Chicken Crust Pizza


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This chicken crust pizza recipe is made with just three ingredients and is perfect for a simple low carb dinner that cooks in just 15 minutes.

ground chicken pizza crust.

We love using alternative ingredients to make a pizza crust.

Sure, we love the real thing but when we are watching our carbs or wanting something a little healthier, our vehicles of choice are a cauliflower, eggplant, or ground chicken crust.

Table of Contents
  1. What is a chicken pizza crust?
  2. What is chicken crust made of? 
  3. Canned chicken pizza 
  4. Serving suggestions
  5. Tips for success
  6. Flavor variations
  7. Storage instructions
  8. Frequently Asked Questions
  9. More keto pizza recipes to try
  10. Chicken Crust Pizza (3 Ingredients!)

What is a chicken pizza crust?

As the name suggests, a chicken pizza crust has a base made up of ground chicken instead of a traditional flour-based one (the same chicken we use for meatballs and sausage!).

Similar to our crustless pizza or pizza bowl, It’s popular amongst keto dieters because it has zero carbs, tons of protein, and looks like a pizza.

Even those who don’t follow a low carb diet find this pizza making their dinnertime staples. 

  • It needs just 3 ingredients. The crust needs just ground chicken, mozzarella cheese, and spices!
  • Ready in 15 minutes. Compare that to a classic pizza which would take four times as long.
  • Easy to customize. Switch up the meat in the crust, the toppings, and sauce!
  • Tastes like pizza. What I love about this dish is that it doesn’t taste like chicken! The beauty of ground chicken is that it is very mild tasting. It tastes like a thick, cheesy crust when mixed with spices and cheese!
chicken pizza crust.

What is chicken crust made of? 

Besides ground chicken breast, seasonings, and cheese, there isn’t much else that is needed.

  • Ground chicken. As the chicken is mixed with cheese, leaner cuts can be used. I used 90/10 ground chicken, which has a 10% fat content.
  • Italian seasonings. The necessary spice mix.
  • Olive oil. Or any oil to cook up the ground chicken.
  • Cheddar cheese. Freshly grated cheddar cheese. This cheese is in addition to the topping.
  • Pizza sauce. Skip the sugar-laden store-bought kind and make your own keto pizza sauce or pomodoro sauce.
  • Pizza toppings. Bell peppers, mushrooms, pepperoni, or anything you like to add on a pizza.
  • Mozzarella cheese. I like topping anything pizza-like with a two-cheese blend, like a mix of mozzarella and Jack cheese.

How to make a chicken crust pizza

Step 1- Make the crust

Start by adding the oil to a non-stick pan. Once hot, add the ground chicken and cook until the meat is no longer pink. Remove the pan from the heat and stir through the Italian seasonings and mozzarella cheese.

Step 2- Shape into a pizza

Using slightly wet hands, shape the chicken mixture into a ball. Transfer it onto a pizza stone or baking pan lined with parchment paper.

Step 3- Par-bake the crust

Bake the pizza for 3-4 minutes until golden on top to ensure the crust is firm and durable.

Step 4- Add toppings and bake

Remove the pizza from the oven and spread a thin layer of pizza sauce, then your favorite toppings. Sprinkle cheese over everything.

Bake everything for 10-15 minutes or until the cheese is golden and bubbling.

how to make a chicken crust pizza.

Canned chicken pizza 

While ground chicken is best for a chicken crust pizza, you can also use canned and shredded chicken. As this kind of chicken isn’t as pliable as the ground kind, you need to add 1-2 tablespoons of mayonnaise to help bind it with the cheese.

  • Canned chicken– Choose chicken canned in water (NO flavorings!) and remove all excess liquid.
  • Shredded chicken– Either shred baked or air fried chicken breast fillets.

Serving suggestions

Light and fresh sides are best as this dish is pretty much comfort food sliced up.

A simple green salad works, like a spinach, green goddess, or potato-based one.

Green vegetables are also great, whether asparagus, broccolini, green beans, or spinach.

Tips for success

  1. Use ground chicken breast: Opt for ground chicken breast instead of dark meat for a healthier and lower-fat crust. It also will hold the pizza much better. 
  2. Season well: Chicken can be bland, so season your chicken crust well. Add your favorite herbs and spices, such as garlic powder, onion powder, oregano, and basil.
  3. Use a non-stick surface: To prevent sticking, use a non-stick surface like parchment paper or a silicone baking mat when shaping your crust.
  4. Pre-bake the crust: It is important to par-bake before adding toppings to ensure it remains crisp and sturdy throughout. 

Flavor variations

Like any good pizza, this crust is easily adapted to suit your preferences. 

  • Ground meat– Turkey, beef, lamb, or pork all work. 
  • Toppings– Sliced zucchini, bell peppers, or onions. I also love fresh basil or olives. 
  • Sauce– Opt for a creamier sauce, like alfredo sauce or cheese sauce. You can also choose a thicker tomato-based one, like pomodoro sauce
  • Cheese– Freshly sliced mozzarella, dollops of full-fat ricotta cheese, or even parmesan cheese. 

Storage instructions

To store: Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator, covered, for up to one week.

To freeze: Place the cooked and cooled pizza in an airtight container and store it in the freezer for up to two months.

Reheating: Microwave slices of the pizza for 30-40 seconds or reheat in a preheated oven until warm.

chicken crust pizza.

Frequently Asked Questions

How many carbs are in a ground chicken crust?

There are ZERO carbs in the ground chicken pizza crust. Ground chicken and mozzarella cheese have no carbs/trace carbs. The carbs come from the vegetables and sauce added to it.

How many calories are in a chicken crust pizza?

There are 245 calories and 2 grams net carbs in a serving of the chicken crust pizza WITH toppings.

Can I make the crust ahead of time?

You can pre-make and pre-cook the crust, then freeze them until you are ready to make the pizza.

Is chicken crust pizza gluten-free?

Yes, chicken crust pizza is naturally gluten-free if you don’t add any gluten-containing ingredients to the crust or toppings.

How do I know when the chicken crust is fully cooked?

The chicken crust should be cooked until golden brown and crispy on the edges. The internal temperature should be at least 165°F (74°C) to ensure it’s fully cooked and safe to eat.

Can I make a chicken crust pizza without cheese?

You can make a chicken crust pizza without cheese if you’re lactose intolerant or avoiding dairy. Simply skip the cheese and add more toppings instead.

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Chicken crust pizza recipe

Chicken Crust Pizza (3 Ingredients!)

4.98 from 154 votes
This chicken crust pizza recipe satisfies all the pizza cravings out there, minus the carbs! Ready in just 15 minutes, the crust needs just 3 ingredients to make! 
Servings: 8 slices
Prep: 1 minute
Cook: 12 minutes
Total: 13 minutes


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 lb ground chicken
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasonings
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese shredded
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 4 small mushrooms sliced
  • 1/2 small bell pepper chopped
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese shredded


  • Preheat the oven to 200C/400F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a non-stick pan, add the oil and place it over medium heat. Once hot, and the ground chicken and cook for 4-5 minutes, until no longer pink.
  • Remove the pan off the heat and stir through the Italian seasonings and cheddar cheese until combined. Shape the mixture into a ball.
  • Transfer the ball of chicken onto the lined sheet and press down into a large pizza shape. Pre-bake for 5 minutes.
  • Remove the baking sheet from the oven. Spread the pizza sauce, toppings, and cheese.
  • Bake the chicken crust pizza for 8-10 minutes, or until the cheese has melted.
  • Remove the pizza from the oven and slice and serve.


TO STORE: Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator, covered, for up to one week.
TO FREEZE: Place the cooked and cooled pizza in an airtight container and store it in the freezer for up to two months.
TO REHEAT: Either microwave slices of the pizza for 30-40 seconds or reheat in a preheated oven until warm.


Serving: 1sliceCalories: 235kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 21gFat: 16gSodium: 324mgPotassium: 362mgFiber: 1gVitamin A: 500IUVitamin C: 6mgCalcium: 343mgIron: 1mgNET CARBS: 1g
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Author: Arman
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Arman Liew

I’m a two time cookbook author, photographer, and writer, and passionate about creating easy and healthier recipes. I believe you don’t need to be experienced in the kitchen to make good food using simple ingredients that most importantly, taste delicious.

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  1. 5 stars
    Wow! This is one cheesy pizza! It was really delicious. I followed your easy recipe (almost) exactly and made it with ground turkey, mushrooms, fresh tomatoes, red peppers and parsley. I just left off the tomato sauce and I didn’t miss it at all.

  2. I’m glad you used turkey, I just put mine in the oven but could only find ground turkey. Thanks for sharing.

  3. 5 stars
    I have made this recipe except with very finely chopped shredded chicken breast. My new favorite! So good! One carb and high protein! A win win recipe!!!!!

  4. I really appreciate the low carb recipes I have been looking for ways to help me be fit and trim. Thank you Lois Reece.