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Not too long ago, my friend and I went to eat at a restaurant where they serve authentic gyros. Y'all, the flavor that burst into my mouth with that first bite is simply indescribable. I knew right then and there that when I went home, I was going to play around and create my own. That is how I came up with this delicious Roasted Chickpea and Chicken Gyro.
What really makes this gyro so delicious is the crunch of the chickpea. I love buying a can of chickpeas and roasting them to use in the place of croutons on salad, or to take the place of potato chips. It's an all natural way for me to get more fiber and protein in my diet.
How to Make a Roasted Chickpea & Chicken Gyro
You start out by draining your chickpeas from the can. Dry them off and place them on a sheet pan. Drizzle on some olive oil and sprinkle on salt and pepper. Roast them in the oven at 400 degrees for 20-30 minutes.
While the chickpeas are roasting in the oven, you have to make your tzatziki sauce which ties everything together. It is made with greek yogurt, an English Cucumber, dried or fresh dill and a squeeze of lemon juice.
The longer it sits in the fridge, the better it tastes — trust me. Once you get this made up, set it aside and get your chicken ready to saute in the pan.
I make up my own Greek Seasoning, but you can totally buy the store bought version.
It's full of rosemary, oregano, basil, and more. It is so full of flavor!
Then, top your chicken and saute in the pan for about 5-7 minutes per side or until chicken is done and reads 165 on a thermometer.
Now that you have all of your components ready, it's time to assemble this delicious take on a Chicken Gyro.
Step1: Lay out your pita bread. Top with a dollop of the delicious tzatziki sauce that you made.
Step 2: Top with the roasted chickpeas.
Step 3: Now slice one of the roasted chicken tenderloins and lay across the top
Step 4: Top with slices of cherry tomatoes and red onion.
Step 5: For the last and final step, sprinkle on Feta Cheese.
Now fold it all together and enjoy! We wrap ours with parchment paper on the end to keep everything in while you eat. With every bite you are going to be going “oooh — aaaahhhh”.
For the Chicken
- Pita bread
- Chicken Breast Tenderloins
- Greek Seasoning
For the tzatziki sauce
- 1/2 English cucumber, peeled
- 16 oz 2 cups Cold plain Greek yogurt (either full fat or fat free will work)
- 4 cloves garlic, pressed
- 1/3 cup chopped dill, fresh or frozen
- 1 1/2 Tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice, Juice of 1/2 lemon; please squeeze a real lemon
- 1/2 tsp salt, or to taste
- 1/8 tsp black pepper
For the Chickpeas
- 1 14.5 can of chickpeas
- olive oil
Other optional ingrediets
- sliced cherry tomatoes
- Sliced Red Onion
- Feta Cheese
For the Chickpeas
- Start by preheating your oven to 400 degrees. Remove chickpeas from can and drain really well. Place them on a paper towel and pat dry.
- Put on a sheet pan an drizzle on about a tablespoon of olive oil. Season with salt and pepper and move around to coat all chickpeas.
- Roast in the oven for about 20-30 minutes, shaking the pan every 10 minutes. Remove from the oven when chickpeas are golden brown and toasted.
For the Tzatziki Sauce
- The Cucumber should be peeled, finely diced and strained of it's juices. I squeezed it really tight by the fistful. You can use a cheese cloth if you wish. Getting rid of excess juice is important so that you tzatziki sauce isn't watery the next day.
- Combine the strained and chopped cucumber with 2 cups plain greek yogurt, 1½ Tbsp lemon juice, 4 pressed garlic cloves, ⅓ cup chopped dill, ½ tsp salt (add more to taste) and ⅛ tsp black pepper.
- Mix everything together and add more salt to taste if needed. It's best to refrigerate for about 1 hour before serving to let the flavors meld.
For the Chicken
- Take the chicken out of the package and season with Greek Seasoning. Saute in a pan 5-7 minutes on each side or until the chicken is cooked through all the way.
To assemble the gyro
- Top a pita bread with a dollop of Tzatziki Sauce.
- Sprinkle on a few roasted chickpeas
- Slice one of the grilled tenderloins and place on top.
- Now, top with optional ingredients -- cherry tomatoes, sliced red onion and feta cheese
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Even though all of my animals only eat Nutrish for Pets, anytime we change the formula that they are eating, we introduce it slowly. A few pieces here and there until their bodies get used to it.
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He's got a sniffer y'all and he knew this was some good eating! From the moment I sat it down in front of him, he literally could not get enough. He loves this formula even more than his old formula of Nutrish for Cats wet food.
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