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Chicken Pitta Recipe


For the piri-piri sauce

  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ tsp hot smoked paprika
  • ½ tsp dried oregano
  • pinch cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp lemon juice

For the chicken pitta

  • 1 chicken breast, skin removed, cut in half lengthways
  • ½ lemon, zest plus 1 tsp juice
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 2 tbsp plain yogurt
  • 2 tbsp mayonnaise
  • ¼ onion, very thinly sliced
  • 1 large pitta bread (or 2 mini pitta bread), warmed or toasted
  • 2 large lettuce leaves
  • 1 carrot, peeled and then grated, shredded, or peeled into ribbons
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper


  1. For the piri-piri sauce, mix the vinegar, oil, paprika, oregano, cayenne pepper, and 1 teaspoon of lemon juice in a small bowl and season with salt and pepper. Spoon 2 teaspoons of the sauce into a bowl and set aside.

  2. Lay the chicken fillets in a shallow dish, pour over the rest of the marinade, and turn the chicken a few times to thoroughly coat. Leave for 10 minutes or chill for a few hours.

  3. Mix the lemon zest, a teaspoon of lemon juice, garlic, yogurt, and mayonnaise together to create a creamy sauce. Place the onion in a sieve and rinse with boiling water – this stops it from being too strong.

  4. Heat a frying pan until really hot and add the chicken fillets, shaking off any excess marinade into the shallow dish. Fry, turning halfway, for about 5 minutes until browned and cooked through. Towards the end, carefully drizzle the marinade from the dish over the chicken, it will splutter and steam but it should keep the chicken moist.

  5. Stuff the bread with lettuce, carrot, onion, and plenty of garlic sauce. Shred or cut the chicken into strips, toss with the reserved marinade, and stuff into the bread. Serve immediately.

Recipe Tips

This homemade piri-piri marinade is super simple, but you can replace it with a shop-bought piri-piri sauce if you prefer. Add any favorite salad items like avocado, sliced tomato, cucumber, or shredded cabbage.


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