Tasty Tuesday – Chicken Gyros with Homemade Tzatziki Sauce

This week’s kitchen experiment is a recipe I found on Pinterest a few months ago…  I chose to make it this week, because I am really missing good food and my kitchen!  We recently moved from Long Island, NY to Ohio and the difference in the quality of take out food is staggering.  I would usually not even care, because I would compensate by simply cooking at home.  However, I can’t do that right now, because we haven’t been able to move into our house yet.  Thank you oh so much Summit County Sheriff…

Eh – enough of my whining.

So, we borrowed a kitchen and made some Greek food!  I love Gyros (pronounced Yee-ros).  Lamb, not so much…  So a standard gyro was out, which left the natural substitute at our house – chicken.  I went searching through my Pinterest recipes (because my cookbooks are in storage) and found one for Chicken Gyros.

I really liked the recipe, so I stayed pretty true to the original.  She coked the chicken whole and cut it up after it was cooked.  I chose to cube mine before marinating it, so that the sauce would interact with more of the chicken’s surface.

But, I’m getting ahead of myself…

First I made the marinade.  I gathered my ingredients and the tools I needed.

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Then I combined in a medium sized bowl the garlic, vinegar, oregano, olive oil, salt, pepper, Greek yogurt, and lemon juice.  Once I had everything all whisked together, I added my cubed chicken and stirred until it was well coated.  After everything was soaking in the Greek flavored goodness, I put it in the fridge to chill.

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Then it was on the making the Tzatziki Sauce.  (I got the best compliment on this part of the meal! – Gwen said it was as good as the Greek place we used to order from in NY.)  I gathered the ingredients for this, most of which I had used to make the marinade.

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First I peeled and seeded the cucumber.  Peeling is pretty straight forward, but I used a spoon and scooped out the seeds like you do with a melon.  It was surprising how simple it was.

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Once it was peeled and seeded, I grated it and removed as much of the excess liquid as possible.  How do you do that?  It’s simple really.  You wrap the grated cucumber in a towel (paper works) and squeeze until the fluid stops coming out.

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Dried Grated Cucumber

Dried Grated Cucumber

To the grated cucumber I added the lemon juice, white wine vinegar, Greek yogurt (the better quality yogurt you use the better the sauce tastes), salt, pepper, and garlic.

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When I had all the ingredients combined, I drizzled the mixture with olive oil and mixed that in.  Then it was off to the icebox to join the marinating chicken.

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When everything was nice and cold, I cooked the chicken and gathered the toppings for the gyros.

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It only took about 10 minutes for the chicken to cook all the way through.  Then we assembled our gyros according to our own tastes.

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This is the finished product, and boy were they yummy!!!

 

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