Make chicken salad Mediterranean wtih the addition of Greek yogurt, green olives, and chickpeas, and serve in pita bread halves. Greek yogurt has a thick, rich consistency similar to sour cream. Add honeydew melon and cantaloupe slices on the side.
1 cup plain whole-milk Greek yogurt (such as Fage Total Classic)
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
3 cups chopped cooked chicken
1 cup chopped red bell pepper (about 1 large)
1/2 cup chopped pitted green olives (about 20 small)
1/2 cup diced red onion
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1 (15-ounce) can no-salt-added chickpeas (garbanzo beans), rinsed and drained
6 (6-inch) whole wheat pitas, cut in half
12 Bibb lettuce leaves
6 (1/8-inch-thick) slices tomato, cut in half
How to Make It
Combine first 4 ingredients in a small bowl; set aside. Combine chicken and next 5 ingredients (through chickpeas) in a large bowl. Add yogurt mixture to chicken mixture; toss gently to coat. Line each pita half with 1 lettuce leaf and 1 tomato piece; add 1/2 cup chicken mixture to each pita half.
I agree with bassgurl17 ,the addition of fresh garlic was a natural.I used a little less lemon and added some fresh oregano,also used grilled skinless, boneless thighs and roasted the red pepper,excellent lo-cal lunch or dinner.Wife loved it! Also,one 7 oz. Fage yogurt is plenty.
I was really pleased with this combo of flavors. I have a picky 9 year old who doesn't like fruit, which many chicken salads contain. This was perfect. I substituted cannellini beans since I was out of garbanzos (have made since with though), chopped green onions instead of red, & added more cumin plus a bit of dried oregano. I also add a finely diced cucumber (peeled & seeded) for a bit more crunch & to stretch the servings. Good fresh, even better the next day. Served with hummus & fresh veggies.
This recipe is very good! It's a great alternative to the regular packed lunch. Our store only had 6oz containers of Greek yogurt, which worked fine. Next time, I might also change the lemon juice to lime. It's just a personal preference. I also like that so salt was needed. Enough came from the olives. I'm not sure why people thought it was bland. Perhaps they didn't add enough red pepper flakes?
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