Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Flatbread Pizza with leftover Chicken

It is easy to make friends at work when talking about food. Indian food being the in thing these days everyone is willing to listen to ideas and recipes if they see something that looks appetizing. I was heating this sweet potato & butter nut squash curry and as coincidences go one of my colleagues was heating her acorn squash soup, that is how we got around to talking about squash recipes. We still share new squash recipes. She cooks and bakes regularly and understands what I am talking about mostly.

But even she hesitates to try something unless she has a recipe on hand. I am thinking most people here(maybe true for folks all over the world) don't cook not because they don't have time but because they are simply afraid to try. As usual this is my pseudo analysis. We who have learned to cook with spices are fortunate because we understand using them makes food tasty and we improvise and try new things. I don't hesitate to add some sambhar powder to pasta or noodles if I want to. If it doesn't taste good I avoid using it the next time. But trust me adding spices in the right amount has never made food taste bad.

Trial and error is how you learn to cook. Be a bit adventurous and try new things and flavors. Pretty soon there is not a lot that can intimidate you and you will learn that cooking regularly is fun and not all that hard.

This recipe came about because I had some left over chicken curry, not enough to make a meal out of but enough to make a couple of hungry kids very happy. To the chicken or any leftover add some fresh vegetables like roasted bell peppers (too much work if you do not have a toaster oven), cooked broccoli or even blanched spinach and some grated pepper jack cheese on top and to keep things easy use a chapathi, bread slice, flatbread or tortilla, pizza is ready with no effort at all.

This is just a general idea really rather than a recipe. This is a good one for kids to try.

Flatbread Pizza (Makes 2) Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup of left over chicken cut up or shredded
  2. 1 head of broccoli separated into florets and steamed
  3. 1/4 cup of grated pepper jack cheese
  4. 1 tsp of chopped jalapenos peppers
  5. 15-20 grape tomatoes sliced in half
  6. 2 flat breads
  1. On the flat bread spread the chicken
  2. Chop up the broccoli and spread on top of the chicken
  3. Spread the shredded cheese on top
  4. Add a few of the chopped tomatoes
  5. Place in a toaster oven heat to 450F for about 5-10 minutes till the bread turn crisp


  1. Brilliant idea....hence forth will do this...:-)


  2. Super tempting pizza,wat an incredible topping..

  3. Love the idea and so clever. Looks so yummy too.

  4. Your pizza looks glorious! I wish we had different kinds of cheese available here. Except cheddar and mozzarella, the others are mostly imported and indecently priced. Even if you ignore the price, you can't ignore how tatty the packs look, and I hesitate to buy them because I'm not sure how old they are, on some imported stuff, the date of mfg and packaging is not evident, esp when they are repacked here by the importers, i guess.

  5. It is very true that cooking (or anything really) is an art evolved form trial and error. However, I wonder if it's the use of spices that gets us kickstarted into the evolution mode or mainly the culture of cooking over generations - we see our grandmas recipes, our moms and aunts derivations of those, everyone adds a unique touch to their cooking and may be that gets us kickstarted and confident to embrace more trial and errors...? i wonder.


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