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'Wich of the Week: Tandoori Chicken Naanwich

'Wich of the Week: Tandoori Chicken Naanwich

When I saw naan, a traditional Indian flatbread, for sale at my local Trader Joe's, I immediately thought "naanwich!" and figured it was high time I experimented with one of my favorite Indian takeout orders, tandoori chicken.

Creating this full-flavored spice rack of a dish is as easy as making a yogurt-based marinade and popping some chicken thighs into the oven. Just slather some storebought chutney on the warm naan, and you've got a new sandwich invention I'm calling the Tandoori Chicken Naanwich. For extra flavor and texture, I added red onions, which bake with the chicken, as well as spinach, another crucial ingredient in my favorite Indian dishes. To get my recipe and more photos,

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Tandoori Chicken Naanwich

Tandoori Chicken Naanwich

Tandoori Chicken Naanwich

Ingredients

1 cup plain nonfat yogurt
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
1 tablespoon minced garlic (3 to 4 cloves)
1/4 cup grated onion (1 small onion)
1 tablespoon paprika
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
2 pounds of boneless, skinless chicken thighs, excess fat removed
2 red onions, cut into 1/4-inch rounds
8 pieces of naan
1/2 cup storebought mango chutney
1 cup spinach leaves, tightly packed

Directions

  1. Place yogurt, lemon juice, ginger, garlic, onion, paprika, cinnamon, cumin, salt, pepper, cardamom, coriander, and cloves in a large bowl; combine. Add chicken, and coat with marinade. Cover with plastic wrap; chill 6 hours or overnight.
  2. Preheat oven to 500°F. Place onions on a large pan; top with marinated chicken. Roast about 40 minutes, until chicken is dark red, slightly charred, and juices run clear when meat is pierced. Set aside.
  3. Lower the oven temperature to 250°F and wrap the naan bread in aluminum foil. Place the foil packet in the oven until naan is warm but not toasted, 5 to 10 minutes.
  4. To make each sandwich, spoon 2 tablespoons of chutney on one slice of naan, then top with 1/4 cup of spinach. Add onion slices to taste, followed by 1/4 of the chicken. Top it off with another naan slice, cut sandwich in half, and serve.

Makes 4 sandwiches.


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MissMariaK MissMariaK 5 years
I have to try this!! Yummy!!!
MissMariaK MissMariaK 5 years
I have to try this!! Yummy!!!
gorri gorri 6 years
I am going to make this tomorrow but I need a side dish. With what can you eat the naanwich? Baked potato fries? A green salade? Soup? Please help. :D
jennjennnbubba jennjennnbubba 7 years
yummers on the naanwich!!
bizzybee bizzybee 7 years
Oh I want to make and eat one of these right now. And may I add that the Trader Joe naan is yum? A friend of mine served it at a dinner and when she told me is was TJ's I was really surprised.
Baby-Girl Baby-Girl 7 years
This sounds great. I always get tandoori chicken sandwiches and salads from Cosi.
Angelica Angelica 7 years
Naanwich! Love it!
freegracefrom freegracefrom 7 years
I am impressed, Yum! Indian food always intimidates me because it involves SO many spices. Tandoori chicken is definitely one of my favorite Indian foods.
lightstarangel lightstarangel 7 years
There's a great cafe here in NYC that does this exact thing. They're called the Indian Bread Co. and are located in Greenwich Village: http://www.indianbreadco.com/
RaCheer RaCheer 7 years
I love Indian food but that ingredients list is rather daunting!
shoneyjoe shoneyjoe 7 years
In my experience, the best use of naan, hands down, was to wrap a giant döner kebab in Oxford city center. Kebab in naan is AMAZING.
vintagesugar vintagesugar 7 years
This sandwich looks delicious. I love the close-up shots of the sandwiches. Makes one want to jump in and gobble them up, but alas, cooking is required. The step-by-steps make the prospect less daunting.
Jenny86 Jenny86 7 years
This looks yummy! I love Indian food!
ErieIndiana ErieIndiana 7 years
Oh I HEART Naan, anything with naan in my book is good.
thetoneishopeful thetoneishopeful 7 years
man, this sure does sound yummmmmmy. do they actually sell sandwiches like this out in the world? i know that's a silly question...but i don't always have the time to make things myself, ya know?? haha.
SugarFreak SugarFreak 7 years
Gotta try this. Looks yummy!
dogg dogg 7 years
Hey JananaJo - how come you're avoiding eating too bread? Anyway, this naanwich looks gooooood! And their are a lot of spices in the recipe, but if anything, this should be inspiration to get 'em and start learning to cook with them. Excellent work as alway, Yum!
HonestMuffin HonestMuffin 7 years
Ha! naanwich...
neonbee neonbee 7 years
Looks good, but look at the ingredients list. Hmmmm.
gabiushka gabiushka 7 years
Looks good, but not sure about the mango.
aimeeb aimeeb 7 years
This is very different...
JananaJo JananaJo 7 years
looks super yummy. I almost bought the tandori version of this naan from TJ's. Trying to avoid eating too much bread, but this looks yummy.
MartiniLush MartiniLush 7 years
OMG! Two of my favorite things - Naan and Tandoori chicken. I can't wait to try this, it looks fabulous!
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