Almost any of your favorite pizza toppings can be substituted for the pepperoni. This dish is great served over pasta or with a salad and a loaf of crusty bread.
3 cups tomato sauce
1 cup grated parmesan cheese
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
salt and ground black pepper
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
20 slices pepperoni (2 ounces)
- Heat oven and prepare baking dish: Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 450 degrees. Spread tomato sauce into 13 by 9 inch baking dish.
- Coat chicken with parmesan: Spread parmesan into shallow dish. Pat chicken dry with paper towels and season with salt and pepper. Working with one breast at a time, dredge in parmesan. Press on parmesan to make sure it adheres. Lay chicken in baking dish, smooth side facing up.
- Bake chicken: Place chicken in oven and bake 15 minutes.
- Increase oven temperature, add toppings, and finish: Increase oven temperature to 475 degrees. Mound 1/4 cup of mozzarella on top of each chicken breast, then shingle 5 slices pepperoni over cheese. Continue to bake until cheese melts and until thickest part of breast registers 160 degrees on instant-read thermometer, 5 to 7 minutes. Serve.