I don’t much about Greek food apart from Feta and Spanakopita. I enjoy it but don’t always seek it out when in the kitchen. That is until I opened up Jamie Oliver’s Cookbook and there it was. He has an entire chapter on Greece and this dish looked simple and delicious. It had me wishing I was enjoying this in Cyprus and not in my living room, but what can you do? The ingredients are simple and it took me only about thirty minutes to make from start to finish.
Chicken breast filets
Pita Bread (3-4) depending on how many you are serving
1 tbsp of dried mint
1 tbsp of dried oregano
juice of 1 lemon
100ml of olive oil
2 cloves of garlic
roasted red pepper (optional)
1 tbsp of red wine vinegar
a pinch of black pepper and salt
½ large cucumber
1 small cup natural yoghurt
1 clove of garlic
1 heaped tablespoon of dried mint – add some fresh mint as well if you have it
1½ teaspoons red wine vinegar
salt and pepper
Put the herbs in a bowl and blend it all together really well. Remember to add salt and pepper. Cover and put in the fridge while you work on the rest.
Make the tzatziki sauce by grating the cucumber set up in a sieve over a bowl. Put the cucumber in the bowl and add yogurt, garlic dried mint, red wine vinegar and mix well. Preheat your griddle pan or a grill if you have one. If you have skewers, slip the chicken in through the skewer and grill. If not, place your cubed chicken on a pan and cook for about ten minutes, turning occasionally. Warm your pita in the oven or on your grill while the chicken is cooking. I added roasted red peppers to my souvlaki which added an extra smoky flavor. You can roast a red pepper in your oven with some olive oil (on aluminum) not the broil setting until it’s charred – cut it up and then top your pita with it. Or you can use your grill. I only had one pita and found it quite filling but eat as many as you like!
Add your tzatziki to your pita (with the peppers if you chose to) then the chicken and top with any remaining mint. Done!
Ciao for now!