Mediterranean Chicken and Rice Pita Bowls

This light but satisfying Mediterranean Chicken and Rice dish is flavored with za’atar seasoning and tahini dressing served in crisp oven-baked pita bowls.

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Cooking time
PREP TIME 10 mins
Cooking time
COOK TIME 20 mins
Servings
SERVES 4
Ready in
TOTAL TIME 30 mins

Ingredients

  • 1 Success Garden and Grains™ White Rice, Peas, Carrot & Red Bell Peppers
  • Non-stick cooking spray
  • 4 pita bread rounds
  • 2 tablespoons tahini paste
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic, divided
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • 2 teaspoons za’atar
  • 1 cup cooked shredded chicken
  • Lemon wedges

Instructions

  • Made with a convenient blend of Success Garden and Grains™ White Rice, Peas, Carrot & Red Bell Peppers, the filling for these Mediterranean-inspired pita bowls is easier than ever.

    Step 1

  • Prepare rice according to package directions. Preheat oven to 425°F.

    Step 2

  • Wrap pita in damp paper towels and microwave for 30 seconds to soften. Lightly coat both side of each pita bread with non-stick cooking spray.  Press pitas into oven-proof bowls or cups to form bowl shape. Place on a baking sheet and bake 20 minutes, or until pitas begin to crisp.

    Step 3

  • In small bowl combine tahini, lemon juice, water and ½ teaspoon garlic. Stir until smooth. Reserve.

    Step 4

  • Heat oil in a medium skillet over medium heat.  Add onions and remaining garlic and sauté 1 minute. Add za’atar, chicken and rice. Continue to sauté 2 minutes.

    Step 5

  • Fill pita bowls with rice mixture and drizzle with tahini sauce. Serve with lemon wedges.

    Recipe Tip

    Substitute whole wheat tortillas for the pita or skip the baking and just serve with pita chips.

    Substitute

    If you can’t find Success Garden & Grains blends near you, you can substitute Success White Rice and a 1 cup of fresh or frozen Asian blend (peas, carrots, red bell pepper) vegetables. No need to thaw or precook. Just add to water in the last 3-5 minutes of preparation.

Simple Rice Filling

Looking for a meal that’s hearty and balanced, yet quick and easy to prepare? These chicken, rice and veggie filled pita bowls are the answer!

And, using a convenient blend of Success Garden & Grains™ White Rice, Peas, Carrots & Red Bell Peppers, the fluffy rice and veggies are ready to stir fry with cooked shredded chicken. For this recipe, you can enjoy crave-worthy Mediterranean and Middle Eastern flavors with a fun twist —‌ ‌served in a crispy pita bread bowl. Simply fill with a quick stir-fried blend of chicken and white rice with veggies and za’atar seasoning. Drizzle over a homemade tahini dressing to tie all of the flavors together.

Enjoy this meal for lunch or dinner, or bring it as a yummy addition to your next potluck dinner or as a tasty side for an outdoor BBQ.

Dressing Tip: Make a double batch of dressing and keep any leftovers stored in an airtight container for another Mediterranean-inspired meal throughout the week like a Mediterranean Rice Bowl with Zucchini Fritters.

Tips and Tricks to Make a Pita or Tortilla Bowl

Use these tips to making homemade edible bowls for a fun meal twist.

-Instead of heating the pita bread individually in the microwave, simply stack them with a damp paper towel in between each and microwave them together. However, use a maximum of four at a time. While you work with one, leave the rest still wrapped in the paper towels to avoid hardening.

-To prep the pita or tortilla, lightly spray it with non-stick spray, remember to cover both sides. If you don’t have oven-safe bowls or ramekins available for each piece of pita bread, use an upside down muffin tin instead!

Adapt this meal to make a finger food appetizer. Use small corn tortillas or small pieces of pita bread. This will leave you with mini pita or tortilla bowls which you can easily fill with this or any other filling and serve at your next gathering or party.