Keto Chicken Pesto Pizza

5 Stars (3 Reviews)
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Easy keto pizza recipe using leftover chicken, creamy pesto, cherry tomatoes, roasted bell pepper and mozzarella cheese.

Keto Chicken Pesto Pizza Ingredients

  • 3 ½ cups shredded mozzarella cheese, plus ½ cup for topping
  • 1 ½ cups almond flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon xanthan gum
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon keto garlic sauce
  • 2 tablespoons pesto
  • 6 oz cooked chicken, diced or shredded
  • 5 cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons sliced roasted bell pepper
  • 4 oz sliced fresh mozzarella cheese

Keto Chicken Pesto Pizza Directions

  • 1
    Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
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  • 2
    Place 3.5 cups of mozzarella in a microwave-safe glass bowl. Microwave for about two minutes until cheese is melted. Stir to combine and make sure all of the cheese is melted. Remove from microwave and let the mixture cool while combining the remaining ingredients.
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  • 3
    In a large separate bowl, mix together the almond flour, baking powder, xanthan gum, and salt. Set aside.
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  • 4
    Add in your egg to the melted mozzarella cheese. Mix until combined using an electric mixer.
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  • 5
    Slowly add the almond flour mixture to the cheese mixture. Using an electric mixer or food processor, stir until the dough is combined and uniform. Don’t be surprised if dough goes flying if you are using the mixer! The easiest, mess free way is to use a food processor to combine the ingredients. If you don’t have an electric mixer or food processor, I recommend kneading the dough by hand until it comes together. This is a messy and time-consuming process, but the end result is the same - fat head pizza.
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  • 6
    Once combined, form dough into a ball. Knead the dough a couple of times on a lightly almond floured surface to ensure the dough is uniform in appearance and all ingredients are fully combined.
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  • 7
    Place the dough in between two pieces of parchment paper.
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  • 8
    Roll out dough to desired thickness - about 1/8 to 1/4 inch thick. Remove top parchment layer and place on top of a baking sheet.
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  • 9
    Spread the keto garlic sauce and 1 tablespoon of pesto all over the pizza crust.
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  • 10
    Add remaining toppings to the pizza and dab an additional 1 tablespoon of pesto around the pizza.
  • 11
    Bake at 400 degrees for 12 - 15 minutes or until crust is starting to brown and cheese is bubbly.

Latest Keto Dishes

Low Carb Chicken Pesto Pizza

slice of keto chicken pesto pizza

This is an easy keto pizza recipe that uses either rotissarie chicken or leftover chicken. It is a great way to use up leftover proteins and a good keto dinner option if you like to meal prep a bunch of chicken. Keto chicken pesto pizza starts with my keto garlic sauce on fathead pizza dough mixed with a litle bit of pesto sauce. If you don’t have any fresh keto garlic sauce premade, you can use 2 tablespoons of pesto sauce instead. Next, layers of mozzarella cheese, chicken, tomatoes, and roasted red peppers are placed on top of the dough. I like to dab a little extra pesto around the pizza and top with freshly sliced mozzarella cheese.

Keto chicken pesto pizza is an easy keto dinner recipe that you can make on a busy weeknight. It especially comes together quickly if you have premade keto fathead dough in your freezer.

Chicken Options for Chicken Pesto Pizza

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Like I mentioned above, you can use a rotissarie chicken or any leftover chicken you have for this recipe. When I menu plan for the week, I will often plan my Keto Pesto Chicken on one day. Then use the leftover chicken to make this pesto chicken pizza. Both are easy keto dinner recipes that use chicken and don’t require me to buy a ton of different ingredients and have the rest live in my fridge forever until they go bad.

Is Pesto Keto Friendly?

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Yes, pesto is allowed on the keto diet. Pesto is primarily made up of basil, garlic, parmensan cheese, pine nuts, salt and olive oil. I will buy store bought pesto when I make this low carb pizza. It is important to read the ingredients on the label as some pesto manufacturers add sugar to their pesto to make it taste better. Look for a brand that contains no sugar and very litle carbs. My favorite brand of pesto is by Mezzetta. It contains no added sugar and is zero net carbs per serving.

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Keto Pizza Crust

fathead pizza crust

We are big fans of pizza in my house. Our favorite keto pizza crust is fat head dough. Fat head dough recipes contain mozzarella cheese, almond flour and egg. My recipe for fathead pizza dough also contains baking powder and xanthan gum to help the dough rise and provide structure. The crust puffs up like regular pizza dough and creates a chewy texture in the middle and a crispy outer crust.

I recommend doubling or tripling the recipe when you make fathead dough. It freezes beautifully and you will have some on hand when you are wanting to make pizza but don’t have a lot of time. To freeze you dough, form the freshly made keto pizza dough into a ball and wrap with plastic wrap. Store in a ziploc bag in the freezer for up to 6 months. You can store fathead dough in the refrigerator for up to one week.

Option to Grill Pizza

I usually bake my keto pizza in the oven; however, this low carb pizza is excellent grilled on the BBQ. This is a perfect keto recipe to enjoy in the Summertime. You can learn how to grill keto pizza on this post..

Optional Pizza Topping Variations

toppings on a pizza
Consider these other pizza options for your keto chicken pesto pizza:

  • jalapeno
  • fresh bell pepper
  • bacon
  • roasted garlic
  • arugula
  • ricotta cheese
  • fortina cheese
  • mushrooms

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