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Skinny Chicken Schwarma Meatball in Pita with Yogurt-Veggie Sauce

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Skinny Chicken Schwarma Meatball in Pita with Yogurt-Veggie Sauce
  • Prep Time 40 min
  • Total Time 40 min
  • Servings 8
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The sensational flavors of Middle Eastern schwarma will soon become family favorites after you try this quick, healthful recipe.

Ingredients

Meatballs

3
tablespoons low-sodium chicken broth
2
tablespoons tahini
1
tablespoon honey
1
teaspoon ground ginger
1
teaspoon ground allspice
1/2
teaspoon ground red pepper (cayenne)
1/2
teaspoon salt
1
lb ground chicken breast

For Serving

1
cup plain fat-free yogurt
1/2
cup finely diced onion
1/4
teaspoon salt
4
cups shredded lettuce
4
whole wheat pita (pocket) breads (6 inch), halved, toasted
2
tomatoes, diced
2
tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro

Directions

  • 1 Heat oven to 375° F.
  • 2 Line cookie sheet with foil; spray with cooking spray. In large bowl, gently mix first 7 meatball ingredients, then add chicken. Shape into 16 (1 1/2-inch) balls. Place on cookie sheet.
  • 3 Bake 12 to 15 minutes or until just cooked through. Set oven control to broil. Broil with tops of meatballs 4 to 6 inches from heat 2 to 3 minutes or until browned. Remove from oven; cool slightly.
  • 4 Meanwhile, in small bowl, mix yogurt, onion and salt. To serve, place 1/2 cup lettuce in each pita half, then top with 2 meatballs and 1/4 cup yogurt sauce. Top with diced tomatoes and cilantro.
Tips  

Try topping with mango chutney, pomegranate molassas, pomegranate seeds or hummus for extra color and flavor.

To make into kabobs instead, soak 8 bamboo skewers in water 15 minutes, then divide chicken mixture into 8 pieces and form into flat log over end of each skewer. Continue as directed in recipe.

Nutrition Information 

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
210
(
Calories from Fat
45
)
Daily Value
Total Fat
5g
7%
(
Saturated Fat
1g
5%
,
Trans Fat
0g
)
Cholesterol
35mg
12%
Sodium
430mg
18%
Potassium
380mg
11%
Total Carbohydrate
24g
8%
(
Dietary Fiber
3g
13%
,
Sugars
7g
)
Protein
18g
Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
10%
10%
Vitamin C
6%
6%
Calcium
10%
10%
Iron
10%
10%
Exchanges:
1 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 1/2 Vegetable; 2 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
1 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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