Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Pizza-fied Chicken

I found this yummy recipe in Hungry Girl's "Hungry Girl 1-2-3" book and absolutely love it! We have it at least twice a month. The recipe is for one serving, so adjust to your family size accordingly. Enjoy!

1/4 cup canned crushed tomatoes (I use Italian style)
1 stick light string cheese
5 oz., raw bonless, skinless, lean chicken breast
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp onion powder
1/8 tsp salt, or to taste
1/8 tsp black pepper, or to taste
1/4 cup diced green bell pepper
1/4 cup sliced mushrooms
2 Tbsp. diced onion
4 slices turkey pepperoni, chopped
1 tsp reduced fat Parmesan-style grated topping
optional seasonings and toppings: crushed red pepper, oregano and basil

Preheat broiler.

If you like, season crushed tomatoes to taste with salt, black pepper and optional seasonings. Set aside. Tear string cheese into shreds, roughly chop and set aside.

Place chicken in a large sealable plastic bag and, removing as much air as possible, seal the bag. Carefully pound chicken through the bag with a meat mallet or a heavy can, until it is uniformly about 1/2 inch thick. (I just cut the breast in half widthwise.) Evenly sprinkle both sides of the chicken with the garlic powder, onion powder, salt and black pepper. Set aside.

Bring an oven safe skillet sprayed with nonstick spray to medium heat on the stove. Add bell pepper, mushrooms, and onion and cook until softened, about 4-6 minutes. Remove veggies and set aside.

Remove skillet from heat, re-spray, and return to medium heat. Add chicken and cook for about 3 minutes per side, until cooked through.

Top chicken with crushed tomatoes, string cheese, veggies, and turkey pepperoni.

Place skillet** under the broiler for 2-3 minutes, until cheese softens and pepperoni becomes crisp.

Top chicken with grated topping before serving if desired.

**Hungry Girl tip: If you're not sure if the handle of your skillet is oven-safe, wrap the handle with aluminum foil before heating. (I just put the cooked chicken into a 9x13 casserole dish, add toppings and broil for a few more minutes.)

***Note: 1 serving= 8 WW (PointsPlus) points

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