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Chicken Gyros and “Salsa”

Ingredients:

  • 1 large cucumber
  • 6 oz Greek nonfat yogurt
  • 1/4 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 2 finely minced garlic cloves
  • dash of pepper
  • dash of cumin
  • 1 pint of halved grape tomatoes
  • 1 small red onion (thinly slices)
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint (chopped)
  • 1/3 cup fresh parsley (chopped) 1 cup green pepper (chopped)
  • 1/2 cup red onion (chopped)
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice 
  • dash of salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons of oil
  • 2 teaspoons Italian herb blend
  • 2 finely minced garlic cloves
  • 12 oz cooked chicken (diced or shredded)
  • 4 whole wheat pitas

Directions:

  1. Peel and remove the seeds from one 1 large or two small cucumber(s). Discard the seeds.
  2. Grate ½ of the cucumber and then squeeze it with your hands to remove excess water. Add the cucumber to 6 oz. of Greek nonfat yogurt and then stir in ¼ teaspoon lemon juice, 2 finely minced garlic cloves and a dash of pepper and cumin—to taste.
  3. For the salsa, cut the remaining cucumber into small pieces and stir together with 1 pint of halved grape tomatoes, a thinly sliced small red onion, ¼ cup fresh, chopped mint, 1/3 cup of fresh chopped parsley, ½ teaspoon lemon juice, and a dash of salt and pepper to taste.
  4. In a small saucepan, gently simmer 2 tbsp. of oil with 2 tsp. of Italian herb blend and 2 minced cloves of garlic. Stir constantly for about one minute—the garlic should NOT brown.
  5. Pour the oil over 12 oz. cooked chicken that has been diced or shredded and mix well.
  6. Place 4 whole wheat pitas in the microwave with a damp paper towel covering them and warm for about 30 seconds.
  7. For each pita, spread ¼ of the cucumber sauce on the pita and then add ¼ of the warmed chicken. Top each with the desired amount of salsa.
  8. Serve this chicken gyro with your favorite fresh fruit. Mangos or clementines pair well with the gyro.

Notes:

  • Use the Italian herb blend and parsley along with a couple minced garlic cloves to make your own marina.
  • Add some cumin to your next pot of chili or use it instead of taco seasoning.
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