Chicken Gyros and a Giveaway

Sunday, March 28, 2010

We've never had Gyros before today. Sure I've seen Mr. Gyro's restaurant and the mall food court sells gyros but we've never stopped to try them. I am SO glad we finally tried them! They were refreshing and delicious, and it gave me an opportunity to use the new Yoplait Greek yogurt! Yoplait and MyBlogSpark chose me (well, chose you really) to participate in their "Nourish Your Inner Goddess" giveaway!! All readers can print out this coupon to save $0.30 on one cup of Yoplait Greek yogurt but one special reader gets a Yoplait Greek "Nourish Your Inner Goddess" gift pack, which includes these great items to help you relax and two VIP coupons for free Yoplait Greek yogurt!! To enter the giveaway just leave a comment telling me which of the four delicious flavors (Strawberry, Blueberry, Honey Vanilla and/or Plain) you want to try... I had a hard time deciding which flavor to get! On Wednesday (3/31/10) a random winner will be chosen from my comments and contacted to receive the Yoplait Greek "Nourish Your Inner Goddess" gift pack, seriously... how cool is that?!
I decided to try the plain Yoplait Greek and make gyros and I'm so glad I used Greek yogurt, it saved me SO much time! You see, if you use regular yogurt you have to strain all the moisture out with a cheesecloth. That's what Greek yogurt is, strained yogurt... I'm hoping I sound smart for knowing this, because really I didn't know the difference until yesterday ,-) To make the gyros you'll need Chicken Souvlaki and Tzatziki (Greek Cucumber Salad), let's get started! Here's the cast of characters... Chicken Souvlaki Ingredients
1 pound chicken breast (cut into chunks)
2 cloves garlic (chopped)
1 lemon (juice and zest)
1 tablespoon Greek yogurt
1/4 cup olive oil
1 teaspoon oregano
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper

Tzatziki (Greek Cucumber Salad) Ingredients
1 1/3 (6 ounce) containers Greek yogurt
1 cucumber (peeled, seeded, and shredded, squeezed and drained)
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 lemon (juiced)
1/2 tablespoon chopped dill
2 cloves garlic (chopped)
salt and pepper to taste

Gyros Ingredients
4 large pita bread rounds
1 head of lettuce (cut into 1/4 inch slices)
1 red onion (thinly sliced), I grilled my onion
1 tomato (halved and sliced)

Chicken Souvlaki Directions
Combine all ingredients, skewer the meat, and let meat marinate for 30 minutes to overnight. Cook on the grill or under a broiler for about 4-5 minutes per side. Tzatziki (Greek Cucumber Salad) Directions
Stir together yogurt, cucumber, olive oil, lemon juice, salt, pepper, dill and garlic until well-combined. Cover and refrigerate for at least one hour for best flavor. Gyros Directions
To assemble gyros just warm the pitas. Top with Chicken Souvlaki, Tzatziki, diced tomatoes, lettuce, and sliced onions!

24 comments:

Natalie said...

yum we love gyros in our house :) Great giveaway..I'd want to try the honey vanilla!!

Julie said...

I've had gyros but never tried making them. They look great! I'd like to try the honey vanilla.

Sheila said...

I just noticed these in the store yesterday. I would love to try the plain because I like to add my own things to yogurt--I also like to cook with it.

Chef Aimee said...

Oh yummy! I love gyros and yours looks better than any Greek place around here! ;)

Sara said...

I think the Strawberry sounds great! The Honey Vanilla also sounds enticing... I could also use some R and R, that's for sure!

Audra said...

Carrie, I LOVE your blog! The Gyros look fantastic. I would like to try the honey vanilla yogurt. The giveaway entinced me to post. I normally, just lurk.

Sara said...

We've never made Gyros, not sure why... but love to eat them! We always have plain yogurt on hand for lassis, smoothies, or Mediterranean dishes, so I would love to try the plain Greek yogurt.

anthy said...

Wow, those gyros looks so good. I've never attempted gyros, but I'm totally bookmarking this recipe. :-)

For the giveaway: I'd love to try the Honey Vanilla yogurt. Thank you very much for hosting this!

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teresa said...

these look delicious! great giveaway, i'd love to try the honey vanilla!

Coleen's Recipes said...

I've never had a gyro either, but these look fantastic!!

Karin said...

Strawberry appeals to me---

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Kristen said...

I am going out TODAY to get the plain. I live for Greek food and I eat tzaziki with a spoon, its so delish! Yum!

BTW, I just started reading your blog and I love it! Thank you!

Sonya said...

I just looked for Greek yogurt last week and none of my stores had it. Hopefully one of them will start carrying it soon. I would try the honey vanilla.

Mom said...

Carrie, I've never been interested in trying gyros, but you make them look wonderful! I'd like to try the Stawberry! Note to Photographer: GREAT JOB!

amanda @ fake ginger.com said...

I've been wanting to try those! I'd get plain - I have a deep love for plain Greek yogurt.

TyTy's Mommy said...

Never tried Gyro's before but they do look interesting :-) I think I'll have to give them a try! I'd also love to try the Strawberry flavored yogurt!

Kaitlin S. said...

these look soooo good! i want to try honey vanilla! :-)

Debbie said...

I would love to try those gyro's. I've never made them before. I would love the blueberry yogurt!

Jasmine Faith said...

At my house it's always a treat when we can convinde mom to buy us some gyros at the Greek resturant in Sedalia. I may have to make these just to prove that we all will STILL eat them if my mom makes them for cheaper!

Anonymous said...

Wow, you all are idiots-- commenting on a recipe you have not even tried...

Anonymous said...

This is NOT GYROS. This is souvlaki. Big difference. Gyros is slices of meat marinaded and cooked on a vertical rotisserie and then thin slices cut off when cooked. Different marinade. Nice job on the souvlaki though.

Elizabeth said...

I love gyros but have never made my own, but am going to now. thanks! Also I love to try the Honey Vanilla.

No Drama Mama said...

never made these at home... look great! love the honey vanilla.... yummmmm...

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