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Crock Pot Creations: Lemon Chicken Pitas

July 31, 2011

It’s recipe #2 in the Crock Pot Creations series. This time it’s Lemon Chicken Pitas.

This was the first time I attempted this meal in the Crock Pot (typically I grill the chicken).  But the slow cooker did not fail me, and it proved to be a delicious (and EASY) dinner.

Start by placing a package of chicken breasts (1 – 1 1/2 lbs) in a Ziploc bag. Add the zest and juice of one lemon, 1 tsp. garlic, 1 Tbsp. olive oil, salt and pepper. I let my chicken marinate for 24 hours. I wouldn’t recommend less than eight hours so you make sure all the lemon gets absorbed into the chicken.

When you’re ready to cook, throw the bag of chicken mixture into the Crock Pot along with about 1/2 cup of chicken broth. Water is okay too; just something to keep the chicken from drying out when it’s cooked. Cook on low for about 6 – 8 hours, until the chicken shreds like the photo below.

I serve the lemon chicken with Trader Joe’s tzatziki sauce piled onto a piece of warmed Trader Joe’s Middle Eastern flatbread. It is SO good! I’m sure these would be delicious with some chopped tomato and red onion too. This dinner is usually filling enough on its own. But lemon scented rice or Greek salad would make delicious side dishes.


On a separate note, this is a photo of Sophie and her first piñata experience at a friend’s birthday party. Sophie will stop at nothing for candy. I feel bad for Hello Kitty. And yes, it’s as big as it looks.

This photo is the July 31 photo for Project 365. Have you checked out the Project 365 page lately? I can’t believe 2011 is more than half over (and I have pictures to prove it)!

26 Comments leave one →
  1. August 1, 2011 2:19 am

    This recipe looks SO good — believe it or not I got my first crock pot about two months ago — and your two dishes are at the top of my list for fall dishes. This one looks super simple and I love lemony chicken! (p.s. v. cute pic of Sophie in a classic self-defense pose: future karate star!! 🙂

  2. August 1, 2011 5:21 am

    Oh. My. Goodness! That chicken looks AMAZING! I love lemon and chicken together and your marinade….*sigh* delicious! What a GREAT recipe! I have a girlfriend I am meeting this morning (I’m here waiting for her) and she’s gonna love this one!

  3. Lena permalink
    August 1, 2011 5:21 am

    looks delish!

  4. August 1, 2011 6:16 am

    Your chicken recipe sound mighty tasty.

    Sophie looks like she whacked the heck out of that huge pinata. It must’ve had a ton of goodies inside. 🙂

  5. August 1, 2011 6:33 am

    Sounds easy and delicious… I love crock pot recipes!

  6. August 1, 2011 8:13 am

    This sounds soooooo good! I love a good crock pot recipe. I may just have to make this one day this week.

  7. August 1, 2011 8:43 am

    Thank you for this recipe, Leah. I go absolutely crazy over anything with Grecian influences, and that pita/lemon chicken dish is right up my alley!

  8. August 1, 2011 10:20 am

    This looks totally yummy! I LOVE my crockpot and am always looking for new recipes. I love the way chicken gets so tender after a day in the slow cooker. One of my favorite things to do is throw some chicken thighs in with a jar of salsa and cook it all day. I love lemon with chicken and look forward to trying this one!

  9. August 1, 2011 3:59 pm

    Brilliant! I’m making this tomorrow. For sure.

  10. August 1, 2011 5:01 pm

    Leah, your #2 Crock Pot recipe mad my mouth water. Did you cook the chicken IN the zip lock bag? Did you add the chix broth into the bag also? And do tell what’s on top of the lemon chix in your photo! The rice sounds yummy, too. Got a recipe? I’m so proud of what a wonderful and creative cook you are. Lucky Bryan and Sophie 🙂 I absolutely LOVE Sophie’s haircut, too. Really cute ❤❤

  11. August 1, 2011 5:35 pm

    I put a lemon on my grocery list.

  12. August 1, 2011 7:26 pm

    I never knew piñata could be the size of 3 year old child, but there is no fear in Sophie’s eyes. She is so brave and so cute!

  13. August 1, 2011 9:11 pm

    I am a big crockpot fan, and I WILL be trying this recipe.

    Yes, there is something a little disturbing about bashing in Hello Kitty’s head, eh? :-).

  14. August 2, 2011 3:53 am

    This sounds like the perfect fall dinner!

  15. August 2, 2011 10:00 am

    I like Sophie’s kick boxing move. She was certainly focused on her target. This looks yummy. Your last recipe was a hit in my house. Will give this a good and let you know if you have a thumbs up! Ok, if I have a thumbs up.. 🙂

  16. August 2, 2011 11:01 am

    Oh my goodness this recipe sounds soooo good!!! I’ve been wanting a crock pot for a really long time, and I think I will finally get one once I move in a month. My mouth is watering…and agreed, poor Hello Kitty haha. Great post, Leah!

    • August 4, 2011 10:29 pm

      Thanks, Stephanie! I’m a crock pot convert. Get one now. You won’t regret it.

  17. August 4, 2011 7:45 am

    THAT is a fantastic photo. So cute. I would love to see the before and after.

  18. August 4, 2011 8:23 am

    Yum! Our Trader Joe’s is only a mile away. I’m going today and getting the ingredients. My kids grew up in San Antonio, so they had pinatas for every birthday. Love the huge Hello Kitty and Sophie.

  19. August 4, 2011 10:25 pm

    Ok, Miss Leah..another winner. Great recipes for the working Mom.. This is a keeper. It’s light and tasty and doesn’t feel HEAVY. I am always on the look out for tasty and easy to prepare weeknight meals. Thank you so much, you’re a gem,

  20. August 7, 2011 6:12 am

    Oh my goodness that looks SO good!! Can’t wait to try it.

  21. August 7, 2011 1:17 pm

    That looks absolutely mouth-wateringly delicious! I am putting it on my menu plan! Yum!

  22. December 22, 2011 10:49 am

    Mmmmmm! I think I may make this my first Crockpot meal, with my new device!!! Thanks so much Leah!


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