Mediterranean Chicken Salad Pita

Mediterranean Chicken Salad Pita

This pita sandwich, which is based on the Mediterranean diet, is full of flavor and health benefits. The yogurt, chicken and chickpeas provide protein while the mint, red bell pepper, onion, baby spinach, and tomato provide powerful antioxidants, vitamin A, vitamin C, and potassium. The whole wheat pita boosts the fiber content of this veggie-packed sandwich. It is a heart-healthy recipe – low in sodium and cholesterol. Studies have shown that a Mediterranean diet may lead to a longer lifespan by reducing your risk for heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

Recipe Yield: 6 Servings (6 pita sandwiches)

Ingredients
  • 1 cup fat free Greek yogurt
  • 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup water
  • 4 six-oz. boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 cup chopped red bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup diced red onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh mint
  • 1 fifteen-oz. can, no salt added, chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 6 six-inch whole wheat pitas
  • 1 half cup baby spinach leaves
  • 6 quarter-inch thick slices tomato, cut in halve
Directions
  1. Combine yogurt, lemon juice, and cumin in a small bowl. Set aside.
  2. Add bay leaf to pot with chicken broth diluted with 1 cup of water. Bring to a boil. Add chicken breasts and simmer on medium heat until cooked through (8-10 minutes).
  3. Remove cooked chicken breasts from broth, let cool on cutting board and then dice into cubes. Place chicken pieces in yogurt mixture. Toss gently to coat all sides. Set aside.
  4. Combine bell pepper, onion, mint and chickpeas. Divide mixture into 6 servings and stuff into each pita.
  5. Place a small handful (1/4 cup) of spinach leaves and 2 sliced tomato halves in each pita.
  6. Add a 1/2 cup of diced chicken mixture to each pita.
  7. Serve and enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Calories 400 kcal Calories from Fat 40
Total Fat 4.5 g 7%
Saturated Fat 0.5 g 3%
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 50 mg 17%
Sodium 500 mg 21%
Total Carbs 58 g 19%
Dietary Fiber 10 g 40%
Sugars 5 g
Protein 32 g
Vitamin A 25%
Vitamin C 60%
Calcium 10%
Iron 20%

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  • V = vegetarian recipe
  • GF = gluten-free recipe
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