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Chicken Souvlaki Gyros

I had the chance of a lifetime to go on a leadership trip glorified vacation to Greece the summer after my sophomore year of college, and I fell in love with the food. Their overuse of feta cheese and propensity to put everything in a pita was perfection. I have never had a gyro like the ones I ate in Greece, but I'll take the Americanized version over nothing. My friend Jimmy recently made this recipe for us, and it was so good that I nabbed the recipe and made it again. When I first read the recipe he used, I almost didn't make it. Anything that calls for lemon juice, white vinegar, and olive oil mixed together just doesn't sound right, but no worries friends, somehow those bizarre ingredients create something delicious. If your looking for a way to change up your dinner menu, give this recipe a try!

Ingredients (serves 4):
Chicken Marinade
2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1 inch cubes
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 tsp salt and pepper
1/4 cup white vinegar
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 tsp dry mustard
1/2 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp sage
1/4 tsp savory
1/4 tsp thyme

Tzatziki Sauce
1 cup plain Greek yogurt
1 cup sour cream
3 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp lemon juice
**1 cucumber, peeled, seeded, and diced
1 Tbsp dill
1/2 tsp salt
2 cloves garlic, minced

Extras
pita pockets
1 tomato, diced
feta cheese, crumbled
1 red onion, sliced
kalamata olives (we aren't olive people, so I left those out)

**Cucumbers are mostly water, so pat your cucumbers dry as best you can to remove excess water from getting into your tzatziki sauce.

Directions:
1. Combine all marinade ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Stir in chicken cubes, and refrigerate at least 2 hours before cooking. 
2. Meanwhile, mix all of your tzatziki ingredients together with a whisk. Chill in the refrigerator 2 hours before serving.
3. When you are ready to eat, throw your marinated chicken in the skillet and cook until no longer pink and juices run clear.
4. Take a pita pocket and fill with chicken, extras, and tzatziki sauce to top. Serve and enjoy!


Have you ever had a gyro?

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12 comments :

Mackenzie @bellbliss.blogspot.com said...

Oh man this post has me missing the gyros in Greece. I ate one almost every day when I studied abroad their. Such incredible food! I will have to try this recipe!

The Girl who Loved to Write said...

Love gyros!

Katie said...

mmmm I LOVE gyros! Making the Tzatziki sauce is a lot of work though - I usually just buy it! :)

Kate at Green Fashionista said...

Love gyros and this looks delish! Hop on over and join Emily and I with our brand new recipe swap link up today ;-)

Ali said...

I love gyros! We have a little cafe that makes delicious Greek food, which is amazing for my tiny little town that is mostly Scandinavian in heritage. My hubby makes a good Tzatziki sauce too, so we'll have to try your recipe!

Ali said...

I love gyros! We have a little cafe that makes delicious Greek food, which is amazing for my tiny little town that is mostly Scandinavian in heritage. My hubby makes a good Tzatziki sauce too, so we'll have to try your recipe!

Amy said...

drooling like crazy!
I LOVE LOVE LOVEEEE GYROS!

Jen said...

Yum!!! I love Gyros!!

Christina McGuire said...

Hi Chelsea!
Just came across your blog and happy I did. Cute blog and this recipe sounds DELISH! Just thought I'd say hi as your newest follower. Hope you'll stop by and follow along with my blog as well.
xx
Christina

The McGuire Family

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Emily said...

I love gyros with extra tzatziki sauce so this is awesome! Thanks for linking up your recipe for our Tues swap!

Joanna said...

this sounds incredible! so glad I stumbled upon your blog ;)

new follower!
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Jes said...

This is what we had for dinner last night! YUM!

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