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Recipe: Mel's Cajun Chicken Pita Pockets


Serves 2

250g chicken tenderloins or breast fillet cut into thin strips
2-3 tablespoons of cajun spice mix
4 small pita breads
1 handful mixed salad leaves
1 small or half a large capsicum, thinly sliced
1 punnet of cherry tomatoes or 2 medium tomatoes cut into wedges
1 medium carrot, peeled and cut into 3-5 mm straws
2 tablespoons hummus
1/4 cup yoghurt and cucumber dip

Place a tablespoon of cajun spice into a zip lock bag, with a third of the chicken pieces. Seal the bag and shake until chicken is evenly coated. Repeat the process adding more spice as required until all the chicken has been coated. To cook the chicken, heat a non-stick frying pan on a medium heat. Spray lightly with oil if desired and in two or three batches gently fry the chicken until cooked. Cover and stand in a warm place until ready to serve.

Heat the pita bread in the pan for 2-3 minutes. To serve cut the pita bread in half and split open. Fill the pocket with lettuce, capsicum and tomato a few slices of chicken. Dress with humus or cucumber and yoghurt dip.

Tip: Cajun spice is a mix of herbs and spices containing cayenne pepper, which is a 'hot' spice. If you prefer a milder flavour reduce the amount of spice used. This recipe is for a medium to hot palette.

Tip: Hummus and yoghurt dips are readily available from your supermarket or make your own. For a quick yoghurt and cucumber dip, combine a finely chopped cucumber that has been peeled and the seeds removed with a little fresh mint, finely chopped and half a cup of plain yoghurt. The dip will keep for 2-3 days in a sealed container in the refrigerator.

Tip: Hummus is the Arabic word for chick pea. To Make your own hummus cook 250g dried chick peas in water until soft and cool in the cooking water. Transfer the chick peas to a blender and reserve the cooking liquid. Puree with 2 teaspoons of cumin 2 cloves of crushed garlic, 3 tablespoons of lemon juice, and a pinch of cayenne pepper, adding a little of the cooking liquid to maintain a smooth an creamy texture as required. Add additional flavours are desired. For example, pureed roasted red capsicum or sun-dried tomato.


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