Friday, September 16, 2011

Crustless Chicken Pizza Casserole (GAPS-legal and grain-free)

Everyone in my family loves pizza. While we have eaten and enjoyed a few different recipes for grain-free pizza crust, the recipe I make most often is a crustless chicken pizza casserole.  It is very easy to make, and enjoyed by all.  Of course, you'll need to eat it with a fork, but on the plus side, you can add as many toppings as you like without worrying about overloading the crust!

Crustless Chicken Pizza Casserole
Serves 4
  • 2 cups leftover cooked chicken, chopped or shredded into bite-size pieces
  • 6-8 oz pizza sauce, preferably homemade (use more if you like your pizza very saucy)
  • 8-12 large fresh basil leaves (optional) 
  • 8 oz shredded low-moisture mozzarella or mild cheddar cheese (mozzarella is not GAPS-legal)
  • 4 oz grated Parmesan cheese
  • Pizza toppings of choice (I like sauteed mushrooms and onions with green chile, nitrate-free salami, and fresh garlic)
  • NOTE: any high-moisture veggies such as mushrooms or zucchini will need to be sauteed to release the moisture before adding them to your pizza casserole.  I've used raw onions that were very finely diced with no problem, but of course they are tastier if you saute them anyway.
  • Homemade ranch dressing, for dipping (optional)
  1. Spread chicken over the bottom of an 8-inch square casserole dish.  
  2. Spread the pizza sauce over the chicken.  Add the optional basil leaves.
  3. Sprinkle half of the mozzarella (or cheddar) cheese over the sauce.
  4. Add your pizza toppings.
  5. Add the remaining half of the mozzarella or cheddar cheese.  Sprinkle the Parmesan cheese over the top. 
  6. Bake in an oven or large toaster oven at 350 degrees F for about 20-30 minutes, until the cheese is bubbly.
  7. Remove from the oven and allow to cool a bit before serving. My family loves to dip this pizza casserole in homemade ranch dressing!  A side salad or veggie sticks make an excellent accompaniment.
This post is part of Grain-Free Carnival, Pennywise Platter at The Nourishing Gourmet, Real Food Wednesday with Kelly the Kitchen Kop, Fat Tuesday at Real Food Forager, Fight Back Friday at Food Renegade and Monday Mania at The Healthy Home Economist!

    16 comments:

    Jill@RealFoodForager.com said...

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    Ivy Mae said...

    Off to make this for dinner now! Thanks for the recipe.

    Laura said...

    Mmmmm this looks so good! I just made plenty of shredded chicken too... I think I might just have to whip this up :)

    Bonny said...

    This looks amazing! I can't wait to try it!

    Elsie Callender said...

    Yum! Good idea.

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    Dawn said...

    Thank you, this was tasty. Even my picky eater loved it and my quiet hubbie said, "Mmm, that was good!".

    Sarah Smith said...

    That's great, Dawn! Thanks for letting me know.

    Amanda T. said...

    Tried this tonight. It was delish!

    Sarah Smith said...

    Great, Amanda! Thanks for letting me know.

    TracyAa said...

    How do most people do their chicken?? (Without buying a roaster chicken from the grocery store...)

    Sarah Smith said...

    I buy chickens whole and roast them The leftovers get made into pizza casserole or soup, and the bones go into a pot to make broth.

    Tara said...

    Is this something that could be layered in the dish and then frozen for later, like what would be done with a lasagna? Then just stick it in the oven but for a longer time?

    Sarah Smith said...

    I've never tried that, but I bet it would work just fine!

    Kayla Dowling said...

    Wow. Stumbled upon this tonight when looking for a recipe with shredded chicken, and I made it for dinner. SOOO glad I found this one! Hubby and I loved it, and it's so simple. Thanks for creating and sharing this - it's a keeper!

    Sarah Smith said...

    Great Kayla! I'm glad you both enjoyed it!