Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Chicken Souvlaki Pita Sandwiches with Tzatziki Sauce

Great minds think alike - or at least when it comes to craving Greek food!  Last week, I really wanted pita sandwiches for dinner.  Little did I know, N had already eaten a pita sandwich for lunch! We decided to make them anyways and we were very happy with the results.  This tzatziki recipe made a lot of really tasty sauce. You could even make it by itself and serve it as an appetizer with pita chips.


Chicken Souvlaki Pita Sandwiches with Tzatziki Sauce
Adapted from Sandra Lee


Souvlaki Marinade
2 tablespoons freshly chopped dill leaves
1 tablespoon chopped garlic
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1 tablespoon lemon juice
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 pounds boneless chicken breast, sliced into 1-inch pieces


In large bowl whisk together all the souvlaki ingredients, except the chicken. Reserve 1 1/2 tablespoons for Round 2 Recipe Greek Flat Bread. Add the chicken and toss to coat. Cover and let marinate for at least 30 minutes or up to overnight in the refrigerator.

Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Remove the chicken from the marinade and add to the pan. Cook until the chicken is cooked through, about 10 to 12 minutes.


Tzatziki

2 cloves garlic, minced finely
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon white pepper
1 cup greek yogurt, strained
1 cup sour cream
2 cucumbers, peeled, seeded and grated
2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
2 teaspoons lemon juice
2 teaspoons hot sauce

Combine garlic, salt, and pepper in a bowl. Mix until well combined. Using a whisk, blend the yogurt with the sour cream. Add the herb mixture to the yogurt mixture and mix well.  Add the lemon juice and the hot sauce (to taste!). Finally, add the cucumber and chopped fresh dill.  Chill before serving.


Assemble your sandwiches in whole wheat pitas with lettuce, tomato, tzatziki, and chicken.

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