This chicken parm pizza recipe is a delicious, keto-friendly way to enjoy a savory and flavorful meal the whole family will love! Replacing a traditional pizza crust with chicken makes the whole thing easier and much lower in carbs.
Chicken Parmesan is one of my favorite go-to recipes when I'm looking for something packed with flavor and protein that's really quick to make. There are so many awesome variations, from this keto chicken parmesan casserole to this keto air fryer chicken parmesan, and they're all super tasty!
Using chicken as a pizza crust
For this recipe, we're using ground chicken as a base. Meats don't have any carbs, but of course when you season them they're full of delicious flavor. This makes ground chicken an excellent replacement for a keto friendly pizza crust.
Similar to my first chicken crust pizza, you're going to want to use ground chicken. It's increasingly popular and easier to find in your grocery store right next to the other raw chicken products.
Chicken crust pizzas are really popular in the keto community. Here are a few other great recipes to try!
- Air Fryer Chicken Crust Pizza from ForFryingOutLoud
- Bacon Ranch Keto Chicken Crust Pizza from Low Carb Yum
- Keto Chicken Pizza Crust from Mama Bear's Cookbook
What kind of ground chicken should I use?
If it's available, I prefer to use ground chicken thighs for my chicken crust pizzas. The fattiness of the chicken thighs gives it more delicious flavor, and if you're following a high fat, low carb diet, like keto, chicken thighs are a great way to increase your fat intake.
Ground chicken breast works just fine too, though. I've made it both ways and both are delicious!
What if I can't find ground chicken?
You can throw your raw chicken breasts or thighs (boneless!) right into your food processor with your seasonings and grind it up yourself. You can also use canned chicken if it's easier to find.
What's the texture of the keto chicken parmesan pizza like?
When it's done cooking, the texture of the chicken parm pizza will be sturdy and firm, but not crispy. I know that can be a bit confusing, but it's important to remember that the base is literally just chicken and won't come out bread-like.
In most cases, you should be able to hold a slice with your hand and eat it, but you may prefer to use a fork. The choice is yours!
What kind of low carb marinara sauce should I use?
I prefer to use Rao's Homemade for all my keto-friendly sauce needs. Some sauces are loaded with sugar, and that's just not something that's helpful to my low carb lifestyle.
Rao's is pricey, but they're really delicious and really low in carbs (4g net carbs per ½ cup). The brand you use really doesn't matter, just check the labels and make sure that it fits into your keto plan.
Here's the nutrition info I calculated for this low carb chicken crust pizza. A serving is calculated as ⅙ of the pizza. For one serving you're looking at:
Calories: 220.17 Calories
Total Carbs: 2.45g
Net Carbs: 2.3g
And here's a breakdown based on the ingredients I used:
- 1 lb ground chicken
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- 1 teaspoon italian seasoning
- ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ cup Rao's marinara
- 6 ounces fresh mozzarella
- ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
- Fresh Basil for garnishing
- Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
- In a large bowl, mix the ground chicken, salt, pepper, Italian seasoning, and garlic powder until well combined.
- Lay a piece of aluminum foil or parchment onto a baking sheet. Transfer the chicken mixture onto the sheet and flatten it into an 8-inch circle.
- Bake the chicken crust for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and top with marinara and fresh mozzarella. Return to the oven for an additional 10 minutes.
- When the pizza is done, remove from the oven and top with grated Parmesan and fresh basil. Serve warm.
The safe internal temperature for chicken is at least 165 degrees Fahrenheit. Make sure you're using a meat thermometer when cooking raw meat.
Serving Size:⅙ of pizza
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 220.17Total Fat: 14.3gCarbohydrates: 2.45gNet Carbohydrates: 2.3gFiber: .15gProtein: 21.9g