Meals in Demand Nº 1 // Gyros
This recipe is a favorite in our home! I love that I can prep in advance for this meal, it is healthy and also extremely delicious! This recipe was given to me about a year or so ago by the lovely Callie from calliegloriosomays.com and well I have been making it almost non-stop ever since.
- Lemons - 2 *I actually use half lemon juice, half lime juice and typically I use the bottled versions.
- Vegetable Oil - 1/2 cup * I use olive oil... only because I don't buy vegetable oil normally.
- Garlic Cloves (minced) - 8 *I buy the pre-minced garlic from Trader Joe's normally, like I may have mentioned I am all about convenience most of the time!
- Oregano (dried) - 2 tsp
- Salt - 2 tsp
- Pepper - 1/2 tsp
- Chicken Breast - 3 lbs
Mix all of the above up in a sealable container then add in the chicken! I then stab the chicken all over on both sides with a fork, seal up the container, shake it a bit and toss it in the fridge. Leave it in the fridge for at least 2-4 hours oooooor be like me and leave it in the fridge for about 2 or 3 days. Once you are ready for some yummy chicken gyros turn on the grill! I have made these on the grill outdoors and on the grill top inside, I have not tried any other cooking methods, if you do let me know how it turns out!
- Plain Yogurt - 1 1/2 cups *I prefer to use Greek yogurt but any plain yogurt will do!
- Cucumber (finely grated, squeeze off juice) - 1/4 cup
- Garlic (minced) - 2 tsp
- Salt - 1/4 tsp
- Olive Oil - 1 Tbsp
- White Vinegar - 1 1/2 tsp
Did I mention how easy this meal was already? Ha! Just mix all of this up and DONE!
- Red Onion (chopped up finely) - 1/4 to a 1/2 an onion depending on how much you like raw red onion!
- Cucumber (chopped into pretty little squares) - 1 cucumber is well more than you will probably need, but what are you suppose to do with a random half a cucumber?
- Tomato - (you guessed it, chopped up!) - we use anywhere from 2 - 4 Roma tomatoes for this meal
- Feta Cheese
- Kalamata Olives
If you are super adventurous or have a lot of extra time on your hands feel free to make naan bread or some pita's, I buy them at the grocery store. Now here comes the fun part! Take the pita / naan and load up on all the fresh veggies, tzatziki and chicken! I like to make mine look almost like a pizza, that way I have a little bit of all the toppings in each bite once I fold it in half.
*Notes: I tend to make the *'ed changes... the original recipe is fantastic but these changes really knock it out of the park for me. These changes are for convenience sake and also as an added FYI I always double up on seasonings, especially when its a marinade, I LOVE FLAVOR! The recipe above has not been doubled!
*The lighting is terrible in these pictures... that is what I get for avoiding the set up of lights and using a real camera instead of my iPhone, I will work on this!*