On The TJ's Turkey Burger Rollercoaster

While driving home from the airport this evening, Lauren turned to me and said: “You know what I would like for dinner….Southwest Turkey Burgers.” We had a moment of silence, since the saga had continued when Trader Joe’s discontinued the Turkey Burgers (again) this spring.

To get her mind off of the Turkey Burger mourning, I suggested we experiment on a Mediterranean-style chicken sandwich. We swung by TJ’s on the way home and gathered ingredients: chicken breasts, “Mediterranean flatbreads”, tzatziki, feta cheese, and some mixed greens. Lauren got in line while I did a quick scan of the freezer section for any interesting tidbits. It’s almost reflex for me to scan the burger section in vain for a restock of the Turkey Burgers, but for the second time in my life it was double-take time. I returned to surprise Lauren with 2 boxes in each hand, and she proceeded to convey this story to our befuddled check out assistant.

Nonetheless, momentum continued on the Mediterranean chicken plan (we’ll crack open the burgers tomorrow night). The results were good enough to post about (and easily satisfy my father’s requirement of “it should take less time to prepare a meal than to eat it”). Here’s the basic recipe:

  • Chicken breasts
  • Tzatziki (such as TJ’s Cilantro & Chive Yogurt Dip)
  • Red onion
  • Persian-stlye pita (such as TJ’s Middle Eastern Flatbreads)
  • Mixed greens (such as TJ’s Herb Salad Mix)
  • Feta cheese (such as TJ’s Authentic Greek Feta in Brine)
  • Garlic
  • Lemon juice
  • Mint
  • Olive Oil

Slice the chicken breasts into strips and season with crushed mint, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Sauté garlic in olive oil, then stir in the chicken. Grill pitas on a grill pan. Place pita on a dish, spread on some tzatziki, add mixed greens, chicken, crumbled feta, and thinly sliced red onions.


homemade Mediterranean chicken sandwich

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