If you can't find tahini, substitute an equal amount of peanut butter to make the sauce for these Middle East–inspired sandwiches. You can prepare the sauce and chicken ahead of time and stuff the pitas when you're ready to eat.
1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, cut into 1-inch pieces
4 (6-inch) pitas, cut in half
1 cup shredded iceberg lettuce
1/2 cup thinly sliced red onion
16 (1/4-inch-thick) slices cucumber
16 (1/4-inch-thick) slices plum tomato
How to Make It
Combine yogurt, shredded cucumber, tahini, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, and garlic in a small bowl; set aside.
Combine remaining 2 teaspoons lemon juice, olive oil, and next 4 ingredients (through chicken) in a small bowl. Heat a grill pan over medium-high heat. Thread chicken pieces evenly onto 4 (8-inch) skewers. Coat grill pan with cooking spray. Add chicken to pan; cook 10 minutes or until done, turning every 2 minutes. Remove chicken from skewers.
Divide chicken evenly among pita halves. Fill each pita half with 2 tablespoons lettuce, 1 tablespoon onion, 2 cucumber slices, 2 tomato slices, and 1 tablespoon sauce.
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This is actually a fantastic recipe! Yes, too much garlic in the recipe but I only put half or one whole clove and that's it. This is super filling, delicious and satisfying. People need to learn to adjust recipes to their own taste. It's all about throwing in your own touch, add other herbs, fresh ones are great! Season things however you like. I basically approach recipes as a starting point and make them my own. P.S. I always put my shredded cucumber in a paper towel and squeeze out all the water. I can't stand watery dips/spreads. Happy cooking everyone!
This review is actually for everything but the tahini sauce, because I could not justify buying a whole jar of tahini when I only needed a little bit...and all the reviews about it being too garlicky did kind of scare me. That being said, however, this is a mighty tasty sandwich. As opposed to the tahini-yogurt sauce, I did make it with a homemade tzatziki with a little chopped fresh mint, which was the perfect compliment to the lemony chicken and delicious veggies. DH & I loved it, and ate leftovers for lunch for the next couple of days.
I'm glad I made these as they are a little different than our usual fare, although they were a bit bland for my taste. I made my own tahini for this recipe and used the extra to make hummus that we enjoyed along with this. I served with spicy roasted potatoes and together that was a pretty good combo. I will make these again but might experiment with the sauce.
WAY too much garlic. I think that has to be a typo in the recipe - it was very overpowering, and I only used 3 cloves (and I typically love garlic).
Overall, it was ok but not amazing. Agree with other reviews that the chicken was kind of bland. I put some extra salt on it and that helped. Not sure that I'll ever use this recipe again, but I make tweak the sauce recipe a bit and use that in the future.
Simple and tasty - great easy recipe for grilling out on a summer day. We used jarred minced garlic instead of fresh, and I think it helped cut some of what could have been overpowering garlic flavor. Also added extra shredded cucumber and salt/pepper to the tahini sauce mixture which brought out more of the flavor. This would also be great as a salad if you don't have pitas on hand. Will definitely make again!
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