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Keto Chicken Crust Pizza

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Have you ever made a meatza before? It's exactly what it sounds like. The crust is made entirely from meat! It's a great high-protein, keto recipe for everyday cooking.

This meatza and the cooking technique are adapted from a recipe which I created exclusively for the Keto Simple Book. It was too good not to share with you all!

So what's the secret to the perfect meatza? The base is made in a similar way to jerky and the added shredded mozzarella improves both the flavor and the texture of the crust. All you need is to add your favorite topping and you've got a delicious high-protein keto dinner ready in less than an hour.

Serve warm or cold, on its own or with a big bowl of green salad. One slice as a light lunch and two slices for a satisfying, high-protein dinner.

The Best Meatza Topping Options

The topping is just as versatile as it would be on a regular pizza. You can use a variety of vegetables, cheese, meats and aromatics.

  • Add sauce. Instead of the classic red pizza sauce you can use white pizza topping or a few tablespoons of your favorite pesto sauce.
  • It's a meatza so use more veggie toppings! Since we are using meat in the crust, you may want to choose lighter vegetable toppings such as spinach, mushrooms, onions, tomatoes, artichokes, bell peppers or zucchini slices.
  • Add cheese. The best cheese topping for pizza is fresh or low moisture mozzarella. Avoid using shredded mozzarella for the topping as it often contains starches which would make it too dry. You can use other options including goat's cheese, feta, brie, blue cheese, Parmesan or Pecorino.

Recipe Substitutions

If you can't eat dairy, make the pizza without cheese. This includes the crust! Although the texture won't be as good, it will still work quite well.

If you're making this as a carnivore-approved recipe, just skip the herbs in the crust and use a different topping.

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Hands-on Overall

Serving size 2 slices

Allergy information for Keto Chicken Crust Pizza

✔  Gluten free
✔  Egg free
✔  Nut free
✔  Pork free
✔  Avocado free
✔  Fish free
✔  Shellfish free

Nutritional values (per serving, 2 slices)

Net carbs6.5 grams
Protein50.4 grams
Fat31.4 grams
Calories519 kcal
Calories from carbs 5%, protein 40%, fat 55%
Total carbs7.9 gramsFiber1.4 gramsSugars3.2 gramsSaturated fat12.2 gramsSodium1,108 mg(48% RDA)Magnesium78 mg(20% RDA)Potassium791 mg(40% EMR)

Ingredients (makes 4 servings)

Crust:
  • 500 g ground chicken (1.1 lb)
  • 1 tsp dried Italian herbs
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded low moisture mozzarella (170 g/ 6 oz)
Topping:
  • 1/2 cup sugar-free pizza sauce (120 ml/ 4 fl oz) - you can make your own Marinara Sauce
  • 6 cubes frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed dry (100 g/ 3.5 oz)
  • 3 to 4 brown mushrooms, thinly sliced (60 g/ 2.1 oz)
  • 1 large fresh mozzarella ball, sliced (200 g/ 7.1 oz)
  • 1/2 small red onion, sliced (30 g/ 1.1 oz)
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, to drizzle (30 ml)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 200 °C/ 400 °F (fan assisted), or 220 °C/ 425 °F (conventional). Line a baking tray with parchment paper.
  2. To make the chicken crust, place the ground meat in a food processor and add the Italian herbs, salt, pepper, and mozzarella. Keto Chicken Crust Pizza
  3. Pulse to combine. Keto Chicken Crust Pizza
  4. Place the meaty mixture on the baking tray. Using your hands, flatten to create a large base, about 1/4 inch (1/2 cm) thick. Place in the oven and bake for 25 to 30 minutes. Keto Chicken Crust Pizza
  5. Meanwhile, prepare the filling. Make sure the spinach is well drained and the mushrooms are thinly sliced so they don't take too long to cook. Keto Chicken Crust Pizza
  6. Remove the crust from the oven and pour any excess juices out (if there are any). Carefully flip onto the other side by placing another piece of parchment on top. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes. Flip one more time and then spread the marinara on top.
    Note: The aim is to get the crust crispy and free of excess moisture, just like jerky! Keto Chicken Crust Pizza
  7. Add the spinach, sliced mushrooms, onion and thick slices of mozzarella. Bake for 5 to 10 minutes, until the mozzarella is melted and the mushrooms are cooked through. Keto Chicken Crust Pizza
  8. When done, remove from the oven and let it cool down for 5 minutes. Keto Chicken Crust Pizza
  9. Slice into 8 squares. To serve, drizzle with olive oil. Eat warm or store in the fridge for up to 4 days. The pizza or the crust can also be frozen for up to 3 months. Keto Chicken Crust Pizza

Ingredient nutritional breakdown (per serving, 2 slices)

Net carbsProteinFatCalories
Chicken, minced (ground), breast meat
0 g26.5 g3.3 g143 kcal
Salt, sea salt
0 g0 g0 g0 kcal
Pepper, black, spices
0.1 g0 g0 g0 kcal
Mozzarella cheese (low moisture, for pizza)
2.4 g10.1 g8.4 g125 kcal
Marinara sauce
1.3 g0.3 g4.9 g51 kcal
Spinach, frozen
0.3 g0.9 g0.1 g7 kcal
Mushrooms (brown), fresh
0.6 g0.4 g0 g3 kcal
Mozzarella cheese, fresh (for salads)
1.4 g12.1 g8 g127 kcal
Onion, red, fresh
0.5 g0.1 g0 g3 kcal
Olive oil, extra virgin
0 g0 g6.8 g60 kcal
Total per serving, 2 slices
6.5 g50.4 g31.4 g519 kcal

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I changed the way I ate in 2011, when I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s, an autoimmune disease that affects the thyroid. I had no energy, and I found it more and more difficult to maintain a healthy weight.

That’s when I decided to quit sugar, grains, and processed foods, and to start following a whole-foods-based ketogenic approach to food.

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