Recipe: Chicken Souvlaki Pitas

Chicken Souvlaki Pita
Enjoy a tasty warm pita with lemon-oregano flavored chicken with a zesty cucumber and tomato salad

Here is a recipe we really enjoy making while on the road. It takes two zip-top storage bags and one pan. Minimal cleanup is always a plus at the campsite.

Chicken Souvlaki Pitas Camping Style 

1 lb Chicken Breast
3-5 Tablespoons Oil (use a high temp oil like grape seed oil)
1 Lemon
1 Teaspoon salt
1 Teaspoon black pepper
1 Clove of Fresh Garlic or 1 Teaspoon powdered Garlic
4 Sprigs Fresh Oregano
1 Cucumber
2 Roma Tomatoes
3 Tablespoons Red Wine Vinegar
3 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
4 Pitas
4 Tablespoons Feta Cheese Crumbles 

Prepare the Chicken

Cut the chicken breast into 1” cubes and place into a bowl or a zipper top storage bag. Cut the lemon in half and squeeze the juice of both halves into the raw chicken (watch out for those seeds). Add the high-temp oil, a teaspoon of salt and pepper, the chopped oregano and the garlic. Mix to combine and set aside while you make the cucumber salad. 

Prep the Chicken
Cut the chicken breast into 1/2″ dice and mix with lemon, grapeseed oil, salt, pepper, garlic and fresh oregano – let sit for 15 minutes

Make the Cucumber Salad

Instead of the traditional Tzatziki sauce, we opt for a cucumber and tomato salad with a red wine vinaigrette as our topper to keep things light. Simply chop up the cucumber into small a small dice and do the same with the tomato. I like to add a few stuffed olives if I have them. Combine in a bowl or a zipper top storage bag with the red wine vinegar and extra virgin olive oil. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Cucumber and Tomato Salad
Cool cucumber is joined by savory tomatoes, a few stuffed olives and a zesty blend of red wine vinegar and olive oil

Let’s Get Cooking 

Our favorite way to cook the chicken is in a Lodge Cast Iron Skillet that we dangle over the fire on a Coghlan’s Tri-Pod Grill. You can just as easily cook this in a skillet over your Coleman stove. Heat the skillet and add an additional tablespoon of grape seed oil. Then add the chicken mixture and allow it to cook undisturbed for 5 to 7 minutes. The liquid will release and the chicken will start to poach.

Cook the Chicken
Over a medium heat, cook the chicken. Here you see that the moisture releases first braising the chicken in it’s own juices and the lemon marinade
Brown the Chicken
As you continue to cook the chicken the liquid evaporates and the oil in the recipe then starts to brown the chicken at the perfect time

Stir the chicken mixture and keep on cooking until all of the liquid has evaporated and the chicken begins to brown on all sides. Take it as crispy as you like but don’t over cook it. Once done the chicken should be brown, lemony and delicious.

Chicken ready
The finished Chicken should look like this – brown and delicious

Assemble and Enjoy

You should be hungry by now so let’s put this pita together. Start with a piece of the pita bread (you can warm it over the fire if you are gangster). Then spoon a quarter of the cooked chicken onto the center of the pita and top with the cucumber salad and sprinkle a Tablespoon of Feta cheese on top. Crack open your favorite beverage and enjoy your dinner! (then eat a second one!)

Chicken Souvlaki Pita
Finally you simply heat up the pita bread in a dry pan, then layer on the chicken, the cucumber salad and a sprinkle of feta cheese



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