Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Chicken Gyros

A little while ago, my friend Bec made these for dinner.

They were so good and fresh and summery tasting.

Jim and Clara totally loved them too and kept asking me to make them.

Bec made her chicken in a slow-cooker with amazing results.

(Those of you with a slow-cooker try it out. Here's the recipe.)

Because I don't have a slow-cooker, I used this very similar oven baked recipe.

My kids eat these as more of a salad on their plate with the pita on the side.

I'm not sure if this looks labour intensive, but it's really not.

It comes together really quickly.

You could even marinate the chicken all day in the fridge, do all the toppings ahead of time and just cook the chicken at supper time.

Chicken Gyros
Recipe found here
Serves 4-6

2 teaspoons garlic, minced 
Juice of 1 lemon, I also added some of the zest
2 teaspoons apple cider or red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 heaping tablespoons greek yogurt 
1 tablespoon dried oregano
salt and pepper
4-6 boneless, skinless, chicken breast halves

Combine all of the above ingredients except for the chicken in a baking dish, and whisk together to make a marinade. 
Add in chicken, and turn to coat. Cover, and place in the fridge for at least 1 hour to marinate.

Cook the chicken in a 350 oven for 20-30 minutes.

Meanwhile, prepare the toppings and make the tzatziki sauce.

1 tomato, diced
1/2 cucumber, diced
8-10 greek pita or pita pockets
crumbled feta
lettuce or spinach
red onion slices and chopped parsley, optional
tzatziki sauce, recipe below

Tzatziki Sauce

16 ounces Greek yogurt
1 cucumber, peeled, seeded, and very finely diced
1 1/2 teaspoons minced garlic, I skipped the garlic
1 teaspoon apple cider or white wine vinegar
Salt, pepper, and fresh lemon juice to taste

Mix all ingredients in a bowl and refrigerate until dinner.

Chop the cooked chicken into large chunks or strips.
Set out bowls with the toppings.
Heat up the pitas and serve.
Create gyros to your liking.

**I'm adding a few pictures of Jimmy eating his Gyro...and getting increasingly annoyed that I'm photographing him in his work clothes.

I love you, Jimmy.

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