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Butter Chicken Naan Pizza with Peanut Slaw

February 4, 2015

Lately I’ve been on this naan kick where I want to eat it constantly. It’s so soft and pillowy and buttery. If you leave me alone with naan and hummus, it will be gone in two seconds flat. I’ve made a meal out of naan and hummus many a night. That’s why when I found this Butter Chicken Naan Pizza with Peanut Slaw, I knew I had to make it. And why didn’t I think about turning naan into pizza?!

Butter Chicken Naan Pizza with Peanut Slaw

So, how’s it taste?

I really enjoyed this one! Using the slow cooker makes cooking the “sauce” very easy. However, I do think there are better butter chicken recipes than this particular one. I’ve made one before in the slow cooker and another one in a skillet. Both are much better than this recipe. It wasn’t bad, just not as good. Also, I’d pay close attention if you use the slow cooker method. I find when you slow cook bite-size pieces of chicken, that it doesn’t take as long. I cooked mine on low for 5 hours and it was a tad bit dry. I would not recommend cooking it on high.

Butter Chicken Naan Pizza with Peanut Slaw

The contrasting textures were what really sold me on this meal. Soft, buttery naan topped with chicken in a creamy, spicy sauce, sprinkled with gooey mozzarella, and then garnished with crunchy slaw and peanuts. It sounds like an odd combination, but I loved it. I ended up freezing the chicken mixture in portions and would make one pizza at a time. Instead of mixing the slaw all at once, I’d sprinkle the slaw on top and then add the peanuts, cilantro, salt, and lime. I left out the oil in the slaw because it doesn’t really need it.

Yield: 8 servings

Prep Time: 35 min

Cook Time: 6 hr 35 min

Butter Chicken Naan Pizza with Peanut Slaw


2 tbsp. butter
2 tbsp. vegetable oil
1 medium onion, chopped
2 tbsp. grated gingerroot
2 tbsp. finely chopped garlic
1 tsp. ground cardamom
2 tsp. garam masala
1 tsp. chili powder
1/2 tsp. ground coriander
1 can (6 oz.) tomato paste
1 can (14 oz.) light coconut milk
2 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces
1 container (6 oz.) Greek plain yogurt
1/4 tsp. salt
8 to 10 naan breads
Shredded mozzarella cheese

1 bag (16 oz.) coleslaw mix
1 1/2 cups roasted peanuts
3/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1/3 cup lime juice
3 tbsp. olive oil (I left this out and it was fine)
1/4 tsp. coarse sea salt


1. Spray 4-quart slow cooker with cooking spray. In 10-inch skillet, melt butter with vegetable oil over medium heat. Add onion and garlic; cook about 5 minutes or until onion is softened.

2. Stir in cardamom, garam masala, chili powder, and coriander. Cook 2 minutes longer, stirring frequently.

3. Stir in tomato paste and coconut milk. Heat until thoroughly blended. Pour mixture into slow cooker. Add chicken, yogurt and salt; stir to mix.

4. Cover; cook on low heat setting 6 to 8 hours (or on High heat setting 4 hours).

5. To make pizzas, set oven control to broil. Place naan breads on ungreased cookie sheet. Top each with desired amount of chicken mixture. Sprinkle each with mozzarella cheese.

6. Broil until cheese is melted.

7. Just before serving, stir together all slaw ingredients. Top pizzas with slaw.

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  • Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy February 4, 2015 at 11:11 am

    I love butter chicken and I love naan, so this sounds perfect for me. The peanut slaw sounds amazing too. Pinning this!

  • Lesley Eats February 4, 2015 at 11:22 am

    I just pinned a butter [tofu] recipe for the slow cooker because I’d forgotten about yours. I will fix that! This peanut slaw, though…yum.

    • Leah Short February 4, 2015 at 5:43 pm

      I am feeling really stupid that I didn’t know you could use tofu in a slow cooker! Do you use the really firm kind? Sometimes I get burned out on chicken so tofu would be an easy twist on a dish I already love!

  • amy @ fearless homemaker February 4, 2015 at 2:28 pm

    Ooh, I LOVE butter chicken from one of our local Indian places (as does my husband). What a clever little idea to mix things up by putting it on a naan flatbread! Seriously, it looks SO good. I’m going to check out your two linked butter chicken recipes, because I’ve made chicken tikka masala, and curried chicken, but never butter chicken. It *is* slightly different than tikka masala, right? (I’m going to be embarrassed if I’m wrong and it’s not!)

    • Leah Short February 4, 2015 at 5:42 pm

      It is! I’ve never made Tikka Masala and I LOVE it! I need to get on that. Now I’m craving Indian food!

  • Sues February 4, 2015 at 4:29 pm

    Beautiful! I love naan for pizza and just made a Thai peanut chicken flatbread… Wish I made it on naan!

  • Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice February 5, 2015 at 6:46 pm

    This pizza looks fantastic, Leah! I’ve always wanted to try naan, so I think I found the perfect recipe. Love the peanut slaw, too!

    • Leah Short February 6, 2015 at 8:41 am

      Oh my gosh you have to try it! So so good! I want to try to make it someday. I hear it’s pretty easy.

  • Kathi @ Deliciously Yum! February 6, 2015 at 8:32 am

    This has Friday night written all over it!!! So many fantastic flavors piled on top of naan…. I’m especially dying over the Peanut Slaw – this looks amazing, lady!

    • Leah Short February 6, 2015 at 8:41 am

      Thanks, Kathi! I think I’m going to have to make it again soon!

  • Natalie @ Tastes Lovely February 9, 2015 at 1:36 pm

    This is so great! I love that you used naan for the pizza crust! Genius! Making the dough and rolling it out is my least favorite part of homemade pizzas. But now you’ll have instant crust! Loving these flavors. This is a home run recipe Leah!

  • Denise | Sweet Peas & Saffron February 9, 2015 at 9:18 pm

    This is so creative! I am a HUGE naan bread fan, and I just love all the flavors you have here 🙂

  • Isadora @ She Likes Food February 9, 2015 at 11:09 pm

    A friend of mine used to make naan pizza all the time and there is just something so delicious about it! It really is so soft and pillowy! I love all the ingredients and flavors going on in this pizza!!

  • Kelly - Life Made Sweeter February 10, 2015 at 3:39 am

    This looks amazing, Leah! I love butter chicken and naan and making a pizza is such a great idea! Even better that you made the chicken in the slow cooker too!

  • Shannon @ Bake.Frost.Repeat. February 12, 2015 at 10:28 am

    This looks really good. Coach would be all over this!