Remember the sandwich I demolished after running 9 miles on Saturday? I have the recipe for you today! It’s a healthy take on the gyro, a traditional sandwich from Greece (although some might say Turkey, too) that is typically made with roast lamb, pork, goat or beef. I used good ol’ organic chicken breast and it’s one of my new, favorite sandwiches.
I began by tenderizing and marinating the chicken breasts. Tenderizing is key to helping the chicken cook more evenly and stay tender.
While the chicken marinated for an hour, I prepped the toppings: caramelized onion, sliced tomato, baby Spring lettuce and most importantly, the Tzatziki sauce.
Tzatziki sauce is simple and healthy: low-fat Greek yogurt, minced garlic, shredded cucumber, lemon juice and dill. Super basic but it really makes eating this sandwich an experience.
After that, all that was left to do was cook the chicken. I recommend either cooking it in a skillet or on the grill. My grill needed a good Spring cleaning before I could cook anything on it, so I stuck to the stove for the sake of time.
Smear a heaping spoonfull (or two, or three) of Tzatziki sauce over a warm pita. Lay the chicken down and top with lettuce, tomato, caramelized onions or whatever other veggies you like! Grab a couple of napkins and enjoy. You’ll be licking your fingers clean at the end, I promise.
Makes 4 sandwiches
- 1 pound chicken breast (tenderized)
- 4 whole wheat pitas
- 1 – 1 1/2 cups Baby Spring mix or other greens
- 1 tomato, sliced
- 1 yellow or white onion (sliced into rings)
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1/4 cup Balsamic vinegar
- 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1 1/2 tablespoon honey
- 1 tablespoon fancy mustard
- 1 cup 0% or 2% plain, Greek yogurt
- 1/2 English cucumber, peeled, grated & water squeezed out
- 3/4 tablespoons lemon juice
- 2 teaspoons dill
- 1 clove garlic
- 1-2 pinch sea salt
- 1 pinch white ground pepper
Mix marinade ingredients and pour over tenderized chicken breasts. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Whisk together Tzatziki sauce ingredients and set aside, or refrigerate if not using immediately.
Melt butter in skillet over medium heat. Add onions and sauté until tender and brown, about 15 minutes, stirring every few minutes.
When chicken has finished marinating, heat the same skillet over medium-high heat. When pan is nice and hot, lay chicken breasts flat on the bottom of the pan. Spoon a little extra marinade over the top and cook for 3-5 minutes per side, until chicken is cooked throughout. Cooking times will vary depending on how thick your chicken breast is/how much you tenderized it. Alternatively, you can grill the chicken breast.
Heat the pitas in the microwave (or for a minute on the grill). Spread 2-3 spoonfulls of Tzatziki sauce onto the pita, add 1/2 of a chicken breast and top with lettuce, caramelized onions and tomato.