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Pepperoni Pizza Chicken Bake (Video)

Try this Pepperoni Pizza Chicken Bake when you need some delicious low-carb comfort food that the whole family is going to love!

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Pepperoni Pizza Chicken Bake finished pizza bake in baking dish

This Pepperoni Pizza Chicken Bake is for everyone who’s been carefully watching what they eat during January and is now craving something that qualifies as comfort food. And although nothing might be quite as comforting as real pepperoni pizza, this chicken with pizza flavors is completely delicious and definitely scratches that pizza itch with something that’s also very low in carbs. 

I made this a couple of times with my nephew Jake to get it just right. The first time we didn’t reduce the pizza sauce and the sauce was too watery. We also tried it first with turkey pepperoni, which was fine if that’s what you prefer, but this recipe doesn’t take a lot of pepperoni and the full-fat pepperoni definitely crisped up a lot better.

But every time we tested this we happily gobbled it up, so use the type of pepperoni you prefer for this popular recipe that I’m featuring for Friday Favorites this week; I hope you’ll put this on your menu soon! And if you’re really craving pizza, check out The BEST Low-Carb and Gluten-Free Recipes with Pizza Flavors for more low-carb and Keto recipes for pizza or pizza-flavored dishes!

What Ingredients do you need for this recipe?

  • low-sugar pizza sauce (See note below about pizza sauce)
  • large boneless-skinless chicken breasts (at least 8 oz. each)
  • olive oil
  • Greek oregano (sometimes just called oregano)
  • garlic powder
  • Mozzarella cheese, sliced 
  • sliced pepperoni (regular or turkey pepperoni)

What Pizza Sauce Should You Use for Low-Carb?

I’ve been pleasantly surprised to find a couple of brands of pizza sauce that are pretty low in carbs, but I use Rao’s Pizza Sauce (affiliate link) which has only 3 carbs in 1/4 cup.

Low-Carb Pepperoni Pizza Chicken Bake process shots collage

How to Make Low-Carb Pepperoni Pizza Chicken Bake:

(Scroll down for complete printable recipe with nutritional information.)

  1.  Don’t skip the step of simmering the sauce on low until it’s reduced to one cup.
  2. Trim chicken well, cut each breast in half, and then pound until they’re as thin as you can get with out the chicken shredding apart. (I use a meat mallet (affiliate link) but anything heavy will work.
  3. Season chicken with oregano-garlic powder mix, and then quickly brown the chicken on both sides.  (It won’t be cooked through.)
  4. Layer the chicken pieces in a glass casserole dish that’s barely big enough to fit the chicken. 
  5. Spread each piece with a generous amount of the reduced sauce. 
  6. Put a thin slice of Mozzarella and few slices of pepperoni on each chicken breast. 
  7. Bake at 400F/200C for 25-30 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and starting to slightly brown.
  8. Serve hot and wait for compliments.
  9. If you’re reheating leftovers, I recommend you cover the dish to keep the chicken from drying out.

Pepperoni Pizza Chicken Bake square image of finished pizza bake in baking dish

More Low-Carb Ideas with Pizza Flavors:

Low-Carb Deconstructed Pizza Casserole ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Pepperoni Pizza Cauliflower Casserole ~ I Breathe I’m Hungry
Julia Child’s Eggplant Pizzas ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Flourless, Gluten-Free Low-Carb Pizza ~ Gluten-Free Easily
Zucchini Crust Pizza Margherita ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen

Weekend Food Prep:

This recipe has been added to a category called Weekend Food Prep  to help you find recipes you can prep or cook on the weekend and eat during the week!

Pepperoni Pizza Chicken Bake finished pizza bake in baking dish

Pepperoni Pizza Chicken Bake

Yield Makes 8 servings.
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes

Try this low-carb Pepperoni Pizza Chicken Bake when you need some low-carb and gluten-free comfort food!


  • 1 jar (14 oz) low-sugar pizza sauce, reduced to 1 cup (See note about pizza sauce)
  • 4 very large boneless-skinless chicken breasts (at least 8 oz. each)
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 1 tsp. Greek oregano (sometimes just called oregano)
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 6 oz. piece of Mozzarella, sliced about 1/4 inch thick
  • 2 oz. sliced pepperoni (regular or turkey pepperoni)


  1. Preheat oven to 400F/200C. 
  2. Put the pizza sauce in a small saucepan and simmer over low heat until it's reduced to one cup, about 20 minutes.  Don't skip this step or the dish will be watery.
  3. While the sauce reduces, trim the chicken breasts and cut each one crosswise to make two same-size pieces.  Put chicken pieces one at a time inside a heavy plastic bag and use a meat mallet (affiliate link) (or something heavy) to pound the chicken until it's as thin as you can get it without it shredding apart.  (Don't worry if some pieces break apart a little.) 
  4. Mix the Greek Oregano (affiliate link) and garlic powder in a little bowl and then sprinkle both sides of each piece of chicken with the mixture.
  5. Heat the olive oil over medium-high heat in the largest non-stick frying pan you have (you may have to do this in 2 batches if your pan isn't big enough.) Add the chicken pieces and cook 1-2 minutes on each side, just long enough to brown the chicken but not long enough to cook it through.
  6. Choose the smallest glass casserole dish you have that will fit all the browned chicken pieces, and lay the chicken in the dish in a single layer.  Cut the Mozzarella into slices and cut the slices as needed to make enough pieces to mostly cover the top of each piece of chicken.
  7. By now the sauce should be nicely reduced, so spread sauce over the top of each chicken breast.  (Use it all.)  Top each piece with sliced Mozzarella and pepperoni slices, covering the top of each piece of chicken as much as you can.
  8. Bake uncovered about 25-30 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and starting to brown and the pepperoni is slightly crisped.  (Some pieces of pepperoni will slice off the chicken, try not to obsess about that like I did.)  Serve hot.
  9. This was great reheated in the microwave for a few minutes, although you might not have any left!


Use the lowest-carb pizza sauce you can find or make your own pizza sauce to keep the carbs low for this recipe.

Recipe created by Kalyn.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 221Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 5gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 75mgSodium: 317mgCarbohydrates: 4gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 25g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations. (I'm not sure why the carb count is coming out quite so low on this recipe.)

If you make this recipe I'd love to hear how it turns out. Leave a star rating or share on social media with the hashtag #KALYNSKITCHEN, thanks!


Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
This Pepperoni Pizza Chicken Bake with full-fat cheese and pepperoni should be great for traditional low-carb and Keto eating plans if you’re careful to choose low-carb pizza sauce (or make your own). You could use skim-milk Mozzarella and turkey pepperoni for the South Beach Diet. We definitely liked it best with full-fat pepperoni, but quite a bit of the fat is left in the dish.

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    191 Comments on “Pepperoni Pizza Chicken Bake (Video)”

  1. Great pizza recipe, looks delicious and healthy. Thanks for posting.

  2. Some of the people in my family don’t like tomato sauce so I did one pan according to your recipe and another where I swapped basil pesto instead. Both were awesome. Definitely making again

  3. I don’t know why people are so hung up on the author providing nutritional information when most of the people who try these recipes change the way it’s done or the ingredients that are in it. Y’all know most of these ingredients are going to be little to no carbs, and besides that, you should be keeping track of your own carbs, macros, and nutritional information as it is different for every person. With that said, the people who write and post these recipes go through a lot of trouble to do this for us, and to give us free recipes! I mean, they could be putting it in a book and charging us for it! I for one am grateful and will take the time to input the ingredients into my own nutritional app! Thank you Kalyn! Love it!!!

  4. I love the idea of using chicken as the base! I have a similar pizza recipe that is to die for.

  5. Hello! I’m going to make this tonight…curious if I could use a small jar of :”pizza Quick” sauce instead of reducing the pizza sauce? It’s Ragu as well. Looks delicious…my kids gave me the thumbs up!

    • Correction…making tomorrow~

      • I can’t really answer because I’ve never used that type of sauce. The reducing is to remove the excess liquid in the sauce. Without doing it the finished dish will likely be watery in the bottom.

  6. First a confession. It drives me crazy when I see recipe reviews where the person changed every ingredient (“I didn’t have any eggs so I used peanuts”) and wonders why it didn’t work. But … my husband is doing low carb right now and I needed pizza so…  anyway, I added our other favorite toppings to this recipe and it was great!!  On half of the chicken breasts I added sautéed mushrooms, sliced jalapeños, and diced green bell peppers (under the cheese). I added bacon crumbles on top of all of them. It was amazing. Served it with a big salad and we have enough for another meal (just the two of us).  Great recipe!!

    • So glad you enjoyed it! I know what you mean about switching ingredients. But I don’t mind at all when people adjust the recipe to their own preferences and it comes out great!

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  8. Made this tonight and calculated the macros myself by my ingredients….which I do with every recipe I try 🙂 easy peasy!

    Thanks so much for sharing! Delicious!!!

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  11. I will definitely be making this recipe again! Everyone loved it! Even those who are not doing low carb. Before everyone was done eating they were already telling me to make sure that I make this again! I pretty much stuck to the recipe, the only thing Is that I used shredded mozzarella instead of slices because that’s what I had on hand and it came out beautifully.

  12. Tried this last night and didn’t disappoint, super yummy!

  13. I  read in some of the comments that you cannot provide nutritional information. But do you have a guesstimate of how much one chicken breast has with sauce and pepperoni? Tks

    • Sorry but I wouldn’t want to guess. You could check the info in Yummly, knowing that they may not be calculating at the lowest possible carbs for pizza sauce.

  14. Thanks for sharing! Does it keep very well til the next day?

  15. Trying this tonight!! Im always looking for low carb/healthier alternatives to some favorite foods. I bet this will be a hit! Ill be adding mushrooms and olives also. And some pasta on the side for my son…who is 3..and obviously not watching his carbs lol

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  20. I know you’ve said you won’t post nutritional information because it takes “a lot of time”. But, if you’re offering recipes that are geared toward people on a keto diet, surely you know the importance of us having that information. I’d love to try this recipe, but I’ll move along without doing so, because you won’t take the time to give me the information I need. Not to be disrespectful but IMO, its irresponsible to publish a “diet” recipe without backing up that claim with the nutrition facts.

    • I am sorry you feel that way, I guess you will just have to find recipes somewhere else.

      Here is a little more background for you. In September 2017 I switched my site to WordPress from a less technologically-complex blogging platform. (Yes, I should have done it years earlier, but that ship has sailed.) I knew there would be some things that wouldn’t transfer over, but I didn’t know that EVERY SINGLE POST would required editing. And I was switching so I could use the WordPress Recipe Plug-In to format my recipes, which also requires inputting information by hand on every post. I have been working since then (with three paid assistants) to edit recipes and put them into the recipe plug-in and we have about 30% of the recipes done. So there is absolutely no way I can calculate and add nutritional information to over 2,000 recipes on top of this.

      And I get comments every day from people who love my site and enjoy the recipes. So not to be disrespectful back to you, but obviously some people don’t mind calculating it or don’t need that information. I know that many of my readers use Yummly to see the nutritional information, which isn’t always accurate because it doesn’t recognize some ingredients, but much of the time the Yummly information is pretty close. I just checked and this recipe does have nutritional info in Yummly.

      And that’s a moot point anyway, because I simply CAN NOT do it at this time. Sorry you are unable to understand that.

    • Wow Deb. Why do you think it’s her responsibility to make sure you are staying within your carb count? The woman has taken the time to share her recipe. If you can’t take responsibility for your own diet, then stroll on by.

      Kaelyn, you didn’t owe her an explanation.

      Now, on a better note, I’ve made this at least 3 times for my family and we love it. Thanks for sharing!!