For us here in Colorado, the State Fair will be in full swing this weekend, and for me, that means it is Gryo time! Most people have their favorite fair foods, but they are usually more dessert type foods. Don’t get me wrong, I like funnel cake, Indian fry bread and elephant ears, but there is something about the fair gyros that draw me in.
Luckily, I found this recipe a couple years ago and it is pretty easy and delicious. I still recommend going to the State Fair and getting the authentic Gyro in the “fair” atmosphere, but I do recommend this recipe when you want to feed your craving at home.
3/4 Cup balsamic vinaigrette salad dressing
3 Tbsp lemon juice
1 Tbsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
4 chicken halves (you can dice the chicken or leave it in halves)
– marinate chicken in the seasoning mix and refrigerate for at least an hour.
Tzatziki (cucumber) Sauce
1/2 Cup shredded or finely diced cucumbers (remove seeds if you wish)
1 tsp kosher salt
1 Cup plain yogurt (or plain Greek yogurt)
1/4 Cup sour cream
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1/2 Tbsp rice vinegar
1 tsp olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced
1 Tbsp chopped fresh dill
1/2 tsp greek seasoning
kosher salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
4 large pita breads (rounds)
lettuce diced (about 2 cups)
red onion, sliced thin
1 tomato sliced or diced
1 Cup feta cheese
1/2 Cup Greek olives
To make the sauce – Toss the cucumbers in the tsp of kosher salt and toss to coat, let sit for 5 minutes.
In a medium sized bowl, mix the yogurt, lemon juice, rice vinegar and olive oil. Season with the garlic, dill and Greek seasoning, stir well. Squeeze the cucumbers to remove excess water and then stir into the sauce. Season to taste with the salt and pepper. Refrigerate until ready to use.
Take the chicken out of the marinade and grill or pan fry until fully cooked. Let chicken cool about 5-10 minutes and then slice into thin strips or dice (whichever is your preference)
Place the pita bread on the stove or grill to warm, turn often so as not to burn. Place sliced/diced chicken on the pita along with lettuce, onion, tomato and olives, pour sauce over and top with feta cheese.
Enjoy every savory bite. And think of me if you are looking for a new kitchen to enjoy making this delicious recipe in 🙂
Photo courtesy of krookroo