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Chicken & Arugula Pesto Pitas

This easy lunch is a healthier, more vibrant spin on the average chicken salad.
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Chicken & Arugula Pesto Pitas

Category

Main Course

Servings

4

Prep Time

20 minutes

Cook Time

5 minutes

Calories

474

Author:

Giada De Laurentiis

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Ingredients

    For The Pita:

  • 2 whole-wheat pitas (halved and opened)
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1/2 cup Arugula Pesto (recipe follows)
  • 2 store-bought rotisserie chicken breasts (diced into 1/4-inch pieces)
  • 8 cherry tomatoes (quartered)
  • 1 cup arugula
  • For The Arugula Pesto:

  • 2 cups packed arugula
  • 1 clove garlic (peeled and halved)
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F.
  2. Arrange the pita halves on a baking sheet and bake for 5 to 7 minutes until warmed through.
  3. For the pesto, blend the arugula and garlic in a food processor until finely chopped. With the machine running, gradually add the oil until well blended. Transfer to a large bowl and stir in Parmesan and salt and pepper.
  4. In a large bowl, combine the mayonnaise, lemon zest and Arugula Pesto. Stir in the diced chicken.
  5. To assemble the pita pockets, fill each pita half with the chicken mixture. Top with tomatoes and 1/4 cup arugula and serve.

Nutrition

Nutrition

per serving
Calories
474
Amount/Serving % Daily Value
Carbs
18 grams
Protein
9 grams
Fat
42 grams
Saturated Fat
8 grams
Cholesterol
17 milligrams
Sodium
704 milligrams
Fiber
3 grams
Sugar
2 grams
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2 reviews & comments

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    Linda Dinges

    Yes I do have extra Arugula…love your recipe with pasta and butternut squash from your cookbook Giada's Italy…my favorite!

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    Mary Elizabeth Guyton

    This sounds amazing. I need a food processor and will begin shopping for one tomorrow so that I can make this! Thank you Giadzyüòç

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