Healthy Recipe: Thai-Style Chicken Naan Pizza

Naan Pizza with Grilled Chicken & Spicy Peanut Sauce

Recipe by Jackie Newgent, RDN | Photo by Erin Kunkel

It’s hard to say “no” to pizza. Luckily, when it’s made with whole-grain flatbread, lean grilled chicken, and lots of fresh veggies, homemade pizza can totally be healthy. Drizzled with a spicy peanut sauce, this Thai-inspired take transforms your grill into a pizza oven. It’s sure to be a winner at your next cookout.

Prefer to dine indoors? There’s an option for making these on the stove. 

INGREDIENTS

For the spicy peanut sauce:
1/3 cup (3 fl oz/80 ml) fresh orange juice
¼ cup (2½ oz/75 g) unsweetened creamy peanut butter
2 tablespoons soy sauce, reduced sodium
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1-inch (2.5-cm) piece fresh ginger, peeled

For the grilled sesame chicken:
2 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves (about 7 oz/220 g each)
2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
Sea salt

4 whole-grain naans or other flatbreads (about 3 oz/90 g each)
1 cup (4 oz/125 g) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
2 green onions, green and white parts, thinly sliced
¾ cup (4 oz/125 g) thinly sliced English cucumber
1/3 cup (1½ oz/45 g) shredded carrots
¼ cup (1/3 oz/10 g) fresh cilantro leaves

INSTRUCTIONS

To make the spicy peanut sauce, in a blender or food processor, combine the orange juice, peanut butter, soy sauce, lime juice, red pepper flakes, and ginger. Blend until smooth. Set aside, or transfer to a jar and store in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

To make the grilled sesame chicken, preheat a grill over medium-high heat. Brush the chicken with the sesame oil and sprinkle with ¼ teaspoon salt. Place the chicken over the hottest part of the grill and cook until well done (165°F/74°C), about 6 minutes per side. Transfer the chicken to a cutting board and let rest for 10 minutes. When cool enough to handle, cut the chicken into cubes.

Place the naan, fluffier side down, over the hottest part of the grill, and cook until marked on the first side, about 3 minutes. Flip over the naan, and slide it over to the cooler part of grill. Sprinkle the naan with half of the cheese, all the chicken, the remaining cheese, and the white part of the green onions. Cover and grill in the indirect heat until the cheese is melted, 8 to 10 minutes. You may need to grill the pizzas in batches, if you have a smaller grill.

Alternatively, you can make the pizzas on the stove: In a grill pan over medium high-heat, toast the naan, about 3 minutes per side. Transfer to a large baking sheet, sprinkle with the cheese, chicken, and green onions. Broil in the oven until the cheese is melted and bubbly, 1 to 2 minutes.

Transfer the pizzas to a serving platter or cutting board, and drizzle each with 1 tablespoon of the spicy peanut sauce, saving the rest for another use. Sprinkle with the green part of the scallions, and the cucumber, carrots, and cilantro. Cut into slices and serve warm.  

Makes 4 servings
Serving size: 1 naan pizza

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

Calories 532
Protein 38 g
Total fat 20 g
Saturated fat 7 g
Carbs 48 g
Fiber 6 g
Total sugars 8 g
Added sugars 0 g
Sodium 1005 mg


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