Monday, August 6, 2012

Dorm Room Dinner: Spicy Chicken Salsa Pitas

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I love dinners that come together quickly.  They are always the ones I come back to again and again when there is a thawing chicken breast out on the counter and my mind is blank with possibilities.  What, that doesn't happen to you?  Even though we plan our weekday meals, my weekend meals are always a bit more thrown together.

Which means that since we ate this the first time, I've made it two more times when chicken dishes I was planning on making fell out of favor because of lack of ingredients or, quite simply, lack of energy and time.  I love this dish because I literally ALWAYS have these ingredients on hand.

Like I mentioned a few weeks ago, our faux CSA with farmer F is really a success.  Last week he gave us both parsley and cherry tomatoes so if there was anytime we were going to make this dish, it was then.  It was helped along by Awa bringing some delicious thinly sliced chicken breasts which cooked up in a flash.  My favorite type of dinner:  one where other people supply the ingredients, and I just cook it (oh and eat it too, of course!). 
Spicy Chicken Salsa Pitas (adapted from Taste of Home)
Serves: 4
Tomato Salsa
1 cup cherry tomatoes, quartered
1 small red onion, thinly sliced
1/4 cup minced parsley
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 teaspoon cumin
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
Chicken Pitas
1 tablespoon cumin
1 tablespoon paprika
2 teaspoons dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 pound thinly sliced chicken breasts
4 whole wheat pitas

Combine all the salsa ingredients in a small bowl.  Set aside.  Combine the cumin, paprika, oregano, crushed red pepper flakes, and salt.  Rub over both sides of the chicken.  Grill chicken about 4-6 minutes on each side until fully cooked through.  Slice chicken and toss with salsa ingredients.  Fill each pita half with chicken salsa and serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts per serving, according to Taste of Home, based on 4 Servings:
Calories:  383
Fat:  9g
Saturated Fat:  2g
Cholesterol: 63mg
Sodium:  558mg
Carbohydrates:  47g
Fiber: 9g
Protein:  32g

Until the next time my oven is on...


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