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Chicken Pizzaiola (The Real One)

This is one of my husband’s favorite meals. And no wonder – juicy meat simmered in rich tomato sauce and topped with fresh mozzarella cheese that melts all over the cutlets 😋

All that with subtle flavor of oregano and basil leaves.

And honestly, it’s one of my favorites too.

Ready in less than 30 minutes.

Did I mention it’s one-skillet dish? 😉

So yes, less dishes, fewer ingredients and MORE flavor.

Simply irresistible!

Authentic chicken pizzaiola is made with just 4 main ingredients: chicken, tomato puree, basil leaves and mozzarella.


No onions or bell peppers, no Parmesan cheese and no Worcestershire sauce (please!🙏)

This is the beauty of authentic Italian recipes and a cornerstone of all Italian cousin afterall –  simplicity and quality of the ingredients.

Of course, chicken pizzaiola can be easily turned into veal pizzaiola or beef pizzaiola.

You just choose the meat, the sauce and cooking method will remain the same.

Chicken Pizzaiola {Real YUMMY Italian Recipe}

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Chicken Pizzaiola {Real YUMMY Italian Recipe}
4.34 from 3 votes

Chicken Pizzaiola

Juicy meat simmered in rich tomato sauce and topped with fresh mozzarella cheese that melts over the cutlets.
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Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time25 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 4


  • 1 pound chicken breast
  • 8 oz fresh mozzarella 1 large ball
  • 2 cups tomato passata tomato puree
  • ¼ cup dry white wine
  • ¼ cup flour more if needed
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • A few fresh basil leaves
  • Dry oregano
  • Salt pepper to taste


  • Slice chicken breast into cutlets or you can use already sliced store bought cutlets. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Dip each cutlet in flour and dredge both sides.
  • In a large skillet pan placed over medium heat add butter and a generous splash of extra virgin olive oil.
  • Brown chicken cutlets on each side. Remove from the pan and set aside.
  • In the same pan add white wine, stir well and simmer for a minute.
    Add tomato puree (if it looks too thick add some water), basil leaves and simmer on low heat for 5-7 minutes.
  • Place chicken cutlets you’ve previous set aside in tomato sauce, top with mozzarella slices, season oregano. Cover with a lid and simmer for another 5 minutes until cheese melts.
  • Serve hot topped with tomato sauce from the pan.
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Chicken Pizzaiola {Real YUMMY Italian Recipe}

Anticipating your thoughts…YES, chicken pizzaiola can definitely be reheated the next day, so make sure to double portion 😉

Buon Appetito!

Italian Chicken Pizzaiola {REAL Pizziola Recipe}
Recipe Rating


Saturday 12th of March 2022

Recipe was very good. I added garlic and red pepper flakes just before the white wine. Without these additions the dish would have been bland. I do appreciate the simplicity of the dish but seasoning is a must.


Tuesday 3rd of November 2020

I made this Chicken Pizzaiola recipe several times. The whole family asks for it! Very simple and absolutely delicious.

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Wednesday 11th of November 2020

Luxury in simplicity. Enjoy! :)


Tuesday 19th of May 2020

Loved the simplicity of this recipe quick and easy meal. Next time I will add extra spices to the chicken for added flavour. :)

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Sunday 12th of April 2020

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Vincent H Pascale Jr

Sunday 29th of March 2020

I made this last night, and found the puree a bit bitter. Next time, I'll use regular sauce. I do like the simplicity of this recipe.

Monday 11th of October 2021

@Vincent H Pascale Jr, - I added a pinch of sugar and some salt to help with the bitterness