Fried Chicken Paneer Sandwich

Fried Chicken Paneer Sandwich

I’m obsessed with chicken parm. I mean who isnt? In my chicken parm group chat, my friend suggested the idea of doing an Indian twist on chicken parm. I remembered that I actually did something like that a while back, but it wasn’t perfect. It also was plated with rice, but he had the idea of serving it on naan bread like a chicken parm sub. I got really excited about the idea and ran to the store to grab some paneer.

Just like chicken parm, this chicken is actually breaded with cheese. I crumbled up paneer and mixed it with the breadcrumbs.

so crispy

A simple tikka masala inspired tomato sauce

I added a little mozzarella to make the sandwich creamy since paneer doesn’t melt as well.

Toasted with butter. So good! Tuck the cilantro in after its cooked.

I double breaded the chicken, so it was super crispy in this sandwich. The mozzarella was perfect to add the gooeyness you dont get from paneer. The bit of curry and heat in the sauce brought everything together.

Fried Chicken Paneer Sandwich

An Indian twist on a chicken parm sandwich that uses panner cheese in the breading and is served on griddled naan bread
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time50 mins
Servings: 2 sandwiches

Ingredients

Sauce

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 onion diced
  • 1 jalapeno minced
  • 5 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 inches ginger minced
  • 14 ounces canned crushed tomato
  • 7 ounces canned coconut milk (half a can)
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon coriander
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • salt and pepper

Chicken

  • 1 large chicken breast
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 cup crumbled paneer cheese
  • salt and pepper
  • oil for frying

Sandwich

  • 2 pieces naan bread
  • crumbled paneer cheese
  • shredded mozzarella
  • cilantro
  • butter

Instructions

Make the sauce

  • Melt the butter in a frying pan and add the onions. Cook over medium heat for about 25 minutes to soften and brown on the edges
  • Add in the jalapeno, garlic and ginger and cook 2 minutes. Add in the remaining ingredients and stir to combine. Simmer for a half hour on low heat.

Make the chicken

  • Split the chicken bread in half the flat way so you have 2 thinner pieces of chicken. One by one, place between two pieces of parchment paper and pound gently to flatten it out.
  • Put the flour in one bowl, beat the eggs into another, and stir together the breadcrumbs and paneer in a third. Season each bowl with salt and pepper, and also season the chicken breasts.
  • Dip the chicken into the first bowl and shake off the excess flour. Then the second bowl with the eggs, and finally into the breadcrumbs. Press the breadcrumbs to adhere to the meat. Dip it back into the eggs, and repeat with the breadcrumbs for a thicker crust.
  • put about 1/2 inch of oil in a wide frying pan over medium high heat. Fry the chicken pieces about 3 minutes on each side to brown and cook through. place on a wire rack to dry.

Make the sandwich

  • Warm the naan bread in a dry frying pan on both sides to soften.
  • Spread some sauce on the bread, then add both cheeses. Add the piece of chicken and fold it over, making sure there is enough sauce and cheese on the top and bottom of the chicken.
  • Add some butter to the frying pan and add the sandwich. Cook on each side for about 5 minutes covered to allow the cheese to melt and the bread to get crispy.
  • Before eating, open the sandwich and toss in some cilantro. Serve.

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