Personal “Protein” Pizzas (Gluten Free!)

Aka…pizza chicken!!

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This makes my aspiring gluten free self VERY HAPPY! And the great thing about this is that you can make so many different variations…as many as your brain can come up with!!  I love that I’m getting all the taste of pizza…none of the starch, carbs, and gluten…and so much more protein than a normal serving of pizza!

Have I mentioned that it tastes just like pizza?! It’s SOOOO GOOD!!!! And nearly guilt-free! But enough talking about it! Let me put down the directions so you can experience it!!!

One last note: This is what I did with what I wanted/had in the fridge…but please don’t be tied down to it.  Imagine, dream, create!!! And let me know what you try and how it turns out, I’d love more combos to try!!

Adapted from http://www.genaw.com

Here’s what you need:

  • 6-8 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Italian Seasoning (Or “pizza seasoning)
  • Garlic Powder
  • Pizza Sauce (About half a jar of store bought, or if you want to make your own there is a fantastic recipe on http://www.budgetsavvydiva.com/2012/06/copy-cat-recipe-pizza-hut-pizza-sauce/)
  • Pepperonis, at least 24
  • 1/2 Roll of Pork Sausage, browned (I used Sage)
  • 1 Bell Pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 Package fresh mushrooms, sliced
  • Mozzarella Cheese, shredded (to taste)
  • Olive Oil (or butter) for sauteing

How it’s done:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Take your chicken breasts, and beat them with a mallet…OR if you are real fancy like me, put them in a gallon ziploc two at a time, squeeze the air out, zip it up, take a heavy pot and beat the crap outta those suckers!! You really do want them to be as thin as possible, seeing as this is the “crust” of your pizza.
  2. Season the breasts very generously with the salt, pepper, and Italian Seasoning (or Pizza Seasoning) on both sides.  For best results, cook the chicken through on a grill or grill pan…since they are pounded so thin it should just take a few minutes per side.  You could always bake them too.  But the grill lines and flavor add a nice smoky pizza-y touch 🙂 Set aside.
  3. Heat oil (or butter) in a pan, and saute your vegetables until just starting to get soft, but not mushy.  This adds a real nice flavor! You could probably add seasonings here if you wanted, but it really didn’t seem to need it 🙂  Also, you can saute them together, but I wanted to prepare this meal as a fun DIY buffet-style meal, so I kept everything separate!
  4. This is where I put everything in bowls and set it out with a pan so everybody could build their own “personal pizzas” and place them on the pan.  But however you wanna do it, the idea is to take your flat chicken breast, spread pizza sauce on it, top with veggies, meat, and cheese, then pop into a 350 degree oven for about 10 minutes until the cheese is melty and everything is warm 🙂
  5. Enjoy! Soooooooo good!

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This is ours prior to being baked…notice how I put my cheese on top, and Jason put his under the veggies? Every person is different! 😉

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I can’t wait to try it with Canadian bacon and pineapple!! :O  What combinations do you think would be good?

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