Gyros with Greek Chicken, Tzatziki and Homemade Greek Pita Flatbread
Isn’t Greek food amazing? I’ve never been a huge fan until pretty much the last year. I live in the midwest and have temporarily moved to the East coast and there is SO much more Mediterranean food here than where I’m from. We had some delicious gyros last week at a restaurant so it inspired me to create some at home. Yes, these have a lot of steps and they can seem to have a lengthy prep but if you do it all from scratch you’ll be glad you did. Although, if you are looking to make it a little bit healthier you could simply omit the pita altogether and just make it into a salad (which is what I did the second day). Another option would be to serve it over lemon mint rice instead of pita. Don’t get me wrong, the homemade pita is delicious, especially right when it comes off the hot skillet, but lets be honest – we don’t often have a lot of time to make the entire meal from scratch.
These are loaded with fresh and exciting flavors. Bland doesn’t exist in this wrap, which is one of my favorite things about it. This wrap has the works and it will leave you craving them time and time again. Just be sure to add plenty of Tzatziki and Feta, everything is better with lots of cheese and a generous helping of sauce. Enjoy!
- 2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil, plus more for brushing
- 1/4 cup lemon juice
- 3 Tbsp plain Greek yogurt
- 1 Tbsp red wine vinegar
- 1/3 cup chopped red onion
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1 1/2 tsp dried oregano
- 1 tsp dried thyme
- 1/2 tsp coriander
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- 6 – 8 Greek Pita Flatbread, homemade or store-bought (recipe follows)
- Tzatziki sauce, homemade or store-bought (recipe follows)
- Diced Roma tomatoes, peeled and diced cucumbers, chopped Romaine lettuce, diced red onions, feta cheese, cilantro and Kalamata olives (olives optional)
- In a mixing bowl, whisk together olive oil, lemon juice, Greek yogurt, red wine vinegar, chopped red onion, garlic, oregano, thyme, coriander and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste. Place chicken in a gallon ziploc bag, pour marinade over chicken, seal bag while pressing out excess air and transfer to refrigerator to marinate 2 – 4 hours. Remove chicken during the last 30 minutes of marinating to rest at room temperature before grilling (leave in marinade).
- Brush grill grates lightly with oil and preheat grill over moderately high heat. Once hot, add chicken and grill until cooked through (internal temperature should register 165 degrees on an instant read thermometer), rotating once halfway through cooking. Remove from grill transfer to plate and brush chicken lightly with olive oil then cover with foil and allow to rest 10 minutes. Dice into strips.
- To assemble gyros:
- Layer chicken in a row along center of pita, top with lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, Kalamata olives, red onion, feta, cilantro and tzatziki sauce. Wrap and serve.
- 1 medium cucumber, peeled, seeded and chopped into chunks*
- 1 tsp salt, plus more to taste
- 1 cup plain Greek yogurt (I used fat free)
- 1 clove garlic, finely minced
- 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
- 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tsp red wine vinegar
- 1 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley
- 1 Tbsp chopped fresh dill (or 1 tsp dried)
- Freshly ground black pepper
- Place diced cucumber in a mesh strainer or colander and sprinkle with salt, toss to evenly coat then allow to rest 30 minutes at room temperature.
- Rinse cucumbers and place over several layers of paper towels. Squeeze some of the liquid from cucumbers (almost as if wringing moisture from a cloth). Place cucumbers in food processor and pulse to chop to desired size. Add in Greek yogurt, garlic, lemon juice, olive oil, red wine vinegar, parlsey, and dill and season with salt and pepper to taste. Plus to blend (or if you want it chunky you can simply stir the other ingredients in using a bowl and spoon so the cucumbers are chopped up more). Store in refrigerator in an airtight container up to 3 days.
- *I just peeled the cucumber, sliced in half lengthwise, then used a spoon to scoop the seeds out and diced into chunks.
- 2 tsp active dry yeast
- 2 1/2 tsp granulated sugar
- 2/3 cup warm water, 110 degrees
- 1/2 cup + 2 Tbsp milk, heated to 110 degrees
- 1 1/2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil, plus more for bowl
- 1 1/4 tsp salt
- 3 cups bread flour (can add up to 1/4 cup more flour as needed)
- In the bowl of an electric stand mixer, whisk together yeast, sugar and warm water until yeast has dissolved then let rest 5 minutes. Add in warm milk, olive oil, salt and 1 1/2 cups bread flour and fit mixer with whisk attachment and blend mixture until well combined. Switch attachment to hook attachment, add in remaining 1 1/2 cups flour and knead mixture on low speed until blended, then increase to medium-low and allow to knead about 5 minutes longer until smooth an elastic (dough should not stick to sides of the bowl, so add more flour if necessary). Transfer dough to bowl lightly coated with oil, cover with a damp towel and allow to rest in a warm place until double in size, about 1 1/2 hours.
- Press dough down and divide dough into 6 – 8 equal portions. Working with one piece at a time, roll dough out into a round (I made 6 large 8-inch pitas) on a lightly floured surface. Heat a large non-stick skillet slightly over medium heat. Once hot, add flatbread and cook until bubbles begin to appear on surface and bottom is golden brown, then flip and cook opposite side until golden brown. Transfer to a large plate, cover with foil leaving a small opening for excess moisture to escape. Repeat process with remaining flatbread. Store in an airtight container (best served day prepared. I’d rewarm mine wrapped in damp paper towels in the microwave).