Peanut-Sauced Chicken Pitas

So when it comes to lunch, I have been in a big rut. I’m trying to be healthy, but there are only so many salads one can eat before you get totally sick of salads! I have been needing to add more recipes to my lunch repertoire. I’m a big fan of chicken salads and I like this one because it’s something different than the usual chicken salad or sandwich that I typically bring to work for lunch. It’s really easy to throw together the night before too! If you are trying to avoid carbs, it would also be good to throw on top of a salad or just to eat plain! The peppers, carrots, and bean sprouts add a nice crunch and color to this dish.

Peanut-Sauced Chicken Pitas

From Cooking Light

Serves 2


– 1 cup shredded skinless, boneless rotisserie chicken

– 1/3 cup thinly sliced green onions

– 2 tablespoons thin red bell pepper strips

– 2 tablespoons peanut satay sauce (I like Thai Kitchen brand)

– 1/8 teaspoon salt

– 1 (6-inch) whole-wheat pita, cut in half

– 1/2 cup fresh mung bean sprouts, rinsed, drained, and patted dry

– 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro

– 2 tablespoons diagonally-cut carrot


1. In a bowl, combine chicken, red pepper, green onions, salt, and peanut sauce. Divide chicken mixture evenly into pitas and top each half with 1/4 cup bean sprouts, 1 tbs. carrots, and 1 tbs. cilantro.



  1. Looks yummy! Who doesn’t like peanut sauce :) Love that it’s a light recipe too.

  2. I love this recipe. I do not like chicken salad because of the mayo, even with yogurt I think of mayo. Peanut sauce though is nothing like mayo. I think this is a great change up for lunch. Yum!

  3. Wow this recipe looks so delicious! Love the colors and your pictures are gorgeous, yummy!! :)

  4. What a great change of pace. Great flavor.

  5. This a great new lunch or light dinner recipe. I love all of the flavors in this, especially the peanut sauce. Have a great wekeend!

  6. Oh I love this idea – Thai satay sauce in pita!! Didn’t think of making it in Asian way. My kids would love this! Very quick but healthy lunch option. :-)

  7. Oh wow – these pitas are loaded with goodies! I’m a sucker for anything with bean sprouts, so I definitely gotta try this =)

  8. Sounds easy! I love peanut sauce, it always makes things taste so much better. I like how you could make this the night before to pack for lunch

    • It was super easy, Claire! I wasn’t sure if it would still be good if I made it the night before, but it doesn’t have too much peanut sauce, so it was okay. I just recommend holding off on the cilantro until you are ready to eat it.

  9. I’m a vegetarian…but I’m not afraid to admit this looks delicious!

  10. My mouth is literally watering! These are some of my favorite flavors and I love the idea of putting it in a pita! (PS – for the Mexican chicken lasagna, I use just canned red enchilada sauce; I have used the green enchilada sauce and it’s just as delicious. I’m sure homemade would be divine too but of course canned is a bit easier!)

  11. This is a great recipe and certainly a boost to your lunches! I love peanut sauced chicken!

  12. I don’t usually like chicken salad because I don’t like mayo, but this is a great twist! I think everyone in my family would love this one. Thanks for the idea!

  13. I’d be very happy to have this for lunch – light and tasty with lots of different textures. Cannot resist peanuts.

  14. I would devour this! YUMMMMM! I love the flavor you have going on here. : )

  15. This is a nice and refreshing lunch. Love the added peanut satay.

  16. I LOVE this! I enjoy chicken salad so much….but am not a fan of everything begin drenched in mayo. This is fabulous! Love the crunch of the carrots and bean sprouts! Your picture is gorgeous! : )

  17. I love all of the colors! I want to make this with veggie chicken!

  18. What a fabulous pita filling…so much tastier than ordinary chicken salad!!!!

  19. What a terrific lunch or dinner idea. Packed with flavor and quick to put together. Got to love that!

  20. I love peanut sauce on the salad,,,that sound great pita sandwich YuM

  21. I love chicken salads too and this looks like a great alternative to the usual recipes! I love the extra crunch from the bean sprouts and I am a big fan of cilantro leaves!!!

  22. Love peanut sauce, love thai flavours and love pita. Great recipe!

  23. Yum I love pitas! I haven’t had one in a while, this is making me crave one…

    Jenny @ Savour the Senses

  24. MMM!!! Yep… I’ll take two please!! Love all the flavors here…

  25. WANT this!! I love everything w/ peanut sauce. Yum!!

  26. This chicken sounds great – I would wrap it up in a tortilla or put it over rice as another option. The peanut sauce and cilantro sound wonderful…plus it’s healthy so even better!

  27. Yum! I want this for lunch! I struggle with lunches daily! I will keep this on hand for sure to try soon!

    • I know how you feel, Erin! It’s hard to think of things that I can throw together quickly in the morning or make the night before without getting soggy!

  28. I’ve never had Peanut Sauce Chicken Pitas before, but yours looks inviting. This definitely has some Asian flare to it. Will certainly try soon. Making me hungry now.. xoxo Jo

  29. Ooo, they sound yummy! Satay sauce is amazing :)

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