Friday, June 3, 2011

Chicken Pita Sandwich with Cucumber Yogurt

Warm, herb flecked, chicken bites layered in a pita with slices of feta and tomato and topped with cucumber-chive yogurt is the perfect dinner on a very hot, late spring night.

We had some hot weather here this past week. Not wanting to turn the oven on, an abundance of fresh herbs in the garden and being inspired by Everyday Food's Chicken Koftas, I made these lovely little sandwiches.

I loaded the chicken up with chives and parsley and seasoned them with salt, pepper and cumin but left the rest of the toppings pretty basic.

This came together so quickly. With some sparkling lime water, it was a cool, refreshing way to end a hot spring day.

Chicken Pita Sandwich with Cucumber Yogurt
(Everyday Food, Martha Stewart June 2011)

1 1/2 lbs ground chicken
1/4 C minced chives
1/3 C minced parsley
3/4 tsp cumin
salt and pepper
1/2 cucumber, seeded and diced small
1/2 C plain yogurt
salt and pepper to taste
2 Tbsp veg or canola oil
1-2 medium tomatoes, in thin wedges
feta, sliced or crumbled
fresh chives or mint for serving

In a large bowl mix together chicken, chives, parsley, cumin, salt and pepper. Form into 8 oval and slightly flattened patties.
In a small bowl, toss together cucumber, yogurt, salt and pepper.
In a large skillet, heat oil over med-high heat. Cook patties until brown and cooked through.
Divide patties among pitas.
Top with tomatoes, feta, yogurt sauce and herbs.
Fold in half and serve.

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