Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Wednesday Wah factor! Chicken Gyros- a New York Street Food Fav!!

Gyros take me back to the good ol' New York days... the street food there is something that I always reminisce about (here)... you name a food and its there- in its original form as well as its hybrid form...
and Gyros (basically yummy spicy chicken wrapped in a flat bread filled with salad and with a heavy drizzle of tzatziki sauce...) was our family favorite, esp when I wanted to sham and didnt want to enter the kitchen- I would just pick up a couple of plates of chicken-over-rice (yummm) and gyros from the nearest Halal street vendor!! 
So I have been wanting to try out a home-made version of Chicken Gyro for a long time and believe me it came out absolutely delicious...  
So do you want to give this NYC staple street food a chance?

I couldn't get a flat bread where I live so I made my home-made version of naan and used that instead, but if you get fresh naan or pita bread where you live- go for it!! (anything to make life easier)

Oh and by the way... Gyro is actually Greek Street Food, so you know how cosmopolitan NYC is when its staple street food is Greek gyro and sold by mostly Bangladeshi immigrants!! hahaha!!

CHICKEN GYRO IN Tzatziki Sauce
(Makes 4 Gyros)

Tzatziki sauce:
I cup full cream yoghurt or if you can get creamy Greek Yoghurt all the better!
1/2 cucumber grated and water strained out.
1 clove garlic minced
1/2 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp dill leaves or soya (of soya-methi) finely chopped
1/2 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp apple cider vinegar (I use Hienz)
a pinch of salt and pepper each

Mix all the above ingredients well, cover and chill in the fridge.

Chicken Gyro:
1/2 kg boneless chicken breasts
3-4 cloves garlic, minced
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp apple cider vinager
1 capsicum, seeded and chopped finely
1 tsp dried oregano
salt to taste
1 cup shredded iceberg lettuce or like me if you dont have that, then use shredded cabbage/cucumber
1 tomato seeded and chopped in long strips
1 onion chopped in long strips
a dash of Tabasco sauce to give it a bit of heat! (optional)
4 6 inches flat bread(naan) or if you can get it- Pita Bread


1- Slice chicken into thin strips and put in a large plastic bag or big bowl.
2- In another bowl mix together olive oil, garlic, lemon juice, vinegar, oregano, salt and mix well.
3- Pour over the chicken and mix. If in a plastic bag, shake well so that well mixed.  Refrigerate for minimum one hour.
4- Take a pan, 1 tbsp oil and heat.
5- Usually its recommended that you discard the marinade and cook just the chicken, but I like to pour the entire contents (chicken and marinade) onto the pan and cook it in its juices on high heat... 
stirring constantly...till cooked and dry.
this way I kinda get all the flavor of the marinade into the cooked chicken...
6- heat the naan or the bread
7- lay on the salad-lettuce+tomatoes+onions
then place the cooked chicken strips, add a dash of Tabasco sauce
8- Drizzle with the Tzatziki sauce, fold over and serve with the sauce.


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