Sriracha Chicken Pizzaiola

I adore pizza. In fact, when making large purchases, I like to quantify how many pizza’s I am sacrificing. New iPhone? That’s 12 large meat encrusted pizzas with a garbage bag of breadsticks.

I wanted that same flavor throughout the week without the weight gain, and the preparation needed to be simple. I’m a simple man at heart, with simple needs. Enter this pizza inspired dish that’s keeping me happy throughout the week.

Hands on Time : 5-10 Minutes

Cook Time : 4-6 Hours on Low

Equipment : Slow Cooker

Ingredients :

  • 4 lbs Chicken Breast. Boneless, Skinless.
  • 2 cups Marinara Sauce. Roughly one 16oz jar.
  • 6 oz Pepperoni. Thin sliced.
  • 1/4 cup Sriracha or your favorite hot sauce.

Directions :

  1. Create a layer of chicken topped with drizzles of sriracha, onions, and marinara sauce on the bottom of the slow cooker. Top with a layer of pepperoni ensuring you are covering as much of the chicken possible. Continue to create layers of chicken, sauce, onion, and pepperoni until finished.
  2. Cook 4-6 hours on low.
  3. Once finished, remove chicken and pepperoni to a dish, using a large spoon to skim excess fat off surface of sauce. Gently shred chicken with two forks, not too finely. Add 2 or more cups of the braising liquid(leftover liquid) to keep the chicken soft and tender. When serving top with fresh mozzarella cheese.

Equipment Used

Credit to this adaption from the fabulous America’s Test Kitchen.