Greek Yogurt Marinated Chicken Pitas

On Wednesdays we EAT GREEK!

If you didn’t read that with Mean Girls in the back of your mind then you probably have better taste in movies than I do. But I digress.

Okay! Today we’re talking Greek Yogurt Marinated Chicken Pitas. First, we must talk about PITAS. Even the word “pita” evokes a strong fuzzy feeling inside. Warm, fluffy, soft, squishy, doughy bread. Knead I say more?????

(Yes, that was a bread joke. This, perhaps sadly, is who I am.)

Now changing gears to this chicken… why marinate in yogurt, you ask?

Well the acids in yogurt (and trusty lemon juice!) help to break down toughness in the chicken meat, tenderizing and juicifying (not a word but roll with me) each bite by increasing the water content. Acid does some serious work to soften meat on a molecular level! Nerdy? Yes. Tasty? YAS.

Grilling the already tender chicken adds amazing charred flavor, even just grilling on the stove top. Top everything off with garlicky, cucumber greek yogurt sauce and you have an explosion of flavor!

So let’s get to it. You’ll make these Greek Yogurt Marinated Chicken Pitas by:

  1. Marinating the chicken for 30 minutes (or longer).
  2. Mixing together ingredients for the tzatziki sauce.
  3. Slicing your desired toppings.
  4. Grilling your chicken on a grill pan.
  5. Creating your perfect pitas!

No grill/grill pan? No problem! Use a sauté pan and cook for the same amount of time. You won’t get the same char marks on the chicken but you’ll still create a nice deep flavor!

On a no bread kick?? #swimsuitszn I get it. Make a Greek bowl instead! Layer chicken onto dressed greens and top with cucumbers, shallots and plenty of tzatkizi sauce!

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Hope you enjoy every juicy bite!

Greek Yogurt Marinated Chicken Pitas

Juicy chunks of chicken marinated in tangy greek yogurt are grilled and stuffed into a doughy pita and topped with creamy tzatziki sauce!
PREP30 mins
COOK10 mins
TOTAL40 mins
SERVING SIZE: 3

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, diced into 1" pieces
  • 1 cup full-fat or 2% greek yogurt
  • ½ lemon juiced
  • 3 tbs. olive oil
  • 2 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. pepper

for serving

  • warm pita bread, sliced cucumbers, sliced shallots or red onions, feta cheese crumbles, tzatziki sauce (recipe below)

tzatziki sauce

  • 1 cup full-fat or 2% greek yogurt
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ½ English cucumber, peeled + grated
  • 2 tbs. feta cheese crumbles
  • salt + pepper, to taste

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Mix together 1 cup greek yogurt, 1/2 lemon juiced, 3 tbs. olive oil, 2 tsp. dried oregano in a mixing bowl. Season diced chicken with 1 tsp. salt + 1 tsp. pepper, then add to marinate. Place into refrigerator for 30 minutes (up to 4 hours).
  • Prep pita toppings: if making tzatziki sauce, combine all ingredients in a small bowl and place into refrigerator. Slice cucumbers and shallots. Wrap bread in damp paper towels and put into microwave (don't heat just yet).
  • When chicken has marinated for at least 30 minutes, pull from refrigerator. Prep your grill pan by heating on the stove over medium high heat and spray with cooking spray. When hot, take tongs and place chicken pieces on pan, giving each piece space. Grill for 3-4 minutes, then flip pieces and grill another 3-4 until chicken has cooked through.
  • Let chicken cool slightly while you heat pitas for 30 seconds in the microwave. Layer pitas with a few pieces of grilled chicken, cucumber and shallot slices and tzatziki sauce. Top with feta cheese crumbles and enjoy warm!

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