How to Make Pitas
Your friends and family will be wildly impressed that you know how to make pitas. Some folks will have a hard time believing it's even possible to make them from scratch!

Pitas have been adopted by the American culture as an alternative to sliced sandwich bread. The pockets are common in Middle Eastern, Mediterranean and Balkan cuisine, from Greece to Turkey. The pocket is created by steam, which puffs up the dough. As it cools, the pita flattens but the pocket remains.

Today, pita is found in both white and whole-wheat varieties. The pockets can be stuffed with all manner of ingredients, including different types of meat, vegetables, cheeses and condiments. It is important not to overstuff the pitas, as they can tear in easily (plus it makes them difficult to eat). And don't dress the sandwiches too far in advance, as it will make the pitas soggy.

Pitas are great for hot sandwiches. The bread can be grilled, pressed on a panini maker, or heated in the oven.

Transcript
-Hey everybody, it's Chef Lovely, and today we're going to prepare Easy Chicken Pita Sandwiches. Here are the ingredients: 2 cans White and Dark Chunk Chicken in Water that has been drained; 1/2 cup reduced fat or fat free creamy ranch salad dressing, today we will be using fat free creamy ranch salad dressing; 4 6-inch) pita breads , cut in half forming 2 pockets; 8 tomato slices; 8 lettuce leaves. Alright everybody, so let's get started on this delicious and easy meal. I'm gonna bring a bowl right in front of me, and I'm gonna add in our chicken. Now, we have our chicken in the bowl. Let's go in with our ranch dressing. This is fat free. So, it's gonna be much healthier for and still gonna give us tons and tons of flavor. Make sure we get all of that and-- My nieces and nephews absolutely love ranch dressing. So, I tried to sneak in below fat, low cal dressing as much as I can. Okay, now, let's give that a stir making sure that every little pice of chicken is coated evenly with out dressing, and there we go, how simple and easy is that? Now, we're also gonna use a little bit of lettuce and tomato. So, for my tomatoes, I'm gonna season this just a little bit of and pepper making sure that every components of our dish has tons of flavor, little bit of salt, little bit of black, pepper. So, there we go, easy and delicious Okay, great. So, now let's build this pita. So here we go. We're gonna take our pita and we've already sliced it to make our self a nice pocket so we can stick all of our delicious ingredients in. So, I'm gonna go in with a piece of lettuce first. This is kind of like of a bit that you're making on the inside. If your pit tears a little bit on the outside that's okay because this would be the first side that I take a bite of. Okay, now, let's add in our slice of tomato, and then we're gonna go in with out 2 big scoops of our chicken and fat free ranch salad dressing. There we go, and look at that. It's absolutely delicious. It's red. It has the beautiful chicken on the inside without beautiful ranch dressing and this is ready to eat. I'm gonna show you how to make one more. So, again, really easy, we're gonna open up our pocket here of our pita. We're gonna put down some of our lettuce first to kind of make bit to hold all our ingredients, go in with that season slice of tomato, just a little bit of salt and pepper, and then 2 nice spoonfuls of our chicken mixture right here on the bowl. Quick, easy, fun, absolutely delicious. Alright, everyone, so we have stuffed our 8 pitas without delicious chicken salad, lettuce, and tomato. So, I want you to make this at home and I want you enjoy because it's absolutely delicious, and that's how you make our Easy Chicken Pita sandwiches.
What You'll Need
  • 2  4 1/2 ounce cans Swanson® Premium White and Dark Chunk Chicken in Water , drained

  • 1/2  cup reduced fat or fat free creamy ranch salad dressing

  • 4   (6-inch) pita breads , cut in half forming 2 pockets

  • 8   tomato slices

  • 8   lettuce leaves


Step By Step
1
Stir the chicken and dressing in a small bowl.
2
Divide the chicken mixture among the pita halves
3
Top with the tomato and lettuce.


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