Peanut-Sauced Chicken Pitas

I must admit it.  This recent issue of Cooking Light is a good one.  Perfect for warm weather food ideas….like the Caprese Panini!  This sandwich was different but delicious!  It has taste of “Thai” with the peanut sauce and the cilantro and wee bit of heat.  I am pretty sure this could easily be rolled up in a rice paper wrap and dipped in the peanut sauce.  Yummy :)

I was leary about whether Grumpy was going to be willing to eat this.  Anytime I make something “different” or anytime I mention sandwiches for dinner, I will hear a groan.

 He didn’t have a lot of choice tonight as by the time he arrived home, I already had dinner started.  I put these together, snapped my photos and handed him the plate.  Grumpy actually liked these!  I didn’t hear any groaning; he may have known if he did he would be warming himself up a can of soup!  I actually heard a “wow, you gave me the plate you photographed.”  LOL.  I loved this so much that I mixed up another batch and put it in the fridge to take to work for lunch the next day.   There is nothing bad about this sandwich in any way!  If you try this one, you won’t regret it :)

Peanut-Sauced Chicken Pitas
adapted from Cooking Light magazine
Makes 2 servings, 1/2 pita and 1/2 mixture equals one serving

Printable Recipe

1 cup cooked chicken, torn apart (I used chicken tenders I had on hand.  CL lists rotisserie chicken in their recipe)
2 tablespoons thin red bell pepper strips
1 tablespoon finely chopped sweet vidalia onion (they use green onion – I didn’t have any)
2 tablespoons cucumber, cut into thin long strips (CL suggests mung beans – I couldn’t find any so used cucumber – worked awesome)
2 tablespoons carrots, cut into thin long strips
2 tablespoons peanut sauce (I probably used more than 2 Tbsp ’cause I’m a saucy kind of girl!)
1/8 tsp chili paste (I use sambal olek – more or less according to your hotness factor)
2 tablespoons finely chopped cilantro (I probably use more than this also since I am a cilantro freak)
1-6 inch pita bread (I used a low carb one – tofuyan)

Combine all ingredients, divide into 2 servings between pita halves.  Enjoy!

**Note-CL does tell you to mix the chicken, pepper, onion, peanut sauce and salt and then assemble the sandwich with the remaining ingredients.  I just threw it all together – much easier when putting in a half a pita bread.


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