Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Chicken Gyros and Orzo Salad

Chicken Gryos

Today I have two recipes to share with you - both Greek inspired.  I like gyros but only if they are made with chicken - yes, I know that is not the traditional method but it is more to my liking.  Even when I went to Greece a few years ago I opted for a chicken version... and another ingredient you will find in your gyros in Greece are french fries and surprisingly they are very good that way!

I liked this recipe because it was very easy to prepare - the chicken in marinaded for about an hour in a lemon based sauce and then the chicken strips are grilled.  Toppings can be to your choosing but we had tomatoes, red onions and tzatziki sauce (if you live by a Trader Joe's I highly recommend buying theirs - it is a time saver and delicious).

Chicken Gyros

by Deb Attinella
Prep Time: 5 minutes plus marinade time
Cook Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients (4 servings)
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 4 T olive oil
  • 1 tsp minced shallots
  • ½ t ground stone mustard
  • ½ t dried oregano
  • 1 lb boneless chicken cut into strips
  • pita bread
  • tomatoes
  • red onions
  • tzatziki sauce (store bought)
1. In a small processor combine the lemon juice, mustard, shallots and oregano and turn on, slowly add the olive oil to combine; place ½ of marinade in a large and add chicken. Place in refrigerator for at least an one.
2. Take the chicken out of the marinade and cook on grill until done.
3. Heat the pita bread slightly on grill
4. Make a sandwich on the pita bread with the chicken, sliced tomatoes, sliced red onions and drizzle the tzatziki sauce on top
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In keeping with the Greek theme, I made an orzo salad.  I love the fresh ingredients especially the fresh dill.  This combo for dinner was so delicious - I wish we had some baklava to go with it!  That would have been perfect!!

Greek Orzo Salad | Cooking on the Front Burner

Greek Orzo Salad

by Deb Attinella
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients (6 servings)
  • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
  • 5 T olive oil
  • 1 T minced shallot
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • S&P to taste
  • 1 cup uncooked orzo
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 2 T chopped fresh dill
  • 2 T minced red onion
  • 1/2 diced seeded cucumber
  • large red pepper roasted and diced (store bought)
  • ½ cup chickpeas rinsed and drained
1. Cook orzo according to directions, rinse in cold water and drain well
2. In a small food processor combine the lemon juice, shallot, oregano, sugar and S&P – turn on and then slowly drizzle in olive oil until well combined.
3. In large bowl combine orzo, feta cheese, dill, red onion, cucumber, pepper and chickpeas.
4. Add the dressing and gently toss to combine. This could be served right away or refrigerated.
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Hope you enjoy these recipes and would love to know what you think.  Opa!

Greek Orzo Pasta


  1. You are totally speaking to me with this meal! I'm Greek, so I'm partial to the flavors, but I do love chicken in my Gyros!

  2. Gorgeous photos, and both dishes sound delicious! I especially want to try the orzo salad. Thanks for the recipe :)

  3. These looks beautiful, I love Gyros, yummy :)

  4. Yum yum, these look fabulous, Deb! I always get chicken gyros when we go out for gyros!

  5. I guess if I had read this post first, I would have had my answer...LOL :) I have never had chicken gyros, so this will be a nice change!

  6. I haven't eaten much Greek food but I do love the chicken idea--I think I would like this. I do love orzo so I know the salad would be a hit. Looks like most of next's weeks menu will come from your blog! Thanks for some fun new ideas@

  7. I have not had a Gyro in years! There is a small pizza place in my hometown and is owned by a Greek owner and he honestly makes the best ones! This is my first time linking up with Marvelous Mondays and I look forward to trying out some new recipes! I am a new follower and I blog over at http://southernnewlywed22.blogspot.com/ Hope your able to stop by and visit!

  8. i love making gyros at home and will have to try chicken next!


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