Classic Burrata Pizza

This burrata pizza is full of cheesy goodness and authentic Italian flavor! This rich and creamy cheese is the ultimate pizza topping. Are you ready for this? Rich and creamy burrata cheese is one of life’s greatest pleasures. (At least, in our opinion!) So why not put it on a pizza? Here’s the ultimate burrata pizza recipe: a traditional Margherita pizza with gooey burrata cheese on top. It tastes like the best pizza you’ve had: but at least 10 times better. Alex and I have been perfecting the art of the artisan Naples-style pizza for over ten years, and this one is a new favorite. Here are a few tricks for how to make the best burrata pizza! What is burrata, exactly? Burrata is an Italian fresh mozzarella cheese with a surprise inside: the center is filled with cream! The creamy interior also contains cheese shreds, called straciatella. Cut into the ball and the creamy cheese comes spilling out. This cheese originated in Southern Italy; now it’s served all over the country and world. Alex and I first tried it on our honeymoon in Italy and have been huge fans ever since. Burrata is higher in fat content than normal mozzarella and […]

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This burrata pizza is full of cheesy goodness and authentic Italian flavor! This rich and creamy cheese is the ultimate pizza topping.

Burrata pizza

Are you ready for this? Rich and creamy burrata cheese is one of life’s greatest pleasures. (At least, in our opinion!) So why not put it on a pizza? Here’s the ultimate burrata pizza recipe: a traditional Margherita pizza with gooey burrata cheese on top. It tastes like the best pizza you’ve had: but at least 10 times better. Alex and I have been perfecting the art of the artisan Naples-style pizza for over ten years, and this one is a new favorite. Here are a few tricks for how to make the best burrata pizza!

What is burrata, exactly?

Burrata is an Italian fresh mozzarella cheese with a surprise inside: the center is filled with cream! The creamy interior also contains cheese shreds, called straciatella. Cut into the ball and the creamy cheese comes spilling out. This cheese originated in Southern Italy; now it’s served all over the country and world. Alex and I first tried it on our honeymoon in Italy and have been huge fans ever since.

Burrata is higher in fat content than normal mozzarella and most other cheeses because of its creamy center. In fact, the word burrata comes from the Italian word burro, which means butter: referring to the buttery texture of this fancy cheese.

Burrata pizza

The tricks to how to make burrata pizza

Here’s the thing. Burrata has a lot of liquid inside. When you add burrata cheese to a pizza, you run the risk of it turning into a watery mess. There are a few different methods people use for adding burrata to pizza: some put it in dollops right onto the crust. Others place the whole ball of burrata on top of the pizza after baking, and cutting it distributes the cheese all over the pizza. Here’s the trick to how to make this burrata pizza (which we think is pretty perfect):

  • Cook the pizza with shredded mozzarella cheese first. This gets the crust browned and a base layer of cheese melted. If you put the burrata on in the beginning, it would become too watery by the end of the cook time.
  • Add torn pieces of burrata in the last 3 minutes. Yes, you’ll actually pull the pizza out of the oven, add the burrata chunks, and then bake it again. You’ll pull it out just when the burrata melts into a gooey uniform layer!

A 5 minute pizza sauce that tastes like Italy

The best way to make this burrata pizza taste like Italy: make our Easy Pizza Sauce and Pizza Dough! This pizza sauce is one of our favorite recipes on this website. Every time we make it, it amazes us. Here are the secrets to this sauce:

  • Use fire roasted tomatoes. These tomatoes are roasted, so their flavor is sweeter and more developed right out of the can. If you can’t find them, use the best quality tomatoes you can find.
  • Whiz them in a blender with garlic, olive oil and spices. All you need to do is give the ingredients a quick spin in the blender and it’s done. Give it a taste, and you’ll melt.
Pizza sauce

Homemade pizza dough is always worth it

The other key to burrata pizza is the pizza dough! These recipes are ones we’ve honed over years and years to make sure they have the best texture and flavor. Here are the options, in order of preference:

  • Master pizza dough! This Best Pizza Dough has the absolute perfect flavor and texture. We recommend trying this one at least once in your life. It is sublime.
  • Thin crust. Try this Thin Crust Pizza Dough! It’s easy to roll out into a thinner, crispier crust.
  • Pan pizza. An American style option: make it as a pan pizza in a cast iron skillet! It takes a little longer, but it’s an easier method.
  • Naan or flatbread pizza. For easy weeknight pizza! Try Naan Pizza or Flatbread Pizza.
Burrata pizza

A pizza stone makes the best burrata pizza

The master pizza dough or thin crust dough taste best if you cook them on a pizza stone. If you want authentic-style Italian pizza, this is your best bet. Why?

  • Pizza stone: A pizza stone is what makes Italian pizza crust crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. Here’s the best pizza stone we’ve found, plus care tips.
  • Pizza peel: Use a pizza peel to transfer the pizza onto the hot pizza stone in the oven. We recommend this Standard pizza peel or this Conveyor pizza peel.

And that’s it! All of our tips for making the best burrata pizza…ever. If you’re a pizza connoisseur, you can also use a pizza oven: head to our Pizza Oven post. This is how you get the beautifully charred crust. But full disclosure: we recently learned a trick where you can ditch the pizza oven. Make the pizza in your standard oven, then use a blow torch to char the crust and a bit of the cheese! That’s what we used here, and it worked like a charm.

Burrata
Another way to eat this cheese? Burrata with Tomatoes.

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Burrata pizza

Classic Burrata Pizza


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 1 hour
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Yield: 8 slices
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

This burrata pizza is full of cheesy goodness and authentic Italian flavor! This rich and creamy cheese is the ultimate pizza topping. 


Ingredients


Instructions

  1. Make the pizza dough: Follow the Best Pizza Dough or Thin Crust Pizza Dough recipe to prepare the dough. (This takes about 15 minutes to make and 45 minutes to rest.)
  2. Place a pizza stone in the oven and preheat to 500°F. OR preheat your pizza oven (here’s the pizza oven we use).
  3. Make the pizza sauce: Make the Easy Pizza Sauce recipe. (You’ll use about 1/3 cup for the pizza; reserve the remaining sauce and refrigerate for up to 1 week.)
  4. Bake the pizza: When the oven is ready, dust a pizza peel with cornmeal or semolina flour. (If you don’t have a pizza peel, you can use a rimless baking sheet or the back of a rimmed baking sheet. But a pizza peel is well worth the investment!) Stretch the dough into a circle; see How to Stretch Pizza Dough for instructions. Then gently place the dough onto the pizza peel. 
  5. Spread a thin layer of the pizza sauce over the dough, using about 1/4 to 1/3 cup. Add the shredded mozzarella cheese. Top with a thin layer of fresh grated Parmesan cheese and a few pinches of kosher salt.
  6. Use the pizza peel to carefully transfer the pizza onto the preheated pizza stone. Bake the pizza until the cheese and crust are nicely browned, about 3 minutes. While the pizza is baking, break the burrata into small chunks and place it in a bowl. 
  7. Add the burrata cheese: Use the pizza peel to pull the pizza out of the oven. Working quickly, spread the burrata chunks evenly over the dough. Place it back in the oven and cook 3 to 5 minutes until the cheese is melted. 
  8. Allow the pizza to cool for a minute before adding the basil on top (whole leaves, lightly torn, or thinly sliced). Slice into pieces and serve immediately.

  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: Italian inspired

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The Pizza Roll Up Lunch Box

The heat is getting to me, y’all! So last week I sat down and brainstormed some no-cook lunch boxes, or meal preps that I can keep in the fridge for quick meals over the next couple of months. I’ll be posting these lunch box ideas over the next few weeks, the first being this Pizza […]

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The heat is getting to me, y’all! So last week I sat down and brainstormed some no-cook lunch boxes, or meal preps that I can keep in the fridge for quick meals over the next couple of months. I’ll be posting these lunch box ideas over the next few weeks, the first being this Pizza Roll Up Lunch Box. These easy no-cook lunch boxes make great “brown bag” lunches for the work week, especially for those of you who don’t have access to a refrigerator or microwave during your work day. Just pop one of these in an insulated lunch pack and you’re good to go!

This one goes out to everyone who grew up eating those pizza lunchables. ;)

Four rectangular glass containers with pizza roll ups, green bell pepper, and a dipping cup of pizza sauce.

There is no “one size fits all” lunch box

We all need different amounts of food, so make sure you flex your lunch box up or down to fit your appetite. Here are some other things you can add to this pizza roll up lunch box to beef it up, if you need more!

  • Add an apple, orange, or yogurt cup on the side for dessert
  • Add an extra layer of turkey, ham, or salami sliced deli meat to the roll up
  • Add a layer of caramelized onions to the wrap
  • Spread ricotta cheese on the tortilla in place of pesto (option drizzle pesto on the ricotta and have both!)
  • Add a few banana pepper rings inside the roll up
  • Pack a simple green salad on the side

There are an endless number of toppings you could add to your roll up, but just be careful with “chunky” ingredients that may make it hard to keep the roll up closed.

How long do the lunch boxes last?

You can keep these lunch boxes in the refrigerator for 4-5 days. Longevity may vary depending on the conditions inside your refrigerator and freshness of your ingredients.

What containers do you use?

These are Pyrex glass containers, and small metal dipping cups (both are linked in the bottom of the recipe card below). I have the dipping cups in the glass containers in the photos, but they are actually taller than the container and would need to be packed outside the glass container for it to be closed properly.

Three pizza roll up lunch boxes lined up in a row

 
Three pizza roll up lunch boxes lined up in a row

The Pizza Roll Up Lunch Box

These easy pizza roll up lunch boxes are a great no-cook lunch idea for your work week. No reheating required for this lunch meal prep!
Total Cost $5.64 recipe / $1.41 serving
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 598.05kcal
Author Beth - Budget Bytes

Ingredients

  • 4 large tortillas (burrito size) $0.65
  • 1/4 cup basil pesto $0.55
  • 8 slices provolone cheese $1.19
  • 36 slices pepperoni $0.97
  • 4 cups fresh spinach $0.32
  • 1/2 cup pizza sauce $0.43
  • 2 green bell peppers $1.53

Instructions

  • Spread 1 Tbsp pesto over the surface of each tortilla (it does not need to cover the entire surface. Lay two slices of provolone over one half of each tortilla, followed by about 9 pepperoni. Lastly, add one handful of fresh spinach to each tortilla.
  • Roll each tortilla up, trying to keep the roll as tight as possible. With the seams facing down, slice the rolls into one-inch sections. Place the sliced roll-ups in your meal prep container. Pack them closely together to keep them from coming unrolled.
  • Slice the green bell peppers into strips. Divide the bell pepper strips between the four containers.
  • Fill four small containers with 2 Tbsp pizza sauce each. Refrigerate your roll ups, bell peppers, and pizza sauce for up to five days.

Nutrition

Serving: 1box | Calories: 598.05kcal | Carbohydrates: 44.18g | Protein: 26.3g | Fat: 35.15g | Sodium: 1509.63mg | Fiber: 5.08g

Want more cold lunch ideas? Check out our No-Reheat Meal Prep category!

A pizza roll up being dipped into a small cup full of pizza sauce

How to Make Pizza Roll Up Lunch Boxes – Step by Step Photos

pesto, provolone, and pepperoni on a tortilla

Spread 1 Tbsp of pesto over each tortilla. Lay two pieces of provolone and about 9 pepperoni on one half of the tortilla.

spinach added to the tortilla

Sprinkle one handful of spinach over each tortilla.

Rolled up and sliced tortilla on a cutting board with a knife

Roll up the tortilla, making sure to roll as tightly as possible. Slice the roll into one-inch sections. The two end pieces might not stay rolled, but as long as the roll is seam-side down, the rest should stay rolled.

Finished pizza roll up lunch boxes

Place the sliced roll-ups in your containers. Cut two green bell peppers into strips and divide them among the four containers. Place 2 Tbsp pizza sauce into four small containers. Pack up your boxes and refrigerate up to 5 days!

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Easy Eggplant Pizza

Use eggplant for the crust to make Eggplant Pizza! These mini pizzas are tasty and easy to make, covered in garlicky sauce and gooey cheese. Here’s a non-traditional pizza recipe that’s stolen our hearts: eggplant pizza! No, it’s not pizza with eggplant on it. It’s pizza crust made of roasted eggplant! Yes, “pizza” is perfect for busy evenings when you don’t have energy to make a pizza. It’s a healthy, naturally gluten-free pizza that’s loads quicker than the standard. Top it with whatever you like, and it’s a quick, whole foods way to get dinner on the table fast. (Or a late night snack. Done it!) Wait…eggplant pizza? Here at A Couple Cooks, we don’t shortcut on our pizzas. Our Italian-style Margherita Pizza recipe is our pride and joy, honed over 10 years of studying Italian pizza. But! That doesn’t mean we don’t enjoy a quick and easy alternative. This healthy eggplant pizza is a spin on a recipe we made years ago from someone you might not expect…Julia Child! Yes, Julia Child, master of French cooking, has a recipe for eggplant pizza in one of her cookbooks. Except she called it something fancy and French! Alex and I made […]

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Use eggplant for the crust to make Eggplant Pizza! These mini pizzas are tasty and easy to make, covered in garlicky sauce and gooey cheese.

Eggplant Pizza

Here’s a non-traditional pizza recipe that’s stolen our hearts: eggplant pizza! No, it’s not pizza with eggplant on it. It’s pizza crust made of roasted eggplant! Yes, “pizza” is perfect for busy evenings when you don’t have energy to make a pizza. It’s a healthy, naturally gluten-free pizza that’s loads quicker than the standard. Top it with whatever you like, and it’s a quick, whole foods way to get dinner on the table fast. (Or a late night snack. Done it!)

Wait…eggplant pizza?

Here at A Couple Cooks, we don’t shortcut on our pizzas. Our Italian-style Margherita Pizza recipe is our pride and joy, honed over 10 years of studying Italian pizza. But! That doesn’t mean we don’t enjoy a quick and easy alternative. This healthy eggplant pizza is a spin on a recipe we made years ago from someone you might not expect…Julia Child!

Yes, Julia Child, master of French cooking, has a recipe for eggplant pizza in one of her cookbooks. Except she called it something fancy and French! Alex and I made these as an appetizer for a meal years ago when we were first learning to cook, so they’ll always hold a place in our hearts.

How to make eggplant pizza: an overview

Here’s the basic concept behind eggplant pizza, or: pizza with a roasted eggplant crust! The main steps are as follows (or jump right to the recipe):

  • Roast the eggplant. Slice an eggplant into rounds and then roast it for 15 to 20 minutes at 400 degrees Fahrenheit. The texture you want is tender, but something that still holds its shape: so you can eat it with your hands!
  • Top with pizza sauce & toppings. Add pizza sauce (our homemade sauce is epic!) and top with cheese. In Julia’s pizza she puts fresh basil under the cheese, which makes for a nice fresh flavor.
  • Broil and serve! Then you’ll broil the pizza until the cheese is melted and golden brown. And that’s it: perfect eggplant pizza!
Eggplant pizza

Look for a uniform-sized eggplant.

One tip for eggplant pizza: look for a globe eggplant that’s as uniform in size all the way down as possible. Many globe eggplants have a thin neck and get very large at the bottom. This means that when you slice them, you get lots of small circles and then massive circles.

Finding a uniformly sized eggplant helps so that all your pizzas are closer to the same size. Of course, this doesn’t affect the flavor. So it’s not it’s not required, just a helpful hint!

Try our homemade pizza sauce…it’s a must!

Of course, you can use storebought pizza sauce for this eggplant pizza. But! We highly recommend trying our Easy Pizza Sauce at least once because, here’s the thing. It takes just 5 minutes to make in a blender. And when you take a taste of a spoonful, you will never go back! Every time we make it, I taste it and say: “Wow, that really is the best pizza sauce.” Give it a try and let us know if you agree. (Fire roasted tomatoes are the key.)

Eggplant pizza

Variations on eggplant pizza toppings

You can add any toppings you like to this healthy eggplant pizza! While we love them topped simply with cheese and fresh basil, here are a few more ideas:

  1. Pesto and fresh tomatoes. See Pesto Pizza.
  2. Peppers, onions and arugula. See Best Healthy Pizza.
  3. Spinach and artichokes. See Spinach Artichoke Pizza
  4. Olives, spinach & sundried tomatoes. See Mediterranean Pizza
  5. Avocado, peppers, and goat cheese. See Veggie & Avocado Pizza
Eggplant pizza on baking sheet

A great gluten-free pizza option!

This eggplant pizza is a perfect gluten-free pizza option! It’s difficult to find a great gluten-free pizza dough, and nice to have a different option for gluten-free and keto diets. Of course, we like this pizza in its own right: so it works for people of all diets.

What to serve with eggplant pizza

You can serve this eggplant pizza as an appetizer, and it feeds about 4 to 6 people. Or try it as a main dish! We’d recommend doubling the recipe below for 4, and then serving with some hearty sides. How to make this eggplant pizza into a meal? Here are a few things we’d pair with it:

This eggplant pizza recipe is…

Vegetarian and gluten-free.

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Eggplant Pizza

Easy Eggplant Pizza


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 2 to 3 as a main; 4 to 6 as an appetizer
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

Use eggplant for the crust to make Eggplant Pizza! These mini pizzas are tasty and easy to make, covered in garlicky sauce and gooey cheese.


Ingredients

  • 2 pounds globe eggplant*
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 cup Easy Pizza Sauce
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil, plus more for garnish
  • Kosher salt, to season

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Slice the eggplant into 3/4 inch thick slices. Brush both sides with 2 tablespoons olive oil. Sprinkle the tops liberally kosher salt (about 1/4 teaspoon total) and the dried oregano.
  3. Place the eggplant on a baking sheet and bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until tender but still holding their shape.
  4. While the eggplant roasts, make the pizza sauce.
  5. Top the eggplant with a thin layer of the pizza sauce, then add the chopped basil, divided between the rounds. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese and Parmesan cheese, divided between the rounds, and sprinkle the tops with a little more kosher salt.
  6. Broil the eggplant until the cheese is melted and lightly browned, about 3 to 5 minutes, rotating the pan as necessary for even cooking (alternatively, you can bake the pizzas until the cheese melts). Top with more fresh basil and serve.

Notes

*This recipe is easy to double to feed 4 as a main dish. If you can, try to find eggplant that is a uniform size all the way down the eggplant (eggplant that has a very large bulb at the end makes for more variation in pizza size). 

  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: Italian

More eggplant recipes

Love eggplant? Us too. Here are a few more tasty eggplant recipes:

  • Eggplant Caponata Eggplant and Mediterranean vegetables make a tangy, garlicky Italian appetizer that’s perfect spread over crusty bread.
  • Roasted Eggplant Pasta Flavor-packed with zesty marinara sauce! An impressive plant based dinner, it works for weeknights or parties.
  • Perfect Roasted Eggplant Here’s how to make the BEST roasted eggplant! Baking until it’s tender makes for unreal flavor.

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Perfect Pan Pizza

Here’s how to make the incredible pan pizza at home! It’s got thick pillowy crust and tastes like your favorite pizzeria…but even better. Eh ’em. Calling all lovers of thick, pillowy pizza crust! This epic homemade pan pizza tastes just like the thick crust pizza from your favorite pizzeria. The smell wafting from the oven is enough to make you visibly drool (we did!). Cooking in a cast iron skillet makes the crust crispy on the outside and soft on the inside: and the cheese goes all the way to the edges. These supreme-style toppings with gooey cheese and garlicky tomato sauce…well, it’s true perfection. Side benefit: it’s easy to make, too. Here’s how to make the best pan pizza! How to make pan pizza: an overview Alex and I have spent years honing the art of Neapolitan-style artisan pizza and the perfect Margherita. But we’d never mastered American-style pan pizza: until now! While this style takes a little longer to make, it’s actually easier! You don’t have to shape the dough or worry about transferring it to a pizza stone. Throw it in a cast-iron skillet and let the oven do the magic! Here’s a basic outline of what […]

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Here’s how to make the incredible pan pizza at home! It’s got thick pillowy crust and tastes like your favorite pizzeria…but even better.

Pan pizza

Eh ’em. Calling all lovers of thick, pillowy pizza crust! This epic homemade pan pizza tastes just like the thick crust pizza from your favorite pizzeria. The smell wafting from the oven is enough to make you visibly drool (we did!). Cooking in a cast iron skillet makes the crust crispy on the outside and soft on the inside: and the cheese goes all the way to the edges. These supreme-style toppings with gooey cheese and garlicky tomato sauce…well, it’s true perfection. Side benefit: it’s easy to make, too. Here’s how to make the best pan pizza!

How to make pan pizza: an overview

Alex and I have spent years honing the art of Neapolitan-style artisan pizza and the perfect Margherita. But we’d never mastered American-style pan pizza: until now! While this style takes a little longer to make, it’s actually easier! You don’t have to shape the dough or worry about transferring it to a pizza stone. Throw it in a cast-iron skillet and let the oven do the magic! Here’s a basic outline of what you’re getting yourself into with skillet pan pizza:

Make the dough15 minutes active
Proof dough in skillet45 minutes to 1 hour, inactive
Proof dough again (and prep toppings)45 minutes, inactive (use time to prep toppings)
Top and bake pizza15 minutes, inactive
How to make pan pizza

You’ll need a 10″ cast iron skillet

The only equipment you’ll need to make pan pizza is a cast iron skillet! You’ll need a 10-inch skillet for this recipe, because the dough size is designed especially to fit this pan.

The trick to extra thick crust: two proofs!

If you’ve baked bread before, you’ll know the term “proof”. Proofing is when you let bread dough rest after you’ve added yeast, so that it rises. The trick to getting the extra thick crust in this recipe is proofing the dough twice. The downside is that you’ll need to wait for 45 minutes not once but twice. The up-side is that you’ll get super thick, pillowy crust.

Another pro to making a skillet pan pizza: you don’t have to worry about shaping the dough! No throwing pizza dough in the air, or getting frustrated when it tears. Just proof it in the skillet, then press it out into the dough. It’s so simple!

Dough in cast iron skillet

This pizza sauce is a must

When you think about toppings for pan pizza, you can use anything you like. Just make sure to make our Best Pizza Sauce! It is full of incredible flavor and makes any pizza taste like you just stepped into a pizzeria. Even better, it takes just 5 minutes to make. Please. We beg of you. Make this sauce! Go to Best Pizza Sauce for the recipe.

Top your pan pizza with these epic supreme toppings!

OK, so here’s the deal. You can top this pan pizza with cheese and pepperoni if you’d like. But might we suggest topping with these epic supreme toppings? Typically we encourage creativity (and we do!). But you’ve got to try these toppings at least once. They make your house smell like you just stepped into a pizzeria. And they taste, well…epic. Here’s the breakdown:

  • Mozzarella and Parmesan cheese (lots of it!)
  • Mushroom sauteed with fennel seed = tastes like sausage!
  • Bell peppers
  • Red onion
  • Dried oregano
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Pan pizza baking technique: stovetop then oven!

One last note about the technique for a pan pizza. The first thing you’ll do once you’ve topped your pizza is not put it in the oven. Nope, you’ll put it on a stovetop burner first and cook for 2 minutes. This makes sure that the bottom heats up just enough before it gets into the oven, making for the perfect crispy crust bottom. Trust us on this one!

Keep in mind: you can only make one (unless you have 2 skillets!)

This pan pizza recipe is made right in the cast iron skillet: you’ll rise the dough there for 1.5 hours, then press it in. Because of that, you can only make one pizza at once. Unless of course, you have two 10-inch cast iron skillets! (If so, can we be friends?)

That might not sound like enough. But guess what? The crust of a pan pizza is very thick, making it much more filling than a thin crust pizza. Typically Alex and I have at least 2 pizzas for our family (2 adults plus 3 year old), but with a pan pizza we can get by with one. Just make sure to accessorize with a salad or side. Speaking of…

Pan pizza

Ways to serve this pan pizza

Because you can only make one pan pizza at once, it’s an excuse to get creative on side dishes! It’s easy for Alex and me to load up on pizza, so we like the added challenge with this pan pizza. Here’s what we like to serve with it:

  • Favorite Chopped Salad This chopped salad will amaze everyone around the table! Homemade Italian dressing, crisp veggies and Parmesan cheese combine into one extraordinary salad.
  • Easy Arugula Salad The simplest salad you’ll ever make! This easy arugula salad is fool-proof: you don’t even need to make dressing. It comes together in minutes!
  • Spinach Apple Salad So easy and SO good, it will be your new go-to! No one will believe it took minutes to put together.
  • Simple Citrus Salad This refreshingly simple citrus salad features grapefruit and oranges topped with a tangy vinaigrette and fresh mint.
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Pan pizza

Perfect Pan Pizza


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 1 hour 50 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours 5 minutes
  • Yield: 8 slices
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

Here’s how to make the incredible pan pizza at home! It’s got thick pillowy crust and tastes like your favorite pizzeria…but even better.


Ingredients

For the pan pizza dough

  • 188 grams (1 1/2 cups) Tipo 00 or all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon instant or active dry yeast
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 118 grams (1/2 cup) warm water
  • 1/2 tablespoon olive oil

For the topping

  • 4 baby bella mushrooms or one portabella mushroom
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 1/2 bell pepper (or 1/4 green and 1/4 red)
  • 1 handful thinly sliced red onion
  • 1/2 cup Easy Pizza Sauce
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • Dried oregano

Instructions

  1. Make the dough (15 minutes): Combine the flour, yeast, salt, oregano and garlic powder in a bowl or the bowl of your stand mixer. Stir to combine. Add the water and olive oil and stir until a raggy dough forms. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface.
  2. Knead the dough by pushing with the base of your palm, then reforming it into a ball. Continue kneading for 8 minutes until the dough feels pillowy and has a smooth, stretchy exterior. If the dough is very sticky, add a small amount of flour while kneading. Alternatively: attach the dough hook to a stand mixer and start the mixer on medium-low speed, then allow the mixer to knead for 8 minutes.
  3. Proof the dough (45 minutes to 1 hour): Generously the oil bottom and sides of a 10” cast iron skillet with olive oil. When the kneading is finished, use floured hands to gently shape the dough into a boule (ball shape) by folding the dough under itself. Set the dough in the center of the skillet and dab the dough with a bit of olive oil to keep it moist. Cover with a damp towel and allow them to rise until doubled in size and spread out, about 45 minutes to 1 hour.
  4. Press and proof again (45 minutes): Remove the towel and drizzle with a tad of olive oil. Use your fingers to press the dough out into a circle to the edges of the pan. Cover and rest for 45 minutes.
  5. Preheat: When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 475F.
  6. Prep the toppings: Slice the baby bella mushrooms. Heat the olive oil in a small skillet. Saute the mushrooms and fennel seeds for about 3 to 5 minutes, until they become golden brown and start to release moisture. Add 2 pinches of kosher salt and cook another minute, then remove from the heat.
  7. Finely dice the green pepper. Thinly slice the red pepper. Thinly slice the red onion.
  8. Top and bake the pizza (20 minutes): When the dough is ready, spread the pizza sauce over the dough using the back of a spoon to create a thin layer all the way to the edges of the dough. Add the mozzarella cheese and Parmesan cheese. Top with the mushrooms, peppers, and red onion. Sprinkle with dried oregano and a few pinches of kosher salt. Top with another light sprinkle of mozzarella cheese.
  9. Place the skillet on a stovetop burner on high heat for two minutes. Then transfer to the oven and bake 13 to 17 minutes until the cheese is browned. Run a butter knife around the edge of the pan so that the cheese doesn’t stick, then cool it to cool slightly. After a minute or so, remove the pizza to a cutting board and slice it into pieces. Serve immediately.

  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: Italian American

Keywords: Pan Pizza, Easy Pan Pizza

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Naan Pizza

Here’s a genius move for fast and easy dinner recipes: naan pizza! It’s faster than delivery, healthier, and tastes better. All you need is 15 minutes! Here’s our ultimate fast and easy dinner recipe: Naan Pizza! Get this: it’s faster than delivery pizza, healthier, and it tastes better. So why order out when you can make tasty pizza in? It’s for those nights where you need dinner on the table without thinking too hard. Packaged naan bread is easy to find these days, making it easy to run to the store on a naan pizza run. You’ll never need delivery or frozen pizza again! Alex and I have used this trick over and over: here’s how to do it! How to make naan pizza Here’s the thing. It’s not just as easy as putting toppings on naan bread! Here are our tips on how to make naan pizza: Grab your favorite naan (or leftover homemade naan). It’s that Indian flatbread that comes neatly packaged in the bread or international foods aisle. Try out brands to find your favorite flavor and texture; they all vary. Or, use leftovers of our garlic naan or vegan naan. Here’s the important part: prebake the […]

A Couple Cooks – Healthy, Whole Food, & Vegetarian Recipes

Here’s a genius move for fast and easy dinner recipes: naan pizza! It’s faster than delivery, healthier, and tastes better. All you need is 15 minutes!

Naan pizza

Here’s our ultimate fast and easy dinner recipe: Naan Pizza! Get this: it’s faster than delivery pizza, healthier, and it tastes better. So why order out when you can make tasty pizza in? It’s for those nights where you need dinner on the table without thinking too hard. Packaged naan bread is easy to find these days, making it easy to run to the store on a naan pizza run. You’ll never need delivery or frozen pizza again! Alex and I have used this trick over and over: here’s how to do it!

How to make naan pizza

Here’s the thing. It’s not just as easy as putting toppings on naan bread! Here are our tips on how to make naan pizza:

  • Grab your favorite naan (or leftover homemade naan). It’s that Indian flatbread that comes neatly packaged in the bread or international foods aisle. Try out brands to find your favorite flavor and texture; they all vary. Or, use leftovers of our garlic naan or vegan naan.
  • Here’s the important part: prebake the naan on the oven grates! You must prebake the naan so the texture holds up like pizza crust. If you skip this step, your crust will be much too wimpy. Bake 3 minutes right on the oven grates at 425 degrees Fahrenheit, then flip and bake 2 minutes more.
  • Top with toppings and bake ~3 minutes. Then add the toppings and bake until the cheese melts. Speaking of topping…let’s chat.
Naan pizza

Try our 5 minute, outrageously tasty pizza sauce!

You might need to go with storebought pizza sauce (we get it, you’re busy). But if you have time, might we suggest our Easy Pizza Sauce? It’s made in a blender with a few simple ingredients: garlic, canned tomatoes and olive oil. And WOW is it good! The flavor is so savory, garlicky and real: you’ll feel like an Italian grandmother. We highly recommend it if you have the time!

Topping ideas for naan pizza!

This is where you can get creative! In our base recipe below, we’ve essentially made our Classic Margherita Pizza. Tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese and basil: the three colors of the Italian flag. Speaking of Italy: you may know that Alex and I are a little obsessive about our Italian-style artisan pizza. So it might surprise you that we’re making this cheater’s recipe for naan pizza too.

But don’t worry: sometimes we just don’t have time to make our famous pizza dough recipe. And naan pizza is perfect in a pinch. Because we’re pizza obsessed, we have LOTS of creative topping ideas for naan pizza. If you have time to be creative, here are lots of ideas:

  1. Pesto & tomatoes
  2. Spinach artichoke
  3. Sauteed mushrooms & herbs
  4. Taco pizza
  5. Veggie supreme (mushrooms, olives & peppers)
  6. Peppers & arugula
  7. Avocado & goat cheese
  8. Pesto & basil
  9. Sundried tomatoes, olives & feta
  10. Scrambled eggs & bell peppers
  11. Vegan pizza
  12. Truffle oil
  13. Refried beans, corn & cilantro
  14. Fresh tomatoes & goat cheese
  15. Double cheese
Vegan naan
Homemade naan leftovers work too!

How to make naan

If you’re making this as a quick weeknight meal, it’s unlikely you’ll be wanting to make your own naan. But did you know you can make homemade naan? It’s perfect for accessorizing with curries like our Vegetable Curry, Chickpea Curry or Lentil Curry. Then use leftovers for pizzas.

To make naan at home: Head to our Garlic Naan or Vegan Naan recipes. But of course if you have time to make naan for these pizzas…you might want to just go big and do pizza dough!

Naan pizza

More super quick dinners!

If you’re into quick dinners (who isn’t?), here are a few more of our speediest weeknight meals:

Naan pizza

This naan pizza recipe is…

Vegetarian. For vegan, plant-based, and dairy-free, use the Vegan Pizza option.

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Naan pizza

Naan Pizza


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 pizzas
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

Here’s a genius move for fast and easy dinner recipes: naan pizza! It’s faster than delivery, healthier, and tastes better. All you need is 15 minutes!


Ingredients


Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Place the naan bread directly on the oven grates. Bake 3 minutes. Flip and bake another 2 minutes.
  3. Carefully remove the naan from the oven grates and place them on 2 baking sheets. Spread with a thin layer of pizza sauce, then add mozzarella cheese, Parmesan cheese, and a sprinkle of kosher salt.
  4. Place the baking sheets in the oven and bake until the cheese melts, about 3 minutes. Remove from the oven and top with torn basil.

  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: Italian

Keywords: Naan Pizza

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Best Healthy Pizza

It’s loaded with veggies and sprinkled with Parmesan, with a tangy bold red sauce and a thin crust. Yes, this is the BEST healthy pizza you’ll find. People often ask us, what’s your favorite thing to cook? And if you know us, you won’t be surprised by the answer. PIZZA. After our honeymoon in Italy, Alex and I have spent the last ten years honing the absolute best way to make homemade artisan pizza. In fact, we’ve gotten a little nerdy about it. We’ve figured out how to make the best crust, sauce, and a to-die-for margherita pizza. We can do taco pizza and classic cheese pizza. But what about if you want something…a little lighter? We were posed with a challenge: Can you make a healthy pizza recipe? Oh, can we ever. Here’s everything about how to do it. What makes a healthy pizza? So you want to make a healthy pizza? First, let’s talk about what makes an unhealthy pizza. One slice of Pizza Hut pepperoni pizza is 300 calories. That pizza is loaded with gooey cheese, meat, and has a carb-loaded crust. So: want a healthy, fresh homemade alternative? Here are the features of this pizza that […]

A Couple Cooks – Healthy, Whole Food, Vegetarian Recipes

It’s loaded with veggies and sprinkled with Parmesan, with a tangy bold red sauce and a thin crust. Yes, this is the BEST healthy pizza you’ll find.

Best Healthy Pizza

People often ask us, what’s your favorite thing to cook? And if you know us, you won’t be surprised by the answer. PIZZA. After our honeymoon in Italy, Alex and I have spent the last ten years honing the absolute best way to make homemade artisan pizza. In fact, we’ve gotten a little nerdy about it. We’ve figured out how to make the best crust, sauce, and a to-die-for margherita pizza. We can do taco pizza and classic cheese pizza. But what about if you want something…a little lighter? We were posed with a challenge: Can you make a healthy pizza recipe? Oh, can we ever. Here’s everything about how to do it.

Healthy Pizza

What makes a healthy pizza?

So you want to make a healthy pizza? First, let’s talk about what makes an unhealthy pizza. One slice of Pizza Hut pepperoni pizza is 300 calories. That pizza is loaded with gooey cheese, meat, and has a carb-loaded crust. So: want a healthy, fresh homemade alternative? Here are the features of this pizza that makes it healthy:

  • Homemade thin crust: This pizza uses our easy thin crust pizza dough. It’s made with simple ingredients (flour, olive oil, water) and because it’s thin, it has significantly less calories than a fluffy crust.
  • Super flavorful pizza sauce: Red sauce brings big flavor without big calories. This one is our easy pizza sauce, a fan-favorite recipe that takes only 5 minutes and tastes like Italy. (Really.)
  • Limited cheese. This healthy pizza has only 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese. It’s just enough to bring in a savory flavor, but there’s so much flavor in the veggies and sauce you don’t need to load on cheese. (For a vegan pizza, head to Our Best Vegan Pizza.)
  • Lots of veggies. Healthy isn’t just about calories: it’s about vitamins and nutrients. This pizza is topped with peppers that are loaded with vitamin C, and leafy green nutrient-dense arugula.

How many calories? One slice of this healthy pizza recipe is 96 calories. Only 96 calories! That’s about 1/3 the calories of a delivery pizza. Even better, it’s got the added vitamins and nutrients of fresh, colorful veggies. Dinnertime win!

Veggie Pizza Recipe

Tips for making the best healthy pizza

How to make this best healthy pizza recipe? We’ve got a few tips for the best ever pizza that’s fresh and healthy.

  • Use a pizza stone. This is our number 1 tip for homemade pizza recipes: use a pizza stone! It’s what makes the crust perfectly crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside. Pizza stones are inexpensive and last for years; here’s the pizza stone we recommend.
  • Pizza peels are handy. To get the pizza onto that hot stone, a pizza peel is helpful! It’s a paddle that throws the dough onto that blazing hot surface. Our favorites are this aluminum pizza peel or super pizza peel.
  • Accessorize with salad & fruit. To keep this healthy pizza part of a healthy meal: accessorize it with salad and fruit! Our Favorite Chopped Salad, Best Kale Salad, or Wedge Salad would go well here. Or just go with veggies and Healthy Ranch. A great “dessert” would be green apple slices and our chocolate hummus.

Video: How to make pizza dough

The most technique-driven part of making pizza is making homemade dough. Because learning to make something like dough requires actually showing you, we’ve made a video to show the dough-making process. Here are a few tips about the dough to remember when making it: then watch the video above to see it in action:

  • Make the dough 1 hour before serving OR make in advance. Making the dough takes only 15 minutes of hands on time. Then it rests for 45 minutes to proof before it’s ready to stretch. If you don’t have 1 hour before serving, you can make it up to 3 days in advance and refrigerate.
  • Thin crust pizza dough is easy to shape: roll it! This pizza dough is easier to shape than our Pizza Dough Master Recipe because you roll it out with a rolling pin! This crust is easy to make: see the video above.
  • Use Tipo 00 flour if you can find it. Our favorite flour for making pizza dough is what the Italians use: it’s called Tipo 00 and it makes the crust light and fluffy. You can find at it some grocery stores or online here.
Loaded veggie healthy pizza recipe

This recipe is…

Vegetarian. For vegan, go to our Best Vegan Pizza.

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Best Healthy Pizza Recipe

Best Healthy Pizza Recipe


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 1 hour
  • Cook Time: 7 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 7 minutes
  • Yield: 8 slices

Description

It’s loaded with veggies and sprinkled with Parmesan, with a tangy bold red sauce and a thin crust. Yes, this is the BEST healthy pizza you’ll find.


Ingredients

  • 1 ball Easy Thin Crust Dough
  • 1/2 cup Easy Pizza Sauce
  • 1/2 yellow bell pepper
  • 1/2 red bell pepper
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano, plus more for garnish
  • 1/2 tablespoon capers, drained
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup baby arugula
  • Kosher salt
  • Olive oil
  • Semolina flour or cornmeal, for dusting the pizza peel

Instructions

  1. Make the pizza dough: Follow the Easy Thin Crust Pizza Dough recipe to prepare the dough. (This takes about 15 minutes to make and 45 minutes to rest.)
  2. Place a pizza stone in the oven and preheat to 500°F. OR preheat your pizza oven (here’s the pizza oven we use).
  3. Make the pizza sauce: Make the Easy Pizza Sauce.
  4. Prepare the toppings: Thinly slice the peppers. Thinly slice the red onion. Thinly slice the garlic. In a skillet, add 1 tablespoon olive oil and 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt. Saute the vegetables, stirring often, for about 7 to 10 minutes, until browned and very soft. Stir in the oregano and remove from the heat.
  5. Bake the pizza: When the oven is ready, dust a pizza peel with cornmeal or semolina flour. (If you don’t have a pizza peel, you can use a rimless baking sheet or the back of a rimmed baking sheet. But a pizza peel is well worth the investment!) Stretch the dough into a circle; see How to Stretch Pizza Dough for instructions. Then gently place the dough onto the pizza peel.
  6. Spread the pizza sauce over the dough using the back of a spoon to create a thin layer. Sprinkle with the vegetables, drained capers, and Parmesan cheese.
  7. Use the pizza peel to carefully transfer the pizza onto the preheated pizza stone. Bake the pizza until the cheese and crust are nicely browned, about 5 to 7 minutes in the oven (or 1 minute in a pizza oven).
  8. While the pizza is baking, mix the baby arugula with a drizzle of olive oil and a pinch of kosher salt. When the pizza is done, top with the arugula. Slice into pieces and serve immediately.

  • Category: Pizza
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: Italian

Keywords: Healthy Pizza, Healthy Pizza Recipe, Veggie Pizza Recipe, Veggie Pizza

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Baked Pizza Chicken

One of the coolest things about having been blogging for over ten years is seeing how my cooking style and skills have changed through this experience. One of my first recipes to go viral was my Pepperoni Stuffed Chicken. It was a tasty recipe for sure, but way too much work for current day Beth. […]

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One of the coolest things about having been blogging for over ten years is seeing how my cooking style and skills have changed through this experience. One of my first recipes to go viral was my Pepperoni Stuffed Chicken. It was a tasty recipe for sure, but way too much work for current day Beth. 😅 This Baked Pepperoni Chicken is an easier, just as delicious interpretation of pizza-style chicken. It’s perfect for weeknight dinners and holds up in the refrigerator for meal preps. Hopefully you’ll appreciate the lack of breading, stuffing, and frying in this newer version as much as I did.

Close up of Baked Pizza Chicken on a plate with salad and garlic bread, the chicken cut into pieces.

How to Serve Baked Pizza Chicken

I plated my Baked Pizza Chicken with some Homemade Garlic Bread and simple salad of spring mix with light coating of Italian dressing. I like to keep my side dishes simple so that dinner doesn’t get over complicated. Bonus: you can bake the garlic bread in the oven during the last 5 minutes or so that the chicken cooks.

You could also serve your pizza chicken over a bed of pasta with red sauce. 

Another fun way to eat this Baked Pizza Chicken would be to make a sort of chicken sandwich out of it. Put it on a roll with a little extra pizza sauce, maybe some sliced red onion, and treat it like a meatball sandwich!

Is Fresh Mozzarella a Must?

Fresh mozzarella (the type packed in water) definitely works best because it melts so beautifully, but it can be pricey. If you’re lucky enough to live near an Aldi, you can get it for a steal, like I did. If you can’t get fresh mozzarella for a good price the next best is full-fat mozzarella (not packed in water). And as a last resort, you can use part-skim mozzarella. Part-skim is dryer and does not melt as smoothly, but it will work in a pinch.

Can I Add Other Toppings?

Sure! If you want to add more than just pepperoni, I suggest chopping the toppings up in to very small pieces so they kind of get stuck in the cheese and don’t fall off. Red onion would be awesome, as would black olives and maybe some finely diced bell pepper.

Front view of a piece of Baked Pizza Chicken on a plate with salad and garlic bread.

 

Baked Pizza Chicken

This easy Baked Pizza Chicken is the perfect fast and easy weeknight dinner. The chicken cooks quickly and always stays tender and juicy!

  • 1 Tbsp Italian seasoning blend ($0.30)
  • 1/8 tsp garlic powder ($0.02)
  • 1/8 tsp salt ($0.01)
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil ($0.32)
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 2/3 lb. each) ($7.64)
  • 1/4 cup pizza sauce ($0.17)
  • 4 oz. fresh mozzarella ($1.33)
  • 8 slices pepperoni ($0.23)
  1. Preheat the oven to 400ºF. In a small bowl, stir together the Italian seasoning blend, garlic powder, salt, and olive oil.

  2. Place the chicken breasts on a cutting board and cover with a piece of plastic wrap to prevent splatter. Use a mallet or rolling pin to pound the chicken to an even thickness, about 3/4-inch thick. Cut each chicken breast in half to make two equal sized pieces.

  3. Place the chicken breasts in a shallow baking dish or on a baking sheet, making sure they have at least an inch of space around them. Spread the oil and herb mixture over the surface of each piece of chicken.

  4. Bake the chicken in the fully preheated 400ºF oven for 15 minutes. While the chicken in baking, slice the mozzarella.

  5. After 15 minutes, remove the chicken from the oven. Spread 1 Tbsp pizza sauce over the surface of each piece. Next top each piece with about 1oz. mozzarella and two slices of pepperoni.

  6. Return the chicken to the oven and bake for 5-7 minutes more, or until the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165ºF. Remove from the oven and serve.

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A fork taking a piece of Baked Pizza Chicken from the plate with chicken, garlic bread, and salad.

Step by Step Photos

Italian herb and oil mixture

Preheat the oven to 400ºF. In a small bowl, combine 1 Tbsp Italian seasoning blend, 1/8 tsp garlic powder, 1/8 tsp salt, and 2 Tbsp olive oil.

Chicken breasts on a cutting board covered with plastic with a rolling pin on the side.

Place two boneless skinless chicken breasts (about 2/3 lb. each)on a cutting board and cover with a piece of plastic wrap. Use a mallet or rolling pin to pound the chicken to an even thickness, about 3/4-inch thick. This helps the chicken cook quickly and evenly in the oven.

Chicken breasts cut into two pieces

Since 2/3 pound is a LOT of chicken per serving, I always cut my chicken breasts in half. I like to cut on a diagonal to make two pieces that are similar in shape to the original piece.

Chicken coated in herbs and oil in a baking dish.

Place the chicken pieces in a shallow baking dish or baking sheet, making sure there’s about an inch of space all around. Coat the chicken pieces in the Italian herb and oil mixture. Bake the chicken for 15 minutes in the preheated 400ºF oven. While the chicken is baking, slice 4 oz. of fresh mozzarella.

Pizza sauce being spread over the baked chicken pieces.

After 15 minutes, take the chicken out and add about 1 Tbsp pizza sauce to each piece. Spread the sauce over the surface of the chicken.

Mozzarella and pepperoni added to the chicken pieces.

Next, add about 1 oz. fresh mozzarella to each piece of chicken, then finish each with two slices of pepperoni. 

Baked Pizza Chicken with melted mozzarella and an instant read thermometer showing 163 degrees.

Return the chicken to the oven and bake for an additional 5-7 minutes, or until the mozzarella is melted and the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165ºF. Mine was at 163ºF after 5 minutes, so I gave it 1-2 more minutes in the oven. The total cooking time will depend on the size of your chicken pieces and how long the chicken was out of the oven while adding the toppings. 

Two plates with Baked Chicken Pizza, salad, and garlic bread next to a cutting board with more garlic bread.

Then your Baked Pizza Chicken is ready to serve! Dig in and enjoy that juicy chicken, melty mozzarella, flavorful Italian herbs, and spicy pepperoni!

Front view of a piece of Baked Pizza Chicken cut into pieces on a plate.

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