Chicken, Spinach and Paneer Naan Pizzas

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.

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Chicken, Spinach and Paneer Naan Pizzas

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Harriet Young
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Servings 2 people

Ingredients
  

  • 2 large plain naan breads
  • 200 g fresh spinach
  • 100 g cooked shredded chicken breast
  • 150 g 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
  • 150 g tomato puree
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • Yoghurt and a small bunch fresh coriander to serve

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 220 degrees.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
Keyword chicken, naan, pizza

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32 responses to “Chicken, Spinach and Paneer Naan Pizzas”

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

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

  2. what a fab idea – shall be copying this one! x

    1. It is a great idea. Try it buffalo style on the grill! No clean up and a nice smoky flavor .

      1. great plan šŸ™‚ thanks

  3. 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!

    1. Enjoy! Dairy free version sounds great x

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

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

  6. These look so very good!!

  7. 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.

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

  8. The pizza looks so delicious šŸ™‚

  9. Looks amazing! Have to try this out!

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

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

    1. I hope you enjoy it! Let me know how it goes šŸ™‚

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

  13. I love paneer cheese, these little naan pizzas look scrumptious

  14. Oh, those look so tasty! I’ll definitely be adding this to my to-do list!

  15. Clever idea – especially using paneer which tastes so good when cooked!

  16. 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!

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

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

  19. harrietemilys

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

  20. 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.

    1. Thanks for sharing Miranda šŸ™‚

      1. You’re welcome Harriet! šŸ™‚

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