I’ve been eating a whole lot of pizza lately. When we were Upstate for Thanksgiving, we had a lot of Sicilian style at Nick’s favorite pizza spot. Then, when I got back to the city, I was out in the field for work and pizza was an easy lunch. So it would be crazy to eat more pizza at home, but that’s just what we did.
After a lunch of classic New York pizza up in the Bronx, I whipped up these Asian inspired naan bread pizzas at home. As an aside, this pizza in the Bronx was delicious, but I don’t think I’ll ever be able to have it again, and not for the reasons you’re thinking. Contrary to popular belief, there are some really nice areas in the borough that serve really great pizza. However, the borough as a whole is also a giant maze where most of the streets look oddly similar. If I searched the rest of my life, I just may never find this place again, which makes me appreciate the ease of Manhattan’s grid system all the more.
I made naan bread pizzas once before, and for this dish I used the same Thai peanut sauce and then switched up the toppings. This is a fun dinner because everyone can make their own pizzas; mine were loaded with cheese and veggies whereas Nick skimped on the cheese and piled up the chicken sausage on his. Make your own pizza night was always a big hit in our house growing up, and it’s still just as fun as an adult.
Chicken Sausage Naan Bread Pizzas
- 1 pound chicken sausage, removed from casings
- 2 leeks, cut into half moons
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- Thai peanut sauce
- 4 pieces store bought naan bread
- 2 cups mozzarella or pizza cheese
- 1 red pepper, thinly sliced
- 2 heads baby bok choy, sliced
- 4 scallions, finely chopped
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
In a large saute pan, cook the chicken sausage over medium heat. Make sure to crumble up the sausage using a wooden spoon so that there are no large pieces. When you can no longer see any pink, add in the leeks and garlic and continue to saute until the chicken is cooked through and the leeks are softened.
While this is cooking, mix up the Thai peanut sauce in a small pot.
When both the chicken and the sauce are ready, place the naan bread on foil lined cookie sheets. Top each pizza with sauce, chicken, cheese and veggies. Place the pizzas in the oven for about 7 minutes. Sprinkle some scallions over the cooked pizzas and serve.