Dish off the Block: Thai Chicken and Shrimp Naan Pizza

Thu, 04/25/2019 - 9:15pm

Sooo, I just won the Taste of America Challenge with my Thai-inspired pizza on naan bread! Naan is a soft Indian flatbread made with yogurt. A trendy ingredient, it can be readily found in most supermarkets. Naan bread is very versatile and creates the perfect canvas for a time-saving weeknight pizza. You can use your go-to pizza toppings, but trust me, this version packs a powerful Thai-inspired flavor punch with a little heat in the soy peanut sauce, fresh bright toppings, chicken and/or shrimp, and a crunchy finish. It’s simply Thai-riffic!

The sauce:

2 large cloves garlic, peeled and minced

2 teaspoons fresh ginger, minced

1 teaspoon red pepper flakes

3 tablespoons light brown sugar, packed

1/3 cup creamy peanut butter

3 tablespoons soy sauce

1 tablespoon fish sauce

1 cup boneless chicken breasts, cooked and shredded into bite-size pieces

The shrimp and pea pods:

2 tablespoons butter

12 oz. defrosted raw shrimp, peeled and deveined (about 10 large shrimps)

3/4 cup pea pods

The pizza:

1, 8.8 oz. package naan flatbreads (2, 10-12” flatbreads)

1/3 cup water chestnuts, rough chopped

1 small jalapeno, sliced into thin rounds

1/3 cup red bell pepper, chopped

1/3 cup fresh bean sprouts

1/2 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese

2 scallions, chopped

1 heaping tablespoon cilantro chopped

1 heaping tablespoon basil, chiffonade

2 tablespoons honey roasted peanuts, chopped

Preheat oven to 425 degrees and set rack to the lowest position in your oven. 

In a small bowl, whisk together the garlic, ginger, red pepper flakes, brown sugar, peanut butter, soy sauce, and fish sauce until smooth in consistency. Add the chicken to the sauce and toss to coat.  Set aside.

Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium high heat.  When the pan is very hot, add the shrimp and the pea pods and spread into one layer. Let cook one minute until shrimp begin to turn pink. Toss with tongs until shrimp are just cooked through and the pea pods are crisp tender, about another minute.

Place the naan flatbreads on a foil-lined baking sheet.  Spread chicken and sauce mixture evenly over the naan breads leaving a little of the crust/edge area exposed. Continue evenly layering the water chestnuts, jalapeno, red bell pepper, shrimp, pea pods, bean sprouts, and Monterey Jack cheese. 

Bake for 10 to 12 minutes until the cheese is melted and the sauce is bubbly. Remove from oven and sprinkle with the scallions, cilantro, basil, and chopped peanuts.

Cut into slices and enjoy. Serves two to four.

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