Chicken Pita Sandwiches with Harissa Sauce

We serve these lemon-oregano chicken pitas with lots of fixings tucked in, but you could ditch the pita and serve it all over cooked bulgur, cauliflower rice or a bed of greens.

Prep Time:
35 mins
Additional Time:
4 hrs
Total Time:
4 hrs 35 mins
8 sandwiches


  • Zest & juice of 1 lemon

  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin

  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano

  • 3 tablespoons grated garlic, divided

  • ½ teaspoon ground allspice

  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt, divided

  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper, divided

  • 3 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs, trimmed

  • 6 tablespoons tahini

  • ¼ cup water

  • 2 tablespoons harissa paste

  • 8 whole-wheat pitas, warmed if desired

  • Shredded romaine, diced tomatoes & slivered red onion for serving


  1. Combine lemon zest and juice, cumin, oregano, 2 teaspoons garlic, allspice and 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper in a 6-quart or larger slow cooker. Add chicken and toss to coat. Cook on Low for 4 hours.

  2. Meanwhile, whisk tahini, water, harissa, the remaining 1 teaspoon garlic and 1/8 teaspoon each salt and pepper in a small bowl. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

  3. Transfer the chicken to a clean cutting board and let rest for 5 minutes. Shred the chicken and toss in a bowl with 1/4 cup of the juices from the slow cooker and the remaining 1/8 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Serve the chicken in pitas with the sauce and lettuce, tomato and onion, if desired.


Equipment: 6-qt. or larger slow cooker

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

530 Calories
20g Fat
49g Carbs
42g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Serving Size 1 pita sandwich
Calories 530
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 49g 18%
Dietary Fiber 6g 21%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 42g 83%
Total Fat 20g 25%
Saturated Fat 4g 22%
Cholesterol 113mg 38%
Vitamin A 101IU 2%
Vitamin C 4mg 4%
Folate 50mcg 13%
Sodium 670mg 29%
Calcium 56mg 4%
Iron 5mg 28%
Magnesium 94mg 22%
Potassium 432mg 9%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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