I was a pretty picky pizza eater growing up.
And when I say picky, I mean in the literal sense. Like I would actually spend five minutes picking ingredients I didn’t like off of our family pizza. Mushrooms, onions, or heaven-forbid green peppers — they all had to go. These days however, while my stomach still doesn’t agree with green peppers, I’ll put just about anything on pizza. Figs, mushrooms, pears, arugula, broccoli, proscuitto, avocado, corn — there is no limit to what I’ll try.
Lately my favorite kinds of pizza have been ethnic pizzas. It all started one year ago, when my husband had a taco pizza on our honeymoon in the Caribbean. When the server brought out his food, I couldn’t believe what I saw. I tried to find a picture of it for you to share today, but my search was not a success so I’ll try describing it instead. Imagine beans, beef, peppers, onions, tomatoes and olives smothered in Mexican cheese and drizzled with a perfect spiral of avocado sauce and a spicy aioli. In the words of my husband, it’s arguably the best pizza he’s ever had.
I haven’t tried to re-create this taco pizza yet, but it’s on my kitchen to-do list. For now, I’ve been enjoying making Asian and Indian-inspired pizzas. Of all of the pizzas I’ve made in the last year, I’m not kidding when I say: GUYS. This Chicken Tikka Masala Pizza is seriously THE BEST PIZZA I’VE MADE.
The best part about this pizza is undeniably the sauce, which is made by the fabulous folks over at Saffron Road Foods. I’ve had my share of pre-made Tikka Masala sauces and believe me when I say Saffron Road’s sauce is the gold standard. It tastes like it was made fresh in a restaurant!
Depending on how saucy you like your pizza, you can adjust how much you use for the recipe. Between the Mr. and I, we used almost the whole packet!
P.S. Aren’t those purple peppers just beautiful?! I jumped for joy when I saw them at the St. Paul Farmers Market last weekend.
This is a sponsored post, written by me, and created in partnership with Saffron Road Foods. All opinions expressed are straight from the heart.
- 1 store-bought pizza crust (12 in.) or 2 personal pizza crusts (7 in.)
- 1 boneless, skinless chicken breast
- 1 teaspoon garlic pepper seasoning
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/2 onion, thinly sliced
- 1 bell pepper, sliced
- 1-1 1/2 cups mozzarella cheese
- 1 packet [url href=”http://saffronroadfood.com/our-products/tikka-masala-simmer-sauce/” target=”_blank”]Saffron Road[/url] Tikka Masala Simmer Sauce
- Season the chicken with garlic pepper. Heat the grill to medium-high heat and grill the chicken for about 3-4 minutes, then flip and grill for another 3-4 minutes until done. Remove meat from grill and set aside.
- Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat and saute the onion and bell pepper until fragrant, about three minutes.
- Pre-heat the oven to 425˚ F. Place the crust on a pizza pan and spread the sauce evenly on the crust. Arrange the chicken on top of the sauce and top with the sliced onions, peppers and cheese.
- Bake the pizza for 10 minutes, or until crust and cheese is slightly golden.
Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary says
I use to be a super picky pizza eater too! And I still kind of am… don’t tell anyone, but I can’t stand pepperoni pizza! But, I do LOVE a unique pizza like this one! Chicken Tikka is so dang good, but put on a pizza??? HELLO GORGEOUS! This pizza is totally calling my name! And YES that purple pepper is beyond! I NEED to find some of those!!! I am totally making this pizza over the weekend! Pinned! Cheers, my dear! xo
Lisa Sharp says
This sounds really good! Thanks for sharing.
This looks delicious!!
Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough says
Those purple peppers — I literally gasped when I saw them! So beautiful! But the star of this post clearly is that pizza. And I need it in my life.
Teri@The Freshman Cook says
What a beautiful pizza! I was just looking at some Tikka Masala sauce earlier today at the grocery, but I wasn’t sure about it. I haven’t used it before. Pizza is a great idea, and yours is beautiful! I will go look for Saffron Road brand.
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Robin Rue (@massholemommy) says
I could literally sit down and eat that entire thing. I am drooling over this right now.
Looks yummy! I love Indian food so I suspect I would love this.
Meghan | Fox and Briar says
Hello, what!?! This looks amazing. I also grabbed some purple peppers at the farmers market last week and I just LOVE them.
Mikki Jo says
My son is also a picky pizza eater…literally also! This looks yummy!
Rachel Mouton says
This looks delicious! I’m going to have to try it this wekend 🙂
Clare Speer says
Wow – I’m not normally a big fan of “chicken” pizza – but this looks absolutely fabulous! I must try! Thanks!
Ben Maclain | Havocinthekitchen says
And what about olives? Weren’t you prejudiced against them in pizza along with mushrooms and onions?:) Glad you’re fine now with most of the ingredients (I feel sorry for green peppers though) and work a lot with different combos. This one is super delicious! And what a crust, eh?! Well done!
Mardene Carr says
I seriously lift my hat to persons who can just do these things so easily. Good job!
tara pittman says
I have this sauce in my pantry. I never though to use it on pizza.
Lauren Gaskill says
What a coincidence! Let me know if you end up trying it. I hope you enjoy it!
dana vento says
This looks awesome and I eat anything on pizza but meat
Lauren Gaskill says
Hi Dana! Feel free to leave the chicken off of the pizza and substitute mushrooms or another veggie!
maybe i can get to like chicken again 😀
Yum, yum! That looks like a great Friday night supper.
Jennifer Clay says
I would make this without the onion and pepper. Those are two things that I hate! Other than that, this pizza looks pretty good! I just bought a pizza (the kind you add your own toppings) so win win for me!
Oh my gosh, I am totally drooling over here!
Elizabeth O. says
I had no idea a violet bell pepper existed! Sorry, that really surprised me. This pizza looks packed with flavor though! I would like to try it.
Interesting recipe! My husband love Tikka Masala and pizza! I should try this recipe next week
Yumm this is the kind of food that i eat all the time. I’m going to try this tomorrow.
Oh my gosh, girl, I so know what you mean about being a picky eater. I’d do the same thing picking food off pizzas and pretty much everything. I’m so glad my tastes have matured now because there are so many delicious things I’d be missing out on other wise – like this pizza! These days I’d be more than happy to have a slice (or five) of this! Looks amazing!
Liz Mays says
I never thought of putting those flavors on pizza. I’m totally loving this idea and before the month is out, I’m going to do it!
Deshawn Keiner says
The pizza looks amazing. This is a quick and easy meal to make
My oh my. That looks so delicious. My tummy is grumbling and I am dying to have a bite of that pizza.
Oohh that looks super yummy! I’ll have to try the recipe! We are big pizza people in out home.
Lauren Gaskill says
Thanks Julia! You’ll have to let me know what you think!
Fan R @TeddyOutReady says
I like these purple peppers, look fantastic on a pizza. You make me feel hungry with these pizza photos!
Your pizza looks amazing! I accidentally tweeted about it from my husband’s account too. 🙂 Oh, and when I hit the tweet button, your Twitter handle was not correct on the tweet that was generated. You might be missing some notifications because of that.
Lauren Gaskill says
Hi Julia! Thanks so much for the heads up. Turns out there was a glitch in my code. It should be fixed now! I hope you enjoy the pizza and have a wonderful Monday! 🙂
Miz Helen says
What a fabulous Pizza, I can’t wait to try this recipe. Your presentation is just awesome!! Hope you are having a great day and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
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CJ Huang says
Loving those purple peppers! I wish we could find some around here. Using the tikka masala sauce sounds like a great way to change up the usual pizza – for the yummier. 🙂
i tried it today…it was Awesome..love all your recipes…. thank You and keep posting more recipes.