Happy New Year everyone! This is my first post of 2018 and of course, it’s about pizza. As most of us are kicking of our New Years Resolutions, I thought I’d share this amazing clean eating protein pizza recipe with you all. I shared my pizza chicken recipe a while back, but this is pizza with a whole new twist. We actually use ground chicken as the crust.
I know, I know, it sounds pretty weird but I promise you, it’s pretty awesome. I know cauliflower crust is all the rage but I personally don’t care for it. I find that it has a gritty texture and it takes a fine sense of skill to get it just right. The chicken crust is dense and sturdy with a mild flavor perfect for piling high with your favorite toppings.
This is a low-carb recipe, not no-carb. As I’m sure most of you know, there are carbs in the sauce and any vegetables and herbs you add. You can add any toppings that you like to suit your preferences. Just remember to take your modifications into account if tracking macros.
We tried this for the first time on New Year’s Day and it was an instant hit. The girls only freaked out a little bit when we told them the crust was made of chicken (ha!). I think that they were more or less disappointed that we didn’t have any pepperoni to top it with. If I haven’t lost you yet, here is the recipe:
Clean Eating Protein Pizza
1 1/4 lb raw chicken breasts
1/2 cup grated parmesan
1 tsp dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried rosemary
1 teaspoon sage
1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
pinch of pepper
1/4 cup marinara or pizza sauce
1/4 cup grated parmesan
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella
1/4 cup chopped basil
1/2 green bell pepper chopped
1. Preheat oven to 450*
2. Add chicken breasts, 1/2 cup grated parmesan, 1 teaspoon dried oregano, 1 teaspoon dried rosemary, 1 teaspoon sage, 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt and pinch of pepper to food processor or high powered blender. Use on pulse or high setting until thoroughly mixed and minced.
3. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil and add blended crust mixture.
4. Use another sheet of parchment paper or aluminum foil and an additional baking sheet to flatten crust mixture into even thickness, approximately less than 1/4 inch thick.
5. Bake crust for 10-15 minutes or until edges are lightly browned and chicken is cooked.
6. Top pizza with 1/4 cup marinara or pizza sauce mixed with 1/4 cup grated parmesan, then add additional toppings.
7. Bake pizza for an additional 4-10 minutes or until cheese has melted.
8. Remove from oven and allow to cool, slice into pieces and enjoy!
Nutrition Facts Per Serving: Calories 271 Fat 9 G Protein 43 G Carbohydrates 4 G
This pizza was super easy to prepare and was on the table in just over 30 minutes. The girls even asked us for seconds. It would probably even make for great left overs or you could incorporate it into your weekly meal prep routine. If you’re still looking for a new fitness routine, be sure to check out the SoCal Fit Guide, it includes 6 weeks of workouts and tons of meal ideas too.
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