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Israeli Spice Rub Grilled Chicken Pitas

So versatile, this Israeli Spice Rub Grilled Chicken can be used for pitas, in salads, or simply as grilled chicken with couscous or rice.

A pita with chicken and toppings on a cutting board

In Rachel Ray’s cookbook Thirty Minute Meals 2, I found a recipe for an Israeli Spice Rub. It sounded so good but I didn’t find the way she used it to be particularly appealing.

She did say that the spice rub went on everything she cooked and I can understand why. It’s got a great kick to it and I love the meld of flavors. 

There are so many ways to use this grilled chicken. You can serve it on it’s own with Israeli couscous or Basmati rice and steamed or sauteed veggies. It would also go really well with Greek Quinoa Salad.

It’s also really good on a salad topped with all the things you might find in a gyro or schwarma using some of the additional topping ideas below. This lemon tahini salad dressing would be an amazing addition!

Kids love being able to choose their own toppings which is why I love making pitas. Everyone can mix and match the toppings to create their own dinner and my kids have more control over what they eat which means they are more open to trying new things!

Check out my guide to raising world food explorers for tips and tricks on introducing new foods to kids!

Ingredients you need:

  • sweet paprika
  • ground cumin
  • oregano 
  • coriander
  • crushed red pepper
  • kosher salt
  • chicken breasts

Our favorite way to eat this is in a pita with hummus and lots of veggies. You can go with crunchy fresh veggies like tomatoes and cucumbers or warm grilled veggies like peppers and onions. So many options!

The ingredients needed for pitas on a cutting board

Additional topping ideas:

  • cucumber
  • tomatoes
  • olives
  • feta cheese
  • grilled bell peppers
  • grilled onions
  • tahini
  • hummus
  • pita bread
  • tabbouleh

How to make Israeli Spice Rub Grilled Chicken Pitas

  1. Combine spices in bowl. Rub about 2-3 teaspoons of spice rub onto each chicken breast. 
  2. Grill over medium high heat until chicken reaches 165 degrees F internally, about 5-10 minutes per side.
  3. Slice chicken. In a pita, spread hummus, add sliced chicken, and top with desired toppings.

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A filled pita next to the ingredients for pitas

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The ingredients needed for pitas on a cutting board

Israeli Spice Rub Grilled Chicken Pitas

So versatile, this Israeli Spice Rub Grilled Chicken can be used for pitas, in salads, or simply as grilled chicken with couscous or rice.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Course: Main
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 485kcal
Author: Jade Jones

Ingredients

  • 4 pitas
  • 1 lb chicken breasts

Israeli Spice Rub

  • 1 1/2 Tbsp sweet paprika
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1/2 to 1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 1/2 tsp coarse Kosher salt

Toppings

  • 1 cucumber chopped
  • 2 tomatoes chopped
  • 1 cup olives chopped
  • 1/2 cup Feta cheese crumbled
  • 3/4 cup hummus

Instructions

  • Combine spices in bowl. Rub about 2-3 teaspoons of spice rub onto each chicken breast.
  • Grill over medium high heat until chicken reaches 165 degrees F internally, about 5-10 minutes per side.
  • Slice chicken.  In a pita, spread hummus, add sliced chicken, and top with desired toppings.

Nutrition

Calories: 485kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 37g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 89mg | Sodium: 2222mg | Potassium: 819mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 1670IU | Vitamin C: 3.8mg | Calcium: 226mg | Iron: 5mg
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Recipe adapted from 30-Minute Meals 2 by Rachael Ray

6 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    These chicken pitas sound amazing and right up my alley! We will definitely be making these soon! Thanks for all the suggestions for different toppings to add to the pitas!

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