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Pizza Chicken

They say necessity is the Mother of invention.

Being clueless as to what you’re going to do with the chicken you took out for dinner doesn’t hurt either.

Believe it or not, I don’t always plan out what I’m going to make for dinner.  Most of the time I have a good idea, but some days I come up with a big, fat…blank.  This was the case last week, as I looked at the boneless, skinless chicken breasts I’d taken out of the freezer and defrosted in the microwave because I wasn’t firing on all cylinders that morning as I got ready for work (no coffee will do that to you).  So, I began idly rummaging through the pantry and fridge, looking for inspiration.

And found it in a half-empty jar of pizza sauce and a handful of sliced pepperoni, leftovers from the pizza I made The Young One and his buddy Saturday night.  There was only a little mozzarella left, but plenty of cheddar and some bacon to boot.

Pizza Chicken was born.

What’s really cool is that you could use any pizza toppings you want or have on hand – mushrooms, olives, onions, peppers, anchovies (if that’s your thing – blech).  This was just the way I made it – it was great served with some Dreamfields spaghetti and some Ginger-Apricot Glazed Carrots (recipe coming soon).  The Young One inhaled it, and the leftovers were quite tasty the next day for lunch, too.

All in all, a very fun dish.

Pizza Chicken

Pizza Chicken

serves 4

4 boneless skinless chicken breasts, about 6 ounces each

salt, pepper and garlic powder

1/2 jar pizza sauce (I use Mid’s – a local brand)

4 slices thick-sliced bacon, halved

2 ounces pepperoni, diced

1/4 bell pepper, diced

1 cup shredded cheese – I used a blend of mozzarella and cheddar

Preheat the oven to 350º F.

Lightly oil an 8″ x 11″ baking dish with olive oil and lay the chicken breasts down flat.  Sprinkle with the salt, pepper and garlic powder, then spread the pizza sauce evenly over the chicken breasts and top with the slices of bacon.

Bake uncovered for 20 minutes, until the chicken is almost done and the bacon is getting crispy.  Remove from the oven and sprinkle with the bell pepper, pepperoni and cheese.

Return to the oven for another 5 to 7 minutes, until the pepperoni is heated through and the cheese is melted.

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11 comments

LPC says:

I say an inventive mind is the mother of invention:).
.-= LPC´s last blog ..LPC Is At "A Practical Wedding" Today =-.

Where are you when I’m staring into the refrigerator at 5pm??? You are so creative in the cooking department. All I can do is copy.
.-= Maureen@IslandRoar´s last blog ..Warning: New Driver Alert! =-.

Suzicate says:

Another great recipe is born! Not all of the things I throw together turn out that good!
.-= Suzicate´s last blog ..Sundaes, Mountains, Waterfalls, and Strawberries Must Exist In Heaven, Or I Don’t Want To Go There! =-.

Mama Badger says:

Glad you put a picture because it sounded a bit, uhm, gross to me. Now maybe I will try it, though, as it looks delish. I have a horrible habit of thinking of a bad image of food and then having it turn me off. Usually turns out that most of what I avoid is really rather tasty.
.-= Mama Badger´s last blog ..Random Tuesday Thoughts =-.

My good friend says motherhood is the necessity of invention. :-)
I can see turkey bacon and turkey pepperoni on that recipe and on my plate.
.-= Sprite’s Keeper´s last blog ..She needs to stop hanging out with the Pre-K kids. =-.

Gretchen says:

Looks delish!
.-= Gretchen´s last blog ..RTT: Lost, House and Middle-Aged Sex Positions =-.

VandyJ says:

What a great way to use chicken. I’m going to have to remember this one and give it a try. It sounds tasty and different from chicken parmesan. Also a great way to use up leftover spaghetti sauce.
.-= VandyJ´s last blog ..Random Tuesday Thoughs–Birthdays and Such. =-.

Chicken, chicken, fish, chicken … it’s what I’ve lived on for the last 4+ weeks. I don’t know why, but I’ve not yet done any of it with an Italian twist. I must remedy that at once!
.-= Twenty Four At Heart´s last blog ..Steak Salad =-.

It looks so good. Oh my goodness DELICIOUS : )
.-= Life with Kaishon´s last blog ..i really need to make dinner, and do laundry, and take out the trash, and do some paperwork… =-.

You are my hero! This is totally something Princess Nagger will gobble up since she loves pizza… and chicken. Now my mouth is drooling and I’m hungry! :)
.-= Stacy (the Random Cool Chick)´s last blog ..Wordless/Wordful Wednesday – Princess Nagger Goes to the Zoo =-.

OK, your blog and I are in the middle of a wrestling match at the moment. I am demanding to see the pizza chicken picture and it is telling me to go EFF myself. OK Jan’s blog, this isn’t over. I’ll be back. Oh, yes, I’ll be back.

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