Grilled Chicken Pita

Grilled marinated chicken topped with a yogurt sauce, feta cheese, tomatoes, olives, romaine lettuce, and bacon served on warm pita bread. This light, refreshing, phenomenal recipe will leave you longing for more. I served this the other night after coming home from the gym. I didn’t want a heavy meal so I remembered this recipe and I fortunately had all the ingredients needed. This recipe came together almost effortlessly, a good thing since I was exhausted from working out. I thought that this recipe would be good, but I did not expect the rave reviews that I got from my husband. He said that these were his new favorite meal! :) I have to agree, they were phenomenal! The flavor combinations are out of this world! Pair with hummus and pita bread for a meal you won’t soon forget!

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Grilled Chicken Pita

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Ingredients:

  • 3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 1 1/2 pounds)
  • 3 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice, divided
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano, divided
  • 2 small tomatoes, finely chopped
  • 1 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • Olive oil cooking spray
  • 1 large purple onion, cut into thin rings
  • 6 pita breads
  • 1/2 head romaine lettuce, finely chopped
  • 1 (10.6-ounce) jar kalamata olives, drained, halved, and pitted
  • 12 slices bacon, fried crisp
  • Alfalfa sprouts
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper

For the Yogurt Sauce:

  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped walnuts
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Directions:

  1. In a resealable plastic bag combine 3 tablespoons lemon juice, soy sauce, garlic and 1 teaspoon of the oregano. Add the chicken, turn to coat. Marinate for 30 minutes at room temperature or overnight in the refrigerator.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the tomatoes, feta cheese, remaining 2 teaspoons lemon juice, olive oil, and the remaining 1 teaspoon oregano. Allow to sit at room temperature for 30 minutes.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the yogurt, garlic, walnuts, and olive oil. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.
  4. Preheat a grill to medium heat.
  5. Grill the chicken breasts over medium heat for 8 to 10 minutes, until no longer pink. Place onion rings on the grill and cook 8 to 10 minutes. When the chicken and onion rings are finished cooking, place the pita breads on the grill for about 2 minutes per side, until grill marks show.
  6. Slice the chicken into very thin pieces.
  7. To assemble pita sandwiches: Place several slices of grilled chicken on top of pita bread along with 3 or 4 onion rings, a tablespoon of tomato-feta mixture, lettuce, olives, 1 or 2 slices of bacon, yogurt sauce and some alfalfa sprouts. Add salt and pepper, to taste. Fold up the sides of the pita.

Source: Paula Deen

25 Responses to “Grilled Chicken Pita”

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    happywhennothungry — January 5, 2011 @ 9:32 am

    Wow this looks delicious and the perfect light meal after a nice workout. Thanks for sharing!

    • Christina replied: — January 5th, 2011 @ 11:03 pm

      I thought so too!! :)

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    Ally @ Sweet & Savory — January 5, 2011 @ 10:02 am

    Well, this looks yummy! I always forget about pita bread, even when I love it so much!

    • Christina replied: — January 5th, 2011 @ 11:04 pm

      It is super yummy and so quick and easy. :)

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    ezsrecipes — January 5, 2011 @ 10:18 am

    Your pita looks delicious! It sounds like a nice, light, healthy meal, and I love feta cheese. That hummus looks great, too!

    • Christina replied: — January 5th, 2011 @ 11:06 pm

      It is so perfect if you are looking for a delicious, quick, and healthy meal. I am posting the hummus recipe tomorrow…it is amazing! :)

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    Byn — January 5, 2011 @ 11:03 am

    this looks great, and i’ve been wanting to try making my own pita bread for a while. might be a project for this weekend!

    • Christina replied: — January 5th, 2011 @ 11:07 pm

      I was so surprised at how easy it was to make pita bread. I will be posting my recipe in a few days! :)

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    Tracy — January 5, 2011 @ 12:59 pm

    This looks incredible! I wish I had one for lunch right now. I’ll have to settle for adding all the ingredients to my shopping list so I can make them later this week. :-)

    • Christina replied: — January 5th, 2011 @ 11:09 pm

      Let me know how they turn out! They are my new favorite quick dinner recipe. :)

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    lemonsandanchovies — January 5, 2011 @ 1:44 pm

    This grilled chicken pita looks wonderful. It’s also reminding me that I haven’t bought sprouts in a very long time–they’re so great on sandwiches or prepared just like this. This would be perfect for lunch today. :-)

    • Christina replied: — January 5th, 2011 @ 11:11 pm

      It is soooo good! You are right, it would be perfect for lunch too! :)

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    The Food Hound — January 5, 2011 @ 4:23 pm

    Looks awesome!! Great summertime meal, too!! I would use my Greek seasoning from Penzey’s for the chicken marinade, YUM!

    • Christina replied: — January 5th, 2011 @ 11:13 pm

      I love the spice blends they have at penzey’s. I have not tried the greek seasoning though…I bet it is delicious! :)

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    kathleen — January 5, 2011 @ 5:23 pm

    This sounds like one delicious meal! YUM!!!

    • Christina replied: — January 5th, 2011 @ 11:20 pm

      It is amazing! :)

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    Livin' in the Kitchen — January 6, 2011 @ 5:03 pm

    Looks yummy, and such a clean picture too!

    • Christina replied: — January 6th, 2011 @ 9:51 pm

      Thanks! :)

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    Kori — January 9, 2011 @ 10:05 am

    My hubby and I are obsessed with one of the Mediterranean restaurants in town and go there almost weekly, so perhaps I’ll have to whip this up at home instead?! It looks so fresh and delicious!

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    mydanishkitchen — January 11, 2011 @ 8:59 pm

    Love the addition of Alfalfa sprouts. Looks like a wonderful, light meal.

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    Julie @ Table for Two — January 4, 2014 @ 4:31 pm

    This really makes me want to go to the store and grab the ingredients for this! I’m starving!

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