I am a newlywed on a budget, just trying to make healthy and inexpensive meals for my husband and I to enjoy. He eats a lot, so cost is a big factor. Though I work 3 jobs, I manage to find time 6 nights a week to cook a full dinner for us both. I am constantly looking for new recipes that are moderately healthy, taste great, and won't break the bank.

On the side, I also own a brownie business called Gersheybars. My passion and love for cooking started when I was just a small child, baking with my mom and grandmother. The brownie recipe has been passed down through 5 generations and I am thrilled to finally have an outlet to share them with everybody else. Friends and family have helped spread the word and made my business as successful as it is today.

Monday, September 3, 2007

Chicken Gyros

Ever since our favorite Greek restaurant was bought out by a new and craptacular owner, we've been on the hunt for some good Greek food. I've never made gyros before, and though these aren't the traditional beef and lamb ones, they are quite tasty and really simple to make. View the original recipe, here.

  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3/4 teaspoon garlic, minced- divided use
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1/2 inch strips
  • 1/2 cup cucumbers, chopped
  • 1/3 cup nonfat yogurt, plain or low-fat yogurt
  • 1/4 teaspoon dill weed
  • 2 gyro bread or pita bread
  • 1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced

1. Combine lemon juice, oil, 1/2 t of the garlic, mustard and oregano in a gallon zip top plastic bag.

2. Add chicken and seal bag.

3. Turn bag and gently move chicken around to distribute marinade evenly.

4. Refrigerate at least 1 hour.

5. In a small bowl combine cucumber, yogurt, dill and remaining garlic. Cover and refrigerate until serving. (NOTE: Cucumbers have a lot of moisture in them so if you want your sauce to be less runny really drain them well and squeeze the water out if you want.).
I drained my cucumbers between some paper towels to get all the water out.

6. Drain chicken, discarding marinade.

7. In a large nonstick skillet saute the chicken for 7-8 minutes or until juices run clear.

8. Spoon half the chicken on each pita and top with cucumber mixture and sliced onion.

9. Lettuce and tomato may be added if you like.

10. Fold in half and enjoy.
We served these with a side salad of lettuce, tomato, onion and mozzarella, drizzled with a light vinaigrette.


DeborahSW said...

These look wonderful and so colorful - my husband LOVES gyros!

Lisa Kendrick said...

These look so good. I've never tried to make gyros, so this will be a fun challenge for me. Thanks!

Great blog!