Wednesday, June 30, 2010
I have never made tzatziki sauce but I love eating it. I was trying to make something Greek but I'm not too into lamb so I went for something fairly simple but still Greek enough for me!
I used boneless breast tenders and then grilled them after they marinated for awhile. The chicken turned out well and was delicious!
We're not big feta or olive fans so we kept the toppings pretty simple. The sauce was amazing! I'd never made it before. I did go easy on the dill, I just shook a sprinkle or 2 in and tasted and it was fine.
My brother, who is doesn't overly like cucumbers, said he LOVED the sauce. We couldn't get enough of these. I used 100 - calorie whole wheat pita halves. My brother found them annoying and just put his on a tortilla. Not very Greek but it did seem to work better. I told you, we put everything on a tortilla!
Chicken Souvlaki Gyro Style
Recipe adapted from Allrecipes
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
2 tbsp. olive oil
3 tbsp. lemon juice
1 tbsp. oregano
1/2 tsp. black pepper
2 lbs. boneless chicken breast strips
1/2 cup seeded, shredded cucumber
1 tsp. salt
1 cup plain yogurt
1/4 cup sour cream
1 tbsp. lemon juice
1/2 tbsp. seasoned rice vinegar
1 tsp. olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 tsp. crushed dill (more if you like)
1/2 tsp. Greek seasoning (I used oregano, thyme, basil, onion and garlic seasonings)
Salt and pepper to taste
Red onion, thinly sliced
In a small bowl, mix the balsamic vinegar, olive oil, lemon juice, oregano and pepper. Place chicken in a large resealable plastic baggie and pour marinade over it and refrigerate for several hours.
Toss the shredded cucumber with the tsp. of salt and allow to sit at least 5 minutes. In a medium bowl, mix the yogurt, sour cream, lemon juice, vinegar and olive oil. Season with garlic and spices. Squeeze the cucumber to remove any excess water over a strainer. Stir into the sauce. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Refrigerate until ready to use.
Remove chicken from marinade and grill until chicken is done. Discard marinade. Cut cooked chicken into thin strips. Place pita rounds on grill and cook for 2 minutes until warm.
Set pita rounds, chicken and toppings out and assemble Gyros as desired.
Total calories = 1400 calories (estimate for marinated chicken, sauce and lettuce, tomato, onion toppings)
10 servings = 140 calories
2 Chicken Souvlaki Gyros with 100 calorie pita bread = 480 calorie dinner
Calories calculated from calorieking.com. Some numbers are approximate and rounded.