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Mar 20, 2020

Review: Pieology - Protein Style Chicken Base

Pieology's Protein Style Chicken Base is a pizza "crust" mostly made of a combination of white-meat chicken, eggs, and mozzarella cheese that's good for 44 grams of protein and 2 grams of carbs. It is essentially a chicken pizza crust.

It's a protein-heavy, gluten-free option that tacks on a $3.00 extra charge to your pizza when you order it. I should note that it's 7-inches versus the regular 11.5-inches of their other crust options (which is to say you're paying more for less toppings).

Does it taste and feel like pizza? I would say it's halfway there. The chicken base is dense and uniform while still having little shreds to it (so it still feels meaty rather than a finely-ground spongy patty). With the charring from the oven, the shape and the pizza toppings, it does feel a little like a pizza crust but it definitely tastes like chicken. It sits somewhere between moist and dry inside and is, understandably, slightly damp at the surface. Because of the moisture, heat (just a warning: it retains heat for longer than your typical pizza crust) and denseness, I noticed that the crust trapped quite a bit of condensation between it and the box. The bottom of the box was somewhat wet by the time I left the restaurant, which is something to keep in mind if you're taking one to go and leaving it to sit on your car seat.

With the tomato sauce and cheese that I went with, it ended up feeling a bit like chicken parmesan but firmer due to the density. The pepperoni cupped and crisped up pretty nicely but was rather mild in flavor and didn't accomplish much in detracting from the chicken parmesan feeling.

Overall, I enjoyed Pieology's Protein Style Chicken Base well enough as a pizza-ish dish that's quite filling despite its smaller size. The chicken crust is nice if you're looking to cut carbs or eat somewhat gluten-free (it's still a pizzeria with flour in the air) and I like it better than any typical gluten-free crust or cauliflower crust that I've tried.

Nutritional Info - Pieology Protein Style Chicken Base (just the crust)
Calories - 270 (from Fat - 80)
Fat - 9g (Saturated Fat - 3.5g)
Sodium - 600mg
Carbs - 2g (Sugar - 1g)
Protein - 44g