National Nutrition Month // Chicken Gyros

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics designates March as National Nutrition Month.  It’s a great time to focus on the basics of a healthy diet and set a few goals to be more healthy.  This year, the theme of National Nutrition Month is “Savor the Flavor of Eating Right”.  Eating healthy doesn’t have to be boring and it most certainly doesn’t have to be flavorless!

In honor of National Nutrition Month, I decided to take a dish that I often order at restaurants and find a healthier version I can make myself at home.  You can’t go wrong with this Chicken Gyro recipe.  It’s packed with good-for-you foods and flavor that will make your mouth water.  The best part is that it’s really easy to make.

You’ll need the following ingredients:DSC_3452

  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp. Mediterranean seasoning
  • 1 red pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 4 pitas
  • 1/2 english cucumber, diced
  • 2 cups plain  Greek yogurt
  • 4 tsp. minced garlic
  • 2 Tbsp. dried dill
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper to taste

The recipe calls for Mediterranean seasoning.  It’s easy enough to find at the grocery store, but it is also really easy to make at home.  DSC_3459

Mix the following spices together and you’re set!

Mediterranean Seasoning

  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp. cayenne
  • 1/2 tsp. onion powder
  • 1 tsp. oregano
  • 1/2 tsp. cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. thyme
  • 1 tsp. coriander

(For more homemade seasonings and spices, click here.)

Start by making  your tzatziki sauce.  Place the cucumber, yogurt, garlic, dill, lemon juice, salt and pepper in a blender or food processor and blend it all together.DSC_3482You might notice that the sauce is more runny than what you may have had at a restaurant.  If that bothers you, be sure to drain as much water from the cucumber as you can before you place it in the blender.  DSC_3485Place the sauce in the refrigerator to chill and move on to cooking your chicken.  Cut your chicken into bite-sized pieces or strips.  Heat some oil in a large skillet.  Add the chicken and cook 3-5 minutes.  Add Mediterranean seasoning and mix well.  DSC_3472Continue cooking until chicken is cooked through.  Set the chicken aside to let it cool just a bit.  Now you are ready to assemble your gyro!  Lay your pita on a clean surface and add the chicken, onion, pepper, and any other optional ingredients you would like. DSC_3505Take some time this month to celebrate National Nutrition Month and try this tasty recipe.  Enjoy!

Click on the recipe card for a printable version.Chicken Gyros

Candi Merritt

Certified Nutrition Education Assistant

 

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