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Pizza Stuffed Chicken Breasts – Lean and Green Meal

Pizza Stuffed Chicken Breasts – Lean and Green Meal

Can you Stuff Pizza in a Chicken Breast?

How can you even think of pizza being stuffed into chicken breasts? That doesn’t make sense. Or does it?

When I was a kid I drove my family crazy. I combined everything on my plate. My mashed potatoes were filled with corn. I mixed side dishes with the main dishes. My plate was a mess. If I had only known the day of the “turning everything into a bowl” was coming!

Nowadays the world is used to mixing and matching their foods. Every restaurant has a bowl item on the menu. It makes me want to run back to my parents and say, “I told you so!”

An Easy Approach to Stuffed Chicken

Looking for an easy, fun, and tasty lean and green recipe? Look no further than pizza-stuffed chicken breasts! This recipe is simple to make, uses only a few ingredients, and takes only 10 minutes to prepare. Plus, the cooking time is only 40 minutes! You can’t get much better than that. These chicken breasts are perfect for a quick and healthy meal any night of the week.

This recipe was inspired by and we have made some adaptations to help you on your health journey. This is especially true if you’re on Optavia’s 5&1.

Lean and Green Meals Don’t Have to be Boring

Just because you’re trying to eat healthy doesn’t mean you have to say goodbye to your favorite comfort foods. With a few simple substitutions, it’s easy to make delicious, health-conscious lean and green meals that will leave you feeling satisfied.

In this stuffed chicken recipe we are just taking what we love from pizza and tossing out the dough! It’s what you love without the guilt! We always say that food is fuel but fuel can be a tasty tool. Spicing up your recipes by combining foods like pizza with chicken is simple but genius!

jeremy holding finished pizza stuffed chicken

How do you stuff chicken breast?

Butterfly chicken breast is a great way to add flavor to otherwise plain chicken. The process is simple: first, carefully butterfly the chicken breast open. It doesn’t have to be perfect – a little messiness is perfectly fine. Next, add your seasonings to one side of the chicken. Then, fold the other half of the chicken breast over the top, enclosing the seasonings inside.

butterflied chicken stuffed with pizza items

Important Safety With Slicing The Chicken Breast

Take your time. When you cut the chicken slow and steady wins the race. First, you don’t want to cut yourself. Second, your goal is to open the breast up without cutting through the chicken.

Don’t Over-Stuff your Chicken

A little pizza goes a long way. In this lean and green recipe, you’ll top the dish off with pasta sauce and the leftover cheese and pepperoni. There will be plenty left and you’ll get all the tasty goodness.

Sealing Your Stuffed Chicken Breasts

When you fold the chicken breast over onto the pizza stuffing you may need to use a toothpick to keep it closed. This is usually a sign there is too much pizza inside the chicken.


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What You Need For Pizza Stuffed Chicken Breasts

The Lean Proteins

We are using our favorite Butcherbox-delivered chicken. We pick up at least three pounds every month in our order. You’ll need four chicken breasts butterflied for this recipe. In our experience, one chicken breast is rarely a full 6 ounces after being cooked. Check out our other ButcherBox inspired recipes!

turkey pepperoni


Pick up some lean turkey pepperoni to make this meal more compliant with your Optavia lean guidelines.


If you’re on the Optimal 5&1 program, a portion of your lean can be made up in low-fat cheese. We’re using mozzarella for this lean and green meal.

The Greens

Marinara Sauce

We are using our favorite pasta sauce from our list of Optavia-approved pasta sauces. Rao’s is our go-to sauce. We’ve tried them all and we like this one the best.

Best approved Pasta Sauces

Read Our Tips on the Best Approved Pasta Sauces

Fun Tip:

Did you know you can thicken up your sauce by adding cauliflower to it and blending it up. Cooked cauliflower blended with pasta sauce gives a rich and thicker sauce for your lean and green meal!

How we Made our Stuffed Chicken Pizza

Prep the Oven

We used our favorite oven gadget from Ninja. The Foodi XL oven is perfect for these kinds of meals. Pre-heat whatever oven you are using to 400 degrees.

Butterfly and Stuff Your Chicken

Butterflied and stuffed chicken

Once you’ve sliced your chicken breasts lay them out open side up. Start by adding 1/4 of the minced garlic. Next, add a layer of mozzarella cheese. Top it off with three to four slices of pepperoni.

Seal and Season Your Stuffed Chicken

Fold the chicken over on itself. If it’s too full, use a toothpick to seal it. Season with Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper. We only seasoned one side and it was perfect. If you’d like to season the other side you can flip the chicken when placing it in the pan.

Add to the Dish and Sauce it Up

We use a square dish but you can use whatever you have. Add each breast to the dish. Pour the sauce over the top of the chicken until it’s covered.

Top with whatever remaining pepperoni is left. Top with the remaining cheese.

Bake The Stuffed Chicken

Bake the chicken covered with tin foil to prevent the cheese from burning. When you have about 10 minutes left, you can remove the tin foil covering to ensure the top cheese is melted and browned.

That’s it! Enjoy every bite guilt free!


What goes with pizza stuffed chicken?

We made a simple Caesar salad to complete our lean and green meal. Whatever sides go with Italian food work here! You may want to try some awesome cauliflower garlic bread

How long should you bake pizza stuffed chicken?

Every oven is different. This means cooking times will vary. The important thing to remember is your chicken must reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees to be considered “done”

Why not make a chicken pocket and stuff the chicken?

Short answer: We don’t have the patience or the skill! But if you do we want to see what it looks like!

Could this be an air-fryer recipe?

Absolutely! Our Foodi is a multi function oven and you could definitely air fry these as well. One word of caution: Your cheese may melt out before your chicken is done when air-frying.

Pizza Stuffed Chicken

Lean and Green – Pizza Stuffed Chicken

Create a tasty take on Italian food with this pizza ingredient stuffed chicken!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Course Lean, Lean and Green, Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4 servings
Calories 455 kcal



  • Butterfly each chicken breast
    4 Chicken Breasts
  • Add garlic, 1/4 Mozzarella, and three pepperoni pieces to inside the chicken. Fold over and use a toothpick to seal closed
    4 cloves garlic, 1/4 cup Turkey Pepperoni, 3 oz Low Fat Mozzarella Cheese
    Butterflied and stuffed chicken
  • Season the top of the chicken breast with Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper
    2 tsp Italian seasoning, Salt & Pepper to Taste
  • Place in square baking dish, cover with sauce
    2 cups Rao's Original Marinara Sauce
  • Top with any remaining cheese and pepperoni. Bake covered at 400 until chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees.
    You can uncover for the last 10 minutes to melt and brown the cheese.



Cooking Times: Cooking times vary based on the type of oven you use.  We utilize a Ninja countertop Foodi Oven and this took approximately 40 minutes at 400 degrees.
5&1 Approved: This meal is lean and has approved greens.  Exact number of lean and greens have not been calculated for this recipe. One chicken breast with included ingredients has an estimated value of 1 leaner and 1 green.


Calories: 455kcalCarbohydrates: 9gProtein: 60gFat: 18gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 176mgSodium: 1089mgPotassium: 1315mgFiber: 1gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 195IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 223mgIron: 2mg
Keyword Chicken Recipe, Keto, Lean and Green, Optavia
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