Indian-Spiced Chicken Pitas for Two

4 Reviews
From: EatingWell Magazine May/June 2009

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

Ingredients 2 servings

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  • 8 ounces boneless, skinless chicken breasts, trimmed
  • 3/4 teaspoon garam masala , (see Shopping Tip), divided
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced seeded cucumber
  • 6 tablespoons nonfat plain yogurt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh cilantro , or mint
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • Freshly ground pepper , to taste
  • 2 6-inch whole-wheat pitas, warmed
  • 1/2 cup shredded romaine lettuce
  • 1 small or 1/2 large tomato, sliced
  • 1/8 cup thinly sliced red onion

Preparation

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  1. Preheat grill to medium-high or position rack in upper third of oven and preheat broiler.
  2. If grilling, oil the grill rack (see Tip). If broiling, coat a broiler pan with cooking spray.
  3. Sprinkle chicken with 1/2 teaspoon garam masala and 1/4 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 °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.
  4. Meanwhile, combine cucumber, yogurt, cilantro (or mint), lemon juice, the remaining 1/4 teaspoon garam masala and 1/8 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.
  • Make Ahead Tip: Prepare through Step 2. Refrigerate the chicken in an airtight container for up to 2 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 information

  • Per serving: 364 calories; 5 g fat(1 g sat); 6 g fiber; 47 g carbohydrates; 35 g protein; 49 mcg folate; 64 mg cholesterol; 10 g sugars; 415 IU vitamin A; 15 mg vitamin C; 213 mg calcium; 3 mg iron; 625 mg sodium; 693 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (30% daily value), Magnesium (19% dv), Calcium & Vitamin A (15% dv)
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 3
  • Exchanges: 3 starch, 1 vegetable, 3 lean meat

Reviews 4

January 20, 2014
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By: EatingWell User
It smelled great but tasted bitter. I love Indian food, so I was very excited to try this recipe. It smelled heavenly while I was cooking it and my mouth was watering. After putting it all together, I sat down and took a big bite...and total disappointment. The spices on the chicken smelled great but seriously left something lacking, not sure what it was just off. the yogurt sauce was very bitter and didn't mix well with the spiced chicken at all. Don't waist your time with this one. Pros: smelled wonderful Cons: the taste of the chicken was off, the yogurt sauce was very bitter
January 27, 2012
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By: EatingWell User
Tasty, Easy This is easy to make. I love garam masala, so I use a little more. And the tzatziki sauce is good. But make sure to use greek yogurt, and maybe add a Tbsp of sour cream.
March 21, 2011
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By: cynthiaconwaybooth
Wasn't crazy about this recipe... My husband and I have been trying to eat healthier. We have tried many recipes on this site, but this one just wasn't for us. The chicken was moist, but we didn't like the flavor from the seasoning. The sauce was bland. I guess this just wasn't for us.
March 12, 2010
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By: EatingWell User
i was really skeptical about eating a sandwich for dinner but i was so amazed. The sandwich filled me up; and my husband whos not into healthy eating loved it. Also the yogurt sauce was an amazing addition considering i dont enjoy yogurt. This will def be one of my fav dishes******