Gyro: The Close Cousin of the Kebab, Filled With Chicken, Veggies, and Homemade Tzatziki
Discover Greece in your kitchens with the wonderful gyro. My version is made with chicken, veggies, and homemade tzatziki – basically a healthy meal.
All you would need to do to make it really healthy is skip the pita bread. Which I obviously didn’t do. The joy of the dish lies in the yogurt-based marinade for the chicken, making it tender in both texture and flavor. This marinade would probably work for chicken barbeque, too. Once the meat has been marinated for some time, you can cook it on a pan, in the oven, or on a grill. I chose the pan.
For the chicken:
0,5 kg chicken (drumstick meat or fillet);
olive oil for baking;
0,2 kg greek yogurt;
Juice of 1 lemon;
2 tablespoons of vinegar (I used apple);
1 tablespoon dried oregano;
3 garlic cloves, chopped;
salt and pepper to taste.
For the tzatziki:
1 English cucumber, grated;
1 teaspoon of salt;
1 teaspoon of olive oil;
0,3 kg greek yogurt;
4 garlic cloves;
1 teaspoon of vinegar (I, again, used apple);
1 tomato, finely chopped (optional but recommended).
1 green bell pepper, julienned;
1 red onion, sliced;
olives for serving.
First, marinate the meat. In a big bowl, mix all the ingredients from the first part (For the chicken), except for oil. Leave for at least an hour. Overnight, ideally. Just keep it refrigerated then. Once you’re ready, cook the chicken according to your own preference.
Let’s make the tzatziki. In a big bowl, mix the salt, vinegar, and oil. Dice the garlic very finely and add it, too. Stir well. Add the cucumber, tomato (if using), and yogurt. Stir again and put it in the fridge. It tastes better if it gets to spend a couple of hours there.
While the meat is cooking, warm up the pita bread in the oven. I cooked some of the pepper and onion together with the chicken and served the rest fresh.
Spread tzatziki on a piece of warm pita bread, add chicken and vegetables. Serve with olives. Ideally, marinated Greek kalamata olives. Traditionally, they are marinated in red wine vinegar, sea salt, and water, but a tablespoon of oil never hurt no one, either.