07/25/2012 12:24 EDT | Updated 09/24/2012 05:12 EDT

Butter chicken pizza with Indian and Italian ingredients great grilling fare

Want to have Indian and Italian on the same night? This fun recipe combines two classic dishes into one simple and delicious meal. Grilling the prepared pizza dough gives the crust a great crisp texture that provides a perfect balance with the creamy sauce.

Grilled Chicken Pizza

50 ml (1/4 cup) butter or ghee

1 large onion, sliced

4 cloves garlic, minced

15 ml (1 tbsp) tomato paste

15 ml (1 tbsp) garam masala

5 ml (1 tsp) ground ginger

2 ml (1/2 tsp) ground cinnamon

1 ml (1/4 tsp) cayenne

1 can (796 ml/28 oz) diced tomatoes

125 ml (1/2 cup) whipping cream

500 ml (2 cups) chopped cooked chicken

500 g (1 lb) pizza dough

15 ml (1 tbsp) olive oil

250 ml (1 cup) shredded mozzarella cheese

125 ml (1/2 cup) sliced green onions

50 ml (1/4 cup) cilantro leaves

In a large non-stick skillet, melt butter over medium-high heat. Add onion and cook, stirring often, for about 10 minutes or until golden. Add garlic, tomato paste, garam masala, ginger, cinnamon and cayenne and cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute. Stir in diced tomatoes, scraping any brown bits from the bottom of the pan; cook, stirring often, for 5 to 10 minutes or until most of the liquid has been absorbed and sauce is thick. Whisk in cream until smooth and well combined; simmer for about 3 minutes or until slightly thickened. Stir in chicken. Remove from heat and set aside.

Heat barbecue grill to medium.

On a lightly floured surface, stretch or roll dough to a rectangle roughly 40 by 30 cm (16 by 12 inches). Place on a baking sheet or cutting board. Brush top with olive oil. Flip dough, oiled side down, onto preheated grill. Grill, with lid down, for 3 to 6 minutes or until bubbles form on top and it's grill marked underneath without charring. Flip over; grill, covered, for about 1 minute, just until surface is cooked but not browned. Remove from grill, sliding onto baking sheet with the oiled side down; reduce heat to medium-low.

Spread butter chicken evenly over pizza. Sprinkle with cheese and green onions. Slide back onto grill, lower lid and grill for 3 to 8 minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbly and underside is browned.

Sprinkle with cilantro before serving.

Makes 8 to 10 servings.

Nutrition information per serving when recipe makes 10: 333 calories; 15 g protein; 28 g carbohydrate; 18 g fat; 2.3 g fibre; 411 mg sodium.

Source: Dairy Farmers of Canada,