Look for jars or cans of tahini on the international aisle of the supermarket. It adds nutty flavor and keeps the sandwich moist.
2 tablespoons tahini (roasted sesame seed paste)
2 tablespoons water
4 teaspoons fresh lemon juice, divided
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, divided
3/8 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
1 small garlic clove, minced
2 (6-ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
4 (3-ounce) whole-wheat pitas, cut in half
2 cups shredded romaine lettuce
2 ounces bottled roasted red bell peppers, drained and thinly sliced
How to Make It
Combine tahini, 2 tablespoons water, 2 teaspoons juice, 1 1/2 teaspoons oil, 1/8 teaspoon salt, and garlic in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk.
Sprinkle chicken with remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper. Heat a grill pan over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add chicken to pan; cook 5 minutes on each side or until done. Remove chicken from pan; let stand 5 minutes. Add pitas to pan; cook 1 minute on each side or until lightly toasted. Slice chicken thinly across the grain.
Combine remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons oil and remaining 2 teaspoons juice in a medium bowl, stirring with a whisk. Add lettuce; toss to coat. Divide lettuce mixture, chicken, and bell peppers evenly among pita halves; drizzle each stuffed pita half with about 1 1/2 teaspoons tahini mixture.
I used rotisserie chicken breast so these came together extra quickly. Also used flatbread wraps instead of pitas. This recipe reminds me a bit of CL's Chicken Shawarma recipe from July 2008, which is 10-star tasty (the chicken is marinated, which makes all the difference I think). This isn't bad at all - just a little simple/ordinary, especially compared to that other AMAZING recipe.
I seasoned the chicken with some ras al hanout left over from another recipe since I thought they'd need a little something. I also made extra sauce and added cucumbers to the roasted peppers and lettuce. Still needed a spark--I think plain Greek yogurt would've given the greater moisture and creaminess that I was missing and maybe some red pepper flakes in the tahini sauce. I may try this again but add the yogurt to the sandwiches. Served with whole wheat couscous and steamed fresh spinach with lemon. I made the couscous b/c my husband always like a grain, potato, or pasta with anything, but I wouldn't need it myself. The pitas were very filling!