Quick, no fuss lunch – Indian spiced Chicken Pita

What’s better than a meal you can put together in about 10 minutes? No, I’m not talking about a drive thru or take out menu; I’m talking about quick no-fuss lunches.

As bodybuilders, the foods stocked in your fridge are just as important if not more important than the workout journal you keep. The physical effort put forth in the gym should also echo in the kitchen – and anything that helps make meal prep easier without sacrificing nutrition is welcomed with open arms.

For today’s recipe, I’ve come up with a quick, protein and antioxidant packed lunch that is just as good for you as it tastes – Indian spiced Chicken Pita. This 10-minute meal is an easy alternative to bland chicken breast. Instead, we take foods that are likely to be in your kitchen and use them to make this tasty and low fat meal.

Let’s look at the power foods that make this dish so good for you –

Cardamom – A relative to the ginger family, cardamom is widely used in cooking to add flavor and spice. In addition to being great to use in various foods, you can count cancer protection and blood pressure lowering properties among the benefits of this spice.

Ginger – Minimizing motion sickness, a natural anti-inflammatory and protection against colorectal cancers tops the list of this wonder food. Ginger has amazing healing properties and is also credited with helping ward off colds during winter.

Coriander – A phytonutrient dense herb, research studies have shown that coriander helps to control blood sugar, regulate healthy cholesterol levels and offers free-radical protection all in a small package.

Cumin – The nutty, peppery flavor of cumin is a wonderful addition to almost any dish. Cumin plays a big role in Mexican and Middle Eastern cuisine where it’s a key ingredient in curry powder. It’s a little known fact that cumin contains a high amount of iron, an integral part of hemoglobin, which transports oxygen from the lungs to all body cells. Also, cumin helps to aid digestion and has cancer preventing properties too.

Now for the recipe!

Indian – spiced Chicken Pita
Yield: 1 Serving
1 ea. Chicken breast, boneless and skinless
1/2 Tbs. Cardamom
1/2 Tbs Ginger, chopped
1/2 Tbs. Coriander
1/2 Tbs. Cumin
1 tsp. ground ginger
2 cups Mixed greens
2 oz. Greek yogurt, nonfat
3 sprigs Dill, chopped
1 ea. Whole wheat pita bread
1 tsp. Coconut oil

Method of Preparation

1. Add seasonings together in a small bowl (cardamom, ginger, coriander and cumin) and mix well. Season chicken breast evenly and set aside.

2. In a non-stick sauté pan, heat coconut oil over medium high heat for about 1 -2 minutes. Add seasoned chicken breast and cook until done, about 5 minutes per side.

3. While chicken is cooking, combine yogurt, dill and garlic powder and mix well. Spread this dressing onto the pita bread halves.

4. Using a fork, pull chicken apart and place into dressed pita pockets. Top with mixed greens and enjoy!

Nutritional Information – Per serving

Calories: 408

Protein: 40g
Carbohydrates: 42g
Fiber: 10g
Fat: 10g

Johnathan Zamora
The Fit Chef