Fennel & Chicken Flatbread

August/September 2005, EatingWell Serves Two, The EatingWell Healthy in a Hurry Cookbook (2006)

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Here's an easy, new take on pizza: pita rounds that hold a fennel and chicken saute and that are then baked until the cheesy topping melts. Although great warm, they're just like pizza: a fabulous lunch out of the fridge the next day.

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Fennel & Chicken Flatbread

Makes: 4 servings

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  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 bulb fennel, quartered, cored and thinly sliced, plus 1 tablespoon chopped feathery tops for garnish
  • 1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 8 ounces boneless, skinless chicken breast, very thinly sliced crosswise
  • 4 6-1/2-inch whole-wheat pitas, or eight 4-inch whole-wheat pitas
  • 1 cup shredded provolone cheese
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 500°F.
  2. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add fennel and bell pepper and cook, stirring often, until the vegetables begin to soften, about 5 minutes. Add chicken and cook another 5 minutes, stirring often, until the vegetables are tender and the chicken is cooked through.
  3. Place pitas on a baking sheet and top each with an equal portion of the chicken and vegetable mixture; sprinkle with cheese and pepper. Bake until the cheese melts and turns golden, 10 to 15 minutes. Sprinkle with chopped fennel tops and serve warm.


Per serving (6 1/2-inch pita): 447 calories; 13 g fat (6 g sat, 4 g mono); 6 mg cholesterol; 53 g carbohydrates; 30 g protein; 10 g fiber; 660 mg sodium; 416 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (160% daily value), Vitamin A (35% dv), Calcium (25% dv).

Carbohydrate Servings: 3

Exchanges: 3 starch, 1 vegetable, 3 medium fat meats

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Ease of Preparation
Health & Diet Considerations
Low cholesterol
High calcium
High fiber
High potassium
Total Time
45 minutes or less
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Preparation/ Technique

Type of Dish
Main dish, poultry
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