tandoori chicken pizza rolls

I made these awhile ago and took a quick video and then of course never did anything with it until just now! This was apart of my leftover series on creative ways to transform leftovers into new and exciting dishes. Minimal amount of work and maximum amount of yumminess. As you know by now if you have read any of my other posts/recipes...I make a lot of Indian barbecued meat in my home because #1) I have an awesome tandoor (clay oven) and #2) it's low carb and tasty. That also means that I have a lot of leftover meat which I love as well because I can use them in so many different ways. You've seen me use it in pizzas, chimichanga's and even in Hakka noodles. So here is one more!

As you know, I love parties and am always looking for new appetizers. Sometimes it's fun to just put together a bunch of appetizers for dinner and settle down with a good movie for one too! This recipe actually was born into existence based on a Tastemade video that I saw on my Instagram feed. They did jalapeño pizza poppers and I thought that it was a great way to use up leftover ingredients. If you guys don't have leftover tandoori chicken, you literally could use anything for these. Regular chicken, beef, pork, veggies, etc... Just pair up ingredients appropriately. For instance, if I still had more ingredients of when I made my own stuffed jalapeños, I certainly would have had fun trying out Tastemade's recipe. Same thing for when I made the pork wontons...those would have made for some delicious pizza rolls. As with all my recipes, you do you. Have fun with it!

So the glue that holds this recipe together is...drum roll...pre-made pizza dough! You can certainly make your own but why bother? If you hit up your grocery store's deli counter, they usually have pre-made dough balls that you can purchase. They even have several options like regular white flour to whole wheat and really is a time saver. My motto is that sometimes, the easiest recipes are the best recipes. In fact, that's the whole reason behind having leftovers in the first place!

Tandoori Chicken Pizza Rolls


2 Tbsp butter

2 Tbsp parsley, finely chopped

1 Tbsp garlic, minced

1/2 tsp sea salt

1 package pre-made pizza dough (found near the deli counter at your grocery store)

1/4 cup red onion, shredded

1/2 cup gruyere, shredded

1 cup tandoori chicken, cut into bite size pieces

1 small green chili, finely diced (can use 1 tsp of red chili flakes instead or omit altogether)

parmesan cheese, freshly grated (optional garnish)


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 F.

  2. In a small sauce pan, melt the butter. Add the parsley, garlic and salt to the butter and bring to a slow simmer. Immediately turn off the heat. Lightly butter a round baking dish or a cast-iron skillet with the garlic butter mixture. Reserve the rest of the garlic butter for later.

  3. In a medium mixing bowl, combine the onion, cheese, chilies and chicken. Mix together and set aside.

  4. Lightly flour your work surface and your rolling pin. Divide your pizza dough into 10 equal-sized balls. Roll out each ball into a circle until approx 3mm thick. Place a hefty spoonful of the chicken mixture in the middle of each circle. Wrap the dough around the filling, ensuring there are no gaps, then repeat with the remaining balls.

  5. Place, seam side down, in the prepared baking dish. Brush the tops with the remaining garlic butter and bake for 15 to 20 minutes until the tops are golden brown. Once out of the oven and hot, you can brush more of the garlic butter and sprinkle some freshly grated parmesan cheese. Serve while hot.

Super fast, easy and so so good! These remind me of a small bakery in Houston called Hot Breads. They made something very similar and it was one of my favorites. I would go there often for lunch and they had some great combinations of Indian foods put into recipes of traditional American food. Another one of my favorites from there which I make a lot at home is a tandoori chicken salad which was served in a sandwich or a salad. I like making that for picnics and serving it with crackers. The next time I make it, I will definitely post the recipe. Until then, I hope that you get a chance to make this recipe because it would definitely be a great football watching snack or a pregame appetizer! I don't know many people who don't like pizza and pizza rolls? Is there anything better??

Here is the quick video that I made of the process:



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