Spicy NOLA Mayo Marinated Chicken Pita

NOLA Mayonnaise is not only tasty but versatile, it can be used in almost every dish to add a creamier texture without overpowering the existing ingredients. The NOLA Ultra Creamy Mayonnaise is a staple in my house, we absolutely enjoy it and use it to marinate meat and chicken to roast, braai or fry, I love using it to make salad dressing, my delicious spicy dip and it’s perfect for chicken and tuna mayo sandwiches.

Just before the holidays I received some NOLA products to #CreateAStir, as I’m such a huge fan of NOLA Mayonnaise and already use it in most of my dishes I accepted the challenge. I received a branded bag containing three different types of NOLA Mayonnaise: The Original Mayonnaise which is perfect on anything from potatoes to prawns, it’s also perfect for marinade, chicken and tuna sandwiches, dips and salads. I also received the Original in a Squeeze bottle which is so convenient to have at the dinner table and to carry on road trips and picnics to add to your sandwiches, hotdogs and burgers and lastly I received the Sandwich Cream which I have never tried before, it is not only perfect as a spread for any type of sandwich (open or closed) but also for salad dressings as it’s more tangy and thinner in texture compared to the Original and Ultra Creamy variants. Along with my goodies I received recipe cards that I could use to create a stir but it inspired me to create my own stir by doing Creamy Spicy Chicken Strips in Pita bread with a simple Garden Salad and Tzatziki to add while making NOLA the star of the show by incorporating it into everything. This dish is quick and easy to make, making it perfect when having friends and family over as you can quickly whip it up and lay everything out on the table and they can create their own pitas, it’s also easy to hold and eat making it the ideal summer dish not forgetting it doesn’t require the use of any cutlery or plates so less dishes to wash;), you’re welcome!

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The main ingredients that are needed for this recipe are 3 Skinned Chicken Breasts, NOLA Original Mayonnaise, NOLA Sandwich Spread, Garden Salad, Double Cream Plain Yogurt and Pita Bread. Below are the ingredients and methods to create each component of this dish and at the end I tell you how to combine everything to create one delicious summer meal.

First we need 3 chicken breasts cut into strips and one sliced onion, you can dice it if you prefer.

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Marinade

  • 1 tsp crushed ginger
  • 4 cloves of finely chopped garlic
  • 2 chopped green chillies
  • 1 ½ Tbsp masala
  • ½ tsp chilli flakes
  • 1 tsp italian herbs
  • 2 Tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • Squeeze of lemon
  • Drizzle of olive oil
  • A dollop of NOLA Original Mayonnaise

Method

Put chicken strips into a big mixing bowl. Add all the marinade ingredients to the chicken strips, mix together, let it marinate for 10-20 minutes or as long as you can, preferably overnight for the flavours to seep into the chicken but you can also marinate it and fry the same time if you don’t have the time to let it sit.

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  1. Heat some oil in a pan or pot. Add 1 sliced onion to the hot oil. Fry till golden brown.

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  1. Then add the marinated chicken strips into the pan with the onions and fry till cooked and lightly brown then add salt and pepper to taste.

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  1. Add 2 tablespoons of NOLA Original Mayonnaise to make the chicken more creamy and saucy, mix, then leave aside.

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Garden Salad

  • Chop up some lettuce
  • Dice 1 ripe tomato
  • Dice 1 cucumber

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NOLA Mayonnaise Salad Dressing 

In a small bowl mix a tablespoon of lemon juice, olive oil, NOLA Original Mayonnaise and add a pinch of salt and pepper and mix. Then pour over the salad and toss so everything is evenly coated with the dressing.

Home Made Tzatziki

Ingredients

  • 150g tub of double cream smooth plain yogurt
  • 2 grated baby cucumbers, sprinkled with salt to remove excess water and drained with a tea towel
  • 1 clove of finely chopped garlic
  • A few finely chopped mint leaves
  • Dry or fresh dill
  • Lemon
  • Salt
  • Olive oil

Method

Empty the yogurt into a small serving bowl, add all the chopped ingredients and grated cucumbers to the yogurt then a pinch of dill, a squeeze of lemon, a pinch of salt to taste, mix and drizzle olive oil over.

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Pita Bread

Warm pita bread in the oven for the recommended time stated on the packaging. Cut pita bread in half and then open in the middle, spread a thin layer of the NOLA Sandwich Spread.

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To finish off the entire dish we then add all the components together into the pita bread. Add the creamy chicken strips leaving space for the salad and tzatziki, add garden salad and finish off with the tzatziki.

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It tastes absolutely delicious and it’s light yet filling for summer. Everything works so well together creating an explosion of flavour in the mouth with different textures. Soft warm pita combined with the tanginess of the NOLA Sandwich Spread with the tenderness, creaminess and spiciness of the chicken and then you get the crispiness of the fresh salad combined with the tangy mayo dressing and cooling tzatziki to balance the heat from the chicken strips. It’s a symphony of flavours in a deliciously warm pita bread.

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I can’t wait to try the recipes that formed part of my press drop, keep an eye out on my Instagram as I’ll share pictures with you there of the dishes that I create. How will you be creating a stir this summer with NOLA Mayonnaise?

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