Tuesday, July 20, 2010

VEGANIZE IT | Poppy Seed-Chicken Pitas

Taken from Food Network Magazine’s May 2010 issue, this chicken salad recipe with a gourmet twist is easily veganized. Replace the chicken with Gardein and use Vegenaise instead of mayo. You’ll have the perfect picnic sandwiches; and no one will even guess that they’re pure vegetarian.

Please note: This recipe makes 4-8 servings — enough for a picnic — using less than four packages of Gardein will greatly change the ratio of chick'n to other ingredients in a not-so-good way. Gardein refrigerated Chick'n Filets should be used, not the frozen strips.


1 large orange

1/2 + 1/3 cup Vegenaise

1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 stalk celery, chopped
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1/4 cup chopped fresh chives
1 1/2 tablespoons poppy seeds
Kosher salt
Freshly ground pepper
Arugula, for serving
4 whole-wheat pita pockets, halved

Prepare the Gardein: Remove the chick’n filets from their packaging. Gently pat them dry with a paper towel. Cut into bite-sized chunks and set aside.

Mix the dressing: Grate zest from half of the orange into a large bowl; juice the whole orange into the bowl. Stir in the Vegenaise, Dijon, celery, pecans, chives, poppy seeds, 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, and pepper to taste.

To serve: Add the Gardein chunks to the bowl and toss with the dressing. Stuff some arugula and some of the chick’n salad into each pita pocket. Serve immediately.

Photos: Scott Gordon Bleicher


  1. Um--please correct this (and fast!)-- you say four PACKAGES? ----don't you mean one package of Four...?!?

    And the Gardein Chick’n Filets come frozen!!! you need to lightly saute them first--then cut and use....Please correct so ppl are not upset and think this recipe not viable!!!!! THANK YOU!!!!

    1. Thanks for your comment, I've fixed the Gardein link and added a note to clarify. You should definitely use four packages of Gardein as using only one will leave you with too much of the other ingredients and not enough chick'n in your salad. Please use the refrigerated Filets, and definitely not the frozen ones.

      Thanks again!