Make a perfect summer supper: grill spice-rubbed chicken breasts and tuck them into whole-wheat pitas along with fresh vegetables and a tangy yogurt sauce. Serve with: Grilled vegetables and a pilsner.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, May/June 2009
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Preheat grill to medium-high or position rack in upper third of oven and preheat broiler. If grilling, oil the grill rack (see Tip). If broiling, coat a broiler pan with cooking spray.

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  • Sprinkle chicken with 1 teaspoon garam masala and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Place the chicken on the grill rack or prepared pan and cook until no longer pink in the center and an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part registers 165 degrees F, 4 to 8 minutes per side, depending on the size of the breast. Transfer the chicken to a clean cutting board and let rest for 5 minutes.

  • Meanwhile, combine cucumber, yogurt, cilantro (or mint), lemon juice, the remaining 1/2 teaspoon garam masala and 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper in a small bowl. Thinly slice the chicken. Split open the warm pitas and fill with the chicken, yogurt sauce, lettuce, tomato and onion.

Tips

Make Ahead Tip: Prepare through Step 2. Refrigerate the chicken in an airtight container for up to 4 days.

Tips: Garam masala is a blend of spices used in Indian cooking. It is available in the spice section of most supermarkets.

To oil a grill rack, oil a folded paper towel, hold it with tongs and rub it over the rack. (Do not use cooking spray on a hot grill.)

Nutrition Facts

340.3 calories; protein 32.6g 65% DV; carbohydrates 43.8g 14% DV; exchange other carbs 3; dietary fiber 5.8g 23% DV; sugars 6.4g; fat 4.6g 7% DV; saturated fat 1.1g 6% DV; cholesterol 63.6mg 21% DV; vitamin a iu 1370.9IU 27% DV; vitamin c 15.2mg 25% DV; folate 58.1mcg 15% DV; calcium 125.6mg 13% DV; iron 3.2mg 18% DV; magnesium 85.8mg 31% DV; potassium 603.3mg 17% DV; sodium 591mg 24% DV; thiamin 0.3mg 34% DV.

Reviews (23)

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24 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 16
  • 4 star values: 5
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
06/15/2014
Very interesting and refreshing flavors are included in this recipe. I had a no fuss approach to cooking my chicken (seasoned and cooked it in a skillet before dicing.) The sauce was a nice cool addition and paired well with the garam masala. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
01/30/2014
Easy recipe tasty dish!! Loved this dish. Quickly done and it can be adjusted to your taste. I used quite a bit of garam masala so it had a nice kick to it. Instead of the fresh cilantro I used the Cilnatro Paste from Gourmet Garden this worked extremely well and made the raita better. I use the English cucumbers which have more bite than the regular ones. Great yield. I used chicken tenders instead of breasts. The tender size fits the pita pocket exactly. Grilled it on the Foreman which made this a quick dinner effort without having to heat up the broiler. Pros: Easy to make great yield Read More
Rating: 5 stars
06/18/2013
A new favorite My whole family loved these! I've made them several times and even without the garam masala they are awesome! (But do use mint in the yoghurt mixture then!) Pros: Easy tasty healthy Cons: Very addictive! (So none) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/27/2013
Really Easy Tasty After reading the comments about this recipe being bland and having flavors that did not blend I was really hesitant to throw this dish together but after making it I am extremely curious to find out what everyone here is doing wrong. I found the Garam Masala to be extremely flavorful and fragrant. All of the ingredients complimented one another well and my yogurt sauce held together well and never got too thin. I would highly recommend this dish Pros: Flavorful Tangy Spicy Quick Read More
Rating: 4 stars
01/28/2013
Fantastic I loved this recipe! It is like an Indian-styled version of the middle eastern gyros. You may see some people complaining about the combination of flavors but really they blend well together but they are more fragrant than many American's are used to. In my house we have some sort of middle eastern/Indian foods at least once a month from scratch... it's my kids favorite style of food. This will definitely be added to the repertoire. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/16/2012
Loved this dish! I used tikka masala instead though. I was kinda scared that the yogurt mixture wouldn't go well with this masala but all was good! Pros: Very easy to make Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
07/15/2012
Good idea garam masala seemed to be a poor fit for seasoning. After assembling I realized all it truly is is a oddly seasoned chicken gyro. Next time will substitute garam masala for something different. Would also suggest smaller cucumber pieces. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
01/16/2012
Yummy! This recipe is super simple and my boyfriend and I both really enjoyed it. Store-bought Garam Masalas can be somewhat bland but I cook with Indian flavors a lot so I make my own to keep on hand. Use Greek Yogurt and your sauce won't be runny. Sauce recipe makes A LOT so next time I'll cut that in half. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Was quite surprised that this came out really tasty!! I didn't have Garam Masala so just marinated the chicken with lemon garlic lots of cayenne cumin and black pepper. Yummy! Had to start making changes to our diet after we found out that my husband's cholesterol level was very high. He normally eats everything that's bad for him but when he tried it he liked it a lot! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
This recipe looks like it should be great but I found that it really lacks flavor. Very quick to prepare but something key is missing. Garlic? I'm not sure. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
This recipe looks yummy and easy! I can't wait to make for lunch this week. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
This was very good! The garam masala added a lot of flavor to what would have otherwise been a very mild tasting sandwich. Next time I would use Greek yogurt or strain the yogurt first though because the sauce was a bit watery and made the sandwich a little soggy. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
This sandwich was great! The garam masala is a must it really added a new depth to the recipe. I also substituted the plain greek yogurt it was delicious and didn't make the sandwich soggy. Wonderful fresh meal with lots of veggies. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
This was SUPER EASY-- and tasted lovely. It was a good way to have chicken AGAIN and not feel like you were eating chicken again!:) The spice made a lovely addition and everyone LOVED the yogurt sauce (made with Greek Yogurt). A Fast healthy weekday meal. Loved it! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Couldn't find garam masala. Will post an update when I try again tomorrow after a trip to the store. Used garlic curry powder chili powder lemon juice on the chicken. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Delicious and super easy. You'll think a chef arrived to cook you dinner. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
This recipe is delicious!! It is one of our favorites now. I had trouble finding Garam Masala but I eventually found it and it was definately worth it. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
These were easy but they were not as flavorful as I had expected. Still good but nothing amazing. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
Not bad but definitely not a keeper. Pretty flavorless. Filled us up though. (PS - couldn't find Garam Masala at Waldbaum's King Kullen or Stop & Shop. Finally found it at Whole Foods.) Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
It was a great idea but with the ingredients suggested it didn't blend well. Next time i'll be leaving out the cilantro and instead adding garlic. I would also consider marinading the chicken; it was a bit bland. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/29/2011
Indian with American Flair I make Indian on a regular basis so I already had the "hard to find" ingredients. I must say that I do agree with the other reviews about the bland-ness. I have a host of other Indian spices so I mixed some together and created something a bit more flavorful. It's a great idea to stick them in pitas and it makes for a pretty quick meal. It's going to make repeat performances in this house! Read More
Rating: 2 stars
10/29/2011
Indian-Spiced Chicken Pitas I have not tried this recipe but for a diabetic I find that 44 g of carbohydrates not a healthy choice for one meal. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
10/29/2011
Good but could be great with a couple of changes The garam masala adds really great flavour to this dish! The problem was with the sauce. It was watery and like others have said it made the sandwich pretty soggy. Next time I'd made the sauce more like a traditional tzatziki (grate the cucumber put it in cheesecloth and squeeze all of the liquid out before adding it to the yogurt). Marinating the chicken for a couple of hours and preparing the sauce ahead of time to allow all of the flavours to blend together would be a big help too. Read More