My husband is obsessed with pizza. So much so that I've become a pizza connoisseur myself!
I'm not talking about Dominos or Little Caesar's, I'm talking artisan, fire grilled pizza. The good stuff.
Then I got thinking...
What if I wrote a healthy dinner recipe that had all the elements of pizza without actually being pizza?
Well buckle up, my friend, because if you've ever had chicken parmesan, and you love pizza, you are going to LOVE today's recipe for Pepperoni Chicken Parmesan!
It's everything you love about the classic parmesan chicken recipe, but with a twist: each piece of chicken is topped with marinara sauce, parmesan cheese, and turkey pepperoni, and the breadcrumbs are made of toasted bread, homemade pizza seasoning, and pizza flavored corn puffs.
Yes, you read that right: pizza flavored corn puffs!
But not just any corn puffs. These are protein corn puffs that are naturally gluten free, low carb, and packed with 18 grams of protein per bag!
If you've never made chicken parmesan before, it's so easy! You only need a few simple ingredients and this healthy pizza chicken recipe is no exception:
Like I mentioned earlier, this pepperoni pizza chicken bake is so easy to make. It only takes a few steps and 20 minutes of actual work. The oven does the rest!
Here's how to make this easy pizza chicken recipe:
Preheat the oven and line a baking sheet with foil, then top with a cooling rack. The foil makes for easy cleanup, and the cooling rack allows the bottom of the chicken to crisp up just as much as the top.
For this recipe, you'll need a food processor. If you don't have one, you could use a high speed blender or do things the "old fashioned way" and use a rolling pin and a ziploc bag.
Lastly, get out two large, shallow bowls. One is for the eggs and one is for the breadcrumbs. Set them next to the baking sheet to minimize the mess.
Instead of small, thick pieces of chicken, we want longer, skinnier pieces of chicken. This is for two reasons: 1) it reduces the total bake time in the oven and 2) it holds all the pizza toppings better.
But when I say longer and skinnier, I don't mean like tenderloins.
I mean like a hamburger bun. You have a top and a bottom piece, right? It's the same principle here.
The easiest way to cut the chicken like this is to place your hand on top of the chicken breast and slice the chicken in half under your hand.
Use your top hand to hold the chicken steady and apply tension in the opposite direction the knife is cutting.
The chicken breast should be exactly the same shape it was before, just half as thick.
Toast the slices of multigrain bread in the toaster until golden brown. This mimics day old french bread or oven-dried bread but it's much faster!
Add the toast to a food processor with the pizza puffs, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, red chili flakes, salt, and onion powder. Pulse until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Pour the breadcrumbs into one of the prepared bowls, then whisk the eggs until frothy in the other bowl.
My biggest tip for breading chicken is to designate one hand for the egg bowl and one hand for the breadcrumbs bowl.
This ensures you don't get eggy clumps of breadcrumbs in either bowl and the chicken is as well coated as possible.
Start by dredging each piece of chicken in the eggs, letting any excess drip off, then dredging in the breadcrumbs. Shake off any excess breadcrumbs, then place the chicken on the cooling rack on the baking sheet.
Cook for 15 minutes, then check to make sure the chicken is done. You can do this with a meat thermometer or by cutting into one of the pieces of chicken.
If the chicken is done, remove from the oven and add the pizza toppings. Spoon the marinara sauce on top, the sprinkle on the cheese and top with pepperoni.
Switch the oven to broil and broil the pizza chicken until the cheese is melted and the pepperonis' edges are starting to crisp up. Or leave it in longer for an extra crispy chicken. It's up to you!
Chicken parmesan is the established American version of the original Italian dish "chicken parmigiana." Chicken parmigiana refers to the style of cooking, not the actual ingredients, although the original parmigiana recipe was made with eggplant instead of chicken.
Yes, but remember to thaw completely and pat dry. We don't want any excess moisture on the chicken because it will prevent the egg from sticking and it will steam the chicken, not bake it.
I also recommend using a kitchen scale to weigh your pieces of chicken. We want 4 ounce pieces!
Yes, but they might not be as fine in texture. You can use a high speed blender and pulse until you have fine breadcrumbs or add all the ingredients to a large ziploc bag and crush with a rolling pin or other heavy object.
You can find them at select Walmart locations or order them online. Click here to find a store near you!
My personal favorites are this roasted broccoli salad or these scalloped potatoes. You could also make your favorite pasta, steam vegetables, or make homemade rolls. These Everything Bagel dinner rolls are my family's favorite!
This recipe is! It is naturally gluten free and made with turkey pepperoni instead of traditional pepperoni. It also has 35g of protein per serving.
Yes! The Pure Protein Puffs are naturally gluten free and I used gluten free multigrain bread.
Yes! Spray the basket with cooking spray and add your chicken in an even layer with some space in between each piece. Don't overcrowd the basket!
Cook in batches for 15-20 minutes at 400°F or until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165°F.
My secret is to always use fresh chicken instead of frozen. Look for fresh trays of chicken at the store and choose one that a) has a total weight as close to an even pound as possible, and b) has an easy divisible number of pieces for that weight. Here's are some examples:
I hope you and your family love this easy healthy pepperoni pizza chicken parmesan as much as mine does. It's a fun way to enjoy chicken and the Brick Oven Pizza Puffs add the perfect touch.
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This Healthy Pepperoni Chicken Parmesan is an easy to make, low carb recipe for pepperoni pizza chicken dredged in pizza flavored corn puffs and topped with turkey pepperoni, then baked in the oven until crispy. Even the kids will love it!
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