Chicken Pizza

Chicken PizzaThe title of this post is a bit misleading, I must admit.  The first time I saw this dish, I thought it to be a pepperoni pizza.  Upon closer inspection, I realized it was chicken parm without the pasta.  I was floored.

This dish came into my life at a restaurant on a Tuesday.  My dear friend was visiting from LA and was meeting colleagues of ours at a restaurant close to my apartment.  Knowing I would not join if the restaurant was downtown, I think Allison chose this location on purpose so I would have zero opportunity to beg off.  Girl, you know me well.  Anyway, as our meals were being served, I looked at her plate and said “I thought you were having chicken parm?”  She too was confused and before we could say another word, the waiter said “That is the chicken parm.” Upon closer inspection, we realized they had taken the chicken breast and pounded it to a round pizza crust shape.  Genius!

Below is my attempt to replicate the dish at home.

Ingredients:

2 medium chicken breasts
mini pepperonis
flour
oregano
1 egg
breadcrumbs
shredded mozzarella cheese
1 c. red sauce
salt

Preheat oven to 350. 

Whisk eggs with pinch of salt.  Set aside.  Season flour with a pinch of salt and place in a deep bowl.  Place breadcrumbs in a third deep bowl. 

Take chicken breasts and pound them with a meat tenderizer to a circle shape.  Keep in mind a shape like a mini pizza while you are hammering away on that breast.  Once you have obtained the shape, pat dry before covering in flour.  Then dip generously in the egg, allowing excess to drip off.  Finally, smother it in breadcrumbs.  

Place on a greased baking sheet and bake for 20-30 minutes until done.   Remove and pour heated red sauce on top, covering entire surface.  Toss mozzarella generously.  Dot the area with pepperonis and sprinkle with oregano.  Return to oven for a few minutes to melt the cheese. 

Serve immediately.

Because the breasts are so thin and oven temperatures vary, please keep an eye on the breasts while they are in the oven.  Don’t want to burn those beauties!   I do not specify amounts of the various ingredients here because you should add each ingredient to your palate’s choice.  I love cheese so I will go insane on the shredded mozzarella.  Mounds.  Those of you avoiding carbs, this is a great way to convince yourself that you are indeed having pizza.

The shape of the breasts make this a fun dish to serve to your guests.  Keep ’em guessing!

xo–me

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