This is a wonderfully quick recipe that you can eat on a hot Summer evening, and very easily take leftovers to work with you (just keep the tzatziki in a separate little container). You can also use the chicken seasoning for fajitas, or for a bit of a twist on your Sunday dinner, you can mix the spices with a little olive oil and rub into the skin of a raw chicken and roast as you normally would.
Twisted Gyros with Tzatziki
Serves two ravenous beings.
1 chicken breast – chopped into small, even chunks
1/4 red onion – chopped finely
1 red pepper – chopped finely
Small handful of rocket
2 inch section of cucumber – sliced and chopped into strips
2 tblsp greek set yoghurt
2 cloves garlic – crushed
Small bunch of mint – chopped roughly
1/2 fresh lemon.
Drizzle of good balsamic vinegar
For the chicken seasoning:
1 tsp cornflour
1 tsp chilli powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp sugar
1 crushed chicken stock cube
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp garlic powder
– Mix all the ingredients for the seasoning together in a bowl and set aside. Put the chicken in a separate bowl and put enough seasoning in to coat it generously.
– Heat a good glug of olive oil in a frying pan and pop it on a medium-high heat.
– Fry the chicken until about half cooked, add in the onion and a good squeeze of lemon, fry until completely cooked through and well coloured.
– While the chicken is cooking, you can make the tzatziki. Mix the greek yoghurt, mint, chopped cucumber and crushed garlic together in a small bowl and leave to one side.
– Toast the pitta until it is puffed up a little, and cut the side open on the longest side.
– Pop rocket in the bottom, and drizzle with a teensy bit of balsamic vinegar. Next pop the chopped red pepper on top, then the cooked chicken and onion. Top with a good dollop of tzatziki and enjoy getting it all round your face.
You will most certainly have seasoning leftover, so pop it in a seal-able bag, or a spare empty spice jar, and you can use it in so many things. It’s incredibly useful to have this little jar of loveliness around! It might as well be called JR’s jar of crack, because it makes everything taste so amazing.