Pepperoni Pizza Chicken

Turn to two pizza favorites, mozzarella cheese and pepperoni, to create a surprisingly easy stuffing for sautéed chicken breasts.

  • prep time 10 min
  • total time 35 min
  • ingredients 8
  • servings 4

Ingredients

4
boneless skinless chicken breasts
2
oz sliced pepperoni
1/2
cup shredded mozzarella cheese (about 2 oz)
1
tablespoon olive oil
4
cups water
1
package (7 oz) uncooked elbow macaroni
1
jar (1 lb 8 oz) tomato pasta sauce (any variety)
Chopped fresh basil, if desired
  • 1 Place chicken breasts flat on cutting surface. With knife parallel to cutting surface, cut a lengthwise slit in each chicken breast, forming a pocket, keeping other 3 sides intact. Stuff each chicken breast with pepperoni and mozzarella cheese, pressing the edges of each chicken breast to seal.
  • 2 In 12-inch nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Cook chicken in oil about 9 minutes, turning occasionally, until well browned on both sides. (Chicken pockets will open slightly during cooking.) Remove from skillet and set aside.
  • 3 In same skillet, slowly add water so as not to splatter. Increase heat setting to high. Heat water to boiling. Add macaroni; cook about 3 minutes or until almost tender. Do not drain. Stir in pasta sauce. Heat to boiling. Return chicken to skillet. Reduce heat to medium . Cover and simmer 8 to 10 minutes or until juice of chicken is clear when center of thickest part is cut (170°F). Garnish with basil.
  • Nutrition Information

    NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

    Serving Size: 1 Serving
    Calories
    710
    (
    Calories from Fat
    220),
    % Daily Value
    Total Fat
    24g
    24%
    (Saturated Fat
    7g,
    7%
    Trans Fat
    0g
    0%
    ),
    Cholesterol
    110mg
    110%;
    Sodium
    1420mg
    1420%;
    Total Carbohydrate
    74g
    74%
    (Dietary Fiber
    5g
    5%
      Sugars
    18g
    18%
    ),
    Protein
    49g
    49%
    ;
    % Daily Value*:
    Vitamin A
    15%;
    Vitamin C
    10%;
    Calcium
    20%;
    Iron
    25%;
    Exchanges:
    3 1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 1/2 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 5 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1 1/2 Fat;
    Carbohydrate Choices:
    5
    *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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