Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Chicken Caesar Pitas

Do you bring your lunch to work? I try to bring mine each day so I don't end up spending a ton of money I could otherwise save, but I usually end up in a lunch rut. Sure there are a ton of different salads I could make, but I get bored of those easily. A few days of sandwiches and I feel the same way. Soup when its 100 degrees out just isn't appealing to me.

Well, sometimes it is. It just depends on who is currently winning the thermostat war at work. I work with all men who are always hot and constantly trying to turn down the temperature. However, I sit directly under an a/c vent and I pay the bill so at least once throughout the day I get up and adjust the temperature back to 74 degrees from 70 or 72, whatever the men have decided is what they want. One day I'm just going to buy one of those cases with a lock so no one can change it but me.

Anyway, while I don't always want something warm to eat there are definitely days where I need to take the chill off in the office and don't mind heating up my lunch. This recipe is perfect for those occasions. And its so quick to make that you can whip up a batch of it over the weekend to take throughout the week.



Chicken Caesar Pitas
Source: Taste of Home, Healthy Cooking
Servings: 4
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Ingredients:
    • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts cut into strips
    • 1/2 tsp. fresh oregano, chopped
    • 1/2 tsp. fresh basil, chopped
    • 1/2 tsp. fresh mint, chopped
    • 1/4 tsp. onion powder
    • 1/4 tsp. paprika
    • 2 cups romaine lettuce, torn
    • 1 cup rice, cooked
    • 1/2 cup reduced-fat Caesar dressing
    • 4 whole wheat pitas

Directions:
1. Spray a large skillet with non-stick cooking spray and heat over medium. Season the chicken with the oregano, basil, mint, onion powder and paprika.
2. Add the chicken to the skillet and cook for 8-10 minutes or until cooked through.
3. In a large bowl, toss the chicken with the cooked rice and Caesar dressing.
4. Slice each pita in half. Stuff both sides with romaine lettuce and top with the chicken/rice mixture.

Usually I'm not a fan of combining rice with another carb but it really works with these pitas. They are so filling that I was stuffed after eating it and didn't need the baby carrots or cherries I brought along for lunch as well that day.  

1 comment:

  1. Great idea for a pita! I actually have some pitas around that need to be used up (and most of the ingredients for your recipe). This just might be dinner tonight if the pitas haven't gone stale!

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