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Pizza-fied Chicken

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!)

THE RECIPE:

Pizza-fied Chicken

PER SERVING (entire recipe): 282 caloreis, 5.75g fat, 868 mg sodium, 10g carbs, 2g fiber, 4.5g sugar, 44g protein

INGREDIENTS:

!/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

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat broiler.

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.

Chopped up pizza toppings.

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.

The chicken in front has not been pounded yet. This picture is to help you to see the difference.

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)

The chicken in front especially, kind of actually looks like a mini pizza crust.

Top chicken with crushed tomatoes, string cheese, veggies and turkey pepperoni.

How cute! It really looks like a pizza right now!

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!)

I can imagine this picture being much more appealing to the eye if I would have stuck with the recipe and used green peppers. Regardless, how stinkin' adorable is this?

Plate your pizza-fied chicken and sprinkle with grated topping. If  you like, sprinkle with optional toppings. Enjoy!

A close up!

THE REVIEW:

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”?

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Pizza Luau

Yay! A pizza! I like pizza! Mike loves pizza! This recipe is gonna be awesome!

Honestly, it’s not that creative, it’s not that sophisticated or complicated, but for pizza fanatics like “us” it was pretty damn impressive!

THE RECIPE:

Pizza Luau

PER SERVING: (entire recipe) 230 calories, 4.5g fat, 808mg sodium, 34g carbs, 6.5g fiber, 9.5g sugar, 17.5g protein

4 WW points for a snack? OK!

INGREDIENTS:

2 tbls. low-fat marinara sauce (I used a pizza sauce I already had on hand, its stats were good, zero fat and 30 calories, works for me)

1 light English muffin, split into halves

1 stick light string cheese

2 slices of shaved deli ham (honey or regular) chopped

1 pineapple ring packed in juice, drained and chopped

1 tbls. chopped red onion (I used a sweet yellow one, that’s what I had, it worked)

DIRECTIONS:

So, before I even describe the directions, I’m pretty sure you can figure it out. But I’ll continue anyhow 🙂

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Spread 1 tablespoon sauce onto each muffin half.

 

This was the sauce I used

 

Tear string cheese into shreds and roughly chop. (I decided I wanted the “shreds” to be more uniform so I used the shred blade on my magic bullet and shredded the cheese that way)

 

The "pizzas" with cheese (so you can see the "shred") and sauce only.

 

Distribute cheese evenly over muffin halves. Top each half with ham, pineapple and onion.

 

The final product before emerging into the oven. Yum, eh?

 

Place muffin halves on a baking sheet sprayed lightly with nonstick spray. Bake in the oven for 8 to 10 minutes. YUM!!

I went with 8 minutes at first, then a few minutes more because they weren’t quite “crunchy” enough for me. So, about 10 minutes I would say.

 

Besides being on a plate instead of a cookie sheet, they really don't look that different do they? Ha!

 

My first bite reaction: Wow, this actually tastes like a pizza. (I wasn’t expecting that, seriously)

Mike’s first bite reaction: Mmmm….tasty! (Such profound words)

For creativity I give this a 1. I think you know why! Been there done that type of thing but it was actually something I enjoyed!

Texture: You know how english muffins always have a larger side and a smaller side? I liked the smaller side better, it had a bit more of a pizza crust feel then the larger half which was more like pizza topping on an english muffin. Overall, texture gets a 2.5. Would’ve been a 4 if both halves were like the smaller side. 🙂

Taste: Loved it! I got my pizza fix without wasting any unwanted calories! No more to say, yay pizza!

Satisfaction: It was a snack, not a meal. For 4 weight watchers points my taste buds were satisfied but my tummy was only half happy! I was still craving more food, but not still hungry!

Would I make it again, maybe. If I was craving pizza but not if I was super hungry!

Would Mike make it himself, he said maybe. On a football watching day if he wanted a pizza and didn’t want to go over board on the real deal. Would he eat it again (if I made it) most definitely!

So, whatcha think? Football, pizza and a diet soda?

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