Indian-Spiced Chicken Pitas

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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.

Indian-Spiced Chicken Pitas
photographer: Ken Burris
Nutritionist Tested & Approved

Time: 30 minutes

  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts , trimmed

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons garam masala (see Tip), divided

  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt , divided

  • 1 cup thinly sliced seeded cucumber

  • 3/4 cup nonfat plain yogurt

  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro or mint

  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice

  • Freshly ground pepper to taste

  • 4 6-inch whole-wheat pitas , warmed

  • 1 cup shredded romaine lettuce

  • 2 small or 1 large tomato , sliced

  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced red onion

  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 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°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 1/2 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: 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.)

Nutritional Facts

44 g
5 g
Saturated Fat
1 g
33 g
64 mg
Dietary Fiber
6 g
603 mg
647 mg
4 servings
3 starch
1 vegetable
3 lean meat
Vitamin C
35% daily value
Vitamin A
25% dv
21% dv
20% dv

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