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Three slices of chicken tikka bread pizza on a baking tray. The bread pizza is topped with grilled chicken flavored with chicken tikka spices, onions, tomato sauce and cheese.

Chicken Tikka Bread Pizza | Open Faced Chicken Sandwich

Chicken flavored with chicken tikka spices is added with onions, tomato sauce and cheese on top of Turkish bread to make a chicken tikka bread pizza. This open-faced chicken sandwich is then baked in the oven (or air fryer) till the cheese melts.

Course Afternoon Tea, Appetizer, Snack, Snacks
Cuisine American, Indian, Pakistani
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 400 kcal

Ingredients

For the tomato sauce:

  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 3 cloves garlic sliced
  • 2 small tomatoes diced
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper freshly ground
  • ¼ teaspoon red chili flakes
  • ¼ teaspoon dried Italian herbs
  • ½ teaspoon sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste

For the onions and chicken:

  • 2 teaspoon oil divided
  • 1 onion sliced
  • 300 grams chicken sliced
  • ½ teaspoon ginger garlic paste
  • 2 teaspoon chicken tikka masala

For assembly:

  • 2 slices Turkish bread / pide or other similar bread see note 1 for alternate options
  • 100 grams / 1 cup cheddar cheese shredded (see note 2 for alternate options)

Instructions

For the tomato sauce:

  1. Heat oil in a small saucepan and add the sliced garlic. Saute till the garlic is golden brown, and then add the diced tomatoes.
  2. Sauté for 2 minutes, and then add salt, black pepper, red chili flakes, and Italian herbs.
  3. Sauté for a minute, and then add ¼ cup of water. Turn heat to low, and let the mixture cook for about 15 minutes. Use a wooden spoon to stir and mash the tomatoes every few minutes.
  4. After 15 minutes, add the tomato paste, along with sugar and vinegar. Cook for about 8 – 10 minutes, and then take off the heat. Use an immersion blender / hand blender for about 30 seconds to make the tomato sauce smooth. Alternatively, let the tomato mixture cool, and place it in a blender. Pulse 2 – 3 times till smooth. Set the tomato sauce aside.

For the onions and chicken:

  1. Place the sliced chicken in a bowl, and marinate with ginger garlic paste and chicken tikka masala. Keep in the fridge to marinate for 15 minutes.
  2. Heat 1 teaspoon oil in a frying pan or wok and add the sliced onions.
  3. Cook the onions on low – medium heat till soft and caramelized. Set aside.
  4. In the same pan, add another teaspoon of oil.
  5. Add the sliced chicken, and cook on medium heat for about 5 – 8 minutes till chicken is done. Set aside the chicken.

For assembly:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 180 C / 350 F (160 C fan forced).
  2. Line a baking tray with parchment paper / baking paper. Slice the Turkish bread in half and place on the baking tray.

  3. Top the Turkish bread with tomato sauce, followed by onions, grilled chicken and then shredded cheese. Divide the mixture among all 4 halves.

  4. Place the baking tray in the oven and bake for about 8 – 10 minutes till the cheese is melted, and bread is golden Serve hot.

    Note: The bread pizza can also be frozen - instructions in the recipe notes.

    Serving size is 1 bread pizza per person (one bread roll sliced in half).

Recipe Notes

  1. In case Turkish bread rolls aren’t available, Subway style sandwich bread, mini ciabatta, flatbread, naan, pizza base, or simple bread slices can be used instead. The naan, pizza base and bread slices can be used as is, but the other bread options need to be sliced in half. 
  2. Any cheese that melts well and has a mild – medium flavor can be used. This includes cheddar, mozzarella, Havarti, pepper jack and Colby jack.
  3. Freezing Instructions - assemble the chicken tikka bread pizza / open faced chicken sandwich on a baking tray. Use a parchment paper or clingfilm to press the cheese down into the bread. Place the baking tray carefully in the freezer. Make sure the tray is straight, and the cheese doesn't touch the top. Once the bread pizza is frozen (this will take around 2 - 4 hours), take the tray out and wrap the chicken tikka bread pizza in clingfilm individually. Place in the freezer. Take out as needed and bake (or place in the air fryer). Frozen bread pizza will take about 2 - 3 minutes to bake versus fresh bread pizza.