Chicken pittas recipe

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Jazz up your kids' lunch times by preparing these healthy chicken pittas. Full of flavour but only 62 cals per serving, they're perfect for lunchboxes or a weekend treat

chicken pitta recipe
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  • healthy
Preparation Time25 mins
Cooking Time10 mins
Total Time35 mins
Five A DayOne
Cost RangeCheap
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories176 Kcal9%
Sugar5.4 g6%
Fat2.8 g4%
Saturated Fat0.4 g2%
Salt0.47 gRow 4 - Cell 2
Protein14.2 g28%
Carbohydrates22.7 g9%
Salt0.47 gRow 7 - Cell 2

Deliciously spicy chicken tikka breast pieces in warm pitta pockets.

Far more exciting than a sandwich, these quick and easy-to-make chicken pittas are one of our best low calorie lunch ideas. The tikka masala curry paste adds so much flavour, it makes them irresistible. It's easily available a supermarkets - just make sure to get a paste, not a powder. And if you like things a little spicer, try a rogan josh or madras paste instead. Ensure to leave the chicken to marinate for at least 15 minutes, if possible, to allow the flavours to develop. If you're trying to get ahead, you can mix the meat in the marinade the night before and make up the pitta pockets in the morning.


  • 2 tbsp low-fat natural yoghurt
  • 2 heaped tsp tomato purée
  • 2 heaped tsp tikka masala curry paste
  • 150g skinless uncooked chicken (thigh or breast), cut into strips
  • 1 tsp vegetable oil
  • 2 wholemeal pitta breads
  • Shredded lettuce and cherry tomatoes




  1. Mix together the yoghurt, tomato purée and curry paste. Add the chicken and toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate for 15 minutes.
  2. Preheat a non-stick frying pan over a medium heat. Add the oil.
  3. Put the marinated chicken pieces into the heated pan and stir-fry over a medium heat until cooked but still juicy (about 5-8 minutes).
  4. Warm and split open the pitta breads and fill them with shredded lettuce. Add the cooked chicken, then serve with cherry tomatoes.

Top tips for making chicken pittas

Swap the chicken for slices of turkey, beef or lean lamb steaks if you prefer.

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Jessica Dady
Food Editor

Jessica Dady is Food Editor at GoodtoKnow and has over 11 years of experience as a digital editor, specialising in all things food, recipes, and SEO. From the must-buy seasonal food hampers and advent calendars for Christmas to the family-friendly air fryers that’ll make dinner time a breeze, Jessica loves trying and testing various food products to find the best of the best for the busy parents among us. Over the years of working with GoodtoKnow, Jessica has had the privilege of working alongside Future’s Test Kitchen to create exclusive videos - as well as writing, testing, and shooting her own recipes. When she’s not embracing the great outdoors with her family at the weekends, Jessica enjoys baking up a storm in the kitchen with her favourite bakes being chocolate chip cookies, cupcakes, and a tray of gooey chocolate brownies