No flour, bread or yeast, this chicken crust pizza recipe is high in protein and low in carbs. Perfect to satisfy your pizza craving without feeling guilty.

One of the most difficult things for me to do when aiming for a healthier, more fit lifestyle is to give up carbs and things like pizza. It’s actually not that difficult for me to avoid buy/cooking/ordering it, but my husband has an utter disregard for my goals and pizza happens to be his favorite meal.

It’s pure torture when he makes it for dinner and I often give in and have a slice… or four.

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This week I’ve been making various type of chicken salads for myself and then last night I remembered seeing a picture of a pizza that said the crust was made of chicken. Genius!

While various versions of the recipe have been floating around the internet for a few years, no single one really appealed to me. I wanted something that would crisp up like a breaded crust and not be too high in fat content (although this is very tough and you may need to readjust your thinking for “high”), so I tweaked and melded and came up with my own version of a delicious guilt free chicken crust pizza recipe.

I’ve tried making this with low fat cheeses and it just didn’t come out right, so I don’t recommend that route.

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My husband loves it and I’m pretty sure we will never go back to ‘regular’ pizza again! Get creative with your sauce and toppings. This one is Mediterranean inspired, but BBQ, pesto or buffalo styles would also be delicious!

Guilt Free Chicken Crust Pizza Recipe

Ingredients

For crust:
1.5 lbs raw chicken breast
2-3 cloves garlic, minced
1.5 tsp Italian Spice Blend*
1/3 cup parmesan cheese, fresh shredded
1/3 cup mozzarella cheese, fresh shredded
1 egg 

*Use your favorite or make your own by combining onion powder, garlic powder, salt, pepper, oregano and thyme.

For Toppings:
3-4 tbsp pizza or pasta sauce
favorite veggies and/or meats
1/2 cup mozzarella cheese, fresh shredded
1/2 cup parmesan cheese, fresh shredded

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Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Cut raw chicken into 1″ cubes and then place into a food processor/blender/ninja in small batches to create a sort of home made ground chicken. Tip: You can also ask your butcher to grind the breasts for you before you leave the store.
  3. Place raw ground chicken into a bowl along with garlic, Italian spices, cheeses and egg. Mix thoroughly.
  4. Line a pizza pan or cookie sheet with parchment paper. Place raw chicken mixture ball onto paper.
  5. Roll out enough plastic wrap to cover whole pan/sheet and place on top of chicken mixture ball. Press chicken mixture down and out until it fills pan/sheet. Remove plastic wrap.
    • *Note* The photos show a thicker ‘crust’ as I only pressed the chicken mixture down into one cookie sheet. This recipe could easily be pressed into 2 cookie sheets for a thinner, crispier crust.
  6. Bake at 400 degrees for about 15-25 minutes, or until crust appears golden and to desired crispness. Thicker crusts will be more towards 20-25 minutes and thin crusts will cook in 10-15 minutes. Keep an eye on it! Be careful not to overcook – especially when making the one sheet thicker crust. It will really dry out the chicken.
  7. Remove from oven and let cool for about 5 minutes. Use this time to gather and slice your favorite toppings.
  8. Spread sauce and top with mozzarella. Add toppings and then finish off with parmesan. TIP: I know its hard, but try not to overload with toppings as with any pizza, this will cause sogginess in the center. Also, wait until removing from oven at end before adding fresh herbs like basil or arugula.
  9. Bake at 400 degrees for an additional 10-15 minutes, or until cheese topping has slightly browned/desired doneness.
  10. Slice, serve and enjoy this guilt-free, low carb, high protein meal!

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Guilt Free Chicken Crust Pizza
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
40 mins
 
No flour or bread, this from scratch Pizza is high in protein and low in carbs. Perfect to satisfy your pizza craving without feeling guilty!
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Low Carb
Servings: 8
Author: Jeana Shandraw
Ingredients
For Crust
  • 1.5 lbs fresh chicken breast I used organic
  • 2-3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1.5 tsp Italian Spice Blend Use your favorite or make your own by combining onion powder, garlic powder, salt, pepper, oregano and thyme.
  • 1/3 cup parmesan cheese shredded
  • 1/3 cup mozzarella cheese shredded
  • 1 large egg
For Toppings
  • 3-4 tbsp pizza or pasta sauce
  • favorite veggies and/or meats
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese shredded
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese shredded
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Cut raw chicken into 1" cubes and then place into a food processor/blender/ninja in small batches to create a sort of home made ground chicken.

    *Tip: You can also ask your butcher to grind the breasts for you before you leave the store.

  3. Place raw ground chicken into a bowl along with garlic, Italian spices, cheeses and egg. Mix thoroughly.
  4. Line a pizza pan or cookie sheet with parchment paper. Place raw chicken mixture ball onto paper.
  5. Roll out enough plastic wrap to cover whole pan/sheet and place on top of chicken mixture ball. Press chicken mixture down and out until it fills pan/sheet. Remove plastic wrap.

    *Note* The photos show a thicker 'crust' as I only pressed the chicken mixture down into one cookie sheet. This recipe could easily be pressed into 2 cookie sheets for a thinner, crispier crust.
  6. Bake at 400 degrees for about 15-25 minutes, or until crust appears golden and to desired crispness. Thicker crusts will be more towards 20-25 minutes and thin crusts will cook in 10-15 minutes. Keep an eye on it!
  7. Remove from oven and let cool for about 5 minutes. Use this time to gather and slice your favorite toppings.
  8. Spread sauce and top with mozzarella. Add toppings and then finish off with parmesan. TIP: I know its hard, but try not to overload with toppings as with any pizza, this will cause sogginess in the center.
  9. Bake at 400 degrees for an additional 10-15 minutes, or until cheese topping has slightly browned/desired doneness.
  10. Slice, serve and enjoy this guilt-free, low carb, high protein meal!
Recipe Notes
*Use your favorite Italian Seasoning or make your own by combining onion powder, garlic powder, salt, pepper, oregano and thyme.
Be careful not to overcook - especially when making the one sheet thicker crust. It will really dry out the chicken.
wait until removing from oven at end before adding fresh herbs like basil or arugula.
No flour, bread or yeast, this chicken crust pizza recipe is high in protein and low in carbs. Perfect to satisfy your pizza craving without feeling guilty. It took a min for my guests to realize the crust was made of chicken! via @jeanabeena

23 comments

  1. I made this and I do not own a cheese grater so the cheese was not sooo easy, and this made the chicken thicker, HOWEVER OMG soo good!
    10/10 I will make this again

    1. right?!?!? Awesome for a Keto lifestyle. I don’t feel like I’m missing out on pizza at all! PS – try just buying the already shredded cheese :)

  2. Have you, or anyone else, ever figured out the basic caloric breakdown of this? Understanding that toppings can vary; I suppose it can be arrived out via the cooked weight of the chicken, and then the respective numbers for each topping added,i.e. cheese, pepperoni, etc. I am following a Ketogenic diet, so thta would definitely be important to me. I recently made my first Keto (“Fathead”) pizza, with almond flour, and it was great, but this one sounds even more intriguing….Thanks for sharing!!!!!!

  3. I’ve made this a couple times now and love it!! Thank you for sharing, I love pizza but am trying to cut back on carbs so this is perfect! I even think it is better than traditional pizza

  4. Totally making this! It looks wonderful! I’ve been making chicken patties out of local organic ground chicken, that my grocer recently started selling. I add capers, coconut aminos, and an egg. This seems like such a simple addition and I can make little personal ones. Is there any reason, other than fat content that you only use egg white in your recipe?

    1. The chicken is raw. :) Like the recipe says, you can also just use ground chicken if you’d like to save yourself some time/effort but I haven’t tried it so the crust may come out a bit different. Let me know if you try it!

  5. Wow this is a different idea – great option for all kinds of food or gluten sensitivities too.

  6. Interesting–while it will never satisfy my urge for Pizza it certainly sounds like a balanced and nutritious meal that tastes really good. I do have to try this one.

    1. Never say never until you’ve tried it. I served it to my husband and father-in-law who didn’t even realize there was anything different.

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