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Quick & healthy chicken gyros

Chicken gyrosTraditional gyros require hours of time and special equipment. Anyone have a vertical broiler handy? Yeah, me neither. Instead, I fake it with chicken marinated in Greek dressing. The better the dressing you can find, the better your gyros–Matsos is my favorite. If I have time, I’ll also grill the chicken breasts whole. But if I need dinner in a hurry, I’ll cut them into thin strips for fast cooking on the stove top.

 

Recipe

Prep time: 30 minutes + marinating time

Servings: 4-6

 

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4 chicken breasts

1/2 cup Greek salad dressing

4-6 good pitas

1/2 cup Greek yogurt

1-2 cloves garlic, minced

feta cheese

1/2 fresh lemon

1 tomato, sliced in wedges

1/2 white onion, in slices

2 Tbsps. olive oil

Thinly sliced cucumbers (opt.)

 

Directions:

  1. Cut the chicken breasts into thin strips and marinate in the Greek dressing at least 30 minutes. (I usually put the chicken strips in the marinade in the morning so there’s one less step come dinner time.)
  2. In a large saute pan, bring the olive oil to medium-high heat. Add the chicken strips and cook through. Squeeze the juice from 1/2 a lemon at the end of cooking along with salt and pepper.
  3. In a small bowl stir together the Greek yogurt and garlic cloves. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. I also like to add in some cayenne pepper. Mr. Squid adds a little bit of extra Greek dressing too–I like to keep mine with just a garlic zing.
  4. Warm up the pita bread in the microwave or on a heated nonstick pan.
  5. Prepare each pita by slathering it with Greek yogurt dressing, then add chicken strips, 2 tomato wedges, a few onion slices, and a bit of feta cheese (and cucumbers if you’re using them).

Teen with gyro

 

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Tonkatsu pork lettuce wraps

Fusion success–I paired crunchy Japanese pork tonkatsu with soft butter lettuce to create wraps that my kids loved. If your kids don’t seem to be eating enough greens lately, or if you’re just looking for something new for dinner (or a picnic), give these a try.

Recipe

Ingredients

1 recipe pork tonkatsu

1 head butter (Boston) lettuce

Thin red onion slices

Shredded carrot (optional)

Bulldog sauce (optional, but SO good)

Directions

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  1. Make the pork tonkatsu. Cut the meat into strips.
  2. Wash and dry the butter lettuce keeping the leaves large.
  3. Place a couple strips of pork onto the lettuce and top with slices of green onion, shredded carrots and a generous dollop of Bulldog sauce (you can usually find this in the Asian section of your grocers; also called Tonkatsu sauce).
  4. You can also offer the sauce for dipping.

Another yummy dip–equal parts soy sauce and fresh-squeezed lime.

Just a note, my oldest liked the spike of onion flavor in the wraps, but my younger two didn’t like it at all. No biggie. We went through all the lettuce and kept the extra pork to munch on for lunch the next day.

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