Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Greek Chicken Pita Sandwich #BBQWeek

 A quick and delicious meal that is perfect for eating al fresco as you enjoy the summer weather.  Tender chicken that has been marinated in lemon and spices before a quick cook on the grill.  Served with pita, fresh cucumbers, tomatoes and onions on top of a bright, tangy, cucumber sauce.


We are still celebrating BBQ Week........
This is my second of three recipes that I am sharing this week.  Some of the group are sharing on each day or on different days than I.  You will be able to find all of the recipes being shared each day by following #BBQWeek on social media.

Here are quick links to what is being shared today.........

Wednesday #BBQWeek Recipes

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Side Dishes

Main Dishes

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Be sure to follow our Pinterest board for more summer BBQ ideas. Thank you to Christie from A Kitchen Hoor's Adventures and Ellen from Family Around the Table for hosting the event.


The chicken for this recipe needs to marinate for at least an hour.  This gives you time to make the cucumber yogurt sauce and put it into the refrigerator until you are ready to serve.


I also used this time to prep the vegetable toppings because the chicken only takes minutes on the grill. If you want to make this a real special meal you can make your own pitas.  Here is my easy peasy recipe.


I served this sandwich up for a light dinner with this amazing carrot salad.  Perfect for when the weather is sultry and you don't want anything heavy.  A glass of Rose and a light dinner on the deck is often the norm here on the farm during the summer months.


BBQ, Grilling, Sandwiches, Chicken, Greek,
Sandwiches, Main Courses, Chicken
Greek
Yield: 4 servings
Author: Wendy Klik
Greek Chicken Pita Sandwich

Greek Chicken Pita Sandwich

A quick and delicious meal that is perfect for eating al fresco as you enjoy the summer weather. Tender chicken that has been marinated in lemon and spices before a quick cook on the grill. Served with pita, fresh cucumbers, tomatoes and onions on top of a bright, tangy, cucumber sauce.
Prep time: 20 MinCook time: 6 MinInactive time: 1 HourTotal time: 1 H & 26 M

Ingredients

  • zest and juice of 1/2 lemon
  • olive oil
  • 1 t. dried oregano
  • 3 cloves garlic 
  • pinch of crushed red pepper
  • 1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breast, sliced into tender size pieces
  • 1 English cucumber
  • pinch of salt
  • 3/4 c. plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 t. chopped fresh mint leaves
  • 2 t. chopped fresh dill
  • pepper, to taste
  • Sliced red onion, if desired
  • 12 grape tomatoes, halved or quartered
  • 4 pita breads, warmed

Instructions

  1. Combine the lemon juice, zest, 3 teaspoons of olive oil, oregano, 2 cloves of garlic, minced, and the crushed red pepper in a large plastic bag that seals.
  2. Add the chicken, release the air, seal and massage so the chicken is coated in the marinade.  Refrigerate for at least one hour and up to 4 hrs.
  3. Meanwhile, grate half of the cucumber and place it in a colander. Toss with a pinch of salt and let drain for 15 minutes.  Squeeze to release any remaining liquid from the cucumber and place it into a bowl.  Stir in the yogurt, mint, dill, and pepper.  Mince the remaining garlic clove and add along with 2 teaspoons of olive oil and a pinch of salt.  Mix to combine and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  4. Thinly slice the other half of the cucumber and prep any other vegetable toppings you will be serving with the sandwiches.  Place on a platter and set aside.
  5. Preheat your grill to med high heat. Remove chicken from marinade and grill for about 3 minutes per side, until an internal temperature of 165* is reached.
  6. Place on a platter and serve with warmed pitas, the yogurt sauce and the prepared vegetables allowing people to build their own sandwiches as they like.

Notes:

Adapted from a recipe found in Eating Well Magazine.

Nutrition Facts

Calories

490.97

Fat (grams)

10.03

Sat. Fat (grams)

2.07

Carbs (grams)

50.31

Fiber (grams)

2.77

Net carbs

47.53

Sugar (grams)

11.43

Protein (grams)

47.71

Sodium (milligrams)

567.04

Cholesterol (grams)

102.77
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18 comments:

  1. Handheld sandwiches are just perfect for cookouts! I love the flavors in this one.

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  2. Yum! This recipe is fantastic and so easy to make. Perfect for those hot summer nights.

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  3. Yum! Grilled chicken in pitas with all the fixins sounds awesome.

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  4. I love this kind of grilling in the summer. I am hoping it gets warm again so I can hop out onto the patio and get a fire going. This is a perfect idea.

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  5. That sauce sounds just wonderful. it's on my list of sauces to make. These pitas sounds both refreshing and filling!

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  6. Beautiful flavor combination, looks delicious.

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  7. We adore Greek food in my house. I know this would become a family favorite.

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  8. This is the most perfect summery meal! Light, full of crisp fresh ingredients, and tender grilled chicken. Saving!

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  9. Look at the beautiful grill marks on that chicken! Can't wait to give this one a try!

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