Green Goddess Chicken Pita

Three pita pockets with green goddess chicken and toppings packed in it next to extra sauce

Green Goddess Chicken Pita has upped my lunch game! This dish is so easy to prep and can be assembled in minutes after the chicken is cooked. For under $30 I can make a weeks worth of lunches that burst with flavor and keep me full until dinner! Sometimes I double the Green Goddess Dressing so I can also use it as a veggie dip when I find myself in the snacking mood. It’s a two for one, Green Goddess dip and dressing! You will find yourself replacing your typical ranch or hummus with this in the future. Check out the recipe below and let us know what you think!

Pita pockets opened with chicken filling on a white plate

Inspiration

Years ago in college I waitressed at a farm to table restaurant that was commit to using the freshest ingredients that were locally sourced around the Maryland and Pennsylvania area. Every summer as fresh mint and tarragon became more readily available the restaurant would make this delicious Green Goddess Salad with the most perfect Green Goddess Dressing. I loved it so much I could probably drink it. Well years later and continuously on the search, I still could not find a Green Goddess Dressing that compared so I decided enough was enough and I would get my butt in the kitchen. A few test runs later and bam! That same incredible dressing I have been wanting for all these years!

Pita pockets filled with tomatoes, chicken, red peppers and arugula on a white plate with parsley in the background

Tools Needed

Blender/Food Processor: In order to get the perfect dressing you will need a blender or food processor to whip the ingredients together.

Ingredients

Chives: This provides the hint of an onion the Green Goddess Chicken Pita needs in the sauce. If you choose, you can swap the chives for yellow onion.

Parsley: This is the main ingredient in the Green Goddess Chicken Pita and should not be changed if you can help it. This is where the hint of pepper or spice comes to play.

Tarragon: We suggest fresh tarragon for this as the dried really has a lot of the flavor seemingly removed. Alone this might taste like anise but once mixed with the other herbs you would be happy with the addition.

Mint: Likely one of the more powerful herbs in this dressing, mint gives the punch!

Green Goddess Chicken Pitas on a white plate with loads of filling and dressing

Step by Step

As you could imagine the first step to this Green Goddess Chicken Pita recipe is to add all of the Dressing ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. Taste test for additional salt or pepper if needed. Let the dressing rest in the fridge until you are ready to use it. Cube your chicken breast and slice your yellow onion thinly. In a sauté pan over medium heat at 2 tablespoons of olive oil, once the oil is hot add in the chicken and sprinkle with salt and pepper. When the chicken is about half way cooked through add in the yellow onion and continue to cook. Slowly stir in about half of the healthy Green Goddess Dressing. Cook until the sauce reduces by half and take off the heat.

Now it’s time to make your pita pockets! First take a small spoonful of the leftover Green Goddess Dressing and spread it on the inside of the pita. Layer some cucumber, sliced red pepper (we chose to roast ours over an open flame on our stove but it is not required), arugula, and feta cheese inside the pocket. Now take a hearty scoop of the chicken and yellow onion and spoon it into the pocket. Lastly, take a big bite and enjoy!

Pita pockets cut in half and stuffed to the brim with green goddess chicken pouring out of the pocket on a white plate

Budget Breakdown

Below is the breakdown of our spending at our local Safeway for this recipe, the total came to $28.50. While you may not be using the entire item like the yellow onion or mint package we priced for the entire item as if you did not have the ingredient at home to use. We already had olive oil, salt, and pepper at home that we used and is not priced below. Phillip also decided last minute to add a few cherry tomatoes to his that we already had in the fridge, these are not required for the dish.

Green Goddess Dressing

  • $2.50 Chives
  • $2.50 Tarragon
  • $1.50 Parsley
  • $2.00 Mint
  • $0.50 Garlic
  • $2.00 Plain Greek Yogurt (we used 2 single serving containers)

Everything Else

  • $5.00 Chicken Breast
  • $2.00 Pack of 6 Pita
  • $1.00 Red Pepper
  • $0.50 Cucumber
  • $1.00 Yellow Onion
  • $5.00 Feta Cheese
  • $3.00 Arugula

From our kitchen to yours, cheers!

Hand holding a pita pocket filled with green goddess chicken and veggies
Three pita pockets with green goddess chicken and toppings packed in it next to extra sauce
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Green Goddess Chicken Pita

Green Goddess Chicken Pita made with flavorful Green Goddess Dressing, chicken breast, pita bread, and generous amounts of feta cheese!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 5 servings
Cost 28.50

Ingredients

Green Goddess Dressing

  • ¼ cup chives
  • 2 tbsp tarragon
  • ½ cup parsley
  • 10 mint leaves
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • 1 cup plain greek yogurt

Everything Else

  • 1.5 lb chicken breast
  • ¼ yellow onion sliced thin
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • cucumber sliced thin
  • red pepper sliced thin
  • feta cheese
  • arugula
  • pita pockets

Instructions

  • As you could imagine the first step to this Green Goddess Chicken Pita recipe is to add all of the Dressing ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. Taste test for additional salt or pepper if needed. Let the dressing rest in the fridge until you are ready to use it.
  • Cube your chicken breast and slice your yellow onion thinly. In a saute pan over medium heat at 2 tablespoons of olive oil, once the oil is hot add in the chicken and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  • When the chicken is about half way cooked through add in the yellow onion and continue to cook. Slowly stir in about half of the Green Goddess Dressing. Cook until the sauce reduces by half and take off the heat.
  • Now it's time to make your pita pockets! First take a small spoonful of the leftover Green Goddess Dressing and spread it on the inside of the pita.
  • Layer some cucumber, sliced red pepper (we chose to roast ours over an open flame on our stove but it is not required), arugula, and feta cheese inside the pocket. Now take a hearty scoop of the chicken and yellow onion and spoon it into the pocket. Lastly, take a big bite and enjoy!

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