Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Cheesy Pizza-Stuffed Chicken (With VIDEO)

Cheesy Pizza Stuffed Chicken is an easy recipe made in one pan, with lots of cheese and pepperoni to satisfy your pizza cravings!

Cheesy Pizza Stuffed Chicken is one of those delicious meals that you will end up just adding to your weeknight menu. The dish has all the delicious pizza fixings, minus the dough! Chicken breast is first butterflied and seasoned, then its stuffed with garlic, pepperoni and cheese. Topped with marinara sauce, italian seasoning, more cheese and more pepperoni. Baked to perfection, the chicken becomes tender, with a sweet tanginess from the marinara sauce and very cheesy. Serve it over pasta and with a light salad on the side!

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Helpful Tips to make Cheesy Pizza Stuffed Chicken:

  • I like to make the recipe with larger chicken breasts, as they are easier to butterfly and stuff.
  • You can add less or more garlic, also, if you don’t have fresh garlic on hand, you can use 1 teaspoon of garlic powder per chicken breast.
  • Always make sure your chicken is at room temperature, if you put cold chicken in the oven, it will become tough.
  • You can use your favorite marinara sauce or pizza sauce in this recipe.
  • Same when it comes to the cheese, I used mozzarella, but even white cheddar would work. If you want to go all fancy, use a mix of gruyere, romano and provolone cheese.
  • The italian seasoning is optional, but it will taste more like your favorite Italian pizza if you add it.
  • The chicken is best served over pasta, but its delicious on its own as well.

What you will need to make Cheesy Pizza Stuffed Chicken:

  • Italian Seasoning- Delicious in this recipe, and its a nice seasoning to have in your pantry.
  • Baking Dish  - a square baking dish works well for this recipe.


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Yield: 6 servings

Cheesy Pizza Stuffed Chicken

Pizza Stuffed Chicken is an easy recipe made in one pan, with lots of cheese and pepperoni to satisfy your pizza cravings!
prep time: 10 MINScook time: 30 MINStotal time: 40 mins


  • 3 chicken breasts, about 1lb each
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon cracked black pepper, to taste
  • 3 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 package pepperoni slices
  • 2 1/2 cups (about 10 ounces) shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 2 1/2 cups marinara sauce
  • Italian seasoning, to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Butterfly the chicken breasts and season with salt and pepper, inside and out.
  3. Open each chicken breast, and add 1 teaspoon of minced garlic to each one. Spread it evenly.
  4. Add about 5-6 pepperoni slices to each butterflied chicken breast on top of the garlic.
  5. Add about 1/4 cup of shredded mozzarella cheese to each chicken breast.
  6. Close the chicken over tightly, and transfer the chicken breasts to a lightly greased baking dish.
  7. Pour the marinara over top of the chicken and into the dish.
  8. Sprinkle the remaining mozzarella cheese, followed by the Italian seasoning, over the chicken.
  9. Top the dish with the remaining pepperoni slices.
  10. Bake uncovered for 20-25 minutes or until chicken is tender and fully cooked.
  11. You can also broil the top layer, for the last 5 minutes of baking. Watch it closely to not burn it.

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  1. So great recipe but now way it cooks in 25 min. When I pulled it out at 30 min and cut into it the breasts were still raw in the middle so I threw it in another 20 minutes. Other than that great!

    1. So it cooks for 55 minutes?

  2. That’s what I found too. It took a solid 40 minutes for the chicken to be cooked. Other than that it was awesome.

  3. It makes me so hungry looking at these pictures. I am making it tonight and can't wait. Thanks for the hint to bake it longer. I thought that was a short time to cook a chicken breast through.


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