuce, artichoke hearts, red onion and Parmesan with vinaigrette dressing to round out the meal.

Wash this all down with a dry white wine (it's chicken) like Orvieto or pinot grigio. If you prefer red wine, you can feel good about going that direction since this might be chicken, but it is in tomato sauce and then there's the pepperoni. So go ahead and indulge in a Chianti, barbera, Valpolicella or Montepulciano.