Cheesy Pizza Chicken



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This Easy Pizza Chicken Bake is made with marinated chicken breasts topped with mozzarella cheese, pizza sauce, and your favorite pizza toppings! Low carb and gluten free!

If you are craving pizza, whip up a batch of my fast and easy pizza dough or, if you’d like to try a twist on classic pizza, try this comforting Cheesy Pizza Chicken Bake that the whole family will enjoy!

The Best Pizza Chicken Tips and Tricks

If you love pizza, you are going to love this recipe! These tips and tricks ensure that you have the most delicious Pizza Chicken on your table at dinner time.

  • Marinate the chicken – Italian dressing is an incredibly easy, delicious, flavorful marinade for chicken. Marinate for at least 30 minutes if you can, or for 3-4 hours.
  • Shred your own cheese- good quality mozzarella cheese that is freshly shredded melts better and tastes incredible!
  • Pizza sauce – use a good quality pizza sauce, whatever your favorite might be! I enjoy Rao’s pizza sauce, or this homemade pizza sauce
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How to make Pizza Chicken

This is a brief overview of how to make this easy pizza chicken bake! For the full recipe including ingredient amounts, scroll to the bottom for the printable recipe card.

  1. marinate the chicken breasts – use for small to average chicken breasts or cut two large chicken breast in half, then marinate in your favorite Italian dressing for at least 30 minutes if you can, or up to 3-4 hours.
  2. season the chicken – season the chicken however you enjoy it best. I used salt, pepper and Italian seasoning
  3. arrange chicken in a casserole dish – arrange chicken in a casserole dish – something like a 10×10 or 12×16 inch casserole dish works great.
  4. top with sauce and cheese – spoon pizza sauce over each piece of chicken then bake for 15 minutes
  5. top with mozzarella cheese – remember to grate your own mozzarella cheese if time allows! Top the chicken with mozzarella cheese, pepperoni and any of your favorite pizza toppings then continue baking until chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees F.
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The Best Toppings for Pizza Chicken

Everyone has their favorite pizza toppings, but in case you need inspiration, here are some of the most popular and classic pizza topping suggestions that’ll give this pizza chicken that classic taste.

  • pepperoni – always a classic. Use pepperoni rounds, or cut the rounds into 1/4ths for bite sized pieces
  • mushrooms – canned or fresh
  • green peppers – if you love a supreme pizza, you gotta have the green peppers!
  • onions
  • Italian sausage
  • black olives
  • fresh tomatoes
  • bacon
  • spinach
  • jalapenos
  • pineapple

Pineapple on pizza is always a hot debate, but if you enjoy it, try adding pineapple chunks to this recipe, it is so delicious!

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Buying Chicken

This recipe was developed using chicken breasts The size of chicken breasts can vary greatly.

You can use four small chicken breasts, or go ahead and cut two large chicken breasts in half if that’s what you have on hand. The larger the chicken breast, the longer that it will take to cook.

Keep in mind that chicken is done cooking when it has reached an internal temperature of 165 degrees F.

What to serve with Pizza Chicken

Pizza chicken is a high protein, low-carb, easy dinner idea that the whole family will love! Try pairing your pizza chicken with one of these sides:

  1. Garlic Bread
  2. Ceasar Salad – this restaurant style ceasar salad dressing is SO good!
  3. Caprese Salad – this is a light and fresh side that pairs perfectly with an Italian inspired dinner idea.
  4. Antipasto Pasta Salad – keeping with the Italian theme, this Antipasto Pasta Salad is delicious!
  5. Steamed Broccoli – steamed broccoli simply seasoned with salt and pepper keeps thing simple and healthy!
  6. Fruit Salad – try a mix of seasonal fruit.

This easy cheesy Pizza Chicken bake tastes just like pizza. It is protein packed and a meal the whole family will enjoy. If you try this recipe, and I hope you do, please leave a comment or tag me on social media. I love to hear from all of you! Enjoy!

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Cheesy Pizza Chicken

Simple and delicious Cheesy Pizza Chicken
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 4 small chicken breasts or two large chicken breasts cut into halves
  • 1 ½ cups Italian dressing
  • salt, pepper, Italian seasoning
  • 1 cup pizza sauce
  • 1 ½ cups mozzarella cheese
  • Pepperoni or other pizza toppings of your choice


  • Place chicken in a large gallon sized ziplock bag with the Italian dressing and marinate for 30 minutes, or up to 3-4 hours.
  • When you’re ready to bake the chicken, preheat your oven to 350F.
  • Remove the chicken from the Italian dressing then seasoning with salt, pepper and Italian seasoning.
  • Place the chicken in a large casserole dish, leaving room between each piece. Top with pizza sauce.
  • Bake for 15 minutes, then top with mozzarella cheese, pepperoni and additional toppings of your choice. Continue baking for another 20 minutes, or until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165F.
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