I pass by a Greek restaurant a few times a week and every time I drive by my taste buds say mm, chicken gyros! My husband has always told me that he hates Greek food so I've haven't pushed him to go there to eat. But a girl can only take so much so I decided to make them myself. One of Brett's many great qualities Brett has is if I cook it he will eat it. I love that about him!
I was convinced that my kids wouldn't really eat this meal. Oh I knew the twins would eat the chicken and that Isabella might eat come cucumbers and lettuce but I was unsure of the Tzatziki sauce and pita bread. But I was really craving a gyro so I didn't really care if they ate it or not, they could fill up on our side dish and milk. Besides, I don't cater to picky eating since I know that they'll never try anything different unless they are forced to eat it. Yep, I'm that kind of mom!
Chicken Gyro Recipe
3 boneless/skinless chicken breasts (About 1 1/2 pounds)
5 pieces of romaine lettuce
2 Roma tomatoes
2oz feta cheese
6 - pita bread
Greek Salad Dressing
4 oz plain yogurt
1T olive oil
1 garlic clove (though I used two, but I'm a garlic fanatic)
juice of 1/4 of a lemon
zest of the 1/4 lemon
1/2 - 1 1/2 t dill weed (I started with 1/2 t and then slowly added more until I got the taste I wanted)
salt and pepper to taste
Prep the Chicken
- Cut chicken breasts into 1 1/2 inch pieces. Place in a Ziploc bag and add some salad dressing. I just poured some in until it was well coated. Seal the bag and place in the fridge. Marinate for at least 30 minutes.
Make the sauce
- Peel the cucumber and cut into pieces. In a food processor combine the cucumber, olive oil, yogurt, garlic, 1/2 t dill weed, lemon juice and zest, and some salt and pepper. Blend it up and taste it, add more seasoning depending on your preference. Place in a bowl, cover and refrigerate. I made my sauce about an hour before we ate and it was much better at dinner than when I tasted it while I was cooking.
1. Put the marinated chicken onto skewers and grill over med/high heat. They take about 10-13 minutes depending on the heat of your grill. Cut into the chicken to make sure it is cooked all the way through.
2. Meanwhile prep the remaining ingredients.
- thinly slice the onion
- thinly slice the remaining cucumber
- thinly slice the tomato
- cut up the lettuce
3. Once the chicken is done, throw the pita bread on the grill for a minute or two. They will heat up fast so watch them carefully.
4. Pull the pita bread off the grill and assemble!
These were amazing! I've never made gyros before so I looked at a few recipes and merged them into my own. This is a really simple meal to prepare and it was so different from what I usually prepare. Which is good since I've been in a major cooking rut making the same things over and over again lately. Not to mention that this is a very quick meal to prepare. It took me 15 minutes to get the chicken marinated and make the sauce. Later once the chicken was on the grill I sliced up the veggies and set the table in the time the chicken took to cook. I spent about 35 minutes making this meal. Perfect for a busy week night!
And even though this is tooting my own horn, I thought these were better than the ones I used to get at my favorite Greek restaurant in Vegas. They tasted much fresher!
What was the verdict from Brett and the kids? Well Brett loved them and ate seconds. I'm so excited, we can now go to Greek restaurants! Isabella of course hated the chicken but she at least tried it. One day I just know that kid is going to actually like chicken, at least in nugget form. But she LOVED the Tzatziki sauce and pita bread! Mark and Molly ate some chicken, bread, and veggies but they were not fans of the Tzatziki sauce.
No one complained about the meal since there were enough parts that the kids were willing to eat. I'm scoring this meal a win! And thankfully there was enough left over for me to make lunch today. That's right, I hid the sixth piece of pita bread from the kids so I could eat leftovers today. Sometimes I'm an evil genius. And this evil genius has a full belly and happy taste buds.