When I was younger and still living at home, I can remember Mom asking, "What do you want for dinner?" And pretty regularly, my response was, "Something fun to eat." And Mom would get exasperated and say, "What's fun to eat?!" And you know what, I didn't know. I didn't have any idea. Now, I think that by "fun," I meant "different." These Greek chicken pitas are very different from what David and I have on a normal evening, and by different, I mean fun! When David pulled the pitas out of the grocery bag Sunday afternoon, he said, "Oh! We've never had these before!" I think he was excited to try them.
I really enjoyed these sandwiches, but I wish I had stuffed my pita with more chicken and less lettuce. The lemon/garlic marinade on the chicken was really good, and it's something that I'll definitely use again...maybe just on chicken breasts to grill. The lemon flavor was pronounced, but not overwhelming.
I also served Greek rice with the pitas, and it was delicious! This stuff was so good...I liked it better than the chicken. For lunch the next day, I mixed some of the chicken and rice together, and that was a great lunch! The Greek rice also has lemon juice in it, which is a perfect complement to the herbs and onions. This one is a keeper, for sure!
Greek Chicken Pita Pockets
1/2 cup lemon juice
4 Tbs. olive oil (you can probably get away with a little less)
1 1/2 Tbs. garlic, minced and divided
1 tsp. ground mustard
1 tsp. dried oregano
1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1/2 inch strips
1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced
Combine lemon juice, oil, 1 tsp. of the garlic, the mustard, and the oregano in a gallon zip top bag. Add chicken and seal bag. Turn bag and gently move chicken around to distribute marinade evenly. Refrigerate at least 1 hour.
Greek Yogurt Sauce
1/2 cup cucumber, chopped
1/3 cup nonfat yogurt, plain
1/4 tsp. dillweed
In a small bowl, combine cucumber, yogurt, dill, and remaining garlic (from the pita recipe above). Cover and refrigerate until serving. (NOTE: Cucumbers have a lot of moisture in them, so if you want your sauce to be less runny, squeeze as much water from your cucumbers as possible.)
To Assemble the Pita Pockets:
Saute the chicken for 7-8 minutes or until the juices run clear. Fill pocket with lettuce, black olives, onion, and chicken. Top with cucumber sauce.
Taste of Home Message Board (Redraspberrygirl)
2 cups water
2 Tbs. lemon juice
1 cup brown rice
1/2 tsp each: thyme, oregano, and rosemary, crumbled
2 tsp. olive oil
1/2 tsp. salt
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 cup thinly sliced red onion
1 Tbs. chopped kalamata olives
Combine water, rice, oil, salt, and garlic in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil; reduce heat, cover, and simmer until rice is tender and liquid is absorbed. Stir in remaining ingredients. Cover and let stand for 5 minutes before serving. Serves 6.
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