Blackened Chicken Pita with Mint Yogurt Sauce go great together, like MJ and Pippen, Brady and Belichick, Chandler and Joey, Shrek and Fiona. You get the picture. The heat of the chicken is matched perfectly by the cool tang of the mint yogurt sauce. Each only having a handful of ingredients makes this flavorful pita recipe super easy to make.
I first made blackened seasoning last summer over the Fourth of July. I was grilling at my then Fiance’s (now Wife’s) parent’s house and drinking my favorite beer (manly) and covered the entire chicken breast in black pepper before tossing it onto the grill. Plain and simple, yes, but the result was pretty dang good.
This time around, I upped the seasoning game slightly and added some other spice and flavor to the mix, including red pepper and paprika. The combination was quite tasty, and hot. If you like spicy food then this recipe is for you! It’s not quite grilling weather yet, so I baked this in the stove, but cooking it on the grill would work great too. You also do not need a cat measuring cup to make this recipe, but if you’re into it the Amazon link is below.Get it now on Amazon.com
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To cool the chicken down a little I decided to whip up a mint yogurt sauce. Greek yogurt was on a great sale the other week, and Suzy just completed our indoor garden with the addition of mint and some other herbs. I decided to use what was on hand and give it a shot. I will say, this savory yogurt sauce is an acquired taste, but it was the perfect accompaniment to cool down this spicy chicken pita. Plus, it’s Greek yogurt so it’s extremely healthy for you. Learn more about why Greek yogurt is the perfect substitute for sour cream here.
Making the chicken is easy, just coat the chicken breast in the spice mixture and bake it in the oven. A solid tip on cooking chicken is to first pat it dry with a paper towel. Then, cover it in olive oil, making sure to get both sides. Adding your seasoning is easy now because the olive oil acts a little bit like glue and holds everything on.
Works for me anyway.
^had to cut it open and take a peak to make sure it was cooked… if you have a meat thermometer just make sure it’s at 165 degrees fahrenheit. I have one, was just too lazy to use it.
Let’s get economical with these Easy Blackened Chicken Pita with Mint Yogurt Sauce:
- 1.5 lbs chicken – $9.00
- 1.5 tbsp olive oil – $0.26
- 1 tbsp black pepper – $0.13
- 1 tsp Italian seasoning – $0.14
- 1/4 tsp red pepper flake – $0.02
- 1 tsp paprika – $0.16
- 1/2 tsp salt – $0.02
- 4-6 pita breads – $3.00
- Optional: arugula or lettuce – $0.50
This brings the total to $13.23. That breaks down to about $2.20 – $3.31 per pita sandwich. Not bad at all, and now to factor in the Mint Yogurt Sauce:
- 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt – $0.87
- 1 clove garlic – $0.10
- 1 tbsp chopped mint leaves – $0.50 (we have a replenishing herb, but we’ll call it 50 cents)
- 1/4 tsp paprika – $0.04
- 1 lime for juicing – $0.25
- Salt and Pepper
Bringing the grand total is $14.99, or about $2.50 – $3.75 per serving depending on if you are making 4 or 6 pita sandwiches with this meal.