One Pan Chicken Pepperoni Pizza Pasta let’s you enjoy the taste of your pasta and pizza favorites in the same dish! Spicy pepperoni, chunks of moist chicken, velvety pasta and oozing melted cheese makes this 30 minute recipe an easy choice to add to your favorites!
Trying to figure out what to make for dinner each night can be intimidating. Over time most of our families develop expectations of what dinner should be; gourmet style with linen, take-out, a pizza from the freezer or something in between. How do we keep it fresh every evening, even if it is only to please ourselves? It’s tough to know if we should just keep to the tried and true, branch out into trendy flavors even though we are sure someone won’t like it or just give up and hit the drive thru again?
For health reasons, the one constant for our family is that whatever we eat needs to be “real”food. To me that means little or no preservatives or chemicals used to get it to the store shelves. Thank goodness for organics! In a perfect world it should also be easy to prepare, ready in under 30 minutes or made in the slow cooker. So this Pepperoni Pizza Pasta checks all of these boxes and more. I mean, who can resist the flavors of melting cheese and crispy pepperoni. Not me, that’s for sure and I bet your family won’t be able to either!
Reasons to love this One Pan Pepperoni Pizza Pasta Recipe:
- Easy to make and ready in 30 minutes – great for busy weeknights!
- Everything cooks in one pan for quick clean-up.
- Family-friendly comfort food – kid tested!
- You will have delicious leftovers that can be stored in the fridge, in an airtight container for 3-4 days
- Versatile – substitute your leftover meat and veggies
Ever wonder what Pepperoni really is? This is the skinny on what I found out:
Pepperoni is an American invention, just like Chicken Parmesan. Put your hand up if you already knew that! The pepperoni we have come to know and love is a savory mixture of cured pork and beef and seasoned with a variety of spices like paprika, cayenne, garlic, sugar and anise seed. Though no one knows exactly when is was created, most believe that it was in the early 1900’s when Italian butchers and pizzerias began spreading on the streets of Italian-American society.
Looking for more 30 Minute Meal Recipes? Check out part of my collection here:
- Lemon Garlic Chicken Piccata – smothered in a creamy sauce
- Pan Roasted Chicken Thighs with Garlic Thyme Butter – pan seared and dripping with butter
- Sweet and Soy Chicken – sporting an addictive sticky glaze
Tips for making the best One Pan Chicken Pepperoni Pizza Pasta:
- Use short cut pasta for the best results. Though long cut pastas like spaghetti or fettuccine may work okay, this recipe was tested for ingredients using short cut pasta.
- When it comes to using spices, keep the shelf fresh by storing spices in a cool, dark place, away from direct heat or sunlight. In tightly closed containers whole spices will stay fresh for about 4 years, ground spices for about 2 to 3 years and dried herbs for 1 to 3 years.
- For extra heat, increase the red pepper flakes from 1/4 teaspoon to 1/2 teaspoon or to your taste.
Helpful Tools and Ingredients:
- Cast Iron or other oven-safe skillet – I love my ceramic coated cast iron skillet. A well-seasoned cast iron skillet will develop a non-stick surface that can go safely from the stove top then right into the oven. There are few non-stick skillets that are oven safe, so I go for my cast iron every time!
- Whole Grain Penne Pasta – delicious…and filled with more fiber than regular pasta.
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One Pan Pepperoni Pizza Pasta let’s you enjoy the taste of your pasta and pizza favorites in the same dish! Spicy pepperoni, velvety pasta and oozing melted cheese makes this 30 minute recipe an easy choice to add to your favorites!
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1 – 1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into bite size pieces
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup diced green peppers
1/2 cup diced yellow onion
5 ounce package pepperoni slices, cut into quarters (reserve 12 whole slices for later)
2 teaspoons italian seasoning
1/4 teaspoon oregano
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
24 ounce Homemade Marinara Sauce or your favorite jar brand
2 teaspoons minced garlic, about 4 cloves
12 ounces dry whole wheat penne pasta
4 cups water
2 cups mozzarella cheese
1 tablespoon fresh minced basil (optional)
Heat large oven-proof skillet or dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add 1 Tablespoon oil and heat until shimmering.
Add the chicken and cook until browned on all sides, stirring occasionally., about 4 minutes. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Chicken may not be fully cooked at this point. Remove from pan and set aside.
In the skillet , over medium-high heat, heat the remaining 1 Tablespoon oil. Add the green peppers, onions and pepperoni quarters. Cook, stirring occasionally until the green peppers and onions are softened and the pepperoni starts to crisp, about 4 minutes. Add back in the chicken.
Sprinkle the Italian seasoning, oregano and red pepper flakes into the skillet. Stir to combine and cook 1 minute.
Into the skillet, add the marinara sauce, garlic, pasta and water. Stir to combine. Bring the mixture to a boil, then cover and reduce heat to simmer for 15 minutes or until noodles are cooked al dente. Add additional water 1/4 cup at a time, if mixture gets too thick and pasta is not done.
Preheat the boiler.
Remove the skillet from heat. Sprinkle the cheese evenly over the pasta mixture. Distribute 12 reserved pepperoni slices over the top.
Place the skillet under the broiler for 2 minutes until the cheese is melted and golden brown.
Garnish with basil and serve hot.
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