Chicken Tikka Masala is on the menu of almost every Indian restaurant. It's a creamy, delicious tomato based curry, and the spice level can vary greatly, depending on the cook. There is dispute about the origins of the dish. It has been claimed that chicken tikka masala was invented in Glasgow, Scotland, and it has even been called the British national dish. This claim is disputed by Indian chefs, who say that this curry is, in fact, an Indian invention, and a thoroughly Indian dish.
This international food fight is actually quite amusing, and it even made the news back in 2009. Regardless of origins, chicken tikka masala is easy to make at home. And you get to control the amount of fat, sodium and even sugar. Swap out the cream for Greek yogurt and you won't notice any difference, but your curry will be a whole lot healthier.
I have mentioned before, that I love to make pizzas with naan bread, and when I make my homemade naan, I always freeze some just for that purpose. So, after making tikka masala, I pulled some naan out of the freezer. It occurred to me that a tikka masala pizza on naan makes a whole lot of sense.
And yes, it does. It makes delicious sense, in fact. We loved these individual naan pizzas. You don't need to make your own naan, you can buy them in the store. Nobody's judging. But, It's really easy to do if you want to give it a try. I didn't use a lot of cheese, because I wasn't sure how it would work out. It worked out great, so I'm leaving it up to you to add more if you choose. Also, I added some fresh tomatoes to the pizzas to balance the creamy sauce.
This tikka masala recipe is a quick one. Using chicken thighs means that you can skip the step of marinating the chicken in the yogurt, and it will still be tender and juicy.
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1 inch fresh ginger, peeled
- 1 tbsp garam masala
- 1 tsp dried turmeric
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp red chili flakes
- 1 156 ml can tomato paste
- 2 tbsp peanut or vegetable oil
- 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into bite sized pieces
- 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
- 6 naan breads
- 1 cup cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
- 1 cup grated mozzarella cheese
- 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro, or flat leaf parsley
- In a blender or food processor, combine garlic, ginger, garam masala, tumeric, paprika, salt, and chilli flakes and tomato paste
- Process until smooth
- In a skillet, heat oil over medium high
- Add chicken pieces, cooking until browned, about 5 minutes
- Add tomato paste mixture, stirring until fragrant
- Reduce heat to medium low and stir in yogurt
- Simmer about 5 minutes
- Pre heat oven to 350°
- Line a large baking sheet with parchment
- Assemble pizzas: divide chicken tikka masala over the naan breads
- Top each pizza with tomato halves, then cheese
- Bake for 15 minutes, or until cheese is bubbling
- Garnish pizzas with cilantro or parsely
Add more chilli flakes if you prefer more spice