Friday, January 7, 2011

Mango Chutney Pineapple Barbecue Chicken Naan Pizza

Pizza is one of my favorite foods ever.  I've loved it since I was a kid and we'd get takeout pizza from our local pizza parlor.  I was introduced to Hawaiian pizza at an early age.  I loved the sweet pineapple combined with the savory Canadian bacon and requested it often.

Fast forward a few years to my newfound obsession with The Next Food Network Star.  My mom got me hooked on this show because she has the Food Network playing on the TV in the background pretty much all day.

While watching the last season, I was rooting for Aarti Sequeira all along.  She is someone I'd want to be friends with: bubbly, down-to-earth, and just all around adorable.  I loved her approach to cooking: making Indian food accessible to everyone because let's face it, garam masala and palak paneer aren't exactly in most people's vocabularies growing up.  

Aarti demonstrated a delicious Indian pizza twist in one of the last episodes before the big finale.  As soon as I saw it I wanted to make it.  Of course, when I got around to it I didn't quite have everything she used.  One of the things I love about cooking is the ability to put your own spin on recipes, so that's what I did here.  I used what I had and it turned out great!

Here we go.  I used Trader Joe's Tandoori Naan, Trader Joe's Mango Chutney, fresh diced pineapple, Feta cheese, barbecue sauce, fresh cilantro, and leftover cooked shredded chicken.  Too easy!

Preheat your oven and spread out your frozen naan on a cookie sheet.  Bake it in the oven according to package directions to warm it up a bit.  Get your toppings ready!

Spread on the barbecue sauce, not quite to the edges.

Top with your chicken.

Add the cheese, please!

Add your pineapple, spoonfuls of chutney, and cilantro.  I'm getting hungry :)

Bake until everything is heated through.  Enjoy!

This pizza was fantastic.  It was so easy to make and came together in less than 15 minutes.  Hubby loved it too.  The flavors really work and it's such a unique twist on pizza.  I'll definitely be making this again!

Mango Chutney Pineapple Barbecue Chicken Naan Pizza
inspired by Aarti's recipe


  • 1 package Trader Joe's frozen naan (Tandoori or garlic, your choice)
  • 1 bottle Trader Joe's Mango Chutney
  • 1 1/2 - 2 cups cooked shredded chicken (I had leftover chicken cooked in my slow cooker)
  • lots of fresh cilantro
  • 1 cup diced fresh or canned pineapple, drained
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 3 tablespoons barbecue sauce
  • crushed red pepper
  • Preheat your oven according to naan package directions.  Pre-bake your naan.
  • Top each piece of naan with 1 tablespoon barbecue sauce, or as much as you like.  Leave some space at the edges.
  • Top with chicken, pineapple, cheese, chutney, and cilantro - however much you like!
  • Shake crushed red pepper over the top if desired.
  • Bake naan for about 5 minutes or until toppings have heated through.
  • Serve and enjoy!

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  1. Oh, yummy! I loved Aarti from the beginning. I just wish they would have come up with a better name for her show...Great pizza, I dig pizza with fruit!

  2. Wow.... Lauren that looks divine, what a great combination.

  3. This is absolutely delectable! I go to Trader Joe's at least once a week and it seems now I've got to try this Naan out! I've never used it before but it seems rather simple, way easier than getting fresh pizza dough from my local Italian deli. I hate baking pizza dough... apparently I always pile too much stuff on and the dough gets too weighed down because of all the ingredients on top. Ai-ya! Naan Pizza FTW!

  4. I have been buying a similar naan to this at Costco. We have been having roasted pumpkin, caramelized onions, and roasted red peppers on ours. I think we may have found a new flavor to try. Thanks!

  5. Great idea to make pizza on Naan! I will have to try that :)!

  6. Great healthy, unique twist on THE american meal, who doesn't love a good ol' slice of pizza?!

  7. I love making pizza on pita bread. This is definitely going to happen in my kitchen. Naan is so delicious. Thanks for the great idea. Simple pizzas are always the best.

  8. My immediate reaction when I read the title was "holy crap!" That's my kind of pizza! I love how easy this is! I too was always a fan of the Hawaiian pizza growing up, love sweet and savory flavors together. Yum!

  9. Your title drew me in! I always have a jar of TJ's mango chutney in my pantry, and the naan is also a favorite. Love it!

  10. That definitely looks like a delicious and flavorful pizza. I don't think you can ever go wrong with pizza. I love it!

  11. Hi! Thanks for visiting my blog.

    I also loved Aarti. I agree she was so up-beat.
    This pizza sounds wonderful with an amazing combo of flavors and I am loving that it is easy:)

  12. I have been watching reruns of that show while I work out at the gym. It is so much fun! This looks like such a unique and tasty pizza. I know my husband and I would love it! Thank you for sharing. I hope you have a weekend full of laughter with those that you love.

  13. I love pineapple on pizza, but never made anything like this before! It looks fantastic! PS: You asked on my blog about quinoa for breakfast. Have you tried anything yet? I bet you could mix it in with scrambled eggs and veggies for a super healthy egg dish. Just be careful that the amount of quinoa doesn't overwhelm the other ingredients. I'd keep the eggs as your main ingredient. Keep me posted on what you try!

  14. Chicken + barbecue sauce on a pizza = heaven! I surprisingly have never tried pineapple on pizza before but will definitely have to! Love your blog so far :)

  15. interesting and innovative Naan

  16. This looks amazing!I came across your site from the foodieblogroll and I'd love to guide Foodista readers to your site. I hope you could add this pizza widget at the end of this post so we could add you in our list of food bloggers who blogged about recipes for pizza,Thanks!

  17. @Alisa - you got it! Thanks for thinking of me :)

  18. I can't even begin what to say about this?! It looks sooooo good! Great job!

  19. I love watching Aarti Party. She's just so relaxed. And your adaptation of her pizza looks so good. You go honey! Now I need an early lunch!


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