Tikka Masala Naan Pizzas

The week started a bit rough. I walked in the door on Sunday after my hockey game at midnight, watching my Apple watch activity rings reset for a new day. Even after a hot shower and a chapter of my book, I was wide awake at 2am yet. This is normally an issue for me, but you add to it some fighting and ejections during the game and my brain just couldn’t turn off. And no, your girl isn’t involved!

I powered through Monday surprisingly well and slept great the following night. No surprise there. I could survive on 3 hours a night in college, night after night. And when my girls were infants. Those days are long gone.

My alarm went off early yesterday, however. I was at a vaccine clinic for the first half of the day which had me to work about 1 ½ hours earlier than usual and I didn’t see the girls before leaving for the day. This resulted in a day off from the morning hair brushing war and also left them craving me yesterday evening. I SOAKED it up.

This morning, I’m up and at’em, well before my alarm…because apparently sleep cooperates on an every-OTHER night basis for me. I knew I hadn’t finished this post from last night, opting instead to chill on the couch with Amazon Prime TV (standing at a kiosk and talking for 5 hours is EXHAUSTING), foregoing a workout, and just giving myself the permission to relax for a bit.

It seems that sometimes those mental health moments can lend to 5am wake-ups with my brain clicking on and remembering all of the things I need to do or forgot to do the day before. I commit to taking my 4pm meeting from home so that I can slide right into a workout after it wraps up. There, I committed! I’m also committed to making dinner tonight. The more “involved” of the 2 recipes I have on the menu yet for this week. My self-care routine is giving permission to veg on the couch and to also simplify in the kitchen. We’ve got a whole podcast series, Healthier in a Hurry, and there’s a reason why. It’s perfect for everyone.

This Tikka Masala Naan Pizza uses all sorts of shortcuts without skimping on flavor. Serve alongside a salad or roasted veggie for a perfectly balanced meal that is sure to please most any palate. If you’ve never had tikka masala it is mild, creamy, and tomato-y making it a perfect addition to pizzas!

Tikka Masala Naan Pizzas

Tikka Masala Naan Pizzas

Yield: 5 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Short cuts and flavorful ingredients make this weeknight meal full of flavor and fun, without the fuss!

Ingredients

  • 4 packaged naan flatbread
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 1/4 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 3/4-inch pieces
  • 1/4 tsp salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 1 (15 oz) jar tikka masala sauce
  • 1 lb part-skim mozzarella, shredded
  • 1/4 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Place the flatbreads on each of 2 baking sheets, without overlapping. Bake for 5-6 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Once hot, add the chicken and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cook for 5-6 minutes or until browned and nearly cooked through. Add the tikka masala sauce and bring to a simmer, about 2 minutes.
  3. Remove the flatbreads from the oven and sprinkle evenly with two-thirds of the cheese, distributing evenly over the 4 flatbreads. Top with the chicken and masala sauce and finish with remaining cheese and red onion.
  4. Bake for an additional 7-9 minutes or until edges are browned and cheese is bubbly and hot. Serve garnished with the chopped cilantro.

Notes

Prevention RD original

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: ~3/4 flatbread (recipe serves 5)
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 575Total Fat: 24.2gSaturated Fat: 18gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 18gCholesterol: 91mgSodium: 939mgCarbohydrates: 43.4gFiber: 3.2gSugar: 9.8gProtein: 42.6g

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