chicken teriyaki naan pizza

sometimes, you just don’t wanna cook.

{chicken teriyaki naan pizza} pre-oven! so easy!

the whole idea of having to look up a recipe on pinterest be culinary creative, gather the ingredients, dirtying handfuls of dishes + cleaning up the inevitable mess you’ve made.

it’s. just. too. much.

today was one of those days.

{chicken teriyaki naan pizza} fresh from the oven!

armed with hanger, i opened my fridge door + saw that the leftover gods were smiling down on me. i had cold chicken teriyaki just waiting to turn my frown upside down.

..and under that hunger-saving tupperware of chicken teriyaki was a pack of roasted garlic naan.

hmmmmmmmmmmmm.

chinese food. carbs. pizza.

any one of those things will whip me out of funk + into a little happy tummy dance.

let’s marry ‘em all + turn this night around! {insert dancing girl emoji}

{chicken teriyaki naan pizza} leftovers never looked this good!

that my friends, is how this soul satisfying chicken teriyaki naan pizza was born.

naan’s make my world go ’round. they are the perfect item to have on-hand for whipping up a quick lunch, drunk late night snack or brunch flatbread.

another reason they’re a staple in our house, is because we can stretch any veggies or leftovers that our fridge has to offer! layer whatever you’ve got however you wish + bake it for 10 minutes – it really doesn’t get any easier!

for this spectacular spin – if you don’t have a batch of the chicken teriyaki already leftover, then you can of course whip it up + make this as a homemade night-of home run.

but, i suggest planning the chicken teriyaki for one night {it’s super great on it’s own} then after dinner, store it in the fridge + wait, for ya know, for one of those days.

voila! you’ve got your own back! will have a perfect meal that’s guaranteed to getcha out of any hanger funk!


chicken teriyaki naan pizza
 
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Serves: 1 naan pizza
Ingredients
  • 1 roasted garlic naan flatbread
  • 1 cup chicken teriyaki, with sauce
  • 1 tsp sriracha
  • ½ jalapeno, thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup shredded mozzarella cheese
Instructions
  1. preheat the oven to 400º, for best results heat up a pizza stone as well
  2. in a small bowl combine teriyaki sauce with the sriracha.
  3. spread teriyaki sauce mixture over the bottom of the naan, leaving a border around the edges for a crust.
  4. next, lay the shredded mozzarella over the top.
  5. layer your chicken teriyaki mix + jalapenos evenly over the top of the cheese.
  6. sprinkle with grated parmesan, to taste.
  7. bake your naan for 10 minutes, until browned + cheese is bubbling!
  8. enjoy!

 


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have any pineapple on hand? chop it up + add it to the toppings mix! bacon or canadian ham would also be BOMB thrown in the mix.

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 i added jalapeno + sriracha to this pizza to balance out the super sweet teriyaki sauce. feel free to adjust or omit if you are heat sensitive!

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 this is the perfect meal for one!

 

cauliflower crust pizza

from pinterest to buzzfeed to bon appetit magazine – cauliflower crust is simply everywhere!cauliflower ingredients. .and after being fashionably late to the party + making it for my first time just last week, i must say, it’s everywhere for a reason! it’s really tasty!

before embarking on your first cauliflower pizza journey, i think a few things need to be understood for ultimate happiness:

  1. cauliflower pizza is not lou malnatis.
  2. cauliflower pizza is best eaten with a fork + knife.
  3. cauliflower pizza is not part of the frozen pizza world. cauliflower pizza is part of the homemade dough world.

cauliflower floretsafter those three things are realized, i really can’t see any excuses flying! making the cauliflower crust does indeed take a few steps but those steps are easy peasy cauliflower squeezy + all kitchen utensils used in it’s making are dishwasher safe!

since that first time last week, i have already whipped it up three more times! doing so was obviously in the name of research therefore i wanted to test it out with all three of our go-to pizza sauces: red, white + bbq. guess what? each one was delicious just like ‘real’ pizza! i think that makes this recipe a win!

cauliflower crust just out of the oven!cauliflower crust is on the skinny buzz but i want to highlight that AJ loved it! after eating 6 slices in one sitting he was thrilled that he didn’t feel all bogged down like traditional pizza can make you feel + he had a great workout that night. #PROTIEN {insert manly grunt}

below i’ll be giving you the recipe just for the crust because in my opinion pizza is similar to getting dressed – you do you.

cauliflower pizza just out of the oven!i live in a world where a pizza can never have enough cheese, meat or red pepper flakes. but if you want to give the flavors i have pictured a whirl, in order, i topped with:

  • ¼ cup pizza sauce
  • turkey pepperoni
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella
  • thinly sliced red onion
  • chopped jalapeno {with ribs + seeds!}
  • grated parmesan-reggiano
  • red pepper flakes

i saved the best cauliflower pizza fact for last.

that’s right, i’m talkin’ calories. guess how many calories there are in TWO slices. . drum roll please. .

cauliflower pizza with red onion, turkey pepperoni and jalapeno…ONLY 133 CALORIES! FOR TWO PIECES OF PIZZA! WHAAAAAAAT!

that calorie count includes 1 cup of shredded mozzarella as a topping but if you’re an optimist like me, then you know that gives you all sorts of caloric room to add in brown butter mushrooms + bacon whatever additional toppings your little pizza-loving heart desires!


 

cauliflower crust pizza
 
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Serves: 2 pizzas
Ingredients
  • 4 cups of riced cauliflower, this should be the size of a large head of cauliflower
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups of mozzarella cheese
  • 3 tsp oregano
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • s+p, to taste
Instructions
  1. preheat your oven to 425º {if using a pizza stone, place in the oven to heat up as well}
  2. chop your cauliflower into small florets. add the florets to your food processor + pulse until cauliflower resembles rice.
  3. place the cauliflower in a microwavable container + cover with lid. microwave for 10 minutes.
  4. after done microwaving, combine remaining ingredients + mix together.
  5. divide your 'dough' into two portions + shape into a crust shape of your wish!
  6. bake the crust - no toppings yet!- for 30 minutes
  7. once the crust is golden, remove from the oven, top with your desired toppings + bake an additional 5 minutes until cheese is melted!
  8. slice + enjoy!
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 2 slices Calories: 133 Fat: 8 Carbohydrates: 5 Sodium: 307 Protein: 10

thai chicken naan pizza

back in the day, my mom + i loved spending our afternoons hitting the pavement at the shopping mall by us. {oakbrook mall, that is – holla chicagoland peeps!}

we’re both 5 foot 2 -on a good day- so we would work up quite the appetite running our little legs around for hours in the name of a good sale. california pizza kitchen, or CPK, as the cool kids called it, was one of our fav places to rest our gams + grab lunch.

CPK offered three pages of pizza spins but my poor italian mother birthed a daughter who gets a rash from tomato sauce, so we always stuck to the “non-traditional” section of the menu.

my favorite? the thai chicken pizza.

it’s basically like pb+j and stir fry had a baby. it rules.

sliced veggies for pizza

finding restaurant recipes that you can make at home is basically the point of the internet {it’s not? are you sure?}, so you can imagine my excitement when i came across this take on the thai chicken pizza that i loved so much.

the peanut sauce ingredient list might look a bit daunting, but believe it or not, these are staples in my ambitious cubburds!

if you aren’t stocked with the the few vinegars + sauces needed, i promise you’ll find each one worth the grocery trip! turns out things like rice wine vinegar + sherry are needed things in the kitchen world!

let’s just put it this way, i’m basically arming you for any sort of asian curveball that late night of menu planning on pinterest might throw at you!

thai chicken pizza sauce ingredients
another plus!

after blitzing the sauce up in the blender + spreading the love across your naan, you should have a little leftover!

wanna know one of my favorite ways to use it up?

grab yourself a package of ramen noodles, {yes, im serious}, throw away the flavor pack {now you’re taking me more serious, aren’t you?}, boil the noodles, drain, add the peanut sauce + top witha generous amount of sriracha + sliced scallions!
thai chicken pizza with peanut sauce
true life: i just gave you TWO recipes in one post.

so go on. make this! now you have two reasons!


 

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thai chicken naan pizza
 
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Recipe type: pizza
Cuisine: thai
Ingredients
peanut sauce
  • 4 tbsp peanut butter
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1½ tbsp rice wine or sherry
  • 2¼ tsp rice vinegar
  • 2 tsp water
  • 2 tsp canola oil
  • 2 tsp minced fresh ginger
  • 1½ tsp packed brown sugar
  • 1 tsp sambel oleek {add more for additional heat!}
naan pizza
  • 2 naan flatbreads
  • 1 c cooked chicken, shredded {see notes below!}
  • 1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 medium carrot, peeled + shaved with a peeler
  • 4 scallions, thinly sliced on a bias
  • 2 tbsp cilantro
  • 1 c mozzarella, shredded
  • ½ c parmesan, shredded
Instructions
peanut sauce
  1. combine all of the ingredients listed in a blender. blend until smooth.
naan pizza
  1. preheat the oven to 425º
  2. spread 2 tbsp of peanut sauce on each naan, leaving a small border around the edge for a crust
  3. layer the chicken, red pepper, carrots, scallions, cilantro + cheese on top of the naan
  4. bake the naan for 8-10 minutes, until the cheese is melted + crust is golden
Notes
slightly adapted from the wonderful blog, Cookin' Canuck.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 Pizza Calories: 540


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don’t have cooked chicken on hand? skip the rotisserie + check out my recipe for simple poached chicken! try the asian zest with this pizza – it adds so much flavor!

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naan is my number one choice for this recipe because it’s a bit hearty yet crisps up beautifully! {i love the Stonefire brand} but if naan is not accessible or easy for you, you can build this pizza atop any crust you wish – homemade, store-bought or even a sesame seed bagel! all i would suggest is using something on the thicker end of the scale since the pizza is rather topping-heavy!

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this recipe makes for a great appetizer! pop a few in the oven + cut into squares for easy hand-held snacking.

drink

you will want to reach for slightly sweet wines like a rieslings or gewurztraminer to pair with this. the slight sweetness + floral notes match very well with the many flavors of thai food + the sugar mitigates the effect of chili + spice on the palate. as for beer, go with an ice-cold brown ale.