Protein-Packed Pizza

This fresh spin on pizza packs in the protein and flavor without the fat and guilty conscience.

By Elke S. Nelson, Ph.D, CFL-1 | June 30, 2014


  • 6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon Himalayan pink sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper

Top It

  • 1 cup pasta sauce
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 6 pieces bacon, cooked and chopped
  • Optional: grass-fed cheese

Make It

  1. Turn on broiler to preheat.
  2. After trimming excess fat from chicken, place each chicken breast in a plastic bag and pound them with a meat tenderizer/hammer until they’re approximately 1/4- to 1/2-inch thick.
  3. Coat both sides of flattened chicken breasts with olive oil. Thoroughly mix all spices in a small bowl and sprinkle spice mixture over chicken breasts.
  4. Place the seasoned chicken breasts in a single layer onto cookie sheets, broil for three minutes, then flip and broil the other sides for an additional two-and-a-half to three minutes until cooked through.
  5. Remove from oven.
  6. Set oven to bake and preheat to 350 degrees. Spread 2 tablespoons pasta sauce over each chicken breast and add toppings of choice. Bake 10 to 15 minutes until toppings achieve desired crispiness.

Nutrition Facts

Serves 6 (per serving): 446  calories; 67  grams protein; 9  grams carbs; 13  grams fat

About the Author

Elke S. Nelson, Ph.D, CFL-1

Elke S. Nelson, Ph.D, CFL-1

Elke Nelson has a B.S. in Biotechnology and a Ph.D. in Molecular & Cellular Biology. She currently works fulltime as an assistant manager of a clinical writing group, producing and reviewing reports that discuss medical technologies (e.g., drugs, devices, procedures) under investigation in late-stage clinical trials. Elke is a Level 1 certified coach at CrossFit Conshohocken. Elke specializes in Paleo nutrition, particularly why and how to implement the diet into everyday living; meal design; and CrossFit training.