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Bollywood Chutney Chicken Pizza

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Serves 2 to 4.

  • by from Pizza on the Grill

Indian flavors and Bollywood movies are quickly gaining popularity in America—and for good reason. Both are richly layered, colorful, spicy, and slightly chaotic. Why not take a break from the ordinary by making this pizza and watching a Bollywood classic?

  • 3/4 cup plain full-fat yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon cracked coriander seeds
  • 1 medium white onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons peeled and grated fresh ginger
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves (1 pound total)
  • 1/4 cup uncooked grits or polenta, for rolling the dough
  • 1 ball prepared pizza dough, at room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup mango chutney (Major Grey’s)
  • 1/2 cup grated smoked mozzarella cheese
  • 1 ripe mango, peeled, pitted, and diced
  • Leaves from 3 sprigs fresh mint
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes

In a large bowl, combine the yogurt, garam masala, coriander, half the onion, the ginger, garlic, lemon juice, salt, and turmeric. Add the chicken and stir to coat. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours.

Thirty minutes before you want to make the pizza, preheat the grill per the master instructions below.

Remove the chicken from the marinade and place on the cooking grate directly over the heat. Grill until no pink remains in the middle, 5 to 8 minutes per side, depending on thickness. Reserve for topping and slice just before topping.

Roll out and shape the dough, then grill the first side of the crust per the master instructions. Use tongs to transfer it from the grill to a peel or rimless baking sheet. Flip the crust to reveal the grilled side.

Spread the entire surface with the chutney. Top with the chicken and the remaining onion. Sprinkle with the cheese and diced mango.

Finish grilling the pizza per the master instructions.

Remove from the grill and sprinkle with the mint and red pepper. Slice and serve immediately.

Master directions for grilling pizza

For Gas Grills

  • Heat the grill by setting all the burners on high. After lighting, close the lid and leave on high for 10 minutes, then reduce the heat of all the burners to medium.
  • Pick up the oiled dough by the two corners closest to you. In one motion, lay it down flat on the cooking grate from back to front (as you would set a tablecloth down on a table). Close the lid and grill for 3 minutes (no peeking!), then check the crust and, if necessary, continue grilling a few more minutes until the bottom is well marked and nicely browned.
  • Use tongs to transfer the crust from the grill to a peel or rimless baking sheet. Close the lid of the grill. Flip the crust to reveal the grilled side. Follow the specific recipe directions for adding any sauce, toppings, and/or cheese.
  • Switch the grill to indirect heat by turning off the center burner(s) if you have a three- or four-burner grill. For a two-burner grill, turn off one burner.
  • Set the pizza back on the grate over indirect heat (the unlit section) and grill, with the lid down, until the bottom is well browned and the cheese is melted, 7 to 10 minutes. For two-burner grills, rotate the pizza halfway through the cooking time.
  • Remove from the grill, garnish, and season as directed. Slice and serve immediately.

For Charcoal Grills

  • Build a fire by lighting 50 to 60 charcoal briquettes in either a chimney starter or in a pyramid-shaped mound on the bottom grate of your grill. Once the briquettes have become gray-ashed (20 to 30 minutes or 450°F inside the grill), move them all to one side of the grill.
  • Pick up the oiled dough by the two corners closest to you. In one motion, lay it down flat—over the side without briquettes—on the cooking grate from back to front (as you would set a tablecloth down on a table). Close the lid and grill for 3 minutes (no peeking!), then rotate the crust 180 degrees and continue grilling until the bottom is well marked and evenly browned, another 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Use tongs to transfer the crust from the grill to a peel or rimless baking sheet. Close the lid of the grill. Flip the crust to reveal the grilled side. Follow the specific recipe directions for adding any sauce, toppings, and/or cheese.
  • Set the pizza back on the grate over the side without briquettes and grill, with the lid down, for 4 to 5 minutes. Rotate the pizza 180 degrees and continue to grill with the lid down until the bottom is well browned and cheese is melted, another 4 to 5 minutes.
  • Remove from the grill, garnish, and season as directed. Slice and serve immediately.

Variations

Knead 1/4 cup caramelized onions into the dough.

Serving Suggestions

Spicy Indian food is traditionally paired with a mango lassi—a delicious sweet and fruity yogurt smoothie—or sweeter white wines to temper the heat.

Drink Suggestions

Our favorite wine for this recipe is a Kabinett-style German Riesling.

Photo: Christopher Hirsheimer



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