Chicken Pepperoni-Marinara

I’m not sure about you guys, but I am totally exhausted from working in the kitchen all day yesterday prepping for the Super Bowl. Our spread consisted of cheese, cheese, and more cheese! I think we also spent more time watching the Puppy Bowl, which was way more entertaining for me quite frankly!

I made this chicken pepperoni-marinara for dinner a few days ago and it was super super delicious! Hubs and I both had two servings! Whenever I make a new recipe for dinner, I always ask him if it is “a make-again-meal.” We both agreed that this is a dinner we would love to have again! What I really like about this recipe is that it is a mix between Chicken Parmesan and pizza, but without all the carbs! I served mine with a side of low-carb pasta, but veggies and a salad would also be great!

Chicken Pepperoni-Marinara

From Cooking Light – Jan./Feb.

Serves 4


– 1/2 tsp. garlic, minced

– 16 slices pepperoni, chopped plus more for garnish (I used turkey pepperoni)

– 1/4 tsp. dried oregano

– 1 1/2 cups marinara sauce (canned or homemade)

– 2 tbs. basil, chopped

– 2 tsp. extra virgin olive oil

– 1 1/2 lbs. chicken breasts (If thick, I cut mine in half for faster cooking time)

– salt and pepper to taste

– 1 cup reduced-fat mozzarella cheese, shredded


1. Heat a sauce pan on medium-high heat. Spray the pan with cooking spray. Add the the garlic and pepperoni and cook for 2 minutes until the garlic begins to brown. Add the oregano and stir. Add the tomato sauce and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for an additional 5 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and set aside.

2. Heat a large oven-safe skillet on medium-high heat. Add the olive oil. Sprinkle both sides of the chicken with some salt and pepper. Cook the chicken on each side about 3-5 minutes until the chicken is cooked thoroughly. Spoon the sauce on top of the chicken. Sprinkle the cheese evenly over the chicken. Add additional slices of pepperoni on top. Broil for 2 minutes until the cheese melts. Garnish with the basil. Serve with pasta or veggies!



  1. I remember seeing this in my last issue of cooking light and I book marked it too. It looks really good. I’ve also got to find some low-carb pasta!

  2. I am always on the lookout for new and tasty ways to prepare chicken! It is a great way to get the flavor of the pizza without all the guilt afterwards. Your plating here does look fantastic. I am ready to eat some of this-yum!

  3. Love this for the simplicity and all of the flavor that is packed in here. My kids would really enjoy this, too!

  4. My kids would definitely love this meal because they love pepperoni!! Hope you had a great time at your Super Bowl Party. My team lost.. but this recipe is a real winner. :)

  5. I’ve been on such an “Italian” kick lately, that I can’t help but drool over this dish. Please, bring this to my work for lunch today. Thanks! haha.

  6. It’s really nice to see a recipe using pepperoni. Usually it’s only in pizza. This sounds delicious.

  7. I’d say I was exhausted from cooking for the Superbowl, but I’d totally be lying! I did however bake and photograph a week’s worth of posts! Hope you’re getting to relax a little today!

  8. Hee.hee, I definitely sense a bit of Super Bowl fatigue hangover in the blogosphere today – I’m not sure the party scene is quite as big here in Canada – though we do enjoy watching the game, we generally skip the exhausting preps ;-). I love marinara sauce – in fact, in sauce with tomato, full of delicious flavour and antioxidants. This looks like a meal my whole family would love (and ask for seconds!).

  9. Sounds delicious! My wife would love this kind of dish, I think :)

  10. Look at that cheesy goodness! I can see why your husband asked for a repeat on this meal.

  11. Oh, gosh, this looks fabulous!!! The perfect merge of chicken parm and pizza…love all that gooey cheese, too!

  12. Oh My Goodness! My husband just asked if he could live with you and not me…… I better make this meal really soon! = )

  13. I have been hanging on to this recipe for a month now, I just need to actually make it!! Looks wonderful!

  14. Wow this is a unique recipe! I bet it tastes great. If you can’t decide on chicken parmesan or pizza, this comes handy! ;-) Looks delicious!

  15. I completely want this for dinner… now!

  16. This looks fantastic! Love the combo of flavors and the gooey cheese!

  17. Uh oh…this is one those dishes that makes me totally rethink my vegetarianism. It looks so delicious! It’s like pizza and chicken in one!

  18. My husband is Italian, and I am always looking for dinner ideas! Great post!

  19. Wow, this looks amazing! I love anything that consists of cheese and marinara! And I love that you chose chicken to go along with those two! Great dish, this is would definitely be a make-again-meal in my home too :) Hope you have a lovely day!

  20. Hi Friends! I’m so glad you liked this one! It is so tasty and SO easy to make! Perfect for a delicious and quick weeknight meal! :)

  21. Somehow I missed this post way back when. This looks delicious! I love that it is healthy but I know my husband will love it with the pepperoni.

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