Jul 23
2012

Thai Chicken Naan Pizza Recipe with Peanut Sauce, Red Pepper & Carrots

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Thai Chicken Naan Pizza Recipe with Peanut Sauce, Red Pepper & Carrots

A familiar cry rings through our house at the end of each work week. “Friday night pizza!” There’s something comforting about knowing what’s going to be on the menu. At the end of a long week, the last thing I want to do is think…about the menu, about anything. We have a few favorites recipes we fall back on, such as Grilled Shrimp & Pesto Pizza or a good ol’ pepperoni for the kids. For my husband and I, our first choice (and the most-requested pizza by our friends) is a Thai Chicken Pizza, slathered in homemade peanut sauce and topped with fresh veggies, such as red bell pepper and carrots. Heaven!

Usually I mix and knead a double batch of part-whole wheat pizza dough (we like leftovers the next day), but there are times when I don’t even feel that energetic. That’s where some whole wheat naan comes in handy. Naan is a traditional Indian bread served with curries and dals, but it works beautifully as a make-shift pizza dough. You’re guaranteed to find naan at an Indian food market, but many higher end grocery stores carry packages of whole wheat or flavored naans.

The peanut sauce is one I adapted from a Cooking Light Magazine recipe years ago. We mix it with soba noodles or whole wheat spaghetti, or use it in sandwich wraps. It is the star of the show in this pizza recipes.

The recipe:
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. If using a pizza stone, heat the stone in the preheated oven for about 10 minutes.

The peanut sauce:
In a blender, combine sesame oil, peanut butter, soy sauce, rice wine, water, rice vinegar, canola oil, brown sugar, ginger and chili garlic sauce. Blend until smooth. (Use any leftovers for sandwich wraps.)

Thai Chicken Naan Pizza Recipe with Peanut Sauce, Red Pepper & Carrots

The pizza:
Lay 2 pieces of naan on a pizza peel or on a baking sheet (if you’re not using a pizza stone).

Spread 2 tablespoons of peanut sauce on each piece of naan. Divide half of the chicken, red bell pepper, carrots, mozzarella cheese and Parmesan cheese evenly between the 2 pieces of naan.

Thai Chicken Naan Pizza Recipe with Peanut Sauce, Red Pepper & Carrots

If using a baking stone, transfer the pizzas from the peel to the stone. If using a baking sheet, place the baking sheet in the oven.

Bake until the cheese is melted and the naan bread is golden brown, 7 to 8 minutes. Transfer the pizzas to a cutting board and let rest for 5 minutes before slicing.

Repeat with the remaining ingredients. Slice the pizzas and garnish with minced cilantro. Serve.

Thai Chicken Naan Pizza Recipe with Peanut Sauce, Red Pepper & Carrots

Other naan pizza recipes:

Vegetarian Naan Pizza with Eggplant & Cilantro Jalapeno Pesto
Cookin’ Canuck’s Vegetarian Naan Pizza with Eggplant & Cilantro Jalapeno Pesto

Food for My Family’s White Pizza with Shrimp on Naan
Iowa Girl Eats’ Fig, Goat Cheese & Bacon Naan Pizza
Lisa’s Kitchen’s Paneer Tikka Pizza on Naan Bread

Thai Chicken Naan Pizza Recipe with Peanut Sauce, Red Pepper & Carrots
 
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From the kitchen of Cookin Canuck. www.cookincanuck.com
Serves: Serves 4
Ingredients
The peanut sauce:
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • ¼ cup peanut butter
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1½ tbsp rice wine or sherry
  • 1½ tsp water
  • 2¼ tsp rice vinegar
  • 1½ tsp canola oil
  • 1½ tsp packed brown sugar
  • 1½ tsp minced fresh ginger
  • ¼ tsp chili garlic sauce or red chile flakes
The pizza:
  • 4 pieces whole wheat naan
  • 2 cooked boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into thin strips
  • 1 large carrot, peeled & cut into matchsticks
  • ½ cup grated mozzarella cheese
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • ¼ cup minced cilantro
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. If using a pizza stone, heat the stone in the preheated oven for about 10 minutes.
The peanut sauce:
  1. In a blender, combine sesame oil, peanut butter, soy sauce, rice wine, water, rice vinegar, canola oil, brown sugar, ginger and chili garlic sauce. Blend until smooth.
The pizza:
  1. Lay 2 pieces of naan on a pizza peel or on a baking sheet (if you're not using a pizza stone).
  2. Spread 2 tablespoons of peanut sauce on each piece of naan.
  3. Divide half of the chicken, red bell pepper, carrots, mozzarella cheese and Parmesan cheese evenly between the 2 pieces of naan.
  4. If using a baking stone, transfer the pizzas from the peel to the stone. If using a baking sheet, place the baking sheet in the oven.
  5. Bake until the cheese is melted and the naan bread is golden brown, 7 to 8 minutes.
  6. Transfer the pizzas to a cutting board and let rest for 5 minutes before slicing.
  7. Repeat with the remaining ingredients.
  8. Slice the pizzas and garnish with minced cilantro. Serve.

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1 shelly (cookies and cups) July 23, 2012 at 7:06 am

Love this recipe! Love love love!

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2 KalynsKitchen July 23, 2012 at 7:21 am

Sounds delicious! I am thinking eggplant would be wonderful with that peanut sauce.

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3 Cookbook Queen July 23, 2012 at 7:29 am

Such a gorgeous pizza…and I love that you used naan for the crust!!

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4 Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) July 23, 2012 at 8:04 am

Whenever I make peanut sauce, I make a double batch and keep it in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. It’s great on pasta or pizza, or as a dipping sauce for chunks of cucumber and tomato.

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5 Belinda @zomppa July 23, 2012 at 8:37 am

What a great, unique pizza! Flavors I love…and in a form I adore.

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6 carrian July 23, 2012 at 8:47 am

I’m such a huge fan of naan. I’ve been dying to use it as a pizza, but I’ve been so busy!

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7 MikeVFMK July 23, 2012 at 9:01 am

O.mg. I can see why this is your favourite pizza and the most requested one too (I know I’d be asking for it, again and again) It has everything I love wrapped in a pizza. Plus it looks super delicious. Add in my love of naan and I’d be drooling over it. Love this!

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8 Candy @ Candy Girl July 23, 2012 at 9:05 am

Ooh – I can’t wait to make this! I’ve never tried making a pizza with naan but love that idea!

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9 Kirsten@ My Kitchen in the Rockies July 23, 2012 at 9:52 am

That sounds fantastic!!
I love the Thai inspired version and naan, how is easy that. Looks like a keeper recipe. Thanks, Dara.
Greetings from Colorado
Kirsten

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10 Laura (Tutti Dolci) July 23, 2012 at 9:54 am

I love Naan pizzas and I could seriously eat this one every week – love all the Thai flavors!

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11 Paula - bell'alimento July 23, 2012 at 12:13 pm

Oh Dara just YUM!

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12 Cassie July 23, 2012 at 12:25 pm

Love these flavors, can’t wait to try the peanut sauce!

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13 Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen July 23, 2012 at 1:31 pm

Love this grown-up pizza! Gorgeous and you are getting so many colors in your say when you pack these up with those veggies :)

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14 Jean (Lemons and Anchovies) July 23, 2012 at 1:46 pm

My next post will be pizza, too (it was pizza night last night) so you would think I’ve had my fill. Your Thai chicken version looks fabulous–I can understand why it would be the most oft requested by your friends. I hadn’t even considered using peanut sauce this way–it’s brilliant, Dara. Love this. :)

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15 Rachel @ Baked by Rachel July 23, 2012 at 2:10 pm

I love when pizza is gorgeous and yummy!

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16 Jessica@AKitchenAddiction July 23, 2012 at 2:33 pm

Love this, especially the peanut sauce!!

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17 Bev @ Bev Cooks July 23, 2012 at 3:38 pm

Oh. OH yeah. We naan pizza’d it last night. And I could again right this second.

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18 Sarah @ Will Run for Pasta July 23, 2012 at 8:34 pm

Yum! I love Naan and I love peanut sauce, can’t wait to try this!!

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19 Gerry @ Foodness Gracious July 24, 2012 at 12:39 am

Genius using naan as a pizza dough! I bet you that peanut sauce would be a great dip for some chicken satay :)

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20 marla July 24, 2012 at 4:48 am

Such an inventive pizza Dara, I love all those Thai flavors!

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21 Steve @ the black peppercorn July 24, 2012 at 7:17 am

This looks awesome Dara. I have used naan as a pizza crust a few times this year to rave reviews from the fam. I love the Thai inspired toppings you have year. Sounds delish!

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22 Julia {The Roasted Root} July 24, 2012 at 10:11 am

You took pizza to an ultimate new level here. Peanut sauce on naan plus pizza toppings sounds awesome and fun! What a great idea for a different pizza recipe – definitely want to try this next time we have guests over!

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23 RavieNomNoms July 24, 2012 at 11:37 am

I am totally bookmarking this! What an amazing recipe!

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24 Dara July 24, 2012 at 11:57 am

What a great idea to use naan bread as the crust. I’ve used a pita before for a traditional pizza, but love the idea of peanut sauce as the base. Will definitely be trying this! Thanks!

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25 Donna July 24, 2012 at 12:06 pm

You could slather peanut sauce on anything – say a piece of wood – and I would eat it. This looks like the most wonderful combo of textures and flavors – another CC masterpiece!

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26 Amber @ The Cook's Sister July 24, 2012 at 1:11 pm

Lovely pizza! I love combination of Thai flavours and the vibrant colours!

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27 Sneh | Cook Republic July 24, 2012 at 6:27 pm

Dara, this looks beautiful! Oh the flavours!

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28 carolinaheartstrings July 24, 2012 at 6:35 pm

That looks just terrific. I can see why it is your favorite. Delicious.

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29 Lora @cakeduchess July 24, 2012 at 8:13 pm

One of my favorite pizza versions and luckily, it’s only my favorite! More for me:) Love this idea and your eggplant version was so, so good. Thanks for reminding me about some quick dinner ideas b/c I’m running out of ideas these weeks:)

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30 Kiran @ KiranTarun.com July 24, 2012 at 9:42 pm

Beautiful flavors, Dara!!! Love naan pizza and all of the thai flavors here :)

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31 Jen @ Savory Simple July 25, 2012 at 6:38 am

I love making homemade pizza! There’s something so satisfying about making the dough and sauce from scratch and knowing it’s so much better than the pizza most people eat. This looks so good!

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32 JulieD August 1, 2012 at 10:48 pm

Dara, this looks so good!! I have never had thai chicken pizza before…will have to try this!!

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33 Ali, Stonefire Authentic Flatbreads August 8, 2012 at 5:26 pm

This looks delicious! Bet it would taste great on our whole wheat naan ;-) Looking forward to following your blog!

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34 Stefany March 16, 2013 at 5:59 pm

It is delicious on your whole wheat naan – that’s what I used. :-)

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35 Aggie August 9, 2012 at 5:39 pm

Naan is my favorite shortcut pizza crust, it’s just perfect! I love everything about this pizza. I need that peanut sauce in my life.

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36 augen Lasern berlin europacenter January 25, 2013 at 1:29 am

I don’t even know how I ended up here, but I thought this post was good. I don’t know who
you are but certainly you are going to a famous blogger
if you are not already ;) Cheers!

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37 Stefany March 16, 2013 at 5:58 pm

Made this for dinner tonight – loved it!

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38 Dana @Foodie Goes Healthy September 15, 2013 at 11:56 pm

Hi Dara- I can’t wait to make this peanut sauce! We also like to use toasted lavash bread as a pizza crust. Beautiful photos too.

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40 Tara December 5, 2014 at 5:11 pm

Great recipe! So delicious!

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