spicy grilled chicken pita with jalapeño yogurt

This grilled chicken pita starts with spicy grilled chicken breasts and a warm pita, and it ends with crunchy vegetables and a creamy jalapeño yogurt sauce. It’s cool, spicy, and fresh.

  • Author: Indi Hampton
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 4
  • Category: Sandwich
  • Method: Grill
  • Cuisine: American


spicy grilled chicken pita

  • 2 tsp chipotle chili powder
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper 
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tbsp fresh squeezed lime juice
  • 1 1/2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 4 fresh pitas or naan, warmed
  • jalapeño yogurt (recipe below)
  • 4 leaves butter lettuce
  • 2 avocados, sliced
  • 1 cucumber, sliced
  • 4 radishes, sliced
  • 1 jalapeño, sliced
  • fresh mint, for serving

jalapeño yogurt

  • 2/3 cup plain whole-milk Greek yogurt
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 jalapeño, chopped (seeds removed if desired)
  • 1 tbsp fresh squeezed lime juice
  • 1 bunch cilantro, tough stems removed
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper


spicy grilled chicken pita

  1. Combine chili powder, cumin, smoked paprika, salt, pepper, olive oil and lime juice in a large reusable zip top bag. Add chicken, seal bag and toss to coat well. Marinate at room temperature for 20 minutes or up to 4 hours in the refrigerator. 
  2. Preheat grill on high, covered, for 10 minutes then reduce heat to medium. Oil grates and grill chicken, turning occasionally, until cooked through, 10- 15 minutes total. Transfer to a platter, let rest 5 minutes, then slice.
  3. To assemble, spread a thin layer of jalapeño yogurt on a warm pita. Top with a lettuce leaf, sliced chicken, avocado, cucumber, radishes, jalapeño and mint. Drizzle with more jalapeño yogurt and serve.

jalapeño yogurt

  1. Combine yogurt, mayonnaise, jalapeño, lime juice, cilantro, salt and pepper in a blender or food processor and blend or pulse until you get a smooth dressing, about 30-45 seconds.


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