Skillet Chicken Salad Pitas


The sweet chili sauce in these delicious pita sandwiches gives them a decidedly Asian flavor. Serve them at home for lunch, or place in a cooler for a delightful picnic.

Skillet Chicken Salad Pitas
Photo: Andy Lyons
Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
8 mins
Marinate Time:
1 hrs
Chill Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
2 hrs 38 mins


  • cup snipped fresh cilantro

  • ¼ cup Asian sweet chili sauce

  • 2 tablespoon lime juice

  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil

  • teaspoon kosher salt or salt

  • 2 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, cut into 1-inch pieces

  • 1 large red sweet pepper, cut into bite-size strips

  • cup mayonnaise

  • ½ cup snipped fresh cilantro

  • 2 tablespoon lime juice

  • 8 pita bread rounds

  • 8 leaves red or green leaf lettuce


  1. In resealable plastic bag set in shallow dish, combine 1/3 cup cilantro, chili sauce, 2 tablespoons lime juice, garlic, oil, and salt. Add chicken. Seal bag; turn to coat. Marinate, refrigerated, 1 hour.

  2. Heat 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken mixture half at a time, and cook 3 minutes per batch, stirring occasionally. Return all chicken to skillet. Add sweet pepper; continue cooking 5 minutes more or until chicken is no longer pink, stirring occasionally. Using a slotted spoon transfer chicken mixture to large bowl. Cover; refrigerate 1 to 8 hours. Makes 8 pita sandwiches.

  3. For dressing, in bowl combine mayonnaise, 1/2 cup cilantro, and 2 tablespoons lime juice. To serve, top each pita with a lettuce leaf. Spoon chicken mixture on half of each pita (if necessary, drain excess liquid from chicken). Drizzle with dressing.

To Tote:

Toss chicken mixture with dressing. Place in airtight container in a cooler. Assemble just before serving.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

456 Calories
18g Fat
38g Carbs
33g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 456
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 18g 23%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 73mg 24%
Sodium 644mg 28%
Total Carbohydrate 38g 14%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 33g
Vitamin C 37.8mg 189%
Calcium 90.9mg 7%
Iron 3.1mg 17%
Potassium 485mg 10%
Folate, total 96.8mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.5mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.9mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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