Greek Chicken Gyros
It’s Monday and these Greek Chicken Gyros should make it a good one. But first, are you ready for a crazy story?
Ready or not, I am telling you.
So, Saturday night.
Our car was stolen. From the recreation center, in Silverthorne, Colorado of all places.
It was the weirdest thing and it all happened within 14 minutes.
I know crazy, right?
My parents went down the recreation center to take Asher swimming. On the way back out to the car my mom realized she lost the keys, they looked inside the recreation center, could not find them, then called me to bring them an extra set. They called me at 7:55pm while standing in the parking lot with our car, I arrived at the gym at 8:14pm. I looked for them and could not find them, so I figured they just went inside to wait. They did, so I called them, said I was outside, handed them the keys and pulled out. Not 30 seconds later, I get a call from my dad “come back, the car was stolen.”.
Yeah, he was serious. Some wacked out person must have found the keys, waited for the right time to take the car and then acted and acted fast. Like I said, my dad was standing at the car at 7:55pm and I was there at 8:14pm and the car was gone. So, we spent Saturday night in a state of shock (I mean this is Summit County, CO – NOTHING happens here) and filling a police report. It was fun.
Still no word on the car. Which I am guessing is not good. Not good at all.
The highlight of the night was these chicken gyros. Luckily, they were pretty epic. The homemade pita bread combined with Greek chicken, tzatziki sauce (YES!), feta cheese (another, YES!) and an optional, but very delicious Greek olive tapenade. It is insane!
Your Monday night, just got a whole lot yummier! Greek Night!
Saucy Chicken Gyros
Course: Main Course
A traditional Greek meal full of flavor
For the chicken
- 4 cloves garlic smashed
- juice of 1 lemon
- 3 teaspoons red wine vinegar
- 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 3 tablespoons plain greek yogurt I used full fat
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon dried dill
- Salt and pepper
- 1 1/2 pounds boneless chicken cut into thick strips
For the tzatziki
- 16 ounces plain greek yogurt I used full fat
- 1/2 hothouse cucumber or 1 regular cucumber peeled and seeded and diced small
- 2-3 cloves garlic grated (or finely minced)
- 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- half a fresh lemon juiced
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 1/4 cup pitted kalamata olives
- 1/4 cup pitted green olives
- 1 clove garlic grated
- 1 pepperoncini diced (optional)
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
- 6-8 homemade pita breads or store bought
- fresh cherry tomatoes halved
- feta cheese for serving
Prepare the chicken, combine the garlic, lemon juice, red wine vinegar, olive oil, greek yogurt, oregano, dill, salt and pepper to taste in a medium bowl. Whisk together until mixed well. Add the chicken pieces to the bowl and mix well to coat. Cover and refrigerate for about 1 hour or overnight.
To prepare the tzatziki sauce pour any liquid off the surface of the greek yogurt. (I find it is best to use full fat greek yogurt for this, but 2% works ok as well. You want the yogurt to be thick, so if your greek yogurt seems thin strain it through a fine mesh strainer.) Mix together the greek yogurt, diced cucumber, garlic, white wine vinegar, dill, oregano, salt and pepper to taste, and lemon juice. Drizzle with olive oil. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before serving to allow the flavors to meld.
If making the tapenade, dice the olives and mix in a small bowl with the garlic, pepperoncini, and parsley. Set aside
To cook the chicken preheat your broiler. Remove the chicken from the marinade, reserving the marinade. Place the chicken on a baking pan and broil the chicken for 5-7 minutes until cooked through. Pour the remaining marinade in a medium size skillet and bring to a boil. Simmer for 3 minutes and then toss the cooked chicken with the sauce.
Heat pitas (I just poped them in the microwave for a few seconds). Top with chicken, tzatziki sauce, sliced tomatoes, feta cheese and tapenade if using. Serve immediately.
Here is the link to my Homemade Pita.
So how was your Saturday night? Hope it was better than ours.
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