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Dinner Smarter: Air Fryer Barbeque Chicken Sausage Pizza

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In this series, we'll show you how to be a dinner hero using ingredients that you can pick up at a local store like Trader Joe's or Costco. These dinners come together in under 30 minutes, and require less than 10 ingredients!

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My complete and utter obsession with my air fryer hasn't ceased just yet, folks! Now that I've made bacon, kale chips, garlic potatoes, and many, many other side dishes, I decided it was time to figure out how to make more of a complete meal in the air fryer. I wanted to create a quick, easy, "Dinner Smarter" appropriate recipe.

Enter: naan pizza.

I'd made naan pizzas in the oven before for a super easy dinner, but it was impossible to get it crispy like a thin crust pizza. I knew that the air fryer would be up for the job.

I started by googling around a bit, and found some guidelines from the fabulous This Old Gal. I also knew I wanted to make a Barbeque Chicken Pizza, but I didn't want to have to cook the chicken first. Boom: chicken sausage! It's precooked, so it would just need to be reheated on top of the pizza. Genius hack.

You could also quickly cook some chicken (by poaching it in your MultiPot, perhaps), toss it in a bit of barbeque sauce, and throw that on top. But I wanted a one-stop meal.

Air Fryer Barbeque Chicken Naan Pizza

Ingredients:

  • 1 piece of naan bread
  • Cooking spray
  • 1/4 cup barbeque sauce
  • 1/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup shredded Gouda cheese
  • 1/8 small red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 chicken sausage, thinly sliced (I used chicken-apple sausage and loved it, but you could also use an herby, savory variety )
  • Chopped cilantro or parsley, for garnish

Directions:

Spray the bottom of the naan, then place it in the basket of your air fryer. This will help it get extra crispy on the bottom. It's easier to build the pizza in the air fryer basket vs building it and then trying to put it into the basket.

Spread the barbeque sauce over the naan.

Sprinkle the cheeses over top.

Add as much onion as you like. The red onion cooks really quickly and doesn't taste raw onion-y at all once cooked.

Scatter the chicken sausage over the pizza and spray the exposed crust with cooking spray to make sure the crust gets super crispy. Cook at 400°F for 6 to 9 minutes.

Here's the pizza at 6 minutes:

And here's the pizza at 9 minutes:

Each pizza has it's own merits. The 6-minute pizza was more flatbread style, and the 9-minute pizza was more like a thin crust pizza. I personally preferred the 9-minute pizza.

Next up on my list: a sausage naan pizza with mushrooms and peppers!