Lemon Chicken Gyros with Tzatziki and Feta

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First it was falafel, then burgers, and now, chicken gyros.

This place reeks of a street food fair.

 

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Someone get me a curbside cart. And a megaphone. Always a megaphone.

[Please come over? Bathe me? A new-ish set of pajamas?]

 

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My criteria is rigid: all food I make lately must be stuffed inside a buttery flatbread and then wrapped once more in parchment or foil. No utensils. Hand hold-able. Bib preferable.

I simply won’t budge.

Daniel likes to remind me we’re not actually eating on the street so there’s no need to sit cross legged on the window ledge and litter on our floor.

Such a square, that one.

 

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This doughy flatbread is filled with lemon-oregano marinated chicken, chopped tomatoes, thinly sliced red onion, shredded romaine, creamy and cool tzatziki sauce, and crumbled feta.

One messy, chin dribbling bite is lemon and bright parsley and garlic and tang. The chicken is juicy, the bread is warm and blistered, the whole thing a crescendo of flavor.

Make it. Wrap it in parchment. Eat it with your hands and a bottle of ice cold soda. Pretend you’re at my house. Eating on the street.

We can litter and graffiti my wall.

 

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Lemon Chicken Gyros with Tzatziki and Feta

Yield: 2 Servings

Serving Size: 1 Chicken Gyro

Calories per serving: 380

Fat per serving: 22g

Ingredients

    Lemon Chicken:
  • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 8 ounces boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into ½-inch pieces
  • Quick Tzatziki:
  • ¼ cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh dill
  • Remaining Ingredients:
  • 2 pita bread (I recommend Joseph’s Flax, Oat Bran, and Whole Wheat
  • 2 cups chopped romaine lettuce
  • ½ cup chopped cucumber
  • ½ medium tomato, chopped
  • ½ small red onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 ounces feta cheese (½ cup)
  • ½ cup fresh parsley, finely chopped, for serving

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl, whisk the lemon juice, olive oil, oregano, thyme, garlic, salt, and pepper. Add the chicken, toss to coat, cover, and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  2. Remove the chicken from the bowl and discard the marinade.
  3. Spray a large nonstick skillet well with cooking spray, add the chicken and cook until the pieces are completely cooked through, about 8 minutes. Transfer to a plate.
  4. In a small bowl, combine the yogurt and dill.
  5. Lay the pita bread on a work surface and spread half of the tzatziki on each. Divide the chicken among the pitas, followed by the romaine, cucumber, tomato, feta, a bit of fresh parsley. Fold and serve!

Notes

Nutrition Information: Calories 380, Fat 22g, Carb 19g, Fiber 7g, Sugars 3g, Protein 33g *Nutrition calculated using Joseph's Brand 60-calorie pita bread

http://www.canyoustayfordinner.com/2011/04/10/lemon-chicken-gyros-with-tzatziki-and-feta/

 

Comments

  1. Sarah says

    Where I went to college there was the best gyro place down the road. The gyros of course were better after a night of drinking, and was always packed at bar close. This is a great at home chicken version that I definitely will be trying soon!

  2. johnny says

    It just simply looks great! Will be trying it with home made flat bread very soon. Got to get over this cold first. :)

  3. says

    Wow! I’m definitely making this for my family. I know they’ll love it. I just have to think of a different meat to use since there’s a chicken hater involved :)

    The pictures are beautiful!

  4. says

    “Daniel likes to remind me we’re not actually eating on the street so there’s no need to sit cross legged on the window ledge and litter on our floor.” <– That part made me LOL hard!! Gorgeous photos Andrea – this looks delicious, and even better than street food!

  5. says

    I would love something wrapped in flatbread right now. Especially something as delicious-looking as this :)
    Oh and I also wanted to tell you that I love your blog and your style of writing!

  6. says

    These look amazing! I’ve been craving Greek food lately and had some not-so-great gyros this weekend. I need a better fix for my craving!

  7. says

    That looks amazing! “Daniel likes to remind me we’re not actually eating on the street so there’s no need to sit cross legged on the window ledge and litter on our floor.” I laughed out loud at this as well. I say go for it! Makes life a whole lot of fun when you do things to the max. :)

  8. says

    The flatbread you are using looks so delish! Where do you get it? I’ve only found icky dried-out pita…and haven’t had the time to try and make my own!

  9. says

    Everytime I see the word “gyro” I think if the scene in Anchorman where he says “we’ve taken up jogging…or is it “yogging” with a silent j?” and I laaaughh…
    And then I get hungry for gyros.
    Both those things just happened.

  10. june in ireland says

    Oh…my…stars…this looks so delicious! I’ve not had a gyro (the Middle Eastern cafes here call them shawarmas, but I’m pretty sure they’re either the same thing or very similar) in too long a time (months!) and after reading this (and seeing the food porn…emmm….I mean, photos of the gyros), I want one right now.

    Have you ever made your own flat bread? Not pita, but something like this? It’s called lafa or laffa bread (Turkish and/or Iraqi), but it’s similar to naan, as well. If anyone here has a recipe for this flat bread, please please please can you share it with me/us? I’ve made my own pita bread but it’s nothing as sponge-y or dough-y or comfort-foodie as this particular bread is.

    Thanks for sharing! I’ve just subbed to your blog over the weekend, and I love it.

  11. says

    I am a sucker for anything tossed in tzaziki. This post literally made me laugh out loud but…honestly…they pretty much always do!

  12. says

    We need some street food in Western Mass. We have the Herrell’s Magic Bus, but I think that is fast becoming a myth. Really sad I didn’t end up trying any street food in LA, it really isn’t a thing over here and it makes me sad. These look delicious by the way. I feel like I’ll have to buy a bag of flatbread and try all these out some week :)

  13. says

    Love gyros and yours look divine. There is nothing better than a simple, healthy meal that can be eaten with your hands. Can’t wait to try this recipe. Great idea to mix fresh dill with dried oregano & thyme. In this season, we can get fresh dill, but the other herbs are a bit tougher to find fresh and more expensive too, so dried is the way to go.

  14. says

    These look amazing! I have been on a mediterranean food kick lately. My uncle is Lebanese, so we grew up eating this type of food – love it! Question – what type of flatbread did you use for these? They look delish!

    • says

      Thanks Kristina! I found this pack of flatbread in the deli-bakery section of my local supermarket (QFC which is the same as Kroger). They’re fabulous because they’re slightly charred, but still moist and olive oily :)

  15. Ariail says

    These were awesome!! I cooked them for dinner tonight and my whole family loved them! Thank you so much for posting this recipe. I added a little lime juice and garlic to my Tzatziki sauce though.

  16. Stacie says

    Phenomenal!!!! My husband said these were in his top 10 recipes of all time! The only thing I did was add kalamata olives into the mix and some garlic, salt & pepper to sauce. They are so good and I recommend everyone add this to their go to recipe. Would also be perfect for hosting a dinner.

  17. sarah says

    I’ve made these twice this month- yummy. The lemony garlicky pan juices are delicious drizzled over oven roasted broccoli or brussel sprouts. Thanks for the recipe. Also, when I read your exercise history, I just about cried with joy. I’ve kept off 40 lbs for a year, and look forward to not exercising like a demon from now on. I HATE running. I’m taking your advice and plan to spend some pleasant time walking, biking, and doing pilates instead. Thanks.

  18. Katie says

    I made this tonight and it was FABULOUS, thank you very much! I love your recipes, keep up the delicious work!

  19. Matt P. says

    OMG! I tried these today and nothing but amazing! Since I am mediterranean (Spanish/Italian) myself I added a couple things. I followed the chicken reciepe to exact though. AMAZING! I did add diced cucumber to the tzatziki, as well Kalmata olives. I also found a great wheat pita bread. My roomies totally loved them. For sure going to be following more of your reciepes. I also felt amazing after too, sometimes I feel lethargic after a meal. But this time I was full and still felt great. Can’t wait to see what else I get my hands on. ;0)

  20. Elizabeth says

    Hi! Just a quick question: if you eliminate the flatbread, what would the calorie count of one serving be? Just want to make sure I do this whole thing correctly…

    Thanks so much!

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