Curried Chicken and Lentil Pita Pockets

You’ve gotta pick a (pita) pocket or twoooo.

Curried Chicken and Lentil Pita Pockets

If you get that reference we were meant to be together.

Just don’t tell Aaron.

Pita pockets! With like, this super light curried chicken salad and lentil mixture. And grapes, and chopped almonds, and lotsa herbies.

But you don’t have to say herbies if you don’t want.

Oh, you want to? Well good! Herbies it is.

Curried Chicken and Lentil Pita Pockets  Curried Chicken and Lentil Pita Pockets

This is some good stuff. I made them for dinner one night, but I think they’d be supercalifragiliscan’trememberhowtospelltherestfantastic for a weekend picnic at the park. You could make it late morning, sear and chop some chicken, cook some lentils, make your yogurt curry dressing, then combine all the yums in a bowl and let it chill until Hammer time. I mean picnic time.

And Hammer time.

Curried Chicken and Lentil Pita Pockets

That dressing is going to knock your life into place.

I even think kids would like this! Just tell them the lentils are actually tiny pieces of candy. See? We have healt, er, answers for everything.

Curried Chicken and Lentil Pita Pockets

If pita bread isn’t your thing, I won’t be mad at you. Go for sandwich bread, a crusty baguette, a whole wheat tortilla even! Orrrrrrr fugget the carbs altogether and serve it on top of a huge mound of salad greens.

But just remember, if you leave out the carbs your happiness will greatly suffer and you will cry for all eternity.

Just go with the pita bread, for crying out loud.

Curried Chicken and Lentil Pita Pockets

Pick these pockets.

Curried Chicken and Lentil Pita Pockets:

What it took for 4 pita pockets:

* 2 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
* 2 chicken breasts
* 1/4 cup lentils
* 3-4 Tbs. Greek yogurt
* 2 tsp Indian curry powder
* juice from half a lemon
* 1/4 cup chopped almonds
* 1/2 cup mixed herbs (mint, basil, parsley)
* 1/2 cup halved grapes
* coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
* 2 whole pita breads, cut in half

Heat the oil in a sauté pan. Season the chicken with salt and pepper and sear on both sides until cooked through. Let it rest for about 5 minutes, then give the chicken a good chop.

Cook the lentils in boiling water until tender, about 20 minutes. Drain, if needed.

In a small bowl, whisk together the yogurt, curry powder and lemon juice. Season with a small pinch of salt. Taste it. If you want more of anything, add it!

In a large bowl, combine the chopped chicken, lentils, almonds, herbs and grapes. Drizzle with the dressing and toss to coat.

Stuff each pita half with the curried chicken salad and serve with salad greens! GAH.

Curried Chicken and Lentil Pita Pockets

Are we still calling them herbies?


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27 Responses to Curried Chicken and Lentil Pita Pockets

  1. Sues July 29, 2014 at 6:46 am #
    I loveee curried chicken and this looks so pretty. Also, herbies is totally a weird word. But I'll say it.
  2. Liz @ The Lemon Bowl July 29, 2014 at 7:00 am #
    Umm.. hi! You're my favorite person and I want to eat these with you. On a picnic blanket. While holding your children.
  3. Bri | Bites of Bri July 29, 2014 at 7:02 am #
    Love this combo, Bev! I love curry + lentils and I guess the herbies too :)
  4. Tieghan July 29, 2014 at 7:43 am #
    Favorite pita pocket ever! Love all these ingredients, Bev!
  5. Baby June July 29, 2014 at 9:20 am #
    Those look delicious! Love the curry flavors :)
  6. Sarah @ People,Places&Plates July 29, 2014 at 1:48 pm #
    As soon as I get through a fridge of leftovers...making these!
  7. nicole @ I am a Honey Bee July 29, 2014 at 1:51 pm #
    i've been spending way too much out at lunch for sandwiches or salads (like $10 each... makes we want to cry and punch myself in the face!). I gotta make some chicken salad and start to bring lunches. yum. yay herbies
  8. Liz @ Floating Kitchen July 29, 2014 at 1:59 pm #
    This looks so good! I love curried chicken salad, but I've never though to mix in lentils. Genius!
  9. Sune Moolman July 30, 2014 at 2:28 am #
    Beautiful pics – these pita pockets look divine! I've never had lentils in my life, but after reading this post I'm amped to try them. Thanks. :)
  10. Tracy | PeanutButter and Onion July 30, 2014 at 10:48 am #
    You said curry? I'm in!
  11. Lauren July 31, 2014 at 10:39 am #
    Um, I need to wipe the drool off my mouth now... These sound uh-mazing!
  12. Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Healthd July 31, 2014 at 12:26 pm #
    this is my kind of pick a pocket meal :)
  13. Meredith August 1, 2014 at 9:28 pm #
    Amazingly delicious!
  14. House cleaners Sidcup August 4, 2014 at 4:44 am #
    That looks mouthwatering! But how did you cut these pita breads without making holes on them?
  15. cherry fe vallejo August 5, 2014 at 12:42 am #
    very healthy & yummy i;m sure kids gonna love this not only like it but love it gotta try this yummier dish of yours :) private chef in austin texas
  16. Nikki November 3, 2014 at 5:49 pm #
    I'm making this as I type and wondering is there a difference between Curry Powder and Indian Curry Powder? I've made the "sauce" per directions and so far it tastes....chalky and not like curry when I eat Indian (or Thai). I'm adding more lemon juice and it's better...but's not as good as I hoped. Please let me know if I have the wrong type of curry powder!!
    • Nikki November 3, 2014 at 6:12 pm #
      Okay, I tried another batch to see if maybe I put too much yogurt. This time it's kinda better but still a bit chalky (not as bad this time). My main problem is definitely the Curry. It is McCormick's "Gourmet Collection Blends"...and it mentions on the side about Indian cooking. Well I've never tasted Indian curry like's so pungent and strong. Too much. Maybe other brands do a better curry powder than these guys.
  17. Ryan June 26, 2016 at 7:12 am #
    This was delicious and so easy to make!I really liked the addition of grapes and almonds. It fit really well inside the pita pocket! This is definitely going to become a go to lunch meal at home


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