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Chicken Naan-wiches with Date and Yogurt Sauces

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Quick Facts

Servings: 4
Cook Time: 25 min.
Jessie Grearson
Sweet date sauce and tangy yogurt raita are a cooling counterbalance to the spicy flavors of India in the chicken.


  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper, divided
  • 1 1/4 cups panko
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala
  • 3/4 cup flour, divided
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 Tbs light mayonnaise
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 3 Tbs olive oil, divided
  • 2 Tbs butter, divided
  • 4 large naan
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 2 medium tomatoes, sliced
  • 4 leaves Boston lettuce
  • Sweet Date Sauce1- 1/2 cups of water
  • 5 oz dried dates
  • 1 tsp tamarind paste (or 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice)
  • 1 Tbs brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 3 tsp lemon juice
  • 2 Tbs water
  • Tangy Yogurt Raita1 cup low fat plain yogurt
  • 1 cup lightly packed fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 cup finely grated carrot
  • 1 cup finely minced sweet onion
  • 1/2 cup grated cucumber, drained
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne
  • 1/2 tsp salt


  • Cut each chicken breast horizontally, stopping 1/2 inch from edge. Open each breast and pound to 1/4 inch thickness or so the chicken is the same size of the naan bread. (Note: If chicken breast halves are too large to fit on naan bread, cut each breast in half to fit bread.) Sprinkle with salt and 1/4 teaspoon of the pepper.
  • In large pie plate, place panko. Stir in cumin, cayenne, garam masala and remaining 3/4 teaspoon pepper. In another pie plate, place 1/2 cup of the flour. In third plate, whisk egg and mayonnaise with paprika; whisk in remaining 1/4 cup flour until smooth.
  • Dredge 1 chicken breast in flour; shake off excess. Then dip chicken in egg mixture to coat; next dip in panko. Repeat with remaining chicken breast.
  • In large non-stick skillet over medium heat, place 2 tablespoons olive oil and 1 tablespoon butter. Add chicken and cook, turning once, about 2 minutes per side or until internal temperature reaches 165 F. Remove and keep warm.
  • Wipe skillet and add remaining 1 tablespoon oil and 1 tablespoon butter. Add garlic and stir until fragrant. Briefly heat Naan in garlic oil, turning once, until soft and golden.
  • Place 1 chicken breast on each naan and top with tomato slices, lettuce leaves, a generous tablespoon each of Sweet Date Sauce (recipe below) and Tangy Yogurt Sauce (recipe below) and remaining naan. Cut each sandwich in half and then, half again. Serve with extra sauces for dipping.
  • Sweet Date Sauce:In 1-1/2 cups of water, simmer 5 ounces dried dates about 15 minutes or until soft. Cool slightly and place dates and liquid in blender; process until fine. Add 1 teaspoon tamarind paste (or 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice); 1 tablespoon brown sugar; 1/2 teaspoon salt; 1 teaspoon cumin; 1/2 teaspoon pepper; 3 teaspoons lemon juice; and 2 tablespoons water. Process to smooth sauce. Additional sauce may be frozen.
  • Tangy Yogurt Raita:In small food processor, place 1 cup low fat plain yogurt and 1 cup lightly packed fresh cilantro. Process until sauce turns pale green and cilantro is finely incorporated. Spoon into medium bowl and stir in 1/4 cup finely grated carrot; 1 cup finely minced sweet onion; 1/2 cup grated cucumber, drained; 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin; 1/4 teaspoon cayenne; and 1/2 teaspoon salt.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 823
  Calories from Fat 222 (27%)
(39%)Total Fat 25g
(36%)Saturated Fat 7g
Polyunsaturated Fat 4g
Monounsaturated Fat 11g
(30%)Cholesterol 91mg
(68%)Sodium 1624mg
(42%)Potassium 1466mg
Total Carbohydrate 125g
(41%)Dietary Fiber 10g
Sugars 38g
Sugar Alcohols 0g
(57%)Protein 28g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Nutrition facts are calculated by a food expert using nutritional values provided by the USDA for common products used as recipe ingredients. Actual nutritional values may differ depending on the amounts or products used and can be affected by cooking methods.

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