Fiery Chicken Pita Sandwiches with Horned Melon Raita

The mild-flavored horned melon is a natural choice for a cooling raita. The raita would also be good as a sauce for other sandwiches as well as salads.

Yield:

4 servings (serving size: 2 stuffed pita halves)

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Nutritional Information

Calories 408
Caloriesfromfat 15 %
Fat 6.6 g
Satfat 2 g
Monofat 2 g
Polyfat 1.3 g
Protein 47.7 g
Carbohydrate 39.1 g
Fiber 5 g
Cholesterol 105 mg
Iron 3.6 mg
Sodium 769 mg
Calcium 97 mg

Ingredients

Raita:
1 horned melon, halved lengthwise
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1 (7-ounce) container whole plain yogurt
3 (6-ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon ground red pepper
2 teaspoons minced fresh garlic
1 teaspoon olive oil, divided
Cooking spray
4 (6-inch) whole wheat pitas, warmed and cut in half

Preparation

Squeeze horned melon into a fine mesh strainer over a bowl; press seeds with the back of a spoon to extract juice. Discard seeds. Add fresh lemon juice, 1/4 teaspoon salt, ground cumin, and yogurt to bowl; stir with a whisk. Cover and chill.

Place chicken breast halves between 2 sheets of heavy-duty plastic wrap; pound each piece to 1/2-inch thickness using a meat mallet or small heavy skillet. Sprinkle both sides of chicken with remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper; rub with garlic.

Heat 1/2 teaspoon olive oil in a nonstick grill pan coated with cooking spray over medium-high heat. Add 2 breast halves to pan; cook 4 minutes on each side or until done. Remove from heat, and keep warm. Repeat procedure with remaining 1/2 teaspoon oil and chicken. Transfer chicken to cutting board, and cool slightly. Cut chicken into thin strips. Fill each pita half with about 1/2 cup chicken, and top with 2 tablespoons raita.

Note:

Joy E. Zacharia, RD,

January 2008