How to cook paprika chicken in pitta breads on the Traeger Timberline 850 wood pellet grill

How to cook paprika chicken in pitta breads on the Traeger Timberline 850 wood pellet grill

Eat healthily on the BBQ; use low-cal oil spray and light mayo

These filled pitta breads are proof that you can eat healthily on the BBQ, your BBQ is not just for burgers and sausages. To make this even healthier use low-cal oil spray and light mayonnaise. This makes a really quick tasty lunch and can be adapted to use pulled pork or brisket, if you have any left-overs, instead of the chicken.



  • 4 chicken breasts
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • ½ tbsp smoked paprika
  • ½ tbsp paprika
  • cold-pressed rapeseed oil
  • 1 garlic clove; grated
  • 4 tbsp mayonnaise
  • sea salt
  • fresh ground black pepper
  • Romaine lettuce; shredded
  • 1 red onion; finely sliced
  • 1 red pepper; de-seeded and finely sliced
  • 4 pitta breads

Cut the breasts in half horizontally and flatten between two sheets of cling film to form escallopes about 1cm thick. 

Drizzle the escallopes with rapeseed oil, squeeze over some lemon juice then dust with the paprika.

Pre-heated the Traeger to medium/high, about 220C (428F), and cook for about 3 – 4 minutes on each side until golden and the centre of the chicken has reached the safe temperature of 75C. Check this with a digital thermometer to make sure that you don’t over-cook them at which point they will be dry and tasteless. Let the chicken escallopes rest for at least 5 minutes covered in tin foil and clean tea towels, in a warm environment, before slicing.

Combine the garlic and mayo.

Split the pittas and put shredded lettuce, sliced onion and sliced pepper in the bottom of the pitta, add the sliced chicken and top with the garlic mayo.

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Daughter of a farmer and market gardener so have always had a connection with the outdoors, whether it was keeping animals or producing fruit, vegetables and cut flowers. Along with my work at Hayes Garden World I also have a smallholding, mainly breeding rare breed pigs. I gained an HND and BSc in Conservation and Environmental Land Management, as a result I am an ardent environmentalist and have a keen interest in environmentally friendly gardening. In my time at Hayes I worked for several years in the Outdoor Plant and Houseplant areas.