Whew! What a day, you know those days where you just can’t get ahead, well today was one of those days. My night was made when a bag of CFL light bulbs we were collecting to take a waste disposal center, as they can’t be thrown in the garbage, fell on the floor and broke. That than led to us googling the dangers of them, which I highly recommend not doing because it contains a lot talk of arsenic, lead and mercury. Which really just adds more stress to the situation.
Anyway we got everything cleaned up and followed the recommended clean up procedure. So now with that taken care of I can finish sharing this great recipe with everyone. The other day I had the most amazing breakfast sandwich, but everything was inside pita bread, which I have never had as a breakfast sandwich. It was delicious and it reminded me that I need to pull the pita back out and put it to use.
At work we have the most delicious tomato, feta “salsa”, it’s so good, I put it on everything, so I knew I wanted to put it in my pita. Long story short I came to the conclusion that a pita filled with tomato, feta salsa, herbed chicken and bacon would be a pretty great meal. I have a simple go-to spice mix that I marinated some chicken in, and everything came together.
Now, these herbed chicken pitas with tomatoes, feta and bacon are a staple meal in our house, they are a quick, 30 minute meal with minimal clean-up, and just look how photogenic they are, definitely Instagram worthy. So whip these up for your next family dinner or game day party and you’ll be everyone’s favorite.
Start by whipping up some spice mix, the amounts I gave in the recipe are enough for 4 pitas but if you want to have a little extra on hand, I suggest doubling the recipe. In a small bowl combine dried basil, dried rosemary, dried thyme, dried oregano, and crushed red pepper flakes, stir to combine. In an airtight container or bag combine half of the spice mixture, chicken and 1/4 cup of olive oil and massage the spice mixture into the chicken, allow to marinate for at least an hour.
In a separate bowl combine crumbed feta, diced tomatoes, 1/4 cup of olive oil and the remaining spice mixture, mix to combine and set aside. Once the chicken is done marinating, heat a large saute pan over medium-high heat, add a little olive oil and cook the chicken breasts 5-7 minutes on each side or until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees F. Set aside to rest. Heat up your pitas before service, cook your bacon slices and crumble them, or buy bacon bits.
Cut the chicken in chunks, take one pita, top with a handful of chicken, I did one chicken breasts per pita. Cut the pita in half and use a skewer to secure it, sprinkle some of the tomato, feta mix on top, sprinkle with a handful of the bacon bits, continue until the reaming ingredients are used. Serve immediately and enjoy!
- 4, 6 oz boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- 1/2 cup crumbled bacon bits
- 1 cup crumbled feta cheese
- 4 roma tomatoes, diced
- 4 pita bread rounds
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 2 tbsp dried thyme
- 2 tbsp dried rosemary
- 2 tbsp dried basil
- 2 tbsp dried oregano
- 2 tbsp red pepper flakes
- In a small bowl combine the dried thyme, rosemary, basil, oregano, and red pepper flakes, stir to mix.
- In a large mixing bowl season the chicken breasts with half of the seasoning mixture and 1/4 cup of olive oil. Using your hand massage the herb blend into the chicken, allow to marinate for at least an hour.
- Ina large mixing bowl combine the crumbled feta, diced tomatoes, 1/4 cup of olive oil and the rest of the seasoning mix, stir to combine.
- Once the chicken is done marinating, heat a large saute pan over medium-high heat, cook the chicken 6-7 minutes per side, or until the internal temperature reaches 165 degree F. Set aside to rest.
- Heat your pita bread bread in the oven or microwave before service. Slice the chicken into cubes, place a handful of chicken on each pita, slice in half and using a skewer or pick, top each pita with a handful of the tomato, feta mix and some crumbled bacon. Serve immediately and enjoy.