Monday, February 23, 2009
Greek Chicken Pitas
Wish I had taken a picture of MY Greek Chicken Pitas before they were devoured but you will just have to settle for this copied image to get the idea. This dinner was great and my son wants to make sure that I give him credit for the meal. I picked him up from baseball at 5:30 with the intent to go home and put together a pasta dish, never one of his favorite choices. He told me he just felt like something refreshing, like Greek lemon potatoes. By the time we got home, it was already pushing 6 but I felt like going for mother of the year and indulging him in making a dinner he craved. (They usually suffer from"whatever mom feels like eating" meals). I had no idea what was going to go with the potatoes but they were peeled, tossed with ingredients and sent into the oven . I had 30 minutes to make something else to call dinner. The theme was now obviously Greek so here is what came next; it was delicious and well received.
I had some garlic Naan bread in the freezer, always a staple from Fresh & Easy. You can use whole wheat or regular or any type of flat bread. A regular pocket pita just wouldn't be the same. Just before you serve the meal, you want to heat up the bread in some olive oil on each side just until golden and a little bubbly crisp. Keep warm.
For the chicken, this is best if actually planned ahead of time but it worked:
1 lemon, squeezed
1/2 cup water
2 T. Greek Seasoning, I used McCormicks
1/2 tsp lemon-pepper seasoning
Put about 8 chicken tenders in the marinade and let sit for at least 15 minutes.
While marinating, make the following dressing:
2/3 cup Greek yogurt or plain
1/2 cucumber, seeded and finely chopped
2 cloves minced garlic
2 T. finely chopped chives
2 T. fresh dill, chopped or 2 tsp. dried
1 T. lemon juice
salt and pepper to taste
mix and let sit in fridge until ready to use
Now, to put together; Cook chicken in the skillet in all marinade on medium until no longer pink. Most of the marinade should be soaked up. You can also grill the chicken if you marinade it longer.
Slice chicken in small pieces, chop lettuce, tomatoes, and cucumber. Put sauce , at least 2 Tb. on one side of golden Naan bread, layer chicken, lettuce, tomato,cucumber and feta if desired. Season if needed with pepper and salt. Yummy! You could also add some cooked millet if desired for added nutrition.
I had already blogged about the lemon potatoes so if you want to try those out also, check under the recipe label for "Greek for a day".
Thanks, Bryant for "helping" me with this delicious dinner.