Chicken Pepperoni


This dish was inspired by a movie in the 1980’s.  Do you remember the Chevy Chase and Goldie Hawn movies?  I loved the movie Seems Like Old Times.  In the movie Goldie Hawn was going to have a dinner party, and her maid, Aurora, was going to make her Chicken Pepperoni.  That sounded so good to me, and guess what?  It is.

I’m not sure how Aurora made her chicken pepperoni, but this is how I make mine.

Remember the mother sauce I posted a few days ago, we’re going to need about two cups of that.  Flatten about three chicken breasts, sliced, good quality, pepperoni.  Line three bowls up and place the flour in one, beaten egg in the middle bowl and the Italian bread crumbs in the last bowl.  You can use any kind of Italian-style cheese to top the chicken with.  I also like serving this with linguine or spaghetti noodles.

Once you have dredged the chicken through the flour/egg/bread crumbs, preheat your skillet with the olive oil and brown both sides of the chicken.  We’re not trying to cook the chicken all the way through here, just to give the chicken a bit of color on each side before we bake it.

In a 9×13 baking dish place about 3/4 of a cup of the spaghetti sauce on the bottom of the dish, place the chicken on top, then start layering your pepperoni on each chicken breast.

Top the chicken with the remaining sauce and then the cheese.  Now bake in a 350 degree oven (pre-heated) for about 25 minutes.  While this is baking boil  your pasta. 

….dinner is served!

Chicken Pepperoni

3 boneless skinless chicken breasts, flattened to 1/8-1/4″ thick
2 cups of pasta sauce
1/2 link of good quality pepperoni, thinly sliced
Provolone, Mozzarella or Parmesan cheese, either shredded or thinly sliced
1 egg
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup Italian Bread Crumbs
salt and pepper
Olive Oil, for browning the chicken in

1/2 pound cooked linguine or spaghetti

On a flat surface place plastic wrap over chicken and flatten chicken breasts out to 1/8″-1/4″ thick, lightly salt and pepper.  Line three bowls together in a row.  In one bowl place the flour, middle bowl place the beaten egg with a little bit of water in it, the last bowl place the Italian bread crumbs.

Dredge the chicken breast in the flour, then in the egg, then in the bread crumbs.  Repeat with all the chicken.  In a 12″ skillet heat the olive oil until hot.  Place the coated chicken breasts in the pan.  Brown each side.  In a 9×13 inch baking dish place about 3/4 cup of spaghetti sauce on bottom.  Then place the browned chicken breasts on top.  Top each chicken breast with the sliced pepperoni, as much or as little as you would like.  Top with the remaining sauce and your choice of cheese.  Bake in a 350 degree pre-heated oven for 25 minutes.  Place each chicken breast on top of cooked noodles.  Serves 3-4.  Serve with a green salad and garlic bread.



  1. Hi Melissa. The first time I ever hear the words “pepperoni chicken” spoken was on an episode of Little House on the Prairie when I was just a girl. I had looked for the recipe when I was older as it stuck in my head and sounded so alluring, but never could find anything. Since then, I have made several variations, including stuffing the bird with a ground beef/pepperoni mixture, onion, celery, etc…then placing sandwich pepperoni on top of the bird before baking. It was pretty darned good, I must say.

    I was thinking of giving it another go again tomorrow for dinner, on a smaller scale, with some boneless chicken breast I picked up at the market, so I tried another internet search and found your recipe. I must say, it looks fabulous!!! In fact… I know what I am having for dinner tomorrow.

    The concept of chicken parmigiana combined with the pepperoni and mozzarella cheese seems so obvious… but, I never thought of it. Well done, great recipe and I know we will all enjoy it.

    Thanks for the fantastic idea!

  2. Thanks so much for this recipe…can’t wait to try it–especially since I love “Seems Like Old Times”….

    @Karen who posted on Dec. 19–that Little House episode to which you are referring is Cinnamon Chicken (Season 6). I’ve been looking for a recipe for that one too!

  3. I remember the movie quite well. Actually, the chicken served in the movie was whole chicken breasts, but yours sounds so much better. My hubby prefers thighs and since we can now buy boneless skinless chicken thighs, as well as breasts, I can make it to suit all tastes. Thanks for posting. I am sure we are going to love it.

  4. Hi,
    I also thought Chicken Pepperoni sounded so good, & have searched for the recipe online. I was so glad to see yours! It sounds good & I just might make that for dinner tonight! :o)

  5. Oops. That was supposed to be a smile. LOL

  6. So funny! I thought of chicken pepperoni after talking about the movie to my husband, and found your recipe :). Classic movie, and looking forward to trying the recipe!

    (that’s boy, girl, boy, girl, governor, girl)

  7. I think Aurora’s chicken pepperoni had peppers and onions in hers; I have a very picky audience here at home so this is what I came up with and it is very yummy. I miss Goldie and Chevy together :)

  8. Hilarious, I went for a search for this recipe with exactly that movie in mind. It’s nice to know I’m not alone.

  9. Great minds think alike :)

  10. Bruce Doran says:

    Alice the maid on The Brady Bunch would make
    Chicken Pepperoni for special occasions.

  11. My son in law has requested this for dinner. I thought he was crazy he mentioned the movie and I’ve never seen it but googled the meal and found your recipe and it really sounds good. I just hope this meets my son in laws expectations!!
    Thanks :)

  12. I just made this! And it’s delisous! :)

  13. Yay! I am glad you enjoyed it!

  14. My all-time favorite movie….and I’m making his tomorrow!

  15. I just LOVE you never heard of the movie before. I just wanted to make chicken with pepperoni and I found your great recipe. THANKS FOR SHARING. Keep watching movies please( if they’ll continue inspiring you this much)

  16. HAHAHA. I just got to the part in Seems Like Old Times when the guy is on the phone to the Governor, and Benson goes “mmm mmm, he just loves Aurora’s Chicken Peperonnhi!”. I googled it and your reciped came up second…excellent!!!!

  17. I make it like in the movie. I make the sauce separate and then pour it over the checken breasts & I dice the pepperoni very finely and put it in the sauce. In the movie, the sauce has lots of red wine in it! Yummy!!!

  18. My husband and I love this movie, so I thought I would see if I could find the recipe and poof found yours! Sounds yummy, will be trying it out this weekend :)

  19. I am watching that movie as we speak. I love it and have watched it for the last 20 years when I can catch on the tube.
    I was inspired to create my own since I do not know Aurora ‘ recipe. Yours sounds scrumptious, too. I will make it veryvsoon. :)

  20. I am watching that movie as we speak. I love it and have watched it for the last 20 years when I can catch on the tube.
    I was inspired to create my own since I do not know Aurora ‘ recipe. Yours sounds scrumptious, too. I will make it very soon. :)

  21. Linda Malibu says:

    Hi …I just watched ” seems like old times..” I’m making it to nite..I’ve edited all week just to enjoy this …I have pets following me around all day ..I pick up stray people and love to help people …
    .I LOVE that movie…Goldie Hahn (character .. is me I think!!!) I love the sound of that recipe..I love this recipe posted..above..yes guys were not alone..( I am Happy to Say!)
    Just goes to. Show you …how influenced we are by movies…

  22. We are watching ‘Seems Like Old Times’. As soon as I heard ‘Chicken Pepperoni’, I searched and there it was…too funny…will have to make this sometime soon!

  23. LOL. That sounds like an old movie, I heard about pepperoni chicken on the TV show “Chuck” Ty for posting the recipe.

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