Indian-Spiced Chicken Pitas

>> Martes, Marso 22, 2011

Indian-Spiced Chicken Pitas
Make a perfect summer supper: grill spice-rubbed chicken breasts and tuck them into whole-wheat pitas along with fresh vegetables and a tangy yogurt sauce. Serve with: Grilled vegetables and a pilsner.

1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, trimmed
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1 1/2 teaspoons garam masala, (see Tip), divided Freshly ground pepper, to taste
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
4 6-inch whole-wheat pitas, warmed
1 cup thinly sliced seeded cucumber
1 cup shredded romaine lettuce
3/4 cup nonfat plain yogurt
2 small or 1 large tomato, sliced
1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro,
or mint 1/4 cup thinly sliced red onion

Yield: 4 Servings
1. Preheat grill to medium-high or position rack in upper third of oven and preheat broiler. If grilling, oil the grill rack (see Tip). If broiling, coat a broiler pan with cooking spray.
2. Sprinkle chicken with 1 teaspoon garam masala and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Place the chicken on the grill rack or prepared pan and cook until no longer pink in the center and an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part registers 165°F, 4 to 8 minutes per side, depending on the size of the breast. Transfer the chicken to a clean cutting board and let rest for 5 minutes.
3. Meanwhile, combine cucumber, yogurt, cilantro (or mint), lemon juice, the remaining 1/2 teaspoon garam masala and 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper in a small bowl. Thinly slice the chicken. Split open the warm pitas and fill with the chicken, yogurt sauce, lettuce, tomato and onion.

Tips: Garam masala is a blend of spices used in Indian cooking. It is available in the spice section of most supermarkets.

To oil a grill rack, oil a folded paper towel, hold it with tongs and rub it over the rack. (Do not use cooking spray on a hot grill.)

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