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The story of this recipe started a while back. It was a busy day and dinner was quickly approaching, I was trying to figure out what I could throw together. I found myself making “The Best Ever Parmesan Chicken,” or at least that was what the recipe was called. In my cursory glance at this recipe, I thought I had all the ingredients, or at least all the ones that I needed. This recipe called for garlic croutons as the coating for the chicken, as I started preparing this recipe I realize that most of the taste for this recipe came from those croutons which I didn’t have.
I searched all the reviews for garlic crouton sub recommendations and none of the suggestions were something that I had. So in a desperate attempt I opened my fridge and my eyes fell upon pepperoni. The recipe I started with fueled the flame for what would later be dubbed Pizza Chicken in my house, but the final product in no way resembled the recipe it came from.
When I heard that the theme for March’s Recipe ReDux was “Spring Cleaning” using only ingredients you have in your pantry. I knew this recipe was the one. It literally was created out of desperation on a busy night, and has since lived on.
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- 1 Jar Marinara Sauce low sodium
- 4 Chicken Breasts cut in half
- 8 oz frozen mixed veggies
- 24 Pepperoni Slices
- 1/4 teaspoon Red pepper flakes
- 2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 2 teaspoons poultry seasoning
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese
- 1/8 cup Parmesan cheese
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Prepare a 9x13 casserole dish with non-stick spray.
- Spread half of the tomato sauce in the bottom of the dish.
- Place chicken breast halves in the dish and spread veggies around chicken breast.
- In a small bowl mix together red pepper flakes, garlic powder, poultry seasoning, and dried basil. Sprinkle mixture over chicken and veggies.
- Place 2-3 pepperoni slices on each breast half and cover with remaining sauce and cheese.
- Cover with foil and bake for 20 minutes. Remove foil and bake for an additional 20 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink and has an internal temperature of 165 degrees.
- Broil on high for 2-3 minutes until chicken is browned on top and cheese is melted.
To make the recipe cook quicker, divide the chicken and veggies into a 9x13 pan and an 8x8 pan to spread them out.
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