Protein lovers rejoice, chicken replaces doughy carbohydrate loaded pizza dough/crust!
I love that 3 of these Hungry-Girl recipes now have revolved around pizza! Seriously, what more could a fat girl want than a pizza? Today’s recipe is a bit of stretch for being called a pizza, but it’s pizza-ish and completely de-lish. ( I apologize for the rhyming, I couldn’t help myself!)
PER SERVING (entire recipe): 282 caloreis, 5.75g fat, 868 mg sodium, 10g carbs, 2g fiber, 4.5g sugar, 44g protein
!/4 cup canned crushed tomatoes
1 stick light string cheese
5 ounces boneless skinless lean chicken breast
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. onion powder
1/8 tsp. salt, or more to taste (I went with more, haha)
1/8 tsp. black pepper, or more to taste
1/4 cup diced green bell pepper (I say: No more green peppers! I used a little yellow, it was what I already had!)
1/4 cup sliced mushrooms (super thin is my suggestion)
2 tbls. diced onion
4 slices turkey pepperoni, chopped
1 tsp. reduced-fat parmesan-style grated topping (oops! I was so excited to eat this, I actually forgot to add the parmesan!)
Optional seasonings and toppings: crushed red pepper, oregano, basil
If you like, season crushed tomatoes to taste with salt, black pepper, and optional seasonings. Set aside. (I chose not to do this step, for one I really like the taste of these tomatoes and two, I didn’t have any of the optional seasonings besides the salt and pepper. ha) Tear string cheese into shreds, roughly chop and set aside.
Place chicken in a large sealable plastic bag and, removing as much air as possible, seal the bag. Carefully pound chicken through the bag with a meat mallet or a heavy can, (I chose a big can of soup, it seemed like the heaviest can I had) until it is uniformly about 1/2-inch thick. (one word of advice: don’t pound too hard! You will pound your chicken piece in half and have to start over. Not that I know this from experience, ha!) Evenly sprinkle both sides of the chicken with the garlic powder, onion powder, salt and black pepper. Set aside.
Bring an oven-safe skillet sprayed with nonstick spray to medium heat on the stove. Add bell pepper, mushrooms and onion and cook until softened, about 4 to 6 minutes. Remove veggies and set aside.
Remove skillet from heat, re-spray, and return to medium heat. Add chicken and cook for about 3 minutes per side, until cooked through. (My skillet is not oven safe, so I chose to just use a preheated foil lined baking sheet to assemble my “pizzas” on and then broil)
Top chicken with crushed tomatoes, string cheese, veggies and turkey pepperoni.
Place skillet under the broiler for 2 to 3 minutes, until cheese softens and pepperoni becomes crisp. (I wish I would have put the pepperoni on the top, unfortunately it was under my veggies and didn’t get too crispy!)
Plate your pizza-fied chicken and sprinkle with grated topping. If you like, sprinkle with optional toppings. Enjoy!
My first bite reaction: Pizza, no, new fun way to eat chicken, heck yes!
Mike’s first bite reaction: I like it! (Seriously, why do I even bother asking anymore?)
Difficulty: Probably one of the more labor intensive recipes so far. Lots of prep to be done before actually doing any cooking. Pounding out the chicken uses slightly more skill than usual. 5 being the hardest and 1 the easiest, I would have to give this a 3.5. Not quite super easy but not actually difficult. I’m really good at being in the middle. (I am a middle child after all, lol!)
Taste: The pepperoni got lost in there and I could have done without it. (could’ve been my own fault though for not putting it on top) Did it taste like pizza, not at all! Did I absolutely love it though? You bet! Mike said it reminded him of an ungreasy lower carb version of chicken parmesan. It sure beats doing the “same old same old” with chicken!
Texture: Chicken with some toppings. Nothing too much to report here.
Satisfaction: I served this with just a small serving of green beans, and I was full afterwards. I guess it did have almost a full serving of veggies sitting on top of it so, 5 stars for satisfaction. 🙂
Creativity: I get calling this pizza-fied, but honestly I was expecting more of a pizza taste and not just a pizza look! Thought this was so super-duper cute though! Tricked my brain that’s for sure! I would love to try this with pizza sauce or maybe some of those optional herbs I didn’t have!
What are your favorite pizza toppings? Think they’d be good on a chicken “crust”?