Chicken Salad Pitas

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

platter of chicken salad pitas


 

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!

platter of chicken salad pitas

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.

chicken salad stuffed into pitas on plate

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.

close up of traditional chicken salad with 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.

angled shot of two 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.

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:

Overhead of fruit salad in white bowl

Fresh Fruit Salad Recipe

4.56 from 9 votes
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!
See The Recipe!
overhead of esquites in a blue bowl

Mexican Street Corn Salad (Esquites)

4.43 from 7 votes
Traditional Mexican street corn is turned into the best Mexican Street Corn Salad ever! Lime, Mexican cheese with avocado, red onions and crema mexicana. 
See The Recipe!
close up of chicken salad sandwich for pinterest
A close up of a chicken salad pitas

Chicken Salad Pitas

4.79 from 14 votes
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 Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4

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: 403 kcal, Carbohydrates: 35 g, Protein: 7 g, Fat: 26 g, Saturated Fat: 4 g, Cholesterol: 12 mg, Sodium: 643 mg, Potassium: 134 mg, Fiber: 2 g, Sugar: 3 g, Vitamin A: 47 IU, Vitamin C: 1 mg, Calcium: 58 mg, Iron: 1 mg
Author: Jessica Formicola
Calories: 403
Course: Main Course, Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chicken salad pita, chicken salad sandwich
Did you make this recipe?I’d love to see your recipes – snap a picture and mention @savoryexperiments or tag #savoryexperiments!
Jessica Formicola in her ktichen

About the Author

Jessica Formicola

Jessica the mom, wife and chef behind Savory Experiments. You might see her on the Emmy- nominated TV show Plate It! or on bookshelves as a cookbook author. Jessica is a Le Cordon Bleu certified recipe developer and regularly contributed to Parade, Better Homes & Gardens, The Daily Meal and more!

Read More About Jessica

Join The Discussion

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating




Questions and Reviews

  1. 5 stars
    Ok, don’t cringe but I didn’t have grapes so I subbed a clementine orange. It was delicious and I’d 100% do it again. Everything else was added as written. Great recipe and so easy! Thank you!

    1. Hahaha! I encourage swaps, I just don’t cringe when someone says they changed everything and then tells me the recipe it terrible. Glad you loved it!

  2. 5 stars
    I just made this chicken salad for my family and they loved the sweet and savory combo. I need to try it in pitas as soon as the Syrian bakery near us opens.

  3. 5 stars
    It’s been a while since I’ve found a good chicken salad. Love a chicken salad recipe with grapes. Will definitely try this one out.

  4. 5 stars
    I don’t know why, but I always forget to add chicken salad into my summer recipe rotation! I’m gonna have to remember this recipe! You have all the right ingredients for an amazing chicken salad!