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Indian-Spiced Chicken Pitas

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.

Prep: 30 minutes | Total Time: 30 minutes
  • 1 pound
    boneless, skinless chicken breasts, trimmed
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons
    garam masala, 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
  • 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
    freshly ground pepper, to taste
  1. Preheat grill to medium-high or position rack in upper third of oven and preheat broiler. If grilling, oil the grill rack. If broiling, coat a broiler pan with cooking spray.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

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 Information

Makes: 4 servings
  • Calories333
  • Fat5 g
    • Saturated fat1 g
  • Cholesterol64 mg
  • Carbohydrates44 g
    • Dietary fiber6 g
  • Protein32 g
  • Sodium637 mg
* Nutritional Guidelines based on the USDA's MyPlate Standards.
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