Low Carb Chicken Crust Pizza – Healthy and High Protein
An easy, healthy and high-protein pizza to satisfy your pizza cravings without all the carbs and fat. This low carb chicken crust pizza has all the pizza flavor and 31 grams of protein to keep you full. A fast, easy, and healthy weeknight meal that only feels like a cheat.
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A Healthy Alternative to Regular Pizza
Pizza… it’s one of those foods that just feels like fun. It’s what you eat while watching a big game, an easy appetizer with friends and a glass of wine, and nostalgic of childhood.
But it with tons of carbs and fat and little protein and nutrients, it certainly isn’t good for you.
The average delivery pizza clocks in at 330 calories a slice with 39 grams carbs and 14 grams of fat. But let’s be honest, one slice is never enough. So after 2 slices you’re already at 660 calories and 78 grams of carbs! What? That’s more than a third of what most women need in a day!
And with only 13-14 grams protein (even with all the meat toppings), you’ll probably be hungry again within 2 hours.
Fun vs. Healthy (you no longer have to choose!)
Don’t you hate feeling like you have to choose between fun foods and a healthy lifestyle?
Cauliflower crust pizzas are a little better with half the carbs and more protein. Plus, it’s so satisfying to eat nearly half a pizza instead of one measly slice, but they’re expensive!
Of course you can always make your own, but I know I hate the process of grinding up the vegetables in the food processor, draining all the liquid out, and the flimsy crust not standing up to all the toppings I want.
Wouldn’t it be great if you could have a pizza with enough protein to qualify as a meal? Well that’s where this low carb chicken crust pizza comes in!
Low Carb Chicken Crust Pizza
A high protein crust sturdy enough to hold all the fixings and bursting with all the pizza flavors. That’s right, no more flimsy vegetable crusts that crumble under the weight of all the good stuff!
Plus, it’s ready in under 30 minutes (25 of those are baking time) for an easy and healthy weeknight meal on even the busiest of days.
A dinner that tastes like a Friday but prepared like a Tuesday.
Easy, Healthy, and Delicious
At 31 grams of protein, less than 5 grams of carbs, and 7.7 grams of fat, it’s sure to fit into your healthy lifestyle so you never have to choose between healthy and fun.
It’s macro-friendly, paleo and Whole30 approved (if you skip the cheese topping or use a cheese alternative), and even keto-compliant. It’s really the ultimate healthy pizza!
But most importantly, it’s delicious! So save those carbs for something better (like a glass of red wine!) and make this healthy, high-protein (and even kid-approved) pizza part of your weeknight dinner rotation.
And this isn’t one of those recipes where you’ll need to make the healthy version for yourself and the real version for the rest of your family! You know what I mean… like trying to trick kids into eating zucchini noodles or “healthy” cookies, or cauliflower mac and cheese.
Nope, these kiddos were patiently waiting next to my little photo set up to devour a slice (or steal a slice of pepperoni between shots). As soon as I told them I was finished, they dove in and Lauren even shoved a piece in her mouth LOL!
How to make low carb chicken pizza
First, preheat oven to 375 F degrees. In a medium sized bowl, combine all the spices. I like 1 Tbs Italian seasoning, 1 Tbs dried parsley, 1 Tbs garlic powder, and 1/2 tsp garlic salt. But feel free to mix it up and use whatever you like or have on hand.
Next, beat in 1 whole egg. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Add 1 pound of extra lean ground chicken and use your hands to thoroughly combine the meat, egg, and spices. On a rimmed pan lined with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat, form the meat mixture into a round pizza shape. Then bake at 375 F degrees for 20 minutes. You’ll know it’s cooked through when you push on the chicken crust and it has a little spring to it.
Remove the cooked crust from the oven and add 1/2 cup of marinara sauce, 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese, and toppings of your choice. I like to use chopped bell peppers, red onions, and ~12 slices of turkey pepperoni. The best part about this is that it can hold up to a lot of toppings (unlike cauliflower crust which always seems so flimsy).
Put the pizza back in the oven for 5 minutes until toppings are warm and cheese is melted. You can also finish with 1-2 minutes under the broiler until the cheese is bubbling.
Remove from the oven and let cool for a few minutes before serving. Complete the Italian meal by serving it with a side salad and glass of red wine 🙂
You can also make this crust into “breadsticks” by shaping the crust into a large rectangle and sprinkling a little more garlic salt over the top. Just cut the cooked “crust” into sticks and serve with marinara for dipping!
What are your favorite pizza toppings? Do you stick to strictly meats and cheese or prefer nearly an entire salad on your pizza?
I want to see your creations!
If you make this Low Carb Chicken Crust Pizza recipe, don’t forget to tag me @fit.and.fulfilled on Instagram. I love seeing what you make!