This is as close as you can get without having to do install a rotating spit in your kitchen! The flavours are all there, it’s just the method of cooking Nici's simplified.


  • For the pita bread

  • 2 tsp dried yeast granules

  • 1 tsp honey

  • 1 cup warm water

  • 3 cups high grade (or strong) flour

  • 6 Tb olive oil

  • For the oregano and lemon chicken filling

  • 2 Tb unsweetened plain yoghurt

  • 1 Tb olive oil

  • 3 Tb fresh oregano

  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled and diced fine

  • Juice from one lemon

  • 3 chicken breasts, skinless

  • 1 Tb olive oil

  • 1 red capsicum – sliced thinly


  • 1.

    In a large bowl, pour warm water and dissolve honey, then sprinkle dried yeast over the top, swirling to mix. The water will be murky. Cover with a damp cloth and let sit until the yeast is frothy (about 5 minutes). This tells you it is alive and kicking!

  • 2.

    Now add the flour and olive oil and mix with knife until it begins to form a ball, then turn our onto a floured surface and knead it. It should be quite sticky and soft, so desist from adding too much extra flour whilst kneading – just enough to not have it stick to the bench or your hands. Knead for 8-10 until soft and springy. Lightly oil the bowl it came from and return dough , covering with plastic bag and them the cloth. Put it somewhere warm to double in size (30-60 minutes). A car on a hot day is ideal for dough rising!

  • 3.

    Once risen, punch it back and divide it into 8-10 small balls. Flatten each with your palm and then allow them to relax for 5 minutes. Now roll each disc to about 10 cm in diameter, 1 cm thick. Brush each with a little olive oil before dry frying each one in a low to moderately heated pan. Don’t allow too much colour to develop before flipping them over when one side is cooked. Undercooking them at this stage is fine if you are going to re-heat or grill just before serving.

  • 4.

    Stack them and keep them under plastic until required.

  • For the oregano and lemon chicken filling:

  • 1.

    In a bowl, mix the yoghurt, olive, oregano, garlic and lemon juice. Slice the chicken breasts into very thin strips and add this to the yoghurt mixture.

  • 2.

    Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a pan to medium heat. Add the capsicum and cook until almost soft (about 5 minutes). Add the chicken strips and cook for 5-7 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through. Add the remaining yoghurt mixt to the pan, bring to a simmer/sizzle for 1 minute.

  • 3.

    Serve with the warm pita bread and a range of side dishes – tomatoes, olives, feta, hummus, tzatziki etc.


Makes 8-10 small pita

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