Chicken

Grilled Chicken Gyros

GOOOOOD MORNING MY SUNSHINEY FRIENDS! I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. I know mine was pretty good! On Friday night, I made Grilled Chicken Gyros with homemade tzatziki and a cucumber tomato salad. YUM, right? Okay, stop drooling. It’s unbecoming.

Saturday:

Saturday was Matt’s birthday and I got him Cubs tickets for Cubs v Pirates in July! I am, admittedly, not very good at the whole gift-giving thing but he loves sports and loves the Cubs so it seemed like a perfect combination, right? Right. I’m excited!! I’m not big on baseball but the Wrigley experience is a must to get the Summertime Chicago experience 😉

We were supposed to spend the morning in the city looking at apartments but one of the leasing agents failed to confirm the showing. And then he finally emailed Matt only to let him know that the apartment had been rented. LOVE WHEN THAT HAPPENS! Good God Almighty, I cannot wait for this whole search to be over. Truly. Looking for a rental apartment sucks because you’re kinda stuck with what ya got. Like… even if you have the funds, you can’t do any renovations and usually can’t even paint the walls. But on the other hand, if you could do those things, why would you? You’re putting money into a home that, when your lease is up, is no longer yours! So, yeah. Renting sucks. But it’s fine for the time being.


So, since one of the apartments we were going to look at fell through, we had a few extra hours in the morning. We watched a little 10 Things I Hate About You (a classic) and I went to get some new sandals. I had a difficult time deciding between Birkenstocks or replacing my Rainbows but I went with the Rainbows because they’re a classic and last FOREVER.

On our way home from the city, we had to pick up the cake I ordered! Matt has been talking about this Birthday Cake from Coldstone since we started dating a few years ago and he hasn’t gotten it yet so – BEST GIRLFRIEND AWARD TO ME. Thank you, thank you.

birthday cake explosion

We then went over to Matt’s parents for some pizza, cake and presents! Later that evening, we went out with some friends.

Sunday:

Sunday was for napping, relaxing, and going on the wave runners! We got up early and got our grocery shopping done so we could spend the rest of the day doing whatever we wanted.  We went over to my parents house for a few hours to ride the wave runners and just spend some time by the lake. I got to talking with my step-mom and man, oh, man: retiring early sounds preeeetty nice! I cannot imagine working for somebody else for the next 35-40 years of my life. No thank you!

After we got home, I think we both ended up falling asleep for an hour or so. MUCH NEEDED! The sun, and heat, and not-getting-enough-sleep on Saturday night made for some very sleepy people. We both needed to do our training runs (me: 6, Matt: 10) so we woke up, ran, and had leftover grilled chicken gyros for dinner with a watermelon & mint salad!

Grilled Chicken Gyros:

So these “gyros” are the perfect summer meal: they can be prepared on the grill and topped with a cold salad & creamy tzatziki sauce. The sauce is actually made with Greek yogurt + a little bit of olive oil so it’s an excellent topping AND you can dip snack veggies into it!

Okay. Enough chatter. Let’s grub on these Grilled Chicken Gyros!

grilled chicken gyro

Grilled Chicken Gyros

  • Yield: 4 gyros
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 pitas
  • For the marinade:
  • 1 1/2 lb chicken breasts
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 tsp white wine vinegar
  • Juice of 1 lemon (about 3 tbsp)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 tbsp non-fat, plain greek yogurt
  • 2 tbsp oregano, to taste
  • Salt & pepper, to taste
  • For the tzatziki:
  • 2 cucumbers, peeled & diced
  • 1 1/4 cup non-fat, plain greek yogurt
  • 2 tsp white wine vinegar
  • Juice from half lemon (about 1-2 tbsp)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Dried dill, to taste

Instructions

  1. Mix together marinade ingredients and pour into a zipper bag with chicken. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes, longer if you're able!

  2. While your chicken is marinating, mix together all of the ingredients for your tzatziki and store in refrigerator until you're ready to serve.

  3. Once you're ready to grill the chicken, heat up your grill. Chicken will need 4-6 minutes per side, depending on size of breasts.

  4. After removing chicken from grill, place your pitas on the grill to toast up while you cut the chicken into bite-size pieces.

  5. Place chicken pieces into pita and top with cucumber-tomato salad & tzatziki sauce.

Notes

The ingredient list for this recipe looks long but most of the ingredients overlap! I would recommend preparing the chicken the night before and allow to marinade overnight, unless you have time the day-of!