Homemade Chicken Pitas with Jalapeño Whipped Feta and Quick Tzatziki
Remember when I mentioned over the weekend that one of my favorite internet (turned real life) friend’s cookbook, Seriously Delish, was being released this week?! Well, today is the big day!
Where do I even begin?
I honestly can’t even remember the first time I stumbled upon Jessica’s blog, How Sweet Eats, but I do remember becoming instantly hooked.
It was years ago (relatively soon after I started blogging myself), and Jessica’s bubbly personality, writing style, photographs, and incredibly unique and creative recipes won me over almost instantaneously. Her blog is one of the few that I make time to read every single day–preferably in the morning with a big mug of coffee in hand!
Her passion, integrity, and work ethic is ridiculously contagious and inspiring, She has a fierce and loyal following, and anyone that spends more than a few minutes on her site can quickly understand why. This girl knows her stuff!
Little did I know at the time that a few years later I’d be meeting her for breakfast in Pittsburgh, bonding over fly-ridden grilled Caesar salads in Kansas City, and texting her about pregnancy-induced mac and cheese sandwich dreams.
[Yep, that has all really happened. Btw, she’s the one with the bun in the oven–not me!]
If you’re lucky enough to meet Jessica in real life (check here for book tour details!), you’ll quickly realize that she is exactly how she comes across on the screen (and now, printed page):
Hilarious, warm, and passionate.
Oh yeah, and just a tad obsessed with neon, sprinkles, and bacon.
So you can imagine just how excited I was to finally get my hands on her much-anticipated cookbook!
I don’t think I’ve been this excited about a book release since I was standing in line in middle school waiting to get my hands on the next Harry Potter book–embarrassing, but true.
And let me tell you, after having had the chance to have this book in my kitchen for the past two weeks (and read it nearly cover to cover!), I can honestly say that this cookbook perfectly encompasses everything that made me fall in love with Jessica’s blog and recipes so many years ago.
Not only does it contain 150 (brand new!) recipes that have never been shared on the blog, as well as beautiful photographs taken by Jessica herself, but it is also full of personality. I can honestly say I’ve never stumbled across a cookbook with this much personality!
One of my absolute favorite parts is the main introduction, where she shares all the details about how she got into this crazy world of food blogging, tells us more about her family and childhood, and how she fell in love with cooking and recipe development. She even has a section in there called, ‘Why I can’t live without bacon.”
Her wit and charm come across not only in the table of contents and recipes categories such as, “Salads, Soups & Vegetable-Like Things (ugh, if we must)” and “Stuff to Sip on (the happiest hours)”, but also in the recipe introductions, which are very much written in the style of mini blog posts–so fun and unique!
Oh man, and the recipes! These are no ordinary recipes, guys. They are the kind of recipes that make you want to start writing a grocery list immediately, and start cooking.
I mean, baked black raspberry oatmeal with a brown butter drizzle? spiced autumn crostini? slow-roasted chicken tacos with gorgonzola slaw? banana macaroon smoothie? wedge salads with pomegranates, chives, and toasted almonds? creamy spinach and spiced chickpea-stuffed sweet potatoes? coffee and doughnuts ice cream?
I could literally go on and on (and eventually name the entire contents of this book). It was tough to figure out which recipe I wanted to share with you all–simply because I wanted to eat everything!
In the end, I couldn’t help but crave something from her “Tex-Mex, Burgers, Pizza, & Everything Else” section (quite possibly, my favorite section ever): homemade chicken pitas with jalapeno whipped feta and quick tzatziki.
Guys, I could literally eat this meal multiple times a week (maybe even every day). The jalapeno whipped feta is out of control good–spicy, tangy, and creamy–I could probably survive on that alone! Add perfect tzatziki to the mix, as well as deliciously marinated chicken, and I’m one happy girl. As Jessica states in the book, don’t be intimidated by the ingredient or instruction list, as the chicken can be marinated and prepped the night before, and the entire meal can be put together in less than 45 minutes.
PS. I don”t even like dill, and I happily went out of my way to buy an entire package of it (turns out, I don’t hate dill all that much).
Here comes the best part! Not only am I sharing this (really delicious) recipe from her cookbook, Seriously Delish, but you can also enter below for a chance to win a copy of your very own! Yay! This giveaway is now closed.
Author's note: The tzatziki and feta spread can be made a day ahead of time--the flavors only get better. Reprinted with permission from 'Seriously Delish: 150 Recipes for People Who Totally Love Food' by Jessica Merchant. post it on instagram and tag it #abeautifulplate.
Homemade Chicken Pitas with Jalapeño Whipped Feta & Quick Tzatziki
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Author's note: The tzatziki and feta spread can be made a day ahead of time--the flavors only get better.
Reprinted with permission from 'Seriously Delish: 150 Recipes for People Who Totally Love Food' by Jessica Merchant.
post it on instagram and tag it #abeautifulplate.
[Disclosure: I received a review copy and I also preordered my own copy! This giveaway is sponsored by Jessica’s publisher, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
Please note that this giveaway is open to US residents only–the winner will be randomly selected and contacted via the email address left in the comment section. This giveaway is now closed.]