Chicken Tikka Pizza with Naan

Chicken Tikka is a Chicken dish originating from the Punjab region, which is in the Northern part of India. The boneless chicken cubes or pieces are marinated in some fresh masala, fresh yogurt along with salt to taste. The pieces are typically skewered and baked, or can be cooked on stove  top too with minimal usage of oil. Chicken tikka is served in dry and gravy form too along with some Naan ( Indian Bread ).

Naan is a oven baked flatbread found in mainly in Indian Cuisine and Caribbean Cuisine. The recipe involves mixing of wheat or white wheat, active dry yeast, salt and water. The dough is kneaded for few minutes and set aside to rise for few hours. Once the dough is rises, its divided into balls and flattened and then baked. We also add some different flavors to the Naan. The most famous ones are Butter Naan and Garlic Naan.

Pizza is a savory dish of Italian Cuisine, usually round flattened base of wheat based dough topped with Tomato sauce and cheese and baked at a very high temperature, traditionally in a wood fired oven. It can also be topped with different ingredients like cut veggies and meat.

So why not use all the above and make a Fusion Dish.  As I said,  I will be posting 3 different Fusion dishes in this week, here I am with my 2nd dish under this category which is Chicken Tikka Pizza with Naan. I bet after having this Pizza, you would stop ordering  Pizza from outside. Vegetarians can replace chicken tikka  with Paneer tikka and try. This dish goes to week 2, day 2 of Blogging Marathon 97 under the theme " Fusion at the best ".

Ingredients for Chicken Tikka:

Boneless chicken 1/2  pound or 250 grams
Thick curd 2 tbsp
Chicken tikka masala 1 tbsp
Salt to taste
Turmeric powder 1/4 tsp
Cumin powder 1/2 tsp
Coriander powder 1 tsp
Chili powder 1 tsp
Lime / lemon juice 2 tsp
Oil 1/4 cup
Red / orange food color ( optional )

Ingredients to Prepare Pizza:

Plain / Garlic Naan 2-3
Sliced bell pepper  1/4 cup ( any color )
Sliced onions 1/4 cup
Grated Mozzarella cheese  1 cup
Red chili flakes 

Preparing Chicken Tikka:

Wash and cut boneless chicken into bite size pieces.
Marinate chicken with curd, chili powder, turmeric powder, cumin, coriander powder, chicken tikka masala, lime juice and 1/2 of the oil. ( Do not add salt at this point of time )
Combine everything well, cover and refrigerate for 2-3 hours.
Once the chicken is well rested remove from fridge and add salt to taste.
Mix well. Heat a non stick tawa or sauce pan and add rest of the oil.
Once oil is hot add the marinated chicken and cook on medium flame.
Cover with lid so that the masala doesn't splatter around.
Cook till chicken is nice and tender or till masala becomes thick as shown in the picture.
Add sliced Bell pepper and onion to chicken, cover and switch off flame.

Placing Chicken on Naan:

Pre-heat oven to 350 degree F.
I have used store bought fresh Garlic naan.
As you can see some gravy is left out in the chicken tikka, spread that gravy little bit on naan and then  place chicken pieces all over.
Also add some sliced onions and bell pepper which were cooked slightly with chicken.
Add some grated mozzarella on top. ( Add cheese according to your taste, I like less cheese so added very less to my pizza).
Bake for 7-10 minutes and remove.
Garnish with some chili flakes.
Cut into pieces and serve hot.

Check to see what my fellow bloggers are cooking for Blogging marathon 97.


rajani said...

My husband used to love the paneer tikka pizza we used to get in Chennai. It was one of the things he missed a lot when we moved to US. Great idea with the non veg version!

Harini R said...

My husband who is a pizza lover, cannot accept fusion pizza while I am not a pizza lover but love to try a fusion version. I would love to try the paneer version of this pizza.

Gayathri Kumar said...

Combining pizza naan and tikkas is fabulous. I would try the paneer version for my daughter. Looks super inviting.

Narmadha said...

Love pizzas in any form. Looks so easy and simple recipe when we have leftover chicken and naan

Swati said...

Drooling over your pics, my kids love chicken tikka and pizza topped with it will be gone as soon as it is served to them!!

Srivalli said...

We all would love this pizzanaan..looks excellent Sushma..