Make pizza night easy by topping store-bought naan bread with pre-made pesto, shredded rotisserie chicken, roasted red peppers and fresh mozzarella cheese.

Every Friday, my family looks forward to pizza night. I often mix up a batch of our favorite pizza dough but, admittedly, there are times when I just don't feel that energetic. That's where I fall back on naan bread, which is a traditional Indian bread served with curries. Many higher-end grocery stores carry plain, whole wheat or flavored naan, and it works beautifully as a make-shift pizza dough. Top it with pre-made pesto and meat from a rotisserie chicken for a flavorful, fun meal.

Since this is pizza, and pizza is notoriously versatile, you could use almost any toppings that appeal to you. Layer on strips of roasted red pepper, as I did here, or replace those with mushrooms, olives or onions (or all three). Alternatively, get the whole family involved by laying out a selection of toppings, and letting each person top the pizzas with their favorite ingredients.

Mediterranean pizza collage

Mediterranean chicken naan pizza with pesto
& fresh mozzarella

Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 4 pieces whole wheat or regular naan bread
  • 3/4 cup store-bought basil pesto
  • 1 cooked skinless chicken breast, shredded (about 1-1/4 cups)
  • 1 roasted red bell peppers (2 halves), cut into strips
  • 4 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Spread 3 tablespoons of pesto on each piece of naan bread.
  3. Divide the shredded chicken, roasted peppers, mozzarella cheese and Parmesan cheese evenly between the 4 pieces of naan.
  4. Place two of the prepared pizzas on a large baking sheet and bake until the bread is golden brown around the edges and the cheese is melted, 8 to 10 minutes. Bake the remaining 2 pizzas.
  5. Transfer the pizzas to a cutting board, let them rest for 5 minutes, then cut into quarters. Serve.

Mediterranean chicken naan pizza with pesto & fresh mozzarella


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