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.

I love using alternative ingredients to make a pizza crust.

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

Table of Contents
  1. What is a chicken pizza crust?
  2. What is chicken crust made of? 
  3. Tips to make the best recipe
  4. Storage instructions
  5. Frequently Asked Questions
  6. More low carb ways to enjoy pizza
  7. 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 ground chicken meatballs and chicken 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. Here are some reasons why you’ll love this recipe:

  • It needs just 3 ingredients. The crust needs just ground chicken, mozzarella cheese, and spices! As for the toppings, you can jazz it up any way you like.
  • 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 the 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. You can use a higher-fat cut of chicken but be sure to mop up excess liquid.
  • Italian seasoning. My favorite seasoning blend that uses the right combo of spices.
  • 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. I like using my own pomodoro sauce or sugo, which are both lower in sugar if that is something you are looking for, too.
  • Pizza toppings. I used bell peppers, mushrooms, and pepperoni. Use your favorite pizza toppings.
  • Mozzarella cheese. I like topping anything pizza-like with a two-cheese blend, like a mix of mozzarella, parmesan cheese, and Jack cheese.

How to make a chicken crust pizza

What I love about this recipe is that everything is baked in the one pan so clean up isa breeze!

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

Regardless of which you choose, make sure the batter is thick and pliable.

Tips to make the best recipe

  • 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. 
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Pre-bake the crust: It is important to par-bake before adding toppings to ensure it remains crisp and sturdy throughout. 
  • Use other ground meat: I sometimes use ground turkey if I have that on hand or even ground beef.

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.

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.

More low carb ways to enjoy pizza

Chicken crust pizza recipe

Chicken Crust Pizza (3 Ingredients!)

5 from 196 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 Liew
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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
    I added about 1/2 cup ground pork rinds to bind everything together a bit better. Then, before I pre-baked I put in refrigerator to firm up. Baked the crust a bit longer since it was cold, but it worked well! I used a combo of mozzarella, park, and Asiago cheese in the crust.

  2. 5 stars
    This was really good despite the fact that the crust didnt stay together. It was more like a ground chicken casserole dish than a pizza. Not sure what I did wrong except for maybe it was because I decided to use dairy free cheese instead. I will try this again here lat some point but will use regular mozzarella cheese and not the dairy free next time to see if that helps. If anyone has any tips, let me know.

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

  4. 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!!!!!

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

  6. 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.