Serious question you guys…What is a pizza? I mean, for real, what qualifies something as a pizza? Like, can I actually claim this pita pizza to be a pizza?
Oops, I guess it’s too late because I just did. To me, a pizza is some type of flat carb/dough/bread/flatbread that is loaded with toppings. That’s as basic as it gets, and we all know the possibilities are endless with the shapes of pizza, the sauce varieties, or lack thereof, and the wide array of pizza toppings imaginable.
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I love this fun Lebanese style pita pizza! Not only is this pizza loaded with all kinds of flavor from the juicy, tender, well-seasoned chicken and the lemony tahini sauce, but it’s also full of colorful nutritious vegetables that will really make you feel good eating it.
Steps to Make Your Pita Pizza
Marinate sliced chicken breast for a few hours
Make the tahini sauce
Assemble the pita pizza
Ok I know I make it sound easier than it is, but it’s actually a pretty quick recipe and very adaptable depending on what vegetables you have on hand or what you prefer to use.
You can buy a shawarma spice blend or make your own, then grill the chicken, slice it up, and add it to a large traditional pita bread. Then you can add whatever toppings you like. I love adding tomatoes, roasted red peppers, banana peppers and red onions. But the most important part is the finishing touch of the lemony tahini sauce that goes on top!
This pita pizza has all the flavors of a traditional shawarma sandwich I grew up eating but in an open-faced pizza style meal. What would you top yours with?
I hope you love this healthy-ish feelgood Shawarma Pita Pizza recipe. If you make it, please leave me a comment telling me how you like it, or use hashtag #feelgoodfoodie on Instagram so I can see your recreations.
This Lebanese style chicken shawarma pita pizza is made on a grilled pita bread and topped with juicy, tender, well-seasoned chicken, veges & tahini sauce.
Course: Main Course
Keyword: Chicken Pita, Pita Pizza
Author: Yumna Jawad
For the Chicken
6 4ozpieces bonelessskinless chicken breast
1/4cupextra virgin olive oil
1 1/2tablespoonshawarma seasoningsee notes
Juice of 1 lemon
For the Tahini Sauce
Juice of 2 lemons
6Large pita breads
1 1/2cupsmozzarella cheese
Pickled banana pepperssliced
Roasted red peppersdiced
Flat leaf parsleyroughly chopped
To make the marinade, whisk the olive oil, shawarma seasoning, garlic and lemon juice until well combined.
Coat the chicken with the marinade and let it sit in the fridge for at least 20 minutes, preferably a few hours. Heat a grill or griddle pan over medium heat, and grill the chicken until well cooked and browned, about 8-10 minutes. Remove from the heat and slice.
To make the tahini sauce, place all the ingredients together in a food processor and blend until well combined. You can also do this by whisk or with a fork, but it may take more time that way.
Divide the mozzarella cheese among 6 pitas and lightly toast the pita in a toaster oven, on the grill or in the oven until the cheese melts, about 2-3 minutes
Top the pita with the sliced chicken, tomatoes, banana peppers, red peppers, red onions and parsley. Drizzle the tahini sauce on top. Cut and enjoy!
Storage: It’s best to assemble the pita pizzas right before eating, but if there are any leftover pita pizzas, just reheat in a toaster oven to ensure a crispy crust on the pita. Store any leftover cooked chicken in an airtight container for 3 days.
Sourcing: You can find shawarma seasoning at Middle Eastern markets and natural-foods stores, often located with other Middle Eastern ingredients. If you can’t find it, you can mix the following spices:
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp coriander
1 tsp salt
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp turmeric
1/4 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp AllSpice
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp black pepper
Chicken Shawarma Pita Pizza
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 492Calories from Fat 243
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 27g42%
Saturated Fat 6g30%
Total Carbohydrates 36g12%
Dietary Fiber 2g8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
I'm Yumna. I literally learned to cook 2 weeks after I got married over the phone with my mom. When I was brave enough to fly solo, I started treading on trendy foodie territory and built an Instagram page with over 2 MILLION followers. Now I have hundreds of real good food recipes that will make you and your family feel oh-so good!