Friday, January 18, 2013

pizza-fied chicken





I literally could eat pizza every single day of the week...but don't, thank goodness!!!  I think twice when I visualize one of my favorite reminders..."you are what you eat!"

As children, my sister, two brothers and I couldn't wait for the invitation from my grandmother that it was pizza night!  Walking into my grandparent's home, you immediately felt the warmth from the scent of homemade dough, and my grandmother's incredible tomato sauce simmering in a big pot on the stove.  The spicy Italian sausage, cooked earlier, was draining on paper towels, and the fresh, creamy white mozzarella was waiting to be shredded.  Large rectangular cookie sheets were sitting on the counter drizzled with olive oil and sprinkled with cornmeal, waiting patiently for the pizza dough to line them.  Like most Italians, my grandmother was cooking enough for an army!  Oh, the lovely memories...






Since it's hard for me to stop at one or two slices, I have a favorite creation that I make at least once a month, usually more, to take my pizza love's place, and absolutely adore it!  The recipe is from Hungry Girl's cookbook, 1-2-3: The Easiest, Most Delicious, Guilt-Free Recipes on the Planet.  Yes, the book title is a mouthful, but so true to its name.

The original recipe is written for one, but since it's just as easy to create four "pizzas" at a time, I've adjusted the recipe below to serve 4.  Pizza-fied Chicken is absolutely delicious!  Are you ready for the greatest part?  The entire, scrumptious dish is ONLY 282 calories!!!  A whole, healthy, filling, mouthwatering meal for only 282 calories!  In addition, one entire serving is 5.75g fat, 2g fiber and 44g protein.  How 'bout that for an incredible pizza substitute!



pizza-fied chicken toppings



I thought it would be fun, and maybe appreciated :), to bring some of my favorite skinny, easy to prepare meals from time to time, in between some of my delectable sweet and savory creations, just to balance things out. Hope you enjoy this yummy Pizz-fied Chicken as much as I do.

Are you ready for some lemon?  Next up...Limoncello Mini Bundt Cakes with Limoncello Glaze!

Until next time...mangia!  xox

Carol





Pizza-fied Chicken
4 Servings

Ingredients:

4 (5 ounce) raw boneless, skinless lean chicken breast cutlets, pounded to 1/2-inch thickness
1 teaspoon garlic powder for seasoning chicken, plus 1 teaspoon for seasoning tomatoes, or to taste
1 teaspoon onion powder for seasoning chicken, plus 1 teaspoon for seasoning tomatoes, or to taste
salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste for seasoning chicken, and seasoning tomatoes
1 cup diced green bell pepper
1 cup sliced or roughly chopped mushrooms (I use baby bellas)
8 tablespoons diced onion (approximately 1 medium onion)
4 sticks light string cheese
1 cup canned crushed tomatoes
16 slices turkey pepperoni, chopped (I use Hormel 70% less fat turkey pepperoni)
4 teaspoons freshly grated parmigiano-reggiano
fresh basil leaves for chicken topping, and garnish, optional (my addition, not on original recipe)
crushed red pepper to taste for garnish, optional

Create the Pizza-fied Chicken:

Season chicken with garlic powder, onion powder, salt and ground pepper.  Set aside.

Bring 1 large skillet, sprayed with nonstick spray to medium heat on the stove.  Cook bell pepper, mushrooms, and onion until softened, 4 to 6 minutes.  Remove from pan and set aside.

In same skillet, cook chicken until cooked through, about 3 minutes per side.  Remove from heat.

Place crushed tomatoes in a small bowl and season to taste with garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and ground pepper.  Evenly spoon seasoned tomatoes onto chicken in skillet.  If desired, put 2 or three leaves of fresh basil over tomatoes.  Tear string cheese into pieces and place over the tomatoes.

Top chicken with vegetables and turkey pepperoni.  Return to heat, cover with a lid and continue to cook until toppings are hot, and the cheese softens, approximately 2 - 3 minutes.

Plate your pizza-fied chicken, and sprinkle with freshly grated parmigiano-reggiano.  Garnish with crushed red pepper and fresh basil leaves, if desired.


My revision:  You are what you eat.  So I am skinny Pizza-fied Chicken! ;)  - quote courtesy of ffffound.com



30 comments:

  1. I love pizza too, but I don't have your willpower and enjoy it far too often! This recipe sounds like a fabulous healthy alternative!

    Can't wait for those Limoncello bundt cakes!!

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    1. I don't always have the willpower, Val! However, this is honestly so incredible, I enjoy it almost as much...especially when I have them all prepared, sitting in the fridge, and just have to heat one up! Have a great weekend!

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  2. I love pizza (and now I'm craving some, isn't it the best Friday night dinner?!). What a fun way to get a pizza fix! Have a great weekend, Carol! :)

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    1. The absolute best thing! I'm craving some now too! :) You have a great weekend too, Laura!!!

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  3. What lovely memories of pizza night at your grandmother's! This chicken looks excellent...you'd never guess it was healthy :)

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    1. Thank you so much, Liz! They were lovely memories, and it's funny how you can remember some things like it was just yesterday! Have a great weekend!

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  4. Oh, Carol... this looks so delicious! Definitely going to try it. The memories are wonderful and your pictures are beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. Good morning, Donna! I knew you would love this recipe! Dave will love it too! :) Wasn't Gram's pizza the best ever?!! Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend! xox

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  5. I would really enjoy this chicken pizza! We have a very similar dish here, having such a strong italian heritage in this country, that´s a breaded fried chicken cutlet topped with ham, sauce and cheese. It´s probably worse than two slices of pizza, so I´ll take your recipe! Have a great weekend Carol!

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    1. Hi Paula, so nice to hear from you! Hope you're enjoying your weekend! Thank you for your sweet comment!!

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  6. This sounds like a winner. I made your apple crisp (Kelly's favorite) today. We love it.
    I have a pot of homemade bean soup with a ham bone brewing on the stove. The apple crisp will be the official topping off for the soup tonight.
    Love your recipes.

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    1. Good morning, Mom! So happy you tried the apple crisp, and love it! I've made it a million times for Kelly! The bean soup sounds wonderful...love bean soup! You and Dad enjoy the weekend! xox

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  7. Oh my goodness what an awesome meal! I can't wait to try it.

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    1. Thanks so much Natalie! Thanks for stopping by acom, and taking the time to leave your kind comment!!!

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  8. Yum, Carol! At least one evening a week is dedicated to pizza night in our house. I can totally relate to your experience of visiting your Nonna as a child. Such a wonderful tradition!

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    1. Hi Lisa! Thanks so much for stopping by! It was a wonderful tradition...so happy you can relate to those wonderful memories! You must of had them too! Enjoy the rest of your weekend!!

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  9. How very fun and creative this is...I know my boys would love this!

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    1. Good morning, Alisha! Thanks so much! BTW, loving your lentil salad!

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    1. Hi Kristi! Thank you so much...and thanks for stopping by! Enjoy your Sunday!!!

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  11. Now this is a serious yum Carol! Pizza and chicken have to be the two best foods on the planet!

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    1. Good Morning, Jocelyn! Thanks so much for your sweet comment! Have a beautiful week!!!

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  12. This is brilliant. We're total pizza addicts in this house and end up eating a lot of frozen pizza since it's slightly less greasy. What a nice way to indulge!

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    1. Hi Jen! Thanks so much! You will have to give this one a try...full of taste, with none of the bad stuff! :)

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  13. HI Carol! I like the way you photographed all your ingredients and the calorie count on such a flavorful pretty meal is over the top just perfect for our household-thanks;-)

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    1. Thanks so much for the kind comment, Patty! ...and congratulations to your 49ers! Good luck in the SB!!! :)

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  14. Love the pizzafied chicken! Looks absolutely delicious and such a great idea!

    Nazneen

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    1. Hi Nazneen! Thanks so much for your kind words! Have a great week, and thanks for stopping by!!

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  15. Hi Carol! These look wonderful! I make pizza whenever I have leftover sauce from spaghetti and meatball night (which is, ahem, quite often!)This looks like just the ticket for my boys, the 5 year old that loves pizza and the 6 year old that could eat his body weight in chicken. The 5 month old doesn't have much of an opinion as of right now :)

    Looking forward to the Limoncello recipes. Wish I could send you some of the Limoncello I get here in Italy!

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    1. Good morning, Tracy! That sounds like a perfect plan for your boys! God bless you, 3 young boys...you must have the patience of a saint! :) I'm writing the post for the Limoncello Bundt Cakes right now...hopefully will be posted later today. I wish you could send me some Limoncello too! Both my daughter and a girlfriend brought me some back from their trips to Italy...but only airline bottle size! Need much bigger!!! lol Thanks so much for stopping by and have a beautiful day!

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Hi! Thank you so much for stopping by a cup of mascarpone, and taking the time to leave a comment! I read, smile, and cherish each and every one of them! xox

Carol