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Tikka Masala Pizza (With Chicken or Vegetarian)

If you have leftover Chicken Tikka Masala, then you're going to want to make this Tikka Masala Pizza with Naan bread! This pizza takes less than 10 minutes to put together and transforms leftover naan and leftover tikka masala into the most delicious Indian-inspired pizza.

Soft, oven-toasted naan bread makes the BEST pizza crust. I top this pizza with a drizzle of yogurt, which is optional but soo good to take the heat off the sauce! This recipe can also be made with jarred tikka masala sauce and store-bought naan, if you get a sudden craving for delicious Indian pizza and don't have leftover takeout.

Chicken Tikka Masala Pizza.

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Leftover tikka masala recipe

Our favorite Indian restaurant always gives us so much tikka masala sauce that we never finish it in one night. But my frugal self just can't throw out delicious lick-your-plate-worthy sauce, so I came up with this Naan Tikka Masala Pizza! This pizza works great whether you have leftover chicken in the tikka masala sauce, or just some sauce left over. Either way, it's SO GOOD!

We always order extra naan bread with this pizza recipe in mind, but store-bought naan works just as well for this recipe because baking the naan bread transforms it into the tastiest, softest, slightly-chewy, just-like-it-should-be pizza crust.

After having naan pizza, you'll wonder why not ALL pizza is made with naan!

And of course, you can use jarred tikka masala sauce with store-bought naan if you suddenly get a craving for some tikka masala pizza, and you can add some cooked chicken to the pizza as well. 

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A plate with sliced chicken tikka masala pizza.

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Ingredients

For the pizza:

  • 2 whole large naan breads
  • 1 cup tikka masala sauce (see notes)
  • 1 cup cooked chicken breast, chopped or shredded (see notes)
  • 2 teaspoons curry powder (optional, if using cooked chicken see notes)
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • ½ onion, thinly sliced (otpional)
  • ⅔ cup shredded mozzarella cheese, or more as needed

For the yogurt drizzle and to serve: 

  • ¼ cup plain yogurt
  • 2-3 tablespoons water, or as needed
  • Fresh cilantro leaves (coriander leaves) for garnish

Ingredient notes:

→  This recipe comes out delicious whether you use leftover chicken tikka masala, or simply mix together jarred sauce and cooked shredded or chopped chicken breast. If you're using cooked chicken breast instead of leftover chicken tikka, I recommend adding a little curry powder to season the chicken more. 

→ The sliced onion is totally optional, but I like the little crunch that it adds, plus it cooks down a little while the pizza bakes and gives it a nice subtle onion-y flavor.

Ingredients to make chicken masala naan pizza.

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Instructions

Step 1: Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Place the naans on a large baking tray. 

Step 2: Optional step, if you're using regular cooked chicken breast: In a bowl, mix together the cooked chicken with the curry powder and a pinch of salt and pepper. 

Seasoning chicken breast with curry powder, salt, and pepper.

Step 3: Add the thinly sliced onion and tikka masala sauce, and mix well.

Step 4: Divide the chicken tikka masala mixture over the two naan breads. Top with shredded cheese.

Naan topped with chicken tikka masala and shredded cheese.

Step 5: Bake at 350F for 11-13 minutes, or until the cheese is melted, the naan is lightly toasted, and the pizza is heated through.

Step 6: In a small bowl, combine the yogurt with 1-2 tablespoons water and mix well. Add more water if you want a thinner yogurt to drizzle. Spoon the yogurt over the warm pizza, and garnish with fresh cilantro leaves to serve.

Bowl of yogurt thinned out with water to make a yogurt drizzle.

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Tikka Masala Pizza on Naan Bread

This Tikka Masala Pizza can be made with leftover chicken tikka masala, or with store-bought tikka masala sauce, cooked chicken breast, and naan bread. Read the notes for tips to make this amazing Indian-inspired pizza work for you no matter what ingredients you have on hand!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: American, Indian
Servings: 4
Author: Kate

Ingredients

For the pizza:
  • 2 large naan breads (leftover or store-bought)
  • 1 cup tikka masala sauce (leftover or store-bought)
  • 1 cup cooked chicken chopped or shredded, see notes
  • 2 teaspoons curry powder (optional, see notes)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • ½ onion thinly sliced
  • cup shredded mozzarella cheese or more as needed
For serving:
  • ¼ cup plain yogurt
  • 2-3 tablespoons water or as needed
  • fresh cilantro leaves (coriander leaves) for garnish

Special equipment

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350F. Place the naans on a large baking tray.
  • In a bowl, mix together the cooked chicken with the curry powder and a pinch of salt and pepper. Add the thinly sliced onion and tikka masala sauce, and mix well.
  • Divide the chicken tikka masala mixture over the two naan breads. Top with shredded cheese.
  • Bake at 350F for 11-13 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and the pizza is heated through. Garnish with fresh cilantro and yogurt drizzle.
  • Prepare the yogurt drizzle: stir together the yogurt and 2 tablespoons water to make a thin yogurt sauce. Add more water, if desired. Use a spoon to drizzle the sauce over the pizza and garnish with fresh cilantro to serve.

Notes

  • If using leftover chicken tikka masala, you don't need to add curry powder to the chicken. If using cooked "plain" chicken breast, season it with some curry powder and salt & pepper before combining with tikka masala sauce.
  • This recipe also works great with tofu or other protein of choice.
  • Want more veggies? Add a handful of baby spinach sauce under the tikka sauce and it will wilt down as the pizza bakes.
  • The sliced onion is totally optional, but I like the little crunch that it adds.

Nutrition

Calories: 333kcal (17%) | Carbohydrates: 33g (11%) | Protein: 18g (36%) | Fat: 14g (22%) | Saturated Fat: 5g (25%) | Cholesterol: 43mg (14%) | Sodium: 664mg (28%) | Potassium: 154mg (4%) | Fiber: 2g (8%) | Sugar: 5g (6%) | Vitamin A: 166IU (3%) | Vitamin C: 1mg (1%) | Calcium: 125mg (13%) | Iron: 1mg (6%)

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Suchi @elegant meraki

Sunday 13th of March 2016

Found my dinner for tomorrow!! I have everything on hand!

Little Cooking Tips

Monday 7th of March 2016

This super fast & easy Indian pizza is amazing dear Kate! We can't find naan here, so we'll change it even more; artisan Greek pittas as the base, and the rest just like you mentioned them:) Thank you for the fantastic idea Kate! Pinned! xoxoxo

Fran @ G'day Souffle'

Saturday 13th of February 2016

Your pizza looks so easy- no fussing with the pizza yeast dough- yet the taste is obviously there!

Tania @ COOKTORIA

Saturday 13th of February 2016

I cook Indian food pretty often. In fact, my favorite dish in the world happens to be Indian Chicken Biriyani. Have you ever tried it? Your pizza looks fantastic, Kate! Love the melted cheese and the masala sauce!!!!

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