Instead of ordering out for fatty game day snacks, whip up this quick and easy recipe that takes only 20 minutes and comes in at under 400 calories for a super stuffed portion!
That’s equivalent to only 4 hot wings and quicker than ordering a pizza.
Considering most people eat about 10 wings a piece and add a few beers to the mix – the calorie count goes through the roof!
This recipe will fulfill the carnivore in you while saving lots of extra calories for a beer, or two (or three!)
Guilt-free Game Day Pitas
Ingredients (serves 4)
1/2lb boneless, skinless Chicken Breast
Green Peppers (or a mix of whichever peppers you like)
Seasoning (I used about a teaspoon of salt, black pepper, parsley,garlic powder and a few red pepper flakes)
Cut chicken breasts into small pieces and add seasonings. Allow it to sit for a few minutes for flavors to marry.
Julienne pepper and onions. Don’t cut it too thin if you enjoy hearty vegetable pieces like I do!
Saute chicken with 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Once chicken pieces have cooked on one side flip them over and add vegetables. Optional: squeeze a few drops of ketchup of into the mix. It seems a bit weird but as the ketchup cooks down it really adds a nice flavor to the chicken. Don’t use too much a few drops goes a long way!
While chicken is cooking begin to assemble your simple salad. Roughly chop a few leaves of romaine, add some baby spinach and my favorite thinly julienne some red cabbage (this add a great crunch and color!)
Time to toast the pitas. Slice an opening across the top of the pita, open the pocket, and my little trick – insert the small piece of bread into the pita to create a tent – this keeps your pita pocket open while it is toasting. Drizzle some olive oil on both sides of the and toast until lightly brown.
Assemble your Guilt-free pita by spooning some chicken into the pocket, loading in some of the mixed salad and topping with 1-2 tablespoons of ranch dressing (this add a nice creamy element). Lay on top of a small bed of salad.
Tip: If you have any leftover pita bread cut it into little triangles, drizzle with some olive oil and toast for some quick chips!
Enjoy and Go Team!