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Guest Blog by: Damien Riley

Recently my wife and I set out to improve our eating habits. Into my late 30’s now fun stuff like high blood pressure keeping the old waistline trim are unwittingly important issues. Though we know we need to eat healthy, busy work schedules and three kids can often lead us in the opposite direction. Plus, a big big big concern for me regarding food is this: “does it taste good?” I don’t know how most of you are, but for me taste is so important.

As a result of our family’s health quest, my lovely wife Sarah is always on the lookout for great tasting recipes that are easy to make. The one we are writing about today is called Chicken Pitas and we enjoy it often. The best things is: it is 100% free from guilt. And of course, yes, it tastes VERY good.

My wife created this recipe one day and it has made it into our permanent recipe box. Iis quick, healthy, and delicious. It is perfect for a lunch or dinner. Best of all, your heart and your waistline will thank you!


Whole Wheat Pita Pocket
4oz Boneless,
Skinless Chicken Breast
1/4 Sliced Bell Pepper
1/2 Large sliced Jalapeno
1 Large Clove of Garlic, diced
1/4 cup reduced fat shredded cheddar cheese
1 Tbls. Onion Flakes
1 Tbls. Olive Oil (optional)
Seasoning of your choice (sprinkled on chicken for flavor)


  1. Cut your chicken into strips, cook in a non-stick pan sprinkled with a seasoning of your choice (I used the Creole Seasoning seen in the photo which is a bit spicy).
  2. In a separate pan heat the olive oil (optional) add diced garlic, sliced bell pepper, sliced jalapeno, and onion flakes. In this case I eliminated the oil. Since I like my vegetables well cooked I placed a lid over this with a touch of water, and lowered the heat allowing the vegetables to simmer and soften up.
  3. Once the chicken is fully cooked and the vegetables are cooked to your liking, remove them from the heat and stir together.
  4. Meanwhile, place your pita (sliced in half) in the microwave for a couple of seconds to soften it up; 5 seconds should be plenty. Add the reduced fat cheese to both halves, then equally split your chicken/ vegetable mix between the two halves.

Serve with fruit and you have a balanced meal your wife, kids (and your husband) will agree is the tastiest chicken pita ever!

This whole serving (without the olive oil or fruit) has 350 calories/8g of fat/ 39g of protein/ and 3 grams of fiber.
My wife and I hope you try this recipe. Please leave a comment for us.

I’m a dad, teacher, author in Southern California. I keep an eye on pop culture, psychology, and inspiration all around us. I have an MA in English with an emphasis in language, writing and rhetoric. I live with my three children and lovely wife.

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