Pita Chicken with Homemade BBQ Sauce

Pita Chicken Ingredients:

  • 1 small (kid-sized) boneless chicken breast or 2 chicken tenders
  • 1 pita pocket bread
  • 1 Tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 Tablespoon honey
  • Anything else you like on your sandwich like shredded lettuce or bell peppers of any color or celery or cheese. Or nothing if you just like chicken.

CarefNutritionalInfo_PitaChickenBBQully cut the chicken breast into 4 or 5 thin strips. Ask an adult to help you if you need it. Dip the chicken into the soy sauce or honey or lemon or all three depending on what you like.

Heat a stove top grill or non-stick skillet to medium high. Carefully use a spatula or tongs to transfer the chicken strips onto the grill. Cook until browned on the bottom, then use a tongs to turn the strips to another side. Continue cooking (about 7-8 minutes all together) until all sides are browned. Use the tongs to transfer the chicken to a plate with a paper towel on it. Cool for 5-6 minutes.

To assemble your lunch, cut the pita bread in half and gently open the pocket. Fill with chicken and your favorite extras. Wrap in a piece of foil or better yet in a plastic sandwich box. That way it won’t get squished in your lunch box. Makes 2 half pita pockets.

Skills: assembling a sandwich

Equipment: stove top grill, tongs

 

Barbecue Sauce

A variation is to omit the soy sauce, lemon and honey and grill the chicken plain. Then drizzle the chicken with 1 T of BBQ sauce and stuff it into the pita. In class we experimented with the following ingredients to develop our own recipe.

Ingredients:

  • Molasses
  • Honey
  • Mustard
  • Pepper
  • Sugar
  • Vinegar
  • Tomato sauce
  • Salt
  • Garlic powder

Skills: seasoning your food, combining a variety of tastes, tasting for balance

Equipment: a small bowl and some spoons

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