Oh heyyyy new favorite summer meal. Yeah, that’s right. I’m talking about these gyros.
These were insanely good. As in, I had a girlfriend over for dinner and all we could manage to do was mutter the same sentence over and over through mouthfuls of food: “these are SO good.” Also, we came THIS close to passing up the meal altogether in favor of pho. Because I love pho. And she loves pho. And even if it’s the dead of summer and 80 degrees outside, we both still crave pho. Which is probably why we’re such good friends.
But the point is, we didn’t go to pho. We made this instead. And we didn’t regret it. Not one little bit. Because they took about five minutes to prepare and they.kicked.ass.
So yeah. Thank you, Greece, for inventing such a thing as gyros. Opa.
Ingredients (for the chicken marinade):
- 4 cloves garlic, smashed
- Juice of 1 lemon
- 2 tsp. red wine vinegar
- 2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
- 2 heaping tbsp. plain yogurt
- 1 tbsp. dried oregano
- Salt and pepper
- 1¼ lbs. chicken breast (boneless and skinless)
- pita bread
- tzatziki — I bought mine from Trader Joe’s. If you want to be an overachiever, you can make your own. But just so you know, no one really likes overachievers.
- tomatoes, diced
- red onion (if you like that BS)
- french fries — in Greece, they serve french fries INSIDE your gyro. While you may not see fries in the picture above, you can bet your ass I put them in there after the camera was put away.
To prepare the chicken, combine the garlic, lemon juice, red wine vinegar, olive oil, yogurt, oregano, and salt and pepper to taste in a medium bowl or plastic container. Whisk together until mixed well. Add the chicken breast to the bowl and mix well to coat. Cover and refrigerate for about 1 hour.
Preheat your BBQ and clean the grates. Once hot, grill the chicken until cooked through. Let rest 5 minutes, then slice. Assemble your gyros using the pita bread (I like to microwave/toast the bread first so it’s nice and warm), vegetables, and tzatziki.
Yields: Roughly 4-6 servings
Recipe from: Annie’s Eats