Introducing the Pizza Chicken Bake Recipe, a simple and mouthwatering dish that will have your family begging for more. With its melty cheese, savory marinara sauce, and flavorful toppings, this recipe is a delicious twist on classic pizza flavors. Skip the greasy takeout and make this easy interpretation of pizza-style chicken that is ready in just about 30 minutes. Whether you’re looking for a quick weeknight dinner or a meal prep option, this Pizza Chicken Bake is the perfect choice. Serve it with garlic bread or a refreshing green salad, or get creative and pair it with rice or mashed potatoes. Your taste buds will thank you!
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Pizza Chicken Bake Recipe
- – 4 chicken breasts
- – 1 tablespoon olive oil
- – 1 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- – 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- – 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- – Salt and pepper to taste
- – 1 jar marinara sauce
- – 75 grams shredded mozzarella cheese
- – 75 grams pepperoni
- – 45 grams pitted olives
- – 125 grams cherry tomatoes
- – Fresh basil to garnish
- Season the Chicken: Preheat the oven to 200°C. In a small bowl, combine the Italian seasoning, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, salt, and pepper. Mix well. Lay the chicken breasts on a baking tray and brush each side with olive oil. Evenly sprinkle the seasoning mix over the chicken breasts, ensuring they’re well-coated on both sides. Place the chicken in the preheated oven and bake for 15 minutes.
- Add Pizza Toppings: Remove the chicken from the oven after 15 minutes. Pour the marinara sauce evenly over each chicken breast. Sprinkle the shredded mozzarella cheese on top and arrange the pepperoni slices, pitted olives, and cherry tomatoes over the chicken. Return the tray to the oven and continue baking for another 15 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbly, and the chicken is fully cooked through. Garnish with freshly torn basil leaves before serving. Enjoy!
– To ensure your chicken is cooked through, you can use a meat thermometer. The internal temperature should reach 75°C.
– A shallow baking dish is preferred for this recipe. It ensures even cooking and prevents the toppings from getting soggy.
– If you don’t have mozzarella, any good melting cheese like cheddar, Monterey Jack, or provolone will work.
– Feel free to get creative with your veggies! Mushrooms, bell peppers, or thinly sliced onions can be great additions.
– Store the leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator. They should be good for up to 3 days.