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Pepperoni Bacon Chicken Pizza Bake

I can’t think of anything my kids like better than pizza. There’s just something about the mix of the crust with the sauce and delicious melted cheese and mouth watering toppings. In my reality though the sauce, cheese and toppings make or break the pizza. I could take or leave the crust. Since going low carb we have been experimenting with different ways to get our pizza fix in from time to time. Tonight’s experiment is pizza toppings on chicken! The inspiration is from Kalyn’s Kitchen with my own tweeks thrown in.

Here’s what you will need:

  • 1 14oz jar low carb pizza sauce, reduced to about 1 cup
  • 4 chicken Breasts
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1tsp garlic powder
  • 1cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • pepperoni to cover the chicken breasts
  • 2-3oz of crumbled bacon…because bacon makes everything better

I doubled my batch because I cook for an army!

  • Preheat oven to 425F. Put pizza sauce in a small sauce pan and simmer on low for about 20 min to reduce sauce to about one cup. If you skip this step it may be too watery.
simmer for about 20 min

While the sauce is reducing trim the chicken breasts and slice in half. Put chicken into a heavy ziplock bag and pound flat with a meat mallet till nice and thin.

Mix oregano and garlic powder in a bowl and sprinkle over both sides of chicken breast. Heat olive oil in the skillet and add the chicken pieces cooking for 1-2 min on each side, the chicken will not be cooked through just browning for added flavor.

Choose the smallest glass baking dish you have that will fit all the browned chicken pieces without extra space and lay the chicken in the dish in a single layer. Top each breast with the pizza sauce and cheese. Then top with pepperoni and crumble bacon. Pop in the oven for 30-40 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through and the cheese is melted. Pepperoni should be slightly crisp. Some pieces will slide into the bottom of the dish, just scoop them up.

Serve hot and be ready for thank yous!

Notes: If you don’t want to use jarred sauce making your own pizza sauce is pretty easy to do so feel free to make your favorite recipe. Experiment with different toppings. Mushrooms would probably go really well! Unfortunately only a few in my family like mushrooms.

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