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Chicken Tikka Pizzas

Chicken Tikka Pizza on naan bread surrounded by fresh cilantro.

Spicy, spicy, spicy! You know we like it spicy. And this Indian-style pizza is perfect for spice lovers.

Chicken Tikka Pizza combines delicious pieces of broiled chicken spiced up with garam masala and sauteed yellow squash on top of a piece of naan coated in a deliciously spiced sauce made with diced tomatoes and a touch of whipping cream for richness. It’s all finished of with some thinly sliced red onion and fresh cilantro.

Individual Chicken Tikka Pizza on naan bread.

This is a recipe so good and easy, you’ll want to add it to your regular dinner rotation.

I’m a huge fan of Indian food and especially Chicken Tikka Masala. Indian food is not something I cook much at home, mostly because I don’t know that much about cooking Indian foods. If anyone has any recommendations on Indian Cookbooks, please do tell. I did have great success making a Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala a while back.

Two Chicken Tikka Pizzas on naan bread with fresh cilantro.

This was the first time I’ve used naan as a pizza crust. The original recipe (from Cooking Light) used whole wheat pita bread, but I thought naan would be more fun and much more in keeping with the Indian theme. Naan is just the perfect size for individual pizzas and it’s something I will definitely be using as a pizza base again in the near future. I can usually find packaged naan at my local store near the pita bread. It is not as fresh and tasty as naan that is homemade or from an Indian restaurant, but it works well for pizza.

 

Chicken Tikka Pizza

Chicken Tikka Pizzas

SERVINGS: 4

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces chicken tenderloins
  • ¼ cup plain low-fat yogurt
  • 2 teaspoons garam masala, divided
  • cooking spray
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can unsalted petite diced tomatoes, drained of some of liquid, but not all
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small yellow squash, cut in half horizontally and thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon ground coriander
  • ¼ teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 2 large cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
  • 4 whole-wheat pieces of naan
  • 1/3 cup thinly sliced red onion
  • 4 ounces fresh part-skim mozzarella, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro leaves.

Instructions

  • Preheat broiler to high. Combine chicken tenderloins, yogurt, and ½ teaspoon garam masala in a bowl. Line a baking sheet with foil and spray well with cooking spray. Spread chicken out on baking sheet and sprinkle with ¼ teaspoon salt. Place on top rack in oven and broil 2-3 minutes per side, or until cooked through.
  • Heat a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil and sauté squash for 2 minutes. Add remaining garam masala, ginger, red pepper, and garlic and cook for 1 minute.
  • Stir in tomatoes and simmer 4 minutes, until much of the liquid has evaporated. Stir in ½ teaspoon salt and cream and cook 1 more minute.
  • Cut chicken into pieces and add to skillet. Toss to coat. Place naan on a baking sheet and broil 1 minute each side. Divide the chicken mixture between the pieces of naan and top with cheese and onion. Broil 2 minutes, or until cheese is fully melted. Sprinkle with cilantro and serve.
Course: Pizza

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Recipe Source: adapted from Cooking Light

Cloes-up  of Chicken Tikka Pizza on naan bread.

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13 thoughts on “Chicken Tikka Pizzas”

  1. Allie| Baking a Moment

    Yum! This sounds amazing! Love the complexity from all the different spices with the creamy tomato sauce & mozzarella…

  2. Julia | JuliasAlbum.com

    Love the use of low fat yogurt and Indian spices for a pizza! The more spicy, the better if you ask me. If I was around, this pizza would disappear pretty fast. 🙂

  3. Anne ~ Uni Homemaker

    Love this pizza! It’s so full of flavors. When I see spicy, I’m all over it. Great recipe Christin!

  4. Amy (Savory Moments)

    These look so delicious – I love taking these flavors and putting them on a pizza like this!

    1. Christin Mahrlig

      It’s definitely a different tasting pizza, but it’s amazing if you like Indian flavors!

  5. Consuelo @ Honey & Figs

    Aw, if I had seen this post like half an hour before I would have made this for dinner today. It looks so amazing, I love spicy things! It might be tomorrow’s dinner anyway, because it looks so so darn awesome 😀

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