Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Chicken Gyros

I love gyros.
The warm pita bread, the meat, the tzatziki sauce. 
They are so yummy.
I have bought those gyro kits you see at the grocery store.
They were alright in a pinch, when you can't get to your nearest Greek restaurant.
But those kits just aren't the real thing.
I did some blog stalking and found this fabulous blog called Elly says opa!
Her recipe for chicken gyros was awesome.
Mr. Pickypants even gave them a thumbs up (without the onions and tomatoes of course).
I loved all of it the pita, the chicken, the tomato, the onion and the best part of it all was the tzatziki sauce.
I bought my sauce already made at the grocery store in the deli section.
You can make your own, I just didn't have the time that day, but it is something that I do want to try to make in the future.
Chicken Gyros
Serves 4

1.25 lbs. chicken pieces (I used breast this time, but I also love using thighs, or a combo)
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
1 cup tzatzikisliced tomatoes
sliced onions
4 (pocketless) pitas
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 broiler (or grill, or pan on the stove). Sprinkle the chicken with salt and pepper on both sides, and then broil 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!

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