Saturday, March 13, 2010

Cooking Club: Chicken Pizzaiola w/ Mozzeralla & Pepperoni

The next Cooking Club Recipe was submitted by Rachel. I made early on in the month and everyone loved it. And it is so easy and fast! But DO NOT use 1 cup of Parmesan cheese-you probably only need about 1/2 and can add more if you need. I had to throw away a ton of Parmesan as it did not need that much and had been touching raw chicken.

Chicken Pizzaiola with Mozzarella and Pepperoni

Serves 4

From the editors of Cook’s Illustrated: The Best 30-Minute Recipe

3 cups tomato sauce (24-26 oz. jar)

1 cup grated Parmesan cheese (ONLY USE 1/2 c.)

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

Salt and ground black pepper

1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

20 slices pepperoni

(Serve with cooked noodles)

1. Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 450 degrees. Spread tomato sauce into 13X9 baking dish.

2. Spread Parmesan into shallow dish. Pat chicken dry with paper towels and season with salt and pepper. Working with one breast at at time, dredge in Parmesan. Press on Parmesan to make sure it adheres. Lay chicken in baking dish, smooth side facing up.

3. Place chicken in oven and bake 15 minutes.

4. Increase oven temperature to 475 degrees. Mound 1/4 cup of mozzarella on top of each chicken breast, then shingle 5 slices of pepperoni over cheese. Continue to bake until cheese melts and until thickets part of breast registers 160 degrees on instant-read thermometer, 5-7 minutes. Serve with the sauce over noodles.


Chicken Pizzaiola with Provolone and Capicola: Substitute 1 cup shredded sharp provolone for mozzarella and 4 slices capicola for pepperoni.

This family-friendly recipe can accommodate any of your favorite pizza toppings like cooked crumbled sausage, sautéed peppers, onions, or mushrooms, or sliced olives.


  1. YUM! We had italian last night and I can't even wait for lunch so I can have the leftovers. I've missed you while I was traveling. Looking forward to catching up this week and love the Time for Tots for St Patrick's Day. Alex's fingers are darling - xoxo

  2. I left you an award on my blog.

    Happy weekend!

    And I so want to try that.


  3. Yummy. Another great Italian recipe!! YUM.

  4. That looks delicious, definitely going to try that one at some point!

  5. Yummy! Dinner tonight...and I appreciate your hint about the Parm cheese...I'm making it YOUR way. Thanks for the recipe, hubs thanks you for sure, and Lil Bits? Well, she does eat chicken...she's not crazy about sauce, but we'll try.

  6. I made this chicken last night, and everyone loved it! Thanks for the recipe!

  7. I'm here catching up and now I'm hungry. I need a midnight snack.