Photo: Johnny Autry; Styling: Cindy Barr
Hands-on Time
23 Mins
Total Time
23 Mins
Serves 6 (serving size: 2 pita halves)

With flavors reminiscent of a falafel, Fried Chickpea and Arugula Pita Sandwiches with Lime Tzatziki take less work, are tasty with lots of texture, and an easy weeknight meal to put together.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°.

Step 2

Combine yogurt, mint, lime juice, 1/8 teaspoon salt, garlic, and cucumber in a small bowl.

Step 3

Wrap pitas in foil; bake at 350° for 10 minutes or until warm.

Step 4

Place chickpeas in a single layer on paper towels. Cover with additional paper towels; pat dry. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add 2 tablespoons oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add chickpeas to pan; sauté 10 minutes or until lightly browned and crispy, stirring frequently. Remove chickpeas from pan using a slotted spoon; drain on paper towels. Combine remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt, chickpeas, cumin, paprika, and red pepper in a medium bowl; toss well to coat.

Step 5

Combine remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil, lemon juice, and black pepper in a small bowl, stirring well with a whisk. Add arugula; toss gently to coat. Add chickpea mixture; toss to coat.

Step 6

Fill each pita half with about 2/3 cup chickpea mixture, 1 tomato slice, and 2 tablespoons sauce. Serve immediately.

Chef's Notes

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Ratings & Reviews

AMV Review

May 21, 2015
solid recipe and very easy to make

MsLaurie's Review

April 29, 2013
Very delicious and meatless too! I will make it again, I think.. So many recipes, so little time ....

London1's Review

July 08, 2013
I liked the overall taste but I found it really messy. If I made it again I'd just serve the pita on the side.

promogal's Review

May 02, 2013
Good vegetarian dish. Tasted like a falafel. Extremely filling. Chickpeas popped in frying pan & made a bit of a mess but no big deal, just sayin'.

08rose's Review

April 17, 2013
Very easy and somewhat the taste of falafel without all the work. Great flavor and texture! Would even be good made salad-style without the pita if you're trying to cut back on carbs. Will definitely make it again!

Binkiesmom2's Review

June 12, 2013

Beccaroo73's Review

May 06, 2013
YUM! My new favorite meal. Super quick and loved the spices. I used a bagged salad mix that had some herbs in it--parsley and chervil--and it gave it a nice zing.

sukeedog's Review

May 24, 2013
Tasty, albeit messy. We left out the mint but otherwise followed the recipe. This might work better (for us,anyway) if we mixed everything but the pita together at the end and then served it with the warmed pita on the side.

ChefLeesher's Review

December 02, 2014

LDombeck's Review

January 28, 2014
This was good and very filling. I used half as much red pepper so it wasn't too spicy for the kids. My pitas may have been too small. I had leftover filling and arugula and just ate as a salad. Really tasty and the kids loved it too.