Chicken, Spinach and Paneer Naan Pizzas

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I got this idea when I was recently making tostados. I love pizza, I love tostados, I love any dough-based dish with cheesy toppings which you can eat with your hands. So, why don’t people make Indian style pizzas? (Feel free to educate me if I’m wrong!)

This is a classic quick weeknight dish. If you have people coming round on a weeknight and don’t have time for something seriously fancy, try making these! Your guests will be impressed that you’ve managed to whip up something so exciting so quickly.

I used shop bought naans – make your own if you have time, it’ll be much tastier and I’ll do this next time I make them.

You could easily make this veggie by leaving off the chicken, and why not have a play around with the toppings? I think lamb and red pepper would work beautifully too, or beef and okra.

This was one of those experiments which goes unexpectedly well, and I implore you to try it!

This will make enough for 2-3, and takes no more than 30 minutes to make.

Chicken, Spinach and Paneer Naan Pizzas (1)

Chicken, Spinach and Paneer Naan Pizzas

2 large plain naan breads

200g fresh spinach

100g cooked, shredded chicken breast

150g paneer

2 tbsps olive oil

1 small piece ginger

2 cloves garlic

1/2 tsp ground coriander

1/2 tsp ground cumin

2 tsps garam masala

150g tomato puree

1 tsp sugar

Yoghurt and a small bunch fresh coriander, to serve

1. Preheat the oven to 220 degrees.

2. Wilt the spinach in a saucepan with 1 tbsp of the olive oil. When it is all wilted, take off the heat and leave to one side while you make the sauce.

3. Finely chop the ginger and garlic, then add to another saucepan with the remaining olive oil. Sizzle for 2 minutes, then add the cumin, coriander and garam masala. Cook for 1 more minute then add the tomato puree and 100ml water. Stir well, then add the sugar and a little salt. Remove from the heat.

4. Spread the tomato sauce over the top of each naan bread. Squeeze the spinach to remove any excess water, then dot it over the naans. Sprinkle over the chicken. Chop the paneer and add this too.

5. Bake in the oven for 10 minutes, or until the naans are crisp and the paneer is golden. Serve sprinkled with fresh coriander and with the yoghurt on the side for dipping.

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32 thoughts on “Chicken, Spinach and Paneer Naan Pizzas

  1. Kristel March 4, 2015 / 7:22 pm

    I love naan! So tasty! I have been wanting to make it homemade! Do you think it is difficult?


    • harrietyoung38 March 4, 2015 / 7:41 pm

      I haven’t made it before, but it’s supposed to be fairly easy! I will give it a go and let you know 🙂

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  2. sixbemuse March 4, 2015 / 9:27 pm

    Ooh! I’ve been looking for something to do with the beautiful naan they started carrying at my local grocery store. I could even make a dairy-free version with soy/veggie cheese! Thank you for the recipe!

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  3. Wendy Bricker March 4, 2015 / 9:45 pm

    Looks so yummy! Great photos that make my stomach grumble and my mouth water.

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  4. Maren March 5, 2015 / 12:16 am

    This looks delicious! I’d definitely try a veggie version.


  5. DianaL March 5, 2015 / 12:38 am

    Oh, what a yummy looking dinner. I’ve never had paneer before, not sure if I can even buy it at my local grocery stores. Can you think of a substitute? Would it have a similar taste to feta cheese? I absolutely love feta.

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    • harrietyoung38 March 5, 2015 / 8:01 am

      Thanks Diana! Paneer is much milder than feta – I’d use ricotta if I couldn’t get hold of paneer x


  6. Anonymous March 5, 2015 / 2:46 pm

    I have made something similar before but used mango chutney instead of tomato puree.. yum


  7. alifeinzen March 5, 2015 / 3:46 pm

    I have all the ingredients on hand, so guess what I’ll be making for dinner tonight! Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe.

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  8. mumjd March 5, 2015 / 9:06 pm

    What a fab idea. Son1 loves pizza and indian food, so this would be ideal

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  9. Georgina March 8, 2015 / 4:07 pm

    These look great – and perfect for a weekday supper. I’ve made similar ‘pizzas’ using pitta bread, but haven’t thought about using naan before. Excellent idea!

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  10. Clean Cheater March 8, 2015 / 9:35 pm

    Hmmmm, sounds good. This will be on my ‘to cook/bake’-list

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  11. chef mimi March 8, 2015 / 10:22 pm

    That looks so good! I love that you used paneer. It’s more like bread cheese in that it doesn’t melt. Fabulous!

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  12. harrietemilys March 9, 2015 / 9:59 am

    Wow! These look so beautiful and delicious! I love naan bread so these will be perfect for me!

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  13. Miranda March 11, 2015 / 12:04 am

    Reblogged this on Let Food HEAL Your Body! and commented:
    This is a fantastic spin on pizza! I have a strong feeling this will be my dinner tomorrow.


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