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Pizza Stuffed Chicken is loaded with cheese and pepperoni to satisfy your pizza cravings. Make Italian stuffed chicken breasts for dinner tonight!

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Pizza Stuffed Chicken

Pizza stuffed chicken breast is one of those meals that you will want to add to your weeknight menu. It includes all of your favorite fixings, minus the dough!

In fact, finding unique twists to regular ol’ pizza night is always a fun adventure.

butterflying chicken breasts

This Meat Lovers Dip is a fun twist on the typical party food. Plus, you can easily swap out ingredients based on what you have on hand or what flavors you are craving.

Want something more unique? Try my Lemon Herb Margherita Pizza.

Tender garlic and herb dough is topped with marinara, mozzarella, basil, and a sprinkle of citrus zest.

Or, serve up a warm bread bowl filled with this delicious soup. It tastes just like your favorite pepperoni pie!

sprinkling salt and pepper on butterflied chicken

Ingredient Notes and Substitutions

  • Chicken – I like to use larger-sized breasts since they are easier to butterfly and stuff.

    Keep in mind that the thicker they are, the longer the cheese stuffed chicken breasts will take to cook.
  • Garlic – If you don’t have fresh garlic on hand, substitute 1 teaspoon of garlic powder per breast.
  • Pepperoni – Feel free to replace this with salami or your favorite sliced sausage.
  • Cheese – Mozzarella is my favorite for this pizza stuffed chicken recipe, but even white cheddar would work.

    For something fancier, try a mix of gruyere, romano, and provolone.
  • Marinara – Choose your favorite brand or make a batch of my 5-minute marinara.
  • Italian seasoning – This is optional, but it makes a big difference to the overall taste.
pepperoni and cheese in butterflied chicken

Italian Stuffed Chicken Breasts Tips and Tricks

  • Don’t use cold poultry. Allow the meat to warm on the counter for a bit since it will become tough if it goes into the oven cold.
  • Make sure it’s cooked through. The internal temperature of pizza stuffed chicken (or any chicken!) should reach 165°F, and the juices should run clear when sliced.
  • Shred cheese by hand. Bagged shreds contain an additive that gives them a waxy texture and prevents them from melting properly.

    Always use fresh for the best flavor and texture.

How To Butterfly Chicken Breasts

  1. Place the meat on a cutting board, lightly pressing down on the top with the palm of your hand.

    Slice in half lengthwise, starting on one side and stopping before you cut all the way through.
  2. Next, open up each piece so it lays flat and resembles butterfly wings. This allows you to easily layer the toppings and fold the meat back up before baking.
  3. (Optional) If some parts of the meat are thicker than others, use a meat mallet or rolling pin to pound the chicken to an even thickness.

    This ensures that every part will cook evenly.
pouring marinara over italian stuffed chicken breasts

Pizza Stuffed Chicken Breast FAQ

Can I add veggies to pizza stuffed chicken?

Absolutely! Bell peppers, mushrooms, onions, and olives would all be tasty options.

You’ll want to cook your veggies first (except for the olives) before adding them to the butterflied chicken breast.

Also, be sure to not overstuff, or all of your fillings will slide out into the baking dish!

How do you keep cheese from oozing out of stuffed chicken?

There are two tricks when making cheese stuffed chicken breast. First, slice far enough into the meat so all of your filling ingredients fit.

Next, use shredded cheese instead of slices so it melts faster and more evenly.

Serving Suggestions

While best served over pasta, Italian stuffed chicken breast is delicious on its own as well.

If you prefer a side, it pairs well with a simple side salad or seasoned steamed vegetables.

Storing and Reheating Leftover Cheese Stuffed Chicken Breast

Allow the meat to cool, then transfer it to an airtight container. Refrigerate for up to 4 days.

Reheat in the oven until the cheese is melty and the meat is warmed through.

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Pizza Stuffed Chicken + Video

Donna Elick
Pizza Stuffed Chicken is loaded with cheese and pepperoni to satisfy your pizza cravings. Make this one pan recipe for dinner tonight!
5 stars from 2 reviews
Tried this recipe?Please comment and review!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Main
Cuisine American
Method Oven
Servings 6


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


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



Serving: 1 | Calories: 379cal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 39g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 125mg | Sodium: 1363mg | Sugar: 4g | Fiber: 2g | Calcium: 262mg | Iron: 2mg

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe’s nutritional value will vary depending on the ingredients used, measuring methods, and portion sizes.

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Originally published March 2018, updated and republished April 2023

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  1. I would like to try the gruyere, romano and provolone cheese combination. Anyone have an idea of the amount/ratio of each?

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