Monday, March 12, 2012

Chicken Gyro

     It's the second Monday of the month which means it's reveal day for Secret Recipe Club. This month I was assigned Andrea's blog Adventures in All Things Food. I really had a hard time picking just one recipe this month, but I finally decided on this recipe for gyros.  The recipe is actually for tzatziki sauce and homemade pita bread. Andrea used lamb to make hers, but I made chicken gyros. I've been craving a Greek restaurant I used to go to in college, so this seemed fitting.
     It's my mission right now to master breads. I've been making dinner rolls and dessert breads like crazy these days. This was my first attempt at homemade pita bread, and it definitely won't be my last! Homemade, yet again, is so much better than store bought bread. I did change them a little by using whole wheat flour, which I do in everything I make. Now I wouldn't say I have mastered the pita (mine was too thin to slice in half to fill, I had to fold them), but the flavor was definitely there. I blame the weather (cold, dry Indiana winter) for the yeast not rising as much I would like.
     The second part of Andrea's recipe was the tzatziki sauce. The definitely made the whole thing taste like a Greek sandwich. I have actually attempted to make this one other time (a different recipe) and it was TERRIBLE! Andrea's recipe was delicious! It was easy to make and totally worth going homemade over store bought, which after that first attempt I thought was the only way.
Pita Bread:
2-1/4 tsp yeast (or 1 pkg)
1/2 cup warm water
2-1/2 cups + 2 Tbl whole wheat flour
2 Tbl wheat gluten
1-1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar
1 cup lukewarm water
Chicken:
1/2 cup balsamic vinaigrette
3 Tbl lemon juice
1 Tbl dried oregano
1/2 tsp pepper
2 cloves garlic
1 lb chicken, cubed
Tzatziki Sauce:
1 small container Greek yogurt
1 seedless cucumber
1-1/2 Tbl lemon juice
2 cloves garlic, minced
dash cumin
dash salt
dash pepper
  • Bread (start about 4 hours early!): Dissolve yeast in 1/2 cup warm water. Add sugar and stir until dissolved. Let stand for about 15 minutes or until foamy.
  • In a separate bowl, combine flour and salt. Pour in the yeast and slowly add 1 cup warm water. Stir well. 
  • Knead for 10-15 minutes until dough is no longer sticky. 
  • Place dough in sprayed bowl that has plenty of room to rise. Turn dough upside down to coat with oil. Sit in a warm place for about 3 hours or until doubled.

  • Chicken (marinates for about an hour!): Combine vinaigrette, lemon juice, oregano, pepper, and garlic in a resealable bag.  Toss in cubed chicken and refrigerate for at least an hour. 

  • Tzatziki Sauce (refrigerate 1 hour before serving!): Finely grate cucumber. Lightly salt it and place in colander so excess moisture will drain off.
  • Add your other ingredients and mix well. Refrigerate 1 hour for flavors to combine.

  •  Finishing up Once your bread is doubled, roll out in a rope. Divide into 10-12 pieces and form balls. Place on floured surface and let them rest, covered, for about 10 minutes. 
  • Preheat oven to 500* with the rack on the very bottom. Preheat your baking sheet now too.
  • Remove chicken from marinade and place in skillet (or grill!) Cook until juices run clear, about 8 minutes. Keep warm.
  • Back to bread: Roll each ball of dough into a 6 inch circle and bake for about 4 minutes until the bread puffs up. Turn over and bake for another 2 minutes. Remove each pita, use spatula to gently push down, and place in storage bag. Repeat.
  • Top (or stuff) pita with meat, Tzatziki sauce, sliced tomato (and traditionally sliced red onion).




12 comments:

  1. Great choice! I am glad you enjoyed them. I haven't made this recipe for a while and might slip it back into the meal plan soon because now I have a craving. Thank you for your kind words. Happy cooking.

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  2. This is one of my favorite meals EVER! Once you have home made pita bread though you're spoiled forever and it's so hard to eat a storebought pita!!! Looks so delicious!

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  3. I'll bet these were wonderful! My kind of meal for sure!

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  4. I have made homemade pita breads and it gives a great sense of achievement but usually I just take them out of the freezer and concentrate on the filling! I love homemade tzatziki with marinated chicken.

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  5. I've had that same problem with pita bread. I made it once on a good weather day and it was fantastic. Made it the next week with crappy weather and it wouldn't rise right. But sounds like you still made a fantastic recipe.

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  6. Totally impressed that you gave making the pita a bash.

    If you haven't already, I'd love for you to check out my Group 'A' SRC entry: Broiled Sushi.

    Lisa~~
    Cook Lisa Cook

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  7. Bread is so easy to make, but I feel like lots of people are intimidated by making it. Love that you gave pitas a whirl. Definitely inspiring to me! I'm stopping by from Secret Recipe Club. I hope you'll swing by Seasonalpotluck.com March is artichoke month! http://bit.ly/zRfNjo I'd love if you'd link up your artichoke recipes!

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  8. Wow. That looks incredibly good, bread, chicken and sauce - everything. I hope you do delivery!

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  9. We're having a similar dish tonight. I hope mine turn out as well!

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  10. now I must get my breakfast, I've been looking at your recipes for a while and I'm getting really hungry, this gyro looks delicious!

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  11. Love this! Great choice for SRC....I love that your pita is whole wheat. Going to give this a try soon!

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