Chicken Gyros

while hanging out in my post colonial lit class today I decided I really needed to make proper dinner. so while surfing through my foodgawker faves, I found a recipe for chicken gyros. it was perfect, I had most of the ingredients and just needed to pick up a few things. 

the recipe called for the juice of one lemon but I'm pretty lazy so I substituted that for 1/4 cup of lemon juice. it was perfect, not too tangy and just enough zing. on the other hand, I mis-read two teaspoons as two tablespoons of red wine vinegar. didn't make a difference though, it was still delicious. if anything I just learned to watch for the 'b' because next time it could totally ruin something.

I partially wish I was kidding when I said it called for four cloves of garlic. the entire apartment smelled of garlic and not to mention it is so sticky when you cut it up! it sticks to everything. my hands, the knife, the cutting board, the counter. ick!

two heaping tablespoons of plain yogurt. yum yum yum! it makes everything creamy and dreamy. I love greek food. I absolutely love it. plus yogurt, what a killer combination. plus a tablespoon of oregano which is a lovely fragrant taste and bam, you have this marinade.

I bought my chicken pre-cut into stirfry slices and threw it in the bowl. I put it in the fridge to chill for an hour which worked out perfectly because I was waiting for andrew to come over after class! once he was finally here I threw some oil in the pan and cooked these on medium heat for about 10 minutes.

I have an irrational fear of cooking chicken, not too sure why but I hate it. I hate the feeling of it raw and I am always worried it won't be fully cooked and I'm going to poison everyone in my life with salmonella which would be terrible. but I bit the bullet tonight and did it. and so far we're all still standing so I'm going to assume it went over well.

I'm not going to lie, I hate cooking at night because the lighting is crummy but here is the finished product. greek pitas zapped in the microwave, a couple pieces of chicken, sliced tomato, red onion and a heaping glob of tzatziki and there you have it. the perfect chicken gyro.

I had enough to make almost six pitas so it was a great serving size. I packed some for my lunch tomorrow and plan to thoroughly savor every bite. andrew loves everything I cook - sometimes I'm not sure if he's just being polite or if he actually likes it but this time I'd say these were a solid hit. definitely a remake, too!

since the weather is cooler here today (finally a break from the 40*c humidex), I used the oven and made cinnamon toast rolls. quite possibly the easiest thing I've ever made so watch for those over the next few days. I made 24 and between four of us (two being boys - they always eat more!) we've devoured them.

I hope this last week of july treats everyone well! until next time, happy making!

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