One of my favorite things to eat when I am dieting and out to eat is Chicken Gyros or Chicken Souvlaki. I love the grilled meat, puffy pita and best of all the creamy Tzatziki sauce. You can usually always find it on the menu in a Diner. I didn't always want to eat it when I am out so I came up with my own recipe to make at home.
Healthy Chicken Gyros
- 5 boneless skinless chicken thighs
- 1/4 cup of greek vinagrette
- 1/2 tblsp onion powder
- 1/2 tblsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tblsp crushed dried oregano
- 1/2 fresh lemon
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 6 oz container of fat free plain Greek yogurt
- 1/2 fresh lemon
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp pepper
- 1/2 tsp oregano
- 1/2 medium cucumber.
- 1 tsp minced garlic
- 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
- Homemade Pita* (or store bought)
- 1 medium onion
- If you are making your own pita I would make it first.
- Mix the chicken thighs with the vinaigrette, spices and juice from the lemon half. Marinate for at least 2 hours.
- While the chicken is marinating start on your tzatziki sauce. Peel cucumber and slice in half the long way. Take a spoon and scoop out all of the seeds. Using a cheese grater, shred the cucumber. Place the shredded cucumber in a thick paper towel, clean kitchen towel or cheesecloth and squeeze out all of the liquid.
- Place cucumber, juice from the 1/2 lemon and the rest of the ingredients listed under the Tzatziki sauce in a small bowl and mix well. Cover and place in refrigerator for at least 2 hours.
- I used a George Foreman grill to cook my chicken thighs. They take about 8 minutes, check them after 4 minutes and turn if the top side is getting too charred. You can also bake in the oven for about 25 minutes at 350 degrees. Check your chicken to make sure it is fully cooked.
- Cut onion into 1/4" thick slices, place on grill and cook for about 8 minutes. (If you don't have a grill you can cook in a pan with a little bit of olive oil until they are caramelized.)
- When chicken has cooled a bit slice into strips. Separate cooked onion into rings and set aside.
- Heat up your pita in a dry pan until it is warm and pliable. Cut in half
- Stuff chicken into the pita and serve with onions and Tzatziki sauce.
*I decided to make my own pita because I could never find a good pita that was lower in calories. Either the pita tasted good but had tons of calories or tasted horrible and had lower calories. With the recipe I linked above I used half white flour and half whole wheat flour. They come out to about 150-170 calories per pita and taste really good.