Chicken Gyros Dinner

One thing we really miss since moving to our new house in a completely new neighborhood last year (besides our beachfront condo and incredible lake views) is the convenience of spontaneous access to some of our favorite take-out spots. Last week I was up in our old ‘hood for a hair appointment and realized I was right around the corner from one of our old go-tos, an amazing little Lebanese grocery with an incredible selection of pretty special goods, including fresh salads and dips, imported feta, fresh-baked pitas, and homemade savory pastry. So I took a detour and picked up a whole bunch of treats and then let that inspire dinner. Chicken gyros with cucumber/feta/dill salad and grape leaves… hello?! I used the chicken portion of this recipe as inspiration. Here you go…

* ~1lb chicken breast tenders
* 4-5 cloves smashed smashed
* 1 lemon, juiced
* 2t red wine vinegar
* 2T olive oil
* 2-3T plain yogurt
* 1T dry oregano
* salt + pepper to taste

In a medium-sized bowl, combine everything except the chicken, and whisk together until well blended.

Place the chicken tenders into the bowl and toss through to coat thoroughly. Then cover the bowl and refrigerate for as long as you have time for, at least an hour.

Heat a large pan or skillet over medium heat, then cook the chicken until completely cooked through.

Remove from heat and cut into smaller pieces for serving. I served mine with warmed-up fresh pitas, sliced tomato and red onion, and, of course tzatziki sauce. Tzatziki is not hard to make, but it’s easier to buy. And when you know you are getting fresh, authentic goods, just buy it – duh! Vegetable stuffed grape leaves and a small salad of chopped cucumbers with chunked feta, olive oil, lemon juice, and dry dill perfectly completed the meal.

Delicious, healthy, fast, fresh. How much better can you get? Bonus highlights include the discovery that our kid loves stuffed grape leaves and tzatziki! Someone book me a trip to Santorini (I mean us… book us a trip to the Greek Islands).

(Again, here‘s that inspiration recipe, which includes a nice, easy recipe for tzatziki sauce if you want to make it yourself.)

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