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Pizza Chicken in a cast iron skillet

Pizza Chicken

This Pizza Chicken is an easy chicken recipe for dinner. Packed with vegetables and delicious pizza flavour, this cheesy topped chicken thigh recipe is a family favourite.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword chicken thigh, easy chicken dinner, pizza chicken
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Author Samantha


  • 4-6 medium chicken thighs (skin on and bone in)
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 medium yellow (cooking) onion, finely chopped
  • 1 medium carrot, finely chopped
  • 3 medium garlic cloves, finely minced
  • 500 ml tomato sauce
  • 6 medium fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • 100 grams bocconcini or fresh mozzarella, sliced


  1. Heat a large heavy skillet (such as cast iron or stainless steel) with a lid over medium-high heat. Remove chicken from fridge and season with salt and pepper on both sides. 

  2. Place chicken skin side down and cook for 3-5 minutes or until skin is brown and starting to crisp. Flip and quickly brown the underside (the thighs are fully cooking here this part is to brown them).

  3. Remove chicken and place on a plate. Immediately add onion and carrot to to pan, stirring occasionally for about 5 minutes. 

  4. Add garlic and stir for 1-2 minutes or until garlic is fragrant. Add tomato sauce and stir to combine. Bring to a boil and add chicken back to skillet. Cover and cook for 10-15 minutes or until chicken is cooked through. 

  5. Place cheese on top of each chicken thigh and cook until cheese is melted. (Alternatively, broil on high for 3-4 minutes until cheese is melted and browned)

  6. Sprinkle basil over dish.