Mozzarella & Pepperoni Stuffed Chicken

  We eat a lot of chicken at our house. It's healthy, it tastes good and there's a million ways to dress it up! I knew this Mozzarella & Pepperoni version would be awesome. It tastes like pizza without the crust.

   I changed the original recipe just a little bit. I stuffed ours with turkey-pepperoni, and a slice of mozzarella. Then I coated the chicken in dried Italian bread crumbs. You could make this even more wonderful by adding some fresh cut up veggies too. I think I'll do that next time.

My house smelled heavenly as it baked. This chicken was pure deliciousness!

Mozzarella & Pepperoni Stuffed Chicken

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
4 (1 ounce) slices Mozzarella cheese, plus 1 cup shredded Mozzarella
16 slices pepperoni
dried basil
garlic powder
1/2 cup dried Italian bread crumbs
1 jar Marinara sauce
1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese

Directions:  Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray a 9x13 baking pan with non-stick spray. Set aside.

Rinse chicken with water, and pat dry. Trim off any visible fat. Cut a deep, horizontal pocket in each piece of chicken. (Be careful not to cut all the way through) Stuff each chicken breast with one slice of Mozzarella cheese and 4 pepperoni slices. Sprinkle the tops of pepperonis with a dash of dried basil and garlic powder. Close the chicken breasts, and secure with a toothpick.

Spread the bread crumbs in a shallow dish or plate. Dredge each breast into the bread crumbs to coat lightly. Place all the coated and stuffed chicken breasts into the baking pan.

Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until chicken is thoroughly cooked. Remove pan from oven, and then remove the toothpicks from each chicken breast. Pour about 1/4 cup of marinara over each chicken breast. Sprinkle with shredded mozzarella and parmesan cheese. Place back in oven and bake another 5 minutes, or until cheese is melted and bubbly.

Serves 4

Adapted from: 10tentimes
Linked up at: Weekend Potluck


Emily @ She Makes and Bakes said...

This looks and sounds incredible. Definitely going to make this one soon!

We Are Not Martha said...

Best idea ever? You hear of cheese and pepperoni stuffed bread all the time, but never chicken. Talk about kicking chicken up a notch :)


Jocelyn said...

You just combined our kids favorite meal (pizza) with chicken? You are genius!!! What a fun idea!!!

Becca @ Crumbs and Chaos said...

YUM! We're pepperoni pizza lovers, can't wait to give this a try!

From Valeries Kitchen said...

I do something very close to this that my boys dubbed Pizza Chicken when they were little. It's very kid friendly but also extremely adult friendly as well. I think they would love your version!

Val said...

My kids would go crazy for this. Win, win.

yummychunklet said...

Looks a great kid-friendly dish!

Tabitha (a.k.a. Penny) said...

Oh my. This looks... well... I may or may not be willing to share it with the rest of my family. LOL Thanks for linking up at Weekend Potluck and thank you for linking back. I pinned this and I am going to share it on my Facebook page tonight.

amanda @ fake ginger said...

My boys would all love this! Looks awesome!

Kim and Julie (Sunflower Supper Club) said...

I can't wait for my kids to try this. My family will LOVE this. Thanks for sharing at the Weekend Potluck!

A Lovin' Forkful said...

This chicken recipe looks so full of flavor, but not too heavy. Also this is a great recipe for all ages to enjoy. My family will love it, thanks for sharing this. :)

Nicole@HeatOvenTo350 said...

We eat lots of chicken at our house, too, so I'm always excited to find a delicious new way to cook it. This one looks like it would be a favorite. Thanks!

Tabitha (a.k.a. Penny) said...

So very happy to make this my personal pick at Weekend Potluck today! Thanks for being so faithful to our party. Please swing by and pick up your red featured button: http://www.meetpenny.com/2012/05/weekend-potluck-may-25th-may-27th/

Cookinne said...

I left the sauce out and wrapped mine in bacon! Delish! Kept the chicken moist and packed full of flavor!

Cookinne said...

I left the sauce out and wrapped mine in bacon! Delish! Kept the chicken moist and packed full of flavor!