Chicken Tikka Saag Naan Pizza

One of my favorite things to do when cooking is to reinvent old favorites and combine two dishes I love. After ordering chicken tikka saag from my local Indian restaurant and spying some new vendors on Green Bean Delivery – an idea sparked for combining the beloved Indian dish with pizza! Spicemode made this very easy to do with their cooking sauces. These sauces are so flavorful, packing quite the punch that you only need a few tablespoons to make your dish standout. Check out how I transformed their Golden Madras cooking sauce which is a blend of golden curry powder, red chile pepper, ginger, and tamarind, slow cooked with garlic and caramelized onions.

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°.
  2. Peel off the loose outer layers of the garlic bulb (keeping the cloves together) and slice off the top of the bulb to expose the cloves. Place the garlic bulb on aluminum foil, drizzle with olive oil, cover with the foil, and set on a sheet pan covered in parchment paper.
  3. Place the chicken thighs on the sheet pan as well, drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
  4. Bake the chicken with the garlic for 20 to 25 minutes or until the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165°F and set aside to rest.
  5. Put the garlic back in for another 15 to 20 minutes or until fork tender and light golden brown (the garlic will cook for a total of 35 to 40 minutes).
  6. While the garlic continues to cook, shred the chicken using two forks and set aside.
  7. Prepare the sauce by combining the Golden Madras cooking sauce, tomato paste, and heavy cream in a bowl. Stir to combine.
  8. When the garlic is done, set it aside and let it cool before removing the cloves (using a fork or squeezing them out).
  9. While the garlic cools, place the naan pieces on the oven rack for 5 to 10 minutes to toast up the bottoms.
  10. Assemble the pizzas by spreading the sauce on the naan (there may be extra sauce depending on your preference and the size of the naan) and topping with the chopped spinach, cooked chicken, onions, cheese, and garlic cloves.
  11. Drizzle the pizzas with olive oil and bake in the oven for 10 to 12 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the onion are tender.
  12. Wait a few minutes before slicing and serving the pizza, this will give the pizza a chance to set and for you to avoid burning your mouth! Enjoy!


Recipe Credit

Allison Breitenbach is a market researcher by day, and a home cook by night based in Southwest Ohio. She finds joy in creating aesthetically pleasing and delicious dishes from scratch or through existing recipes from around the food community. Her love of food and cooking led her to create the Instagram page @off.the.cuff.kitchen to house her dishes and interact with a community that share in her passion. Checkout her page for more!