Grilled Chicken Pitas

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Grilled Chicken Pitas Grilled Chicken Pitas

Prep Time: 1 hour 15 min
Difficulty: Easy

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3   boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 1 1/2 pounds)
3 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice, divided
3 tablespoon soy sauce
1   clove garlic, minced
2 teaspoon dried oregano, divided
2   small tomatoes, finely chopped
1 cup crumbled feta cheese (1/4 pound)
1/4 cup olive oil
Olive oil cooking spray
1   large Vidalia or purple onion, cut into thin rings
6   pita breads
1/2   head romaine lettuce, finely chopped
1   (10.6-ounce) jar kalamata olives, drained, halved, and pitted, or other black ol
12   slices bacon, fried crisp
Alfalfa sprouts
Salt and freshly ground black pepper





Rinse the chicken breast and pat dry. Combine 3 tablespoons lemon juice, soy sauce, garlic and 1 teaspoon of the oregano in a glass dish. Add the chicken, turn to coat, and cover with plastic wrap. Allow the chicken breast to marinate for 30 minutes at room temperature or overnight in the refrigerator.

Combine the tomatoes and feta cheese in a small glass dish. Add the remaining 2 teaspoons lemon juice, the olive oil, and the remaining 1-teaspoon oregano, and stir to combine. Allow to sit at room temperature for 30 minutes.

For the yogurt sauce:
8 ounces (1 cup) unflavored yogurt
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 cup finely chopped walnuts
1-tablespoon olive oil

In a small bowl, whisk together the yogurt, garlic, walnuts, and olive oil. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.

Preheat a grill to medium heat.

Spray a grill basket with olive oil. Grill the chicken breasts over medium heat for 8 to 10 minutes, until no longer pink in the thickest portion of each breast. Spread the onion rings over the surface of the basket and grill while the chicken is cooking. Turn the basket frequently. The onion rings will blacken as they cook; this will also take 8 to 10 minutes. When the chicken and onion rings are cooked, place the pita breads on the grill for about 2 minutes per side, until grill marks show. Slice the chicken into very thin pieces.

At serving time, put out all of the ingredients and allow each person to assemble sandwiches: Split each pita. Place several slices of grilled chicken, 3 or 4 slivers of onion, a tablespoon of tomato-feta mixture, lettuce, olives, and 1 or 2 slices of bacon into each pita. Top with yogurt sauce and a wad of alfalfa sprouts. Add salt and pepper, to taste. Fold up the sides of the pita and enjoy!

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Reader Comments:


paula deen is a genius.

By Dominique on July 29, 2012


Hi Rita, This is the recipe that aired on April 19th. You can find the rest of that day's recipes here:

By Jonathan Able on April 27, 2011


I saw Paula's show yesterday (April 19, 2011) and thought I would find on the website the recipe for the Grilled Chicken Pitas that she was using as an appetizer for when folks first came in the door. I don't think it is the same as the one my search results found. Where can I find that recipe? She used Roma tomatoes and mixed them with feta, grilled and sliced the chicken. Bobby? assembled them. It looked like he put lettuce and olives on them. I didn't see anything about bacon, etc.

By Rita on April 20, 2011

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