Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Indian-spiced chicken pitas.

    This a quick and easy recipe that I would like to share. I love this recipe because it is loaded with fresh and healthy ingredients and has a very interesting and delicious flavor. So please enjoy!

1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, trimmed 

1 1/2 teaspoons garam masala (Masala is an Indian spice blend you can find in any grocery store

3/4 teaspoon kosher salt

1 cup thinly sliced seeded cucumber 

3/4 cup nonfat plain yogurt

1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro or mint

2 teaspoons lemon juice
Freshly ground pepper to taste

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

1. Preheat grill to medium-high or position rack in upper third of oven and preheat broiler. 

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.

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