Chicken Salad Pitas

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  • These easy Chicken Salad Pitas make for a perfect light lunch on a warm day! It takes your classic chicken salad up a notch!

    close up of chunky chicken salad with grapes in pita brad

    Summer Lunches

    During the warmer months, cold salads are what I crave every day for lunch. I think salads get a bad rap of being boring and tasteless.

    But I am here to tell you that salads are anything but boring! With the right combination of vegetables, flavors and a good dressing, I’m sure you till agree with me too!

    overhead view of chicken salad in pita with tomatoes and lettuce

    You can’t go wrong with a leafy green salad, but there are also pasta salads, fruit salads or even cold meat salads (like tuna, chicken and ham.) That’s where this Chicken Salad Pitas recipe comes in.

    If you’ve never had pitas, they are magical! They are like little “pockets” to stuff all kinds of sandwich goodness into. Because they are so thin, they are lower in carbs than the big fluffy croissant or regular slice of bread that you might usually make a chicken salad sandwich with.

    pitas stuffed with chicken salad, tomato and lettuce leaves

    Chicken Salad Pita Ingredients

    The actual chicken salad part of this recipe is the same as my Classic Chicken Salad with Grapes. Here are the ingredients I like to use in mine:

    • mayonnaise
    • cooked chicken
    • celery
    • onion
    • red grapes
    • walnuts
    • lemon juice
    • dijon mustard
    • sea salt
    • ground white pepper

    PRO TIP: To save even more time in the kitchen, use a mini food processor to finely mince the celery and sweet onion.

    bowl of chicken salad using mayo and grapes

    My secret to making this out-of-this-world easy Chicken Salad Pitas recipe is using both Dijon mustard and lemon juice to brighten up the mix. Nearly every family has a “secret ingredient” and we’d love to hear yours in the comments!

    Light Chicken Salad

    Traditional chicken salad uses mayonnaise, which tastes great but has a lot of fat and calories. If you are watching your figure, plain Greek yogurt is an excellent sub for mayo when making these light Chicken Salad Pitas. You can also use super ripe and mashed avocados or a mix of the two.

    For the chicken, you can use leftover chicken chopped up, canned chicken, store bought rotisserie chicken or even deli chicken. Some people have subbed in canned tuna or even salmon.

    A close up of chicken salad pitas

    How to make Chicken Salad Pitas

    This recipe really could not be simpler. And when you have kids to entertain and sun to soak up this summer, easy lunches are a must!

    After you’ve cooked your chicken (or opened the can, or cut up the store bought rotisserie,) combine it with the rest of the ingredients in a large mixing bowl.

    Next, cut up the vegetables you’d like to put on your sandwich. I like using sliced tomatoes and lettuce, but sliced red onions or even pickles would be great too.

    A close up of a chicken salad pitas

    Put those vegetables in side of your pita pocket, and then add in the chicken salad. You will be surprised at how much goodness fits into those pockets!

    And that’s it! It’s easy peasy, light and refreshing, and totally delicious. It might just be your new go to summer lunch.

    Be sure to come back and leave a comment letting us know how you enjoyed your Chicken Salad Pitas! You can also make these low carb by using avocado or tomato halves or even stuff them curried chicken salad.

    What You’ll Need

    Wood cutting board – wood won’t dull your knives like plastic and if treated properly, has natural antimicrobial properties.

    Good knife – Global is my favorite! They are worth the price, I promise. I am kind of obsessed with them and store them tucked away so no one else can use them. Including hubby. Hands off my good stuff!

    Large Mixing Bowl– Use a mixing bowl a little larger than you think you’ll need. There is less pressure to keep it in the bowl. You can always transfer it to a smaller serving bowl later. I personally look for ones with lids so I can cut down on plastic wrap and aluminum foil waste.

    chicken salad pitas for pinterest

    More salad recipes you’ll enjoy this summer:

    Fruit Salad
    Overhead of fruit salad in white bowl
    This is the best fruit salad recipe! With an easy fruit salad dressing of agave and fresh mint, it's the perfect refreshing salad recipe for summer!
    Green Curry Steak Salad
    Steak Salad with Green Curry Dressing with cilantro, cashews, red bell pepper, carrots and red onion over romaine lettuce
    Green Curry Steak Salad uses a seared steak with a sweet and mildly spicy green curry sauce over Romaine lettuce and charred bell pepper and carrots. The perfect summer salad recipe! 
    Mexican Street Corn Salad
    Mexican Corn Salad Recipe - Traditional Mexican street corn is turned into the best salad ever. Lime, Mexican cheese with avocado, red onions and crema mexicana. It's so good, just grab a spoon!
    Traditional Mexican street corn is turned into the best Mexican Street Corn Salad ever! Lime, Mexican cheese with avocado, red onions and crema mexicana. 
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    Chicken Salad Pitas

    These easy Chicken Salad Pitas make for a perfect light lunch on a warm day! It takes your usual classic chicken salad recipe up a notch!
    Prep Time15 mins
    Total Time15 mins
    Course: Main Course, Main Dish
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: chicken salad pita, chicken salad sandwich
    Servings: 4
    Calories: 403kcal
    Author: Jessica Formicola

    Ingredients

    Instructions

    • Combine mayonnaise, cooked chicken, celery, sweet onion, grapes, walnuts, lemon juice, Dijon mustard, fine sea salt and white pepper in a large mixing bowl. Stir to combine.
    • Stuff 1 piece of lettuce and a tomato slice into each pita bread halve.
    • Spoon in chicken salad.
    • If you’ve tried this recipe, please come back and let us know how it was!

    Notes

    Omit walnuts if there is an allergy. 
    Use plain Greek yogurt or avocado instead of mayo for a lighter chicken salad. 

    Nutrition

    Calories: 403kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 12mg | Sodium: 643mg | Potassium: 134mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 47IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 58mg | Iron: 1mg

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