All the flavor of the pizza you love but in a low carb no added sugar version. Chicken topped with simple homemade sauce, and piled high with cheese and vegetables, you will be ditching the take out and making this Supreme Pizza Chicken Bake Recipe on a regular basis!
I’ve really outdone myself with this Supreme Pizza Chicken Bake Recipe Low Carb! If you follow me on Instagram (which you should be) you get the chance to see my weekly meal plans every Monday. And a lot of people noticed that we have a little Schmidt family tradition of pizza Friday at our house. And even though I am one good homemade pizza maker, all that pizza can catch up with you quickly. So I set out to make a fantastic healthier option that the whole family would be just as excited about!
So I did it and created this delicious low-carb, no added sugar, high protein, everybody in the family loves chicken bake. You are welcome!
And for this mom the best part is that it is soooo much easier than making homemade pizza.
So it starts with the sauce. I had a little bit of a beef with the traditional way most pizza chicken bakes are made, which includes store bought watery sauce that is full of added sugar. So I set out to solve that problem. So because traditional pizza sauce can be so watery, it basically slips off the chicken as you cook it leaving it a soupy mess on the bottom of your baking dish. To counteract that I gave nice and thick tomato paste a try, ding ding ding! Winner, I adapted my 5 Minute Pizza Sauce to make a quick and easy thick sauce for the chicken. I decided at this point to leave out the little bit of sugar I normally add to my pizza sauce, and guess what I am glad I did because it didn’t even need it!
After you mix together the sauce the bake comes together rather easily, just layering the different ingredients and you guessed it baking it in the oven. So let’s take a look at the ingredients you’ll be using in this recipe!
For the Sauce:
Tomato Paste. In case you were unsure tomato paste is different than tomato sauce. Tomato paste comes in the cute little cans at the grocery. What tomato paste is is really just tomato sauce that has been reduced until it is a spreadable consistency. Because the tomato has been reduced it loses all that extra water but that also means it has been cooked longer, which is turn makes it sweeter than traditional tomato sauce, perfect for a no sugar added dish!
Olive Oil. The sauce needs just a splash of olive oil, to loosen the paste up to make it more of a ‘sauce’ to spread on top of the chicken.
Spices. Traditional spices found in pizza sauce that most people should already have in their pantry. Salt, black pepper, garlic powder, oregano, and parsley.
For the Pizza Chicken Bake:
Chicken. Good old chicken breasts, the epitome of weeknight family dinners, right! So you’ll want to use 4 chicken breast cutlets. Which is just my fancy way of saying you want to make sure you have the proper portion size. I have found if you are just grabbing a pack of chicken breasts at the store, unless you are buying them already in cutlets they are probably going to be about double what a portion size actually is. So a portion of chicken in 6-8 ounces which is roughly half a pound. Most chicken breasts I see at the store are about 1 pound, so simply butterfly-cut the chicken in half to form 2 cutlets. OR if this is confusing look for chicken breasts already cut into cutlets at the store. If you use a whole large chicken breast those are going to need a lot longer to bake then the recipe calls for.
Mozzarella Cheese. I tested this recipe using different kinds of mozzarella cheese, I tried blocked, sliced, shredded and I ultimately decided the actual easiest option was also the best, shredded. You can use pre-shredded or shred it yourself in the recipe, it won’t make much of a difference.
And the toppings. What also sets this recipe apart from many other pizza chicken bakes is that I actually put more than pepperoni on mine, making it a ‘supreme pizza’. I included, but not limited to green bell pepper, sliced onion, black olives, and pepperoni. I have also been known to throw some mushrooms and green olives on top as well. The only down side to all of these topping is that some of them (looking at you green peppers) do release some water as they cook, but I found this doesn’t affect the sauce in anyway.
Now lets see how all of these delicious toppings work together.
Start by preheating the oven to 400º F. Ensure all of your toppings are sliced and ready to go.
To make the sauce, in a small bowl add tomato paste, olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic powder, oregano, and parsley. Mix to combine.
Place the chicken breasts in a single layer inside a 9×13 cooking dish. Divide sauce between the 4 pieces of chicken and spread sauce to cover each chicken breast, the back of a spoon works well for this.
Sprinkle 1/4 cup of cheese on top of each chicken breast. And then evenly distribute the remaining toppings over the chicken.
Bake in the oven 30 minutes or until chicken is fully cooked. Let rest 3-5 minutes and then serve!
TIPS & TRICKS
• Make this Supreme Pizza Chicken Bake Recipe Low Carb the way you want to, feel free to customize the toppings that you like, I’ll often add additional toppings such as mushrooms, green olives, or banana peppers.
- 4 chicken breast cutlets*
- 1 6oz can tomato paste
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon parsley
- 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1/2 large green bell pepper, sliced
- 1/4 cup sliced onion
- 1/4 cup sliced black olives
- 16 slices pepperoni
- Preheat the oven to 400º F.
- To make the sauce, in a small bowl add tomato paste, olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic powder, oregano, and parsley. Stir to combine.
- Place chicken breasts in a single layer inside a 9x13 cooking dish. Divide sauce between the 4 pieces of chicken and spread sauce to cover each chicken breast.
- Sprinkle 1/4 cup of cheese on top of each chicken breast. Evenly distribute the remaining toppings over the chicken.
- Bake in the oven 30 minutes or until chicken is fully cooked. Let rest 3-5 minutes and then serve!
*I have found if you are just grabbing a pack of chicken breasts at the store, unless you are buying them already in cutlets they are probably going to be about double what a portion size actually is. So a portion of chicken in 6-8 ounces which is roughly half a pound. Most chicken breasts I see at the store are about 1 pound, so simply butterfly-cut the chicken in half to form 2 cutlets. OR if this is confusing look for chicken breasts already cut into cutlets at the store. If you use a whole large chicken breast those are going to need longer a lot longer to bake then the recipe calls for.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1 loaded chicken breast
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 365 Total Fat: 14g Saturated Fat: 4g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 1g Cholesterol: 130mg Sodium: 1034mg Carbohydrates: 11g Fiber: 2g Sugar: 5g Protein: 54g
Peace & Love
Lauren, The Schmidty Wife
P.S. Looking for more easy dinners like my Supreme Pizza Chicken Bake Recipe Low Carb the whole family will love? Check out my Baked Chicken Nuggets with Hidden Quinoa, Turkey Veggie Meatloaf Muffins or my Korean Ground Turkey & Rice Bowls.