How to make it

  • Cook the pasta just slightly less than the recommended package directions in copious amount of salted boiling water.
  • You will cook the pasta more in the oven and you don't want it to turn to mush.
  • In a large skillet, heat and fry the pepperoni until almost crispy and it releases a lot of the fat.
  • Remove pepperoni to drain on some paper towels, reserve the fat in the pan.
  • Now, over medium heat add the chicken chunks and brown in the pepperoni fat, so the chicken picks up the flavor from the oil.
  • You can add a few more spices here, I tend to throw in a pinch of crushed red pepper flakes, a pinch of oregano and perhaps some basil.
  • In a large bowl, mix the cooked pasta, chicken, pepperoni and jarred sauce. Mix well.
  • In a large lightly oiled casserole dish, layer in half the pasta mixture, top with half of the cheese, layer in the remaining pasta and top with remaining mozzarella.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
  • Pull out of oven, top with parmesan and bake five minutes more or so until the parmesan browns and gets slightly crusty.
  • Serve and enjoy, my friends."The trouble with eating Italian food is that 5 or 6 days later you're hungry again."
  • George Miller, British writer

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    " It was excellent "
    frankieanne ate it and said...
    Delicious! What a brilliant idea to cook the chicken chunks in the pepperoni fat! I cut this in half except I used a tad more than half the box of pasta. I had one chicken breast and one thigh and I don't know how much they weighed. Seasoned it all with Italian seasoning and a few twists of a sea salt/garlic grinder. I never measure my cheese. I just put on what looks "right" to me. I didn't have any parmesan for the final sprinkling. I love how uncovered baked pasta gets all crispy! Added a couple of pictures and a thread in IMI on 3/7/15.
    Pepperoni Chicken Bake
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    " It was excellent "
    pleclare ate it and said...
    This sounds yummy..
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  • DetroitTokyo 7 years ago
    I made something like this minus the chicken & with a bit of torn fresh basil leaves - awesome!
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  • osheri 9 years ago
    Sounds yummy! Will try this soon.
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    " It was excellent "
    modelsmom ate it and said...
    What a great idea - why didn't I ever think of this?! I'm definitely going to try this soon (we had pasta last night, or I'd be getting out the ingredients right now)
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  • krumkake 10 years ago
    Combines so many of my favorite things, how can I go wrong?!? Great idea, notcho - thanks once again!
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  • crystalwaters 10 years ago
    Sounds deeelightful! Thanks for a great post ... have bookmarked this beauty! :-)
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  • fancypants 10 years ago
    "behemoth buggers" What a quote for early morning! Had me laughing out loud, hope I didn't wake anyone up. Too funny! I always wondered how to spell behemoth.
    BTW---turkey pepperoni is not tastebud friendly. I say splurge with the real stuff and be happy!
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