These personal pizzas make the perfect end to a summer day. Fresh but simple, they are unique enough to spice up any backyard barbecue while sticking to that traditional, home-cooked flavor your family knows and loves. On the front porch or around the dinner table, these pizzas will bring flavor and fun to all your family gatherings.
Barbecue chicken on Indian naan bread. What could be better? Well, almost nothing, unless you top it with some fresh blackberries and hand-picked cilantro. In spite of appearances, this is a throw-together meal, and one that can easily be adapted to your family’s needs as well.
We typically prefer traditional pizza at our house-marinara sauce, pepperoni, and cheese. But these are an exception to that rule. Something about the crunch of the naan bread after it’s sat on the grill and the kick of the barbecue sauce after a bite of sweet blackberry keeps us coming back to these again and again.
They’re also a fun finger food for the kids. From start to finish they’ll love helping you put them together, eating them without utensils, and then licking their fingers when they’re done.
If you’re out of ideas for dinner but needs something that looks like it took a lot of thought, give these a try. They’re so simple to make you won’t believe you worked so little on them as you take that first bite.
Here is what you need:
4 naan flatbreads
1 cup barbecue sauce (plus extra for drizzling)
2 cups cooked shredded barbecue chicken
1/2 cup sliced red onion
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1 bunch chopped fresh cilantro
How to Make it Happen
Preheat your barbecue grill to between 375°-400° F.
Pro Tip: If your grill doesn’t have a temperature gauge, heat the grill up on high for 10 minutes, then turn the heat to low. This should get you a perfectly heated grill.
Assemble the pizzas by topping each naan flatbread with about 1/4 cup of barbecue sauce, 1/2 cup of cooked and shredded barbecue chicken, 1/2 cup of mozzarella cheese, and 1/8 cup sliced red onion. Then, drizzle 2-3 tablespoons of additional barbecue sauce over each pizza and top with blackberries to taste.
Pro Tip: Barbecue sauce is a key ingredient to these pizzas. We’re not usually picky about our barbecue sauce when cooking, but we are when it comes to these. So much so that we buy barbecue sauce from a local barbecue joint, just to have on hand in the fridge for these pizzas. We wouldn’t suggest using low quality or off-brand barbecue sauce when making these.
Pro Tip: Make the barbecue chicken ahead of time and this meal’s even more of a breeze.
Pro Tip: Blackberries are a perfect topping for these pizzas. They aren’t always in season, though, and you won’t always have them on hand. Try using pineapple instead, or forgoing fruit altogether and topping them with extra cheese, onion, and cilantro.
Pro Tip: While mozzarella cheese is traditional for pizza, we also enjoy pepper jack cheese as well. If you like things a little more hot, use pepper jack in place of mozzarella.
Place the pizzas carefully on the heated grill, cover, and cook for 10 minutes, or until the naan bread is crispy and the cheese is melted.
Pro Tip: Cooking these without burning the naan bread can sometimes be difficult, especially if your grill is old or fickle. If you can’t get your grill temperature exact, we’ve found that these turn out perfectly when the grill is heated up to a high temperature and then turned all the way down to low immediately prior to cooking. Then, cook the pizzas for just 4 minutes instead of 10. This will make the naan bread crisp and heat everything else up without searing the pizzas and turning them to charcoal.
Remove from the grill and garnish with fresh cilantro to taste. Serve immediately.Print
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