Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Recipe Challenge Submission by Anna Abbott #3: Greek Chicken Salad Pitas

4 6-oz. chicken breasts
3 T. fresh oregano
1/4 c. olive oil + 2 T.
salt and fresh black pepper
4 pita pockets
juice from 1 lemon
1 T. red wine vinegar
1 tsp. clover honey
1/2 c. extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 head romaine lettuce, chopped
1 cucumber, peeled and diced
2 jarred roasted red peppers, drained and thinly sliced
1/4 c. Kalamata olives, chopped
8 oz. Feta cheese, in small cubes

1. Put chicken in a baking dish. Combine oregano with 1/4 cup of olive oil in a blender; process until smooth. Coat chicken with marinade, cover and chill for at least 30 minutes. Remove chicken from marinade; season with salt and pepper.

2. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Wrap pitas in foil and warm in the oven.

3. Heat 2 T. of oil in a large nonstick pan over high heat. Cook chicken until golden brown, 4.5 minutes per side. Remove; let rest 5 minutes. Cut into 1/2-inch cubes.

4. Whisk lemon juice, red wine vinegar, honey, salt, and pepper in a bowl. Slowly whisk in extra-virgin olive oil. Add lettuce, cucumber, roasted red peppers, Kalamata olives and Feta cheese; and toss. (Alternately,  whisk dressing mixture together and add less EVOO and drizzle over your own mixture of fillings - lettuce, cucumber, peppers, olives, cheese. Adding dressing to your own portion will also extend the life of the filling, since it won't get soggy.)

5. Remove pitas from oven; halve. Fill with salad.

Salads make a great meal anytime of day and provide excellent nutrition!

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