Mediterranean Chicken Pita

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This is my Mediterranean chicken pita. It is a mild and light dish with a complex mix of flavors. The chicken should be lightly spiced with a creamy and fresh Tzatziki inspired sauce. The chicken should be lightly charged with a smokey flavor but also moist. The sauce should add a freshness and zest.

This dish can be cooked in the kitchen or with a little alteration it is perfect for the BBQ grill.

I will be served with coriander and lemon couscous you can make your own but for this dish I am focusing on the chicken and the Tzatziki sauce.

I am going to start with the Tzatziki as this will take a little time for the flavors to mature. The best Tzatziki I have ever had is the one that was made by my old landlady who was Greek, however I think this is a pretty close. I am deviating a bit from a classic recipe and using coriander instead of dill. I have also lowered the quantity of garlic so that it does not overpower the dish.

What you will need.

  • 250 g of plain or Greek yogurt
  • Half a large cucumber
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • a bunch of fresh coriander

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Take your cucumber and using a cheese grater shred it into the yogurt. It is ok to use a larger grater as cucumber is mostly water and will break down into the sauce. Depending on your cucumber you may need to skin it first. I didn’t need to as the skin on mine was soft.

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Now great in your garlic you could alternately use a garlic press. Add you coriander leafs and give it a gentle stir.

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Set aside your Tzatziki in the fridge. It is well worth leaving it 20/30 minutes for the flavor to develop.

 

Now onto the chicken.

you will need

  • 2 large chicken breasts
  • 1/2 tsp of smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp of turmeric powder
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1/2 tsp of garlic powder
  • chili powder to taste or alternatively you can add chili flakes to the final dish

Take your chicken breasts and slice them thinly. This will give you the maximum surface area for the rub. It will also aid in fast cooking.

In a bowl put your chicken and marinate increments. Now mix the rub through the chicken. make sure to clean your hands this step.

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In a heavy pan add a slash of olive oil. You do not need a lot just enough to stop the chicken from sticking to the pan. get the pan nice and hot then add the chicken. Shallow fry until cooked (aprox 5 minutes).

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Don’t be afraid to char the chicken slightly as this will add to the flavor and the look.

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Now you are ready to plate up the pita.

I used shop bought pita that you just warm slightly under the grill.

I layer the pita on top of a bed of couscous. I then add fresh spinach leaves, onions and chicken then topped it off with a big dollop of Tzatziki fresh coriander leaf and pomegranate.

This dish is really versatile and you can add any salad or sides such as crispy onions or fresh Greek cheese.

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This recipe serves two as a main full ingredients list below

  • 2 large chicken breasts
  • 1/2 tsp of smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp of turmeric powder
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1/2 tsp of garlic powder
  • chili powder to taste or alternatively you can add chili flakes to the final dish
  • 250 g of plain or Greek yogurt
  • Half a large cucumber
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • a bunch of fresh coriander
  • 1 pomegranate
  • 2 pita bread
  • 1 packet of  couscous

 

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. Sumith Babu says:

    Wow awesome!! And well captured.

    Like

  2. Sumith Babu says:

    I could count those grains in your photography. Crispy shot😊

    Like

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