Za’atar-Spiced Chicken Pitas with Tzatziki & Pickled Peppers

Za’atar-Spiced Chicken Pitas

with Tzatziki & Pickled Peppers

25 MIN
+$2.99/serving 4 Servings
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    From the Test Kitchen

    The cooling flavor of cucumber stars two ways in this Mediterranean-style dish. It’s paired with creamy Greek yogurt in the tzatziki we use for our hearty spiced chicken pitas, and we’re also marinating fresh cucumber with tomatoes and olives for crisp, contrasting texture.
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    Za’atar-Spiced Chicken Pitas with Tzatziki & Pickled Peppers
    Title
    • 18 oz Tail-On Shrimp (Peeled & Deveined)
    • ½ cup Tzatziki (Cucumber-Yogurt Sauce)
    • 4 Pocketless Pitas
    • 1 oz Pickled Peppadew Peppers
    • 1½ oz Feta Cheese
    • 4 Persian Cucumbers
    • 1 Tbsp Za'atar Seasoning (Sumac, Aleppo Pepper, Sesame Seeds, Salt, Thyme & Whole Oregano)
    • 1 tsp Whole Dried Oregano
    • 1 Red Onion
    • 1 Lemon
    • ½ lb Grape Tomatoes
    • 1 oz Pitted Niçoise Olives
    Prepare the ingredients
    1 Prepare the ingredients

    If you prefer to use an oven to warm the pitas instead of a microwave, preheat the oven to 375°F. Wash and dry the fresh produce. Halve, peel, and thinly slice the onion. Quarter and deseed the lemon. Halve the cucumbers lengthwise, then thinly slice crosswise. Halve the tomatoes. Roughly chop the peppers. Roughly chop the olives. In a large bowl, combine the oregano, the juice of 2 lemon wedges, and 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Add the sliced cucumbers, halved tomatoes, and chopped olives. Stir to combine. Set aside to marinate, stirring occasionally, at least 10 minutes.

    Cook the shrimp & onion
    2 Cook the shrimp & onion

    Pat the shrimp dry with paper towels (remove the tails if desired); place in a bowl. Add the sliced onion; season with salt, pepper, and the za'atar. Toss to coat. In a large pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat a drizzle of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the seasoned shrimp and onion. Cook, stirring occasionally, 4 to 5 minutes, or until the onion is softened and the shrimp are opaque and cooked through. Turn off the heat.

    Warm the pitas & serve your dish
    3 Warm the pitas & serve your dish

    If using the microwave, wrap the pitas in a damp paper towel; microwave on high 1 minute, or until heated through and pliable. If using the oven, wrap the pitas in foil and place directly onto an oven rack; warm 7 to 9 minutes, or until heated through and pliable. Transfer to a work surface and carefully unwrap. Serve the warmed pitas with the tzatziki, cooked shrimp and onion, feta (crumbling before adding), chopped peppers, and marinated vegetables. Serve the remaining lemon wedges on the side, if you'd like. Enjoy!

    Tips from Home Chefs

    Prepare the ingredients
    1 Prepare the ingredients

    If you prefer to use an oven to warm the pitas instead of a microwave, preheat the oven to 375°F. Wash and dry the fresh produce. Halve, peel, and thinly slice the onion. Quarter and deseed the lemon. Halve the cucumbers lengthwise, then thinly slice crosswise. Halve the tomatoes. Roughly chop the peppers. Roughly chop the olives. In a large bowl, combine the oregano, the juice of 2 lemon wedges, and 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Add the sliced cucumbers, halved tomatoes, and chopped olives. Stir to combine. Set aside to marinate, stirring occasionally, at least 10 minutes.

    2 Cook the shrimp & onion

    Pat the shrimp dry with paper towels (remove the tails if desired); place in a bowl. Add the sliced onion; season with salt, pepper, and the za'atar. Toss to coat. In a large pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat a drizzle of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the seasoned shrimp and onion. Cook, stirring occasionally, 4 to 5 minutes, or until the onion is softened and the shrimp are opaque and cooked through. Turn off the heat.

    Cook the shrimp & onion
    Warm the pitas & serve your dish
    3 Warm the pitas & serve your dish

    If using the microwave, wrap the pitas in a damp paper towel; microwave on high 1 minute, or until heated through and pliable. If using the oven, wrap the pitas in foil and place directly onto an oven rack; warm 7 to 9 minutes, or until heated through and pliable. Transfer to a work surface and carefully unwrap. Serve the warmed pitas with the tzatziki, cooked shrimp and onion, feta (crumbling before adding), chopped peppers, and marinated vegetables. Serve the remaining lemon wedges on the side, if you'd like. Enjoy!

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