These chicken pitas are so basic but so crazy delicious. A soft warm pita filled with savory well seasoned chicken breast, thick cut tomatoes, cucumbers, lettuce mix, tzatziki and some spicy sriracha.
Did I mention the pitas are homemade? Oh yeah, we’re doing it today. And don’t forget to serve it with this insane cilantro jalapeno hummus.
There are few family friendly recipes that I want to make on repeat, every, single week. This is one of them. And I don’t why I’ve been holding on to this gem of a recipe for so many years without sharing.
Today, I share. You’re welcome.
After you make this you’ll get it.
The real secret ingredient to a super bomb chicken pita is…
Mind blowing, I know. But it’s the pita. Think of your favorite mediterranean style restaurant, their pitas are insane – right?
Super soft, flavorful, they just taste so good. Store bought pitas cannot compare.
My absolute favorite restaurant to get a chicken pita is Pita Jungle. Honestly everything on Pita’s Jungles menu is awesome but this is hands down my favorite.
And I make it at home all the time, copying their recipe.
So really this is a Pita Jungle chicken pita recipe copycat – but I don’t want to call it that since I don’t put pickles or onions in it and you know someone is going to catch me on that!
So this is a Pita Jungle un-copycat recipe. Makes perfect sense.
How To Make A Chicken Pita
Making a chicken pita is beyond easy. Even with making your pita, which you should do and not skip.
Here are the things you’ll need to prep, which is the majority of the work.
Pita dough, marinate the chicken and make the tzatziki.
If you absolutely want to cut back on prepping then you can buy store bought pitas and store bought tzatziki. But I’m telling you it’s worth it to do it yourself.
The pita dough needs to rise for about an hour or else they will be a bit tough textured.
Also you’ll want to let the chicken marinate a few hours at least so the flavors really set in to the meat.
Marinating the chicken is crucial to getting the best flavor of your chicken and also getting juicy chicken.
The tzatziki also should sit in the fridge for a few hours to get the flavors to come together.
What’s the lesson here? Marinate = good.
How To Get The Cool Pita Pocket
Have you ever wondered how restaurants get that super cool pita pocket?
If you aren’t sure what I am talking about it, it literally looks like they stuffed everything inside of a pocket but it’s a pita.
To get a pita pocket is quite simple.
You need to make sure your oven is hot and your using another somthing hot to cook them on. I use a pizza steel. A pizza stone also works. Or you can put a cast iron skill in to an oven.
But I like using the pizza steel better because it’s easier to flip the pita since there are no edges on the steel.
While it’s cooking if it puffs way up, you’ll know the dough separated and you’ll have your pocket.
After it cooks, let it cool a bit then cut it in half and there should be a pocket.
Are Chicken Pitas Healthy?
And comparing it to a slice of pizza. Yes.
Want to make it even healthier? No pita and make a salad.
Now I’m not a dietician so I can’t give you any technical information but in my opinion as a cook and mom, it’s a healthy dinner option and one that even kids will enjoy. It’s my sons favorite right now, he’s 6.
More Family Friendly Chicken Dinners
- Crispy Baked Chicken Nuggets and Waffles
- Broccoli Chicken Cheese Pasta
- One Pan Extra Cheesy Chicken and Risotto
- Baked Chicken Taquitos With Elote Mexican Street Corn
- Ground Turkey Meatballs and Pasta
- Instant Pot Pepperoncini Pot Roast Sliders
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The Best Chicken Pitas With Tzatziki
- 1 lb chicken breast cut in to bite size pieces
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1/2 lemon a juicy one, juiced
- 1 1/2 tsp paprika
- 1/4 tsp cumin
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp oregano
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 cucumbers chopped
- 2-3 to matoes chopped
- Spring mix lettuce
- 6 oz greek yogurt
- 1/2 lemon juiced
- Pinch of salt and pepper
- 1/2 English cucumber peeled
- 2 garlic cloves minced
- 1/4 tsp dried dill
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast
- 1 c water warm
- 2 1/2 c flour
- 2 tsp salt
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tsp sugar
- Start by cutting up the chicken breast into bite size 1” pieces and put it in a bowl
- To the bowl add the olive oil, lemon juice, paprika, cumin, garlic powder, oregano and salt
- Stir together
- Cover and refrigerate at least 3 hours, but no more than 10 hours
- Peel a cucumber and cut it in half lengthwise
- Use a spoon to scoop out the seeds
- Grate the cucumber on the small grate side
- Use your hands or a paper towel to squeeze out all the excess liquid from the shredded cucumber
- In another bowl stir together the greek yogurt, lemon juice, salt, pepper, garlic, dill, olive oil and shredded cucumber to make the tzatziki
- Cover and chill in the fridge
- *About an hour before you want to start dinner make the pita bread dough
- Combine warm water and the active dry yeast plus a pinch of sugar, stir and let it proof for 5 minutes until puffy and frothy
- To a bowl or stand mixer add the flour, salt and sugar
- Add in the yeast mixture and olive oil
- Stir until combined and smooth
- The dough should spring back when you poke it
- It should be very soft and pliable but not sticky
- Cover with a tea towel, preferably near a warm area of the house (see tip below)
- Preheat oven to 500
- You’ll need a pizza stone, pizza steel or cast iron skillet in the oven to cook the pitas on
- Roll your dough out on the counter
- Flour the surface
- Cut the dough into 8 equal pieces
- Use a floured rolling pin to roll them out very thin
- Toss them on your surface, in the oven, after 2 minutes or so you can flip it, it should have puffed up
- Cook an additional 1-2 minutes
- Take the pita out of the oven, place it on a plate and cover it with a damp paper towel to keep it soft, warm and steamy (see note)
- Repeat until they are all cooked
- Cook the chicken in a pan over the stove, on medium/high heat until no longer pink in the center
- Cut up the cucumbers and tomatoes
- To assemble lay out a pita, top with chicken, tzatziki, cucumbers, tomatoes, sriracha and lettuce
If the pita bread is still puffed up when you put it on the plate and cover it, don’t worry it will deflate and you can just keep stacking them on