Chicken pizzaiola


Tender chicken in a garlicky tomato pizza inspired sauce with spaghetti and melted mozzarella

5 mins

50 mins

361 kcals

serves 4

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Chicken pizzaiola recipe

If you have followed this blog for a while you may well have picked up on the fact that I love a good pizza sauce and this chicken pizzaiola is the perfect recipe to get all those flavours into a pasta dish. Perhaps it’s because it tastes so good without being unhealthy, or it has that echo of eating something really indulgent (a big old pizza) and chases away cravings for junk food.

This is the sort of meal that I would always go for if I was at an American-Italian restaurant, it’s such a satisfying meal to eat. This is the super-quick version- most of the time I would add in chopped onion and fresh garlic, but this is the weeknight in-a-hurry version, but it’s still full of goodness and super lean.

It’s up to you what you prefer to serve it with- regular spaghetti is obviously great, wholewheat spaghetti adds a nice extra bit of fibre, and butternut squash noodles would also be a really tasty option. Or even just a green salad!

What is Chicken pizzaiola

This is an authentic italian style chicken pizzaiola pasta recipe made with chicken breast that is cooked in a rich tomato pizza style sauce with onion granules and garlic powder. Towards the end of cooking mozzarella is added so that it melts over the top of the tender chicken. The chicken and tomato is then served on top of al dente spaghetti and topped with torn basil. A simple recipe that uses only 4 main ingredients and ideal for a mid week family meal.

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chicken pizzaiola

Chicken pizzaiola

  • Author: Pip Payne
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


So easy to do and such a  treat to eat!



  • 34 chicken breasts
  • 1 tin chopped tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp tomato puree
  • 1 tsp onion granules
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • small handful torn basil
  • 6 chestnut mushrooms (roughly chopped)
  • salt and pepper
  • 150 g mozzarella
  • 30 g grated parmesan


  1. Pre-heat oven to 180c
  2. In an ovenproof dish with a lid, pop in the all of the ingredients apart from the cheese and mix together
  3. Cook for 40 minutes (lid on) at 180c
  4. Stir well, and cover with the torn up mozzarella, and grated parmesan
  5. Bake with the lid off for a further 10 minutes until the cheese is bubbling and starting to brown
  6. Serve with spaghetti and extra torn basil


Perfect with spaghetti, wholewheat spaghetti, butternut squash noodles or salad.

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 50 minutes

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