Thursday, September 6, 2012

Go Greek!

I'm a little shocked that it's taken me so long to share this recipe (and if I have, then I have a really poor memory, whoops).  It was my first Pinterest success story, and what prompted me to want to cook ALL THE THINGS that I found on Pinterest (and the recipe that convinced Sakief that Pinterest wasn't so bad after all, if it meant I cooked him delicious food).

Healthy Chicken Gyros:

Tzatziki sauce:
1 cup plain Greek yogurt
1 regular cucumber, peeled and seeded
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 teaspoon white wine vinegar
Salt and pepper
Squeeze of fresh lemon juice
Extra virgin olive oil

Shred (I use a cheese grater; a food processor would work too) the peeled and seeded cucumber.  Squeeze out the excess water (I put mine in a paper towel to squeeze it).  Combine with the other ingredients and drizzle with EVOO. Prepare the night before for best flavor.

For the chicken:
2 teaspoons minced garlic
Juice of 1 lemon (2-3 Tablespoons)
2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 heaping Tablespoons plain Greek yogurt
1 Tablespoon dried oregano
Salt and pepper
1 1/4 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breasts

Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl, then add chicken to marinade.  Let sit overnight for best flavor.

Cook the chicken however you'd like (skillet, broiler, grill, etc).  Cut into strips.  Serve on a pita (pictured with a high fiber tortilla, I LOVE them) with tzatziki sauce and diced tomatoes and onion (red is best, I had yellow, whatever).

For an even better low carb option, and how I usually eat this dish, serve as a salad over baby spinach and use the tzatziki as a dressing.  It's delicious!  I only ate this tonight in a tortilla because I was too lazy to go to the grocery store for spinach, and broccoli just didn't sound appetizing with it (and remember, this is a LOW carb life, not NO carb).

Last night's cooking (when I was preparing everything for tonight, as well as last night's dinner) was quite an adventure for my poor hands.  I made spaghetti sauce for dinner, and as I was draining the fat from the meat, I managed to spray it all over my left hand.  Needless to say, it still hurts.  Then as I was grating the cucumber, I thought it might taste delicious to add some skin from my right thumb.... It's the first time I've bled since moving to Texas, and probably the most profusely I've bled in years, and I couldn't find a stupid band aid.  But I did have paper towel and medical tape... totally the same thing, right?  And not annoying at all.  But the spaghetti was delicious (served with veggie pasta, noms), as well as the gyros, so I guess it was worth the sacrifice.


  1. Omg I'm making these gyros ASAP! Yum! Thanks for sharing

  2. It's seriously my favorite pinterest recipe so far. And they are so good! I hope you like them as much as I do :)