Go-To Summer Meal: Grilled Italian Chicken Sausage and Pepper Pitas
Grilled Italian Chicken Sausage and Peppers Pita Sandwiches – one of my GO-TO summer meals! Easy to throw together with little prep.
Summer vacation has officially begun in Casa Goodman. Last week was our first full week out of school and we kicked off the break with some time at a resort in Orlando using my parent’s time share points. Though it rained mostly every day, it didn’t stop my kids from non stop swimming, sliding, lazy river-ing, playing water volleyball and basketball.
I am always amazed at their endless energy and I have to say I am thankful they are at the age they can be in the pool without me physically by their side with them every minute – this mama needed a few lounge chair breaks to regain strength and un-prune her fingers and toes from all the water. I loved seeing them so active all day long, and honestly, the cloudy weather was actually a blessing – the sun came out in full force Saturday and whoa was it hot.
As always, there’s no place like home and we were all happy to get unpacked and back to normal yesterday. Since I didn’t have time to get to the grocery store before family hunger kicked in, I fell back on an ole reliable meal I tend to make pretty often throughout the summer – Grilled Italian Chicken Sausage and Peppers.
I pretty much always have a pack of precooked chicken sausages or two in the freezer (I stock up on several of the Aidell’s varieties every time I go to Costco, this time I picked up a new Italian style one from Casual Gourmet) and I usually have at least bell pepper or two along with onions in house too.
I love using soft pita bread to hold the final grilled product together as a sandwich as a opposed to a bun, and even throwing on a little feta sometimes to change things up (note: my favorite pita bread is this one from Joseph’s Bakery – only 60 calories, 6 grams of protein and 4 grams of fiber – I have seen it at Publix and Walmart in the deli section). This meal always comes together in under 30 minutes, and I know everyone in the fam will eat it up (minus the peppers for the kids) alongside a salad or some raw veggies and ranch.
A perfect easy summer meal to add to your menu in my opinion! Happy grilling! 🙂
Grilled Italian Chicken Sausage and Pepper Pitas
Yield: serves 6
- 6 precooked Italian chicken sausage links
- 3 bell peppers, any color, sliced thin
- 1-2 red and yellow onions, sliced thin
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
- salt and pepper
- 6 soft whole wheat pitas
- your favorite mustard
- crumbled feta, optional, for serving
- Turn grill on to medium heat. Preheat large grilling basket on grill.
- Place sliced peppers and onions into a large mixing bowl. Drizzle olive oil, add oregano and season well with salt and pepper. Toss peppers and onions until mixed well. Pour vegetables into grilling basket and let cook for 15-20 minutes until soften and slightly charred. Make sure to toss peppers and onions often with tongs while cooking to ensure they are cooking evenly.
- Place Italian chicken sausage links on grill, over medium heat, and cook 3-4 minutes on each side. When done cooking, slice each link diagonally and set aside.
- Warm pita bread by placing on top rack of grill for just a minute or two on each side until softened.
- Assemble your sandwiches with your favorite mustard, sliced sausages, peppers and onions. Top with crumbled feta if you like.
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I made another version of your peppers and sausage and it was a HUGE hit at my house….. Cannot wait to make this with pitas! Headed to Costco today, will pick up the peppers and sausages!!! So so glad your vacation was fun and you are settled back at home ~~ and ready to start summer relaxation! hugs Friend!!!
definitely pick up those sausages – they save me way too often! So great to have in freezer (and they defrost quickly!). Hope you have a great summer week friend!!
YUM! SO perfect. I think it’d be fun to add hummus and feta for a vegetarian version. Glad you guys are enjoying summer break so far
Oh my gosh, yes, would love a hummus and feta version – maybe for lunch (I have some peppers left over!). Have a great week Erica!
Italian sausage is my husband’s favorite grill meal in the summer too! I’ve never thought to serve it on pita bread before, what a fun idea!
We love Italian sausages too 🙂 I think slicing it up and serving on the pita makes it feel less heavy, I usually use less than a whole link (sliced) on mine and give him my extra piece or two – he’s happy with that! Hope you are well Tracey!
Sounds like such a nice weekend even if it was cloudy. Such simple and perfect recipe! I love how you use the pita for this.
Sounds like the perfect weekend!
Love this recipe is also sounds perfect!
Today is our first official day off from school – it felt weird not to have to wake them up and start screaming “get dressed!!!” Triple digits here, so we spent the weekend at the pool also. Tomorrow we’re off to Disneyland and can’t wait! Need a change of scenery. I think I need to stock up on Aidell sausage for our return.
I love a simple meal of sausage and peppers – so easy but HUGE flavor! This looks great, Aggie. Perfect for weeknights and summer BBQ’s. Also, that slide is amazing! 😀
Cheers to summer! Love all of the freshness and color in these. Sounds amazing!
We have been grilling a lot of sausages as well – usually with cabbage but I am doing peppers and onions next time – sooo good!
Great meal to keep on hand for those nights when you need to whip something up quick. Those pitas sound great, I will look for them the next time I am in Walmart!
I will have to look for those sausages, so great for hurry up meals. This looks fabulous, I’d really like to have it right now!
Love quick and easy summer meals! Looks delicious!
These look great. I like adding peppers into things.
These look incredible, Aggie! Love the simplicity of the dish and how those flame-kissed flavors shine through!
I would love this for lunch today.
yum! I love sausage and peppers on the grill! It’s the only way I will eat them so I’m sure wrapped up in a pita is even better! Yah for summer vacation!
What a perfect go-to summer meal! Simple but full of flavor is the way to go!
That looked like the perfect way to kick off the summer, fun!! And what a great summer meal to come home to, I love chicken sausage and grilled peppers!
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What a great idea! I can even do this. It’s good to have a few simple recipes with ingredients I have on hand. Thank you for sharing this.
Blessings and love,
Such a easy and simple idea which looks super good. can’t wait to try it out, thanks for sharing
Oh that looks DELICIOUS. I have pinned this and plan on trying this out with the family this summer! Thanks for the idea!
The idea of serving on a warmed pita is wonderful–thanks!
(Now I have grill envy, as I have a teeny grill and no shelf.)
These little pitas look so good! We love sausage and peppers.
This looks awesome and I LOVE the idea of it being on the grill –especially since hubby usually runs the grill. Thanks for the idea!!!
Lovely work, Aggie! Would you be happy to link it in to the current Food on Friday which is about all things BBQ? This is the link . I do hope to see you there. Cheers
Oh yum! Pitas are the best 🙂 especially when filled with sausage!
Wonderful meal, and those water slides make me happy just looking at them. (Clearly I am a child at heart.)