Sarah’s Greek Chicken Gyros (Slow Cooker)
Borrowed from, Not Without Salt, a blog by Ashley Rodriguez, this recipe can also simply be considered a great idea – just be sure to remember it! I used my slow cooker, but I see no reason why the chicken couldn’t be quickly sautéed…what makes this meal is the ‘building of the plate’. Fresh pita, arugula, chopped tomatoes and either your favorite Tzatziki Sauce or Greek yogurt with a squeeze of lemon and salt and pepper – if you’re organized, this is a fantastic, quick meal – enjoy!
If using your slow cooker;
2 large onion, sliced into moons and then thirds
2 to 3 lbs. of boneless, skinless chicken breast or thighs, cut into 1-inch pieces or strips
juice of 2 lemons AND 1 T. olive oil
1 t. chopped fresh oregano AND 3 T. chopped fresh dill (I’ve also used dried for both)
1 t. kosher salt AND 1/4 t. freshly ground pepper
Yogurt Sauce – Tzatziki Sauce –or– 1 c. full-fat Greek yogurt AND juice of 1 lemon AND kosher salt and freshly ground pepper – whisk together and taste for seasonings
Fresh, warmed pita bread, chopped tomatoes, chopped cucumber, baby arugula, minced onion or pickled red onion, pitted Kalamata olives, lemon slices
In your slow cooker, combine the onions, chicken, lemon juice, olive oil, oregano, dill, salt and pepper. Cover and cook on low for 4 to 6 hours until the chicken can be easily shredded. Taste for seasonings and add more of any of the spices as needed. If you don’t have enough time for your slow cooker, sauté the chicken in a bit of oil with the onions, a squeeze of lemon and the spices, until cooked through. Your chicken won’t shred, but it’ll be tasty!
Once all of your ingredients are ready, build your plate! Our favorite line-up so far is fresh pita, smear of tzatziki, arugula, (a lot of) chicken, tomatoes, olives and more tzatziki on top. This is a very easy meal to dish up way more than you can manage to eat – you’ve been warned!