How could I forget this dish! I thought I had already shared this recipe with you, but to my surprise I hadn’t. I made these as soon as I came across the recipe last summer and they are still a favorite of mine. For the longest time I wouldn’t go near gyros, I don’t know if it was the mysterious meat or what, but I love them now. This is a simplified way to enjoy gyros from the comfort of your home and it is quite a refreshing spin on a gyro with chicken being the main ingredient. The tzatziki sauce is a must so don’t skip out!
For the Tzatziki Sauce:
16 oz of greek yogurt (if you can’t find greek yogurt you can use plain yogurt)
1 regular cucumber, peeled and seeded or 1/2 hothouse cucumber
2 to 3 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon white wine vinegar
Salt and Pepper, to taste
A squeeze of fresh lemon juice
Extra virgin olive oil
For the Chicken:
4 cloves garlic, minced
Juice of one lemon
2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 heaping tablespoons yogurt (Greek or plain)
1 tablespoon dried oregano
Salt and pepper
1 1/4 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breast
Fresh tomatoes, seeded and diced
Red onion, sliced
To make the Tzatziki sauce:
If using plain yogurt, strain the yogurt using cheesecloth over a bowl. Let strain for several hours or overnight, if possible to remove as much moisture as possible. If using Greek yogurt, skip this step.
Shred the cucumber. Wrap in a towel and squeeze to remove as much water as possible. Mix together the yogurt, shredded cucumber, garlic, white wine vinegar, salt and pepper to taste, and lemon juice. Drizzle lightly with olive oil. Refrigerate for at least 3o 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 chicken to the bowl and mix well to coat. Cover and refrigerate for about one hour.
Heat pitas ( either using a dry pan on stove or in oven). Top with chicken, tzatziki sauce, diced tomatoes, and sliced onions. Serve immediately.