Poppy Seed-Chicken Pitas Recipe

This is an easy chicken pita recipe. If you like with this recipe you can have grilled chicken pita, which tastes pretty good. You could also have chicken pita sandwiches if you like. This is a very simple pita recipe.

I think you will enjoy this recipe. So let me know if you liked or disliked this chicken pita dish. If you have a favorite pita or chicken pita recipe let me know what it is.


3 skin-on, bone-in chicken breasts (about 2 pounds)

kosher salt

1 large orange

1/2 cup mayonnaise

1/3 cup sour cream or low-fat Greek yogurt

1 tablespoon dijon mustard

1 stalk celery, chopped

1/2 cup chopped pecans, almonds or walnuts, toasted

1/4 cup chopped fresh chives

1 1/2 tablespoons poppy seeds

freshly ground pepper

1/2 cup dried apricots, chopped (optional)

torn lettuce leaves, for serving

4 whole-wheat pitas, halved


  1. Cover the chicken with cold water in a saucepan and add 1 teaspoon salt. Remove strips of zest from half of the orange with a vegetable peeler; add the zest to the water. Cover and bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer, uncovered, until the chicken is cooked through, about 18 minutes. Remove the chicken and let cool.
  2. Grate the remaining orange zest into a large bowl; juice the orange into the bowl. Stir the mayonnaise, sour cream, mustard, celery, nuts, chives, poppy seeds, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and pepper to taste. Add the apricots, if desired.
  3. Shred the chicken, discarding the bones and skin, and toss with the dressing. Stuff a few lettuce leaves and some of the chicken salad into each pita.

Servings: 4

Prep. Time: 20 Minutes

Cook Time: 20 Minutes

Total Time: 40 Minutes

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