OK. Cheesy I know. But every since I put Chicken Gyros on this week’s menu, that song has been STUCK in my head, along with Jukebox Gyro. I mean Hero! Oh, and the new parking lot party country song is stuck there too and I have NO IDEA where that one is coming from or how it fits in here. Minds are peculiar things.
One thing I do know, is I love Greek food. Gyros, Olives, Greek salads with tons of crumbly feta and pitas with hummus is a perfect meal in my eyes. I really have no preference whether it’s lamb, beef or chicken, but since I had chicken on hand, that’s what I used.
I can recall many a night when my BFF and I would spend the evening in the kitchen making these gyros. It was one of our favorite “Girls Night-In” meals. This is my BFF Rhonda. I love her. She even LOOKS like she loves Gyros. That’s even her “I love Gyros face”. Promise.
Chicken Gyros with Greek Salad
1 large diced cucumber – I like cucumber peel, but that’s up to you
1 large diced red onion
1 large diced tomato
1 cup lettuce shreds
Tsatsiki Sauce – You can buy Tsatsiki sauce or make homemade; simple recipe below
1 pound chicken breasts – cut into fajita style strips or cubed
3 tbsp. mint – optional
3 tbsp. chopped Parsley
1/4 cup Olive Oil
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. onion powder
Salt & Pepper to taste
Pita pocket bread
1 bottle Greek Dressing – Or homemade * Optional for marinating chicken
If I am using chicken as like in this recipe, I like to marinate the chicken in Greek dressing overnight. To me, it keeps the chicken moist while cooking. This is not necessary, but my preference. Next, place the cucumber, tomato and onion in a medium bowl with oil, vinegar, 1/2 of the mint, 1/2 of the parsley. Toss to coat. Drain chicken from marinade and saute with salt, pepper, onion powder and garlic powder until chicken is completely cooked through and no longer pink. Warm the pitas. Open the pockets and fill each with chicken, vegetable mixture, lettuce and Tsatsiki sauce. Top with remaining herbs. Serve with a Greek Salad, olives or more bread and hummus for a great Mediterranean meal.
Note: Peel and grate 1 cucumber, then squeeze it with your hands to remove excess water. Stir together with yogurt, 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice, one third of garlic, and 1/4 teaspoon each of salt and pepper to make tsatsiki.
I like easy. Bon Appetit y’all!