Thursday, January 26, 2012

January's Recipe of the Month... Chicken Gyro's with Tzatziki :)

If you guys have read my 52 for 2012 post, then it won't be a surprise to you that one of my goals was to make, try, and blog about one new recipe from Pinterest each month (or more). This months is Chicken Gyro's with Tzatziki from Annie's Eats Blog... they look utterly amazing! I made them tonight and I can tell you they taste as utterly amazing as they look... I modified her recipe a little because i don't eat onions and it called for them...
{see don't they look delish}

Chicken Gyros
Yield: about 4-6 servings
For the tzatziki:
16 oz. plain yogurt (not nonfat, if possible)
1/2 hothouse cucumber or 1 regular cucumber, peeled and seeded
2-3 cloves garlic, pressed through a garlic press (or finely minced)
1 tsp. white wine vinegar
Salt and pepper
Squeeze of fresh lemon juice
Extra virgin olive oil
For the chicken:
4 cloves garlic, smashed
Juice of 1 lemon
2 tsp. red wine vinegar
2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
2 heaping tbsp. plain yogurt
1 tbsp. dried oregano
Salt and pepper
1¼ lbs. chicken pieces (I use boneless, skinless chicken breast halves)
To assemble:
Pita bread {whole wheat preferably}
Fresh tomatoes, seeded and diced

To make the tzatziki sauce, strain the yogurt using cheesecloth over a bowl. Let strain for several hours or overnight, if possible, to remove as much moisture as possible.

Shred the cucumber. Wrap in a towel a squeeze to remove as much water as possible. Mix together the strained yogurt, shredded cucumber, garlic, white wine vinegar, salt and pepper to taste, and lemon juice. Drizzle lightly with olive oil. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before serving to allow the flavors to meld.

To prepare the chicken, combine the garlic, lemon juice, red wine vinegar, olive oil, yogurt, oregano, and 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.

Cook the chicken as desired, either in the skillet or with the broiler. (I butterflied the chicken breasts and then cooked them under the broiler.) Once the chicken is completely cooked through, transfer to a plate and let rest for 5 minutes. Cut into strips.

Heat pitas (I sprayed with some spray oil and then popped them in the toaster oven for a few minutes). Top with chicken, tzatziki sauce, and diced tomatoes. Serve immediately.

I hope you guys enjoy this as much as i did...
Until Next Time
Peace, Love, and Passion {for good eats}
Love Tesla K.

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