Persian for "bread," naan is a staple of Northern Indian cuisine as well as Pakistani and other Central Asian cuisines. The round flatbread is made of white flour, leavened with yeast, and cooked in a clay oven. The elastic dough can be mixed with ingredients, such as meat, potatoes, chickpeas, or spices.
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, read more