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One of Cliff’s favorite meals is gyros. It just so happens that one of his favorite meals is one of my least favorite meals. There is just something about gyro meat that is not appealing to me. It actually works out perfect for us though. There is a really great gyro place near us that Cliff can get his gyro fix and I get my fried shrimp fix. I have never attempted to make gyros at home. I would not even know where to start. What kind of meat is that anyway? I think it is a blend of lamb and beef, right? It is safe to say I will not be getting a gyro spit for the house that would allow me to make them at home. So the rare occasion that we order gyros (fried shrimp for me) is a treat for both of us.
I recently came across this recipe, which allows us to not only make gyros at home but we are both able to enjoy them. Instead of using lamb meat these gyros use chicken. So, it is also healthier, which never hurts. I don’t usually use a lot of chicken breast because it tends to get dry and kind of blah. But this marinade gives the chicken a lot of flavor and if you don’t overcook it, it should not be dry. Thanks to this chicken gyro recipe, I can now say I LOVE gyros!
Here is what you’ll need
Add the lemon juice to the crushed garlic
Add the red wine vinegar
Add the olive oil
Add the Greek yogurt
Add the oregano
Cover the chicken with the marinade and refrigerate
Shred the cucumbers
Place the shredded cucumber in a dish towel
Squeeze out the water
Add the cucumbers to the yogurt
Add the garlic
Add the white wine vinegar
Add the salt
And finally the lemon juice
Grill the chicken. Don’t overcook it!
Set up your gyro bar
Pile on your toppings and enjoy!
Chicken Gyros with Tzatziki Sauce
- 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breast
- 4 lb cloves garlic, smashed
- juice of 1 lemon
- 2 tsp red wine vinegar
- 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 2 heaping Tablespoon greek yogurt
- 1 tbsp dried oregano
- salt and pepper
- 1/2 batch of Tzatziki
- sliced tomatoes
- sliced onions
- pita bread
- 1 32 oz container of greek yogurt
- hothouse cucumber peeled and shredded
- 5 cloves garlic, crushed
- 1-2 tsp white wine vinegar
- squeeze of fresh lemon juice
For the sauce:
- Peel and shred the cucumber. Place the shredded cucumber in dish towel and squeeze out all the water. Mix together the greek yogurt, shredded cucumbers, crushed garlic, vinegar and lemon juice. Salt to taste. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
For the chicken:
- 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 to about 350 degrees. Sprinkle the chicken with salt and pepper on both sides, and then grill until cooked through, about 6 minutes per side, depending on the thickness of the chicken breast. Allow the chicken to rest for a few minutes before slicing into strips. Meanwhile, heat your pitas in the microwave for about 20 seconds. Top each pita with chicken, tzatziki sauce and your desired toppings. We had onions and tomatoes but mushrooms might be good too.