Greek Pita Pockets

Because I just spent the last two days driving over 24 hours from Montana to Minnesota to Wisconsin (stop being jealous, stop it!) and because my sweet little babe and endlessly patient husband had to endure that same driving stint and because I have less than a week before my house is packed up and moved and because I cried like a baby leaving my four rowdy rugrats at Grandma’s for a week (bless you, Grandma!) and because I’m just a regular mess of mascara-smeared anxiety and stress right now (seriously, I better stop now before all of you defriend me immediately), I’m going to simply say that this meal is so fantastically delicious, you need to make it. Like today.

Slow Cooker + unique and flavorful spices + tender chicken + crunchy fresh veggies = a perfect weeknight meal to kick off the start of the school year (for those that care about school years and fast dinners). If you feel the need to be a regular Betty Crocker, make your own pita bread, and this meal will go from great to really great. Wow. I’m killing myself with eloquent descriptions tonight. You get what I mean, though, right? Make this. It’s delish.

Peace out.

Greek Pita Pockets

What To ServeHomemade Pita Bread or Soft Wrap Bread
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Greek Chicken Pita Pockets {Slow Cooker}

Yield: Serves 4-6

Greek Chicken Pita Pockets {Slow Cooker}

Note: If you don't have pita pockets or say, your homemade pita bread doesn't puff, this chicken filling is equally delicious rolled up in the non-puffed pita pockets or wrapped in something like these soft wrap breads or other flatbread type breads.

Ingredients

  • 1 medium white or yellow onion, sliced into thin half moons
  • 1 clove garlic, finely minced
  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons lemon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 4 pita pocket breads, cut in half
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 tomato, sliced or diced
  • 1/2 cup chopped cucumber
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, sliced in thin strips

Directions

  1. In a slow cooker, combine the onion, garlic, chicken, lemon pepper, oregano, and allspice. Turn the chicken so that it is coated with the seasonings. Cover and cook on low for 5-6 hours.
  2. Remove the chicken and onions from the slow cooker with a slotted spoon. Shred the chicken into bite-sized pieces. Cover the chicken and onion mixture and keep warm. Whisk the yogurt into remaining juices/seasonings in the slow cooker. Spoon some of the chicken and onions into each pocket of the pita bread (or just place the chicken and onions on top of another round bread that can be rolled up, like this soft wrap bread or other flatbread). Top with tomato, cucumber and red pepper strips. Drizzle warm yogurt sauce on top and serve immediately.
http://www.melskitchencafe.com/greek-chicken-pita-pockets-slow-cooker/
Recipe Source: adapted from 365 Days of Slow Cooking

28 Responses to Greek Chicken Pita Pockets {Slow Cooker}

  1. Kim in MD says:

    This looks delicious, Mel, and it’s the perfect recipe to stuff your homemade pita bread with! I’m really looking forward to making the pita bread and trying this recipe!

    My heart goes out to you during this move, Mel! If there is anything I can do for you, please don’t hesitate to ask! :-)

  2. Slow cooker meals save the day during stressful times. Moving is tough, but there are good things that await in new places too. Will you be settling in MN or WI?

  3. Good luck to you Melanie. :)

  4. 'Olivia Trujillo says:

    Good Luck with your move… I love your recipes!

  5. StephenC says:

    Are you going to start a new blog called The Weeping Chef?

  6. I need to break the slow cooker back out and make these! It’s been resting all summer…and that’s unacceptable :)

  7. Lila says:

    Best of luck!

  8. Rachel R. says:

    looks yummy! good luck!

  9. Ann-Britt says:

    Looks so good. Wish I had a slow cooker.

  10. amy @ uTryIt says:

    Love your flavorful chicken packed with colorful veggies. I’m motivated to make my own pita bread for this! I make bread all the time but haven’t get my hands on pita pockets before. :)

  11. oh this looks amazing. Good luck with everything – you’re so organized, I’m sure you’re on top of it all! :)

  12. This looks fantastic. I am making chicken right now and plan to make this for school lunches this week. My littles will love it!

  13. Good luck with the move! I’ve made a similar recipe before but add dried Greek seasoning with the lemon pepper seasoning and never thought to do bell peppers with the cucumber and tomatoes.

  14. grace says:

    what doesn’t kill us makes us stronger, or so they say… :)

  15. Jackie from Windsor, ON, Canada says:

    Just came across your site. This recipe looks simple and satisfying. I love anything slow cooked. I will definitely give this a try, as right now I am cooking a slow cooker lasagna. I will be passing this recipe on to my friends and family as I think this will be great for work and school lunch boxes. Again, thank you.

  16. Chef Rich says:

    Very, very good but the recipe calls for too much pepper and not enough yoghurt. Cut the pepper in half, double the yoghurt, maybe add 6 oz of white wine to the sauce before serving, and this could be a 4- or 5-star winner.

  17. Stefanie says:

    This looks awesome, but I am wondering if you need to add stock or any moisture to the chicken before cooking? I’m afraid it will burn. I kept double checking the recipe, but do not see anything! Thanks :)

  18. Mel says:

    Stefanie – my chicken didn’t burn at all with no added liquid. I suppose if you have a slow cooker that cooks excessively hot, it might not hurt to add 1/4 cup of liquid but you don’t want it to be overly liquidy. The slow cooker, based on how it cooks, creates moisture and liquid so even without adding any, it still creates delicious juices from the chicken and spices.

  19. Sarah says:

    hmmm….I made this today, on low, 5 hours and the chicken did burn and was dry dry dry. I wonder what went wrong? I should have read the comments first!!! Mel I hope you have a great move and get settled into your home soon. Thanks for all the great recipes!

  20. Mel says:

    Hey Sarah – I’m sorry to hear that! Looks like if people are worried about burned chicken, it would be safer to add 1/4 to 1/2 cup of chicken broth. I haven’t had that problem when I’ve made it but every slow cooker can cook at different temps.

  21. Katie says:

    I made this with chicken thighs, and cooked it in the pressure cooker because I forgot to throw it in the crock pot in the morning. It was really tasty. I’m sure it would have been a thousand times better with homemade pitas, but we still enjoyed it. Thanks!

  22. Meg says:

    I made this yesterday AND made the homemade pitas (although only one of the six puffed the tiniest bit- oh well, we just cut them and used them as pitas anyway- delicious!) and my children devoured these!!! I really liked them, but my kids LOVED them! I actually wouldn’t have guessed they would, because they are SO picky lately! Good luck with your move, Mel! We sure love your recipes, and appreciate your efforts:)

  23. Joe Howard says:

    Awesome meal!!!

  24. Erika says:

    Delicious recipe! We served it over rice, and it was a hit with everyone! Thanks ;-)

  25. M. Upham says:

    I made this and the homemade pitas. It was light, refreshing, and tummy satisfying. I am definitely going to make this again. Thank you for all that you do!

  26. Julia says:

    I made your homemade flatbread a couple of days ago. The first day we made mini pizzas with it and yesterday we made this and and served it in the flatbread. My small children loved the look of the pizza but turned their noses up at this dish. Then they tasted it and my 8yo boy and 6yo girl started fighting over who would get to make it on their dinner night. We all loved it. It was very quick and easy and so yummy! Thanks!

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