Ok, so if you are Greek and know better, maybe you wouldn't call this a gyro. But I thought it would be so much nicer to tell Andrew that he has Chicken Gyros for dinner, rather than chicken sandwich on a pita with yogurt-cucumber sauce (which is basically what it is). Don't you agree? This chicken gyros (?) are easy to prepare and pretty healthy too. The yogurt sauce and feta cheese bring a good amount of calcium, the chicken is lean protein and there are lots of veggies in the sandwich too. A great meal.
I used only a quarter of a chicken breast for each sandwich. I think it is enough, I like to balance the amount of meat with lots of fresh produce.
Chicken Gyros Recipe:
makes 4 gyros
You will need:
1 chicken breast
2 tomatoes, sliced
4 lettuce leaves
slices of red onion
crumbled feta cheese
4 pita, Greek type (not the pocket type)
For the cucumber-yogurt sauce:
salt and pepper
Make the chicken:
Pat dry and season the chicken breast with salt and pepper. Brush it with some olive oil (or use your hands to spread the oil). Grill chicken on a hot barbeque or indoor grill until cooked, about 12-15 minutes total. Set aside.
Make the cucumber-yogurt sauce:
I really don't know the exact proportions for making this sauce, I guess it is up to your personal taste.
You can shred or dice the cucumber. Mix it with the plain yogurt and the garlic, season with salt and pepper and drizzle a little olive oil. Mix until combined. This sauce can be made in advance and kept in the fridge, it will actually improve the flavours in it.
Assemble the sandwich:
Quickly warm the pita breads so they are easier to roll. You can do this in the oven, microwave or grill. Whatever way you choose, it should take less than a minute.
Drop a spoonful of the sauce on the bottom of each pita. Slice the chicken into strips and divide it into 4 portions. Place one portion on each pita over the sauce. Top it with the tomatoes, the lettuce leaves and the slices of onion. Sprinkle them all with crumbled feta and wrap the pita bread.