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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Chicken Gyros and Tzatziki Sauce

As many of you know, we went to the Greek islands on our honeymoon last year. The beaches were lovely, the people were warm and friendly, the Ouzo was, well...Ouzo, but the GYROS, oh man!! In Santorini we had a little corner spot that we liked to hit up on our way back from the beach. An appetizer, before our hors d'oeuvres of olives, cheese, and wine, before dinner. Yes, lots of eating. Anyway, the buttery grilled pitas with the greasy seasoned chicken oozing with cucumber yogurt sauce and fresh tomatoes were just about heaven. I found this recipe online as I was looking for stuff to do with cukes. This tzatziki sauce is just about spot-on.

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts cut into 1/4" strips
2 tbsp finely chopped dill
2 tsp dried oregano
1 onion, thinly sliced
A little olive oil for the saute
Juice of 1 lemon
Salt and pepper

8 oz Greek yogurt
1/2 cucumber grated and squeezed to remove all water
2-3 tbsp fresh dill, finely chopped
4 scallions, finely chopped
2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
Drizzle of olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
*Optional: 1 clove garlic (use garlic press)  

8 pitas
Fresh lemon juice
Diced tomatoes

1. Place chicken and other gyro ingredients in a large freezer bag and marinate a few hours or overnight.
2. Mix the tzatziki ingredients together in a medium sized bowl and set aside in the fridge.
3. Heat large skillet to medium high and saute the chicken in a little olive oil with onion until chicken cooked through (remove chicken if onions need to cook longer - they should be soft).
4. Heat a separate pan to medium high heat and drizzle a little olive oil in the pan or lightly spray the pitas with Pam or other spray oil.
5. Heat each pita until it's warm and soft, keep closed tightly in tinfoil until ready.
6. Assemble the gyros by loading the chicken, onions and other serving ingredients onto the pita (not as a pocket but they should be soft enough to fold around the insides like a taco). Spoon the tzatziki on top and you're ready! 

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