I have always had a craving for Mediterranean inspired foods, gyros being at the top of the list! Last summer I made lamb gyro’s several times and they were a big hit. My brother and sister-in-law always say, ” youpee” to an invitation for dinner when I am whipping gyros up. If you know my brother he can be the biggest critic when it comes to food, it’s nearly impossible to please him 100% but he doesn’t have one complaint when it comes to these gyros. After making lamb style gyro’s so often I wanted to change it up a bit and substitute them with chicken.
This recipe is not completely authentic but the chicken has a superb flavor combined with Greek spices and lemon; joined with a smooth and creamy tzatziki sauce, which is made with Greek yogurt. The sauce is a bit tricky only because you have to be sure to get as much of the liquid out of the cucumber as possible but other than that it’s a quick and simple recipe you’ll soon be obsessed with! The pronounced flavor of dill is what makes it so nóstimos in my opinion. If you’re looking to make it a bit healthier you could simply omit the pita and make it into a salad.
You will find the recipe below… Your feedback and comments are always welcome!
Now go make some Chicken Yeeros!!!
Ingredients- 4- Servings
Chicken – Marinade
1 ½ lbs. boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 tablespoon oregano
1 teaspoon chopped fresh or dried dill
2 finely chopped garlic cloves
2 teaspoons red wine vinaigrette
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon Greek yogurt
Salt & pepper to taste
1 whole lemon
•Combine all marinade ingredients and allow chicken to marinade in the fridge for at least an hour. The longer the better and over night is best to allow the chicken to absorb all those robust flavors. Once chicken has marinated for atleast an hour you can pan sear or grill it. I pan sear mine in a cast iron skillet when I am not able to grill it. Once the chicken is cooked allow it to rest on a cutting board for five minutes. Slice into thin strips.
1 ¼ cup plain Greek yogurt
1 medium peeled cucumber (seeds removed & grated)
2 teaspoons of chopped fresh dill
2 chopped garlic cloves
1 ½ teaspoon lemon juice
¼ teaspoon salt (may need more to taste)
Pepper to taste
•Combine all ingredients except the grated cucumber; mix well. I put mine in a food processor this makes it creamier. Do not place grated cucumber in the food processor as it will water down the sauce. After grating cucumbers use your hands and paper towels to squeeze out the liquid; add them to the sauce. Stir & chill in refrigerator.
To Serve- Pita Bread Plus
Finely sliced red onion
• Warm pita in a pan on low heat and fill with chicken, lettuce, tomato, red onion and top with tzatziki sauce. Additional toppings which can be added are sliced cucumbers and feta cheese.