Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Chicken Gyros

I think I mentioned before how much we love Greek food.  This was my first attempt at gyros at home, and they were pretty good!  I didn't get to grill the chicken as I had planned because it started to rain, and there is no way I'm standing out in the rain to grill some chicken...I just cooked it on the stove. 

Chicken Gyros
1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts
4 cloves garlic, smashed
Juice of 1 lemon
2 tsp. red wine vinegar
2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
2 heaping tbsp. plain yogurt
1 tbsp. dried oregano
salt and pepper
tzatziki sauce (recipe follows)
sliced tomatoes
sliced red onions
4 pitas (I had to use my Walmart bakery naan, no Greek style pita around here)

Whisk together the garlic, lemon juice, vinegar, oil, yogurt, and oregano in a bowl. Add the chicken and rub the marinade in. Cover and refrigerate for about an hour.

Preheat the grill (or pan on the stove).  Sprinkle the chicken with salt and pepper on both sides, and then broil/grill until cooked through, about 5 minutes per side, depending  what size/type chicken you are using. Allow the chicken to rest for a few minutes before slicing into strips.

Meanwhile, heat your pitas. I have a gas stove, so I just spray them with a little bit of oil and stick them right on the burner for a few seconds per side. Top the pita with the chicken, tzatziki, tomatoes, onions. Roll up and eat!

Tzatziki Sauce
1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
1/4 seedless cucumber, peeled grated on box grater
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon champagne vinegar
juice of one lemon
2 cloves garlic, grated
fresh mint and fresh oregano, to taste
fresh dill, if you like dill. I do not. If you know about my pickle aversion, you don't need to ask why I hate dill.

Mix it all together.