Chicken Pita Gyros

Chicken Pita Gyros

Photo by Cristina Gonzalez

A century ago (it seems ;0) I worked as a hostess in a Greek cruise ship for 7 months… really fun times! And because I was a “hostess with the mostest” I was lucky enough to be able to get off the boat in every port, what was great as no many cruise ship staff got the same chance; my friend and I explored every corner of the Greek Aegean Islands, Istanbul & Kusadasi. Every Wednesday we stopped in Rhodes for the day, and Rhodes meant, shopping, pita gyros and beach (in that order, religiously) I soooo loved that island and I can almost still taste those glorious pita gyros… Pita gyros consists of a “barbequey” meat (usually pork or chicken) cooked in a vertical spit (like the kebabs, same thing) fresh tomato, red onion, chips and Tatziki or garlicky mayo, all rolled up in a rather soft and “pillowy” pita bread (nothing to do with the ones you buy in the store I am afraid… although, if you don’t have time to make your own pita, store- bought will have to do) this is what the stuff looks like… I had to borrow these couple of photos from Explore Crete as in my lively years all I photographed was… mmm my friends, some interesting sites and the odd hot guy, he he

Gyros---Crete

This recipe might seem rather lengthy, but do not fret, it is not bad at all; it has a few components that can be prepared in advance and kept in the fridge (having a barbecue with a grill and a hot plate helps a lot, as you can cook the chicken and the pitas at the same time, while you have a cheeky glass of vino… maybe…) the pita breads almost don’t need any kneading, and anyway it is so nice and relaxing to give the dough a good beating… you will come out of this one, fed and relaxed; best therapy ever!

I tend to go a little heavy on the sauce and love making a little piglet of myself, why not? After all, this version of the pita gyros has probably a fraction of the calories of the real thing, and nothing to envy!

Chicken Pita Gyros

Photo by Cristina Gonzalez

Chicken-Pita-Gyros

Photo by Cristina Gonzalez

Chicken Pita Gyros

Yield: 8 smallish pita gyros

Ingredients

  • 1 ripe big tomato, chopped
  • 1/4 red onion, chopped (or to taste)
  • oven fries
  • salt & pepper
  • Marinated Chicken
  • 8 chicken thighs
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili flakes (or to taste)
  • salt & pepper
  • Garlic Yogurt Sauce
  • 5 tablespoons aioli
  • 3 tablespoons Greek yogurt
  • Pita Bread
  • 2 cups self raising flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 250 ml (1 cup) Greek yogurt
  • oil spray

Directions

  1. Place the chicken thighs with the rest of the marinade ingredients in a zip lock bag, give it a little massage to distribute ingredients properly, close and marinate for a few hours (ideally overnight) in the fridge
  2. Garlic Yogurt Sauce: mix aioli and yogurt in a bowl, cover and keep in the fridge
  3. Mix chopped tomatoes and onion in a bowl. Season. Set aside
  4. Cook chicken in a medium heat barbecue or a greased cast iron pan over medium heat in the stove, turning occasioanally until chicken is cooked all the way through. Slice roughly. Keep warm
  5. Cook oven fries on preheated oven, according to packet instructions. Keep warm
  6. Pita Bread: while chicken & fries are cooking, mix the flour, baking powder, oregano and garlic salt together in a bowl. Add the yogurt and stir to combine. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured bench and knead it well until elastic and smooth (about 5 minutes) Divide dough into 8 equal balls. Roll them out with rolling pin to about 3 mm (1/8 in) thick. Heat a frying pan over medium heat (I used the flat iron tray in the barbecue while I cooked the chicken in the grill side) spray a little oil. Cook pitas for a couple of minutes on each side or until lightly golden
  7. Serve warmed pitas topped with chopped chicken, tomato and onion salsa, oven fries and a good dollop of garlic yogurt sauce, roll them the best you can and dig in
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