Bold flavors of feta, mixed with a hint of lemon and topped with dill Tzatziki--this recipe is sure to lift your spirits!
My husband and I decided to start eating healthier at the beginning of November 2021. He and I had both packed on a few pounds since marriage, and we knew we needed to take control of our health before it started to control us.
Well, when you're working a food blog as a side hobby, it is easy to get off track with new healthy eating goals, so I have to stay on top of what I cook to make sure we're not getting bored with our food and to make sure the things we do eat are not only healthy, but that they're also extra yummy. That's where this recipe comes into play.
We LOVE Taziki's restaurant. Most often, we choose their beef gyro and wish they'd add just a few more pieces of beef, but even with the smaller portions, those gyros are one of our favorite things to eat out. One night, I was thinking about taking a trip to the trusty ole Taziki's, and then I thought I could save money AND know everything going into my food if I just made some gyros myself.
I opted for boneless, skinless chicken thighs instead of beef because for this recipe, the soft pieces of the juicy chicken added a nice touch to the bold flavors of the feta, lemon and dill without overpowering any of the other ingredients.
INGREDIENTS for chicken
10 bonesless, skinless chicken thighs
3/4 teaspoon ground cumin
3/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
scant 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
2 teaspoons kosher salt
2 tablespoons olive oil
DIRECTIONS FOR CHICKEN: Preheat oven to 425. Pat chicken dry with paper towels. Then add all ingredients, except for the fresh thyme, above to a large, gallon size freezer bag. Toss, shake and do whatever you need to get the chicken well coated. Place chicken on rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper that has been lightly sprayed with olive oil; top with fresh sprigs of thyme, and bake in the oven for 30 minutes.
INGREDIENTS FOR DILL SAUCE
1 cup plain greek yogurt
1 tablespoon of tahini
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 1/2 tablespoons fresh dill
2 tablespoons fresh mint
1 teaspoon salt
DIRECTIONS FOR DILL SAUCE: Chop fresh herbs before assembly and then mix all ingredients together.
At this point, you can add whatever you'd like to your pita bread. When I made these, I started with the pita, then topped it with the pieces of chicken, romaine lettuce, red bell pepper, feta and the fresh dill tzatziki sauce. Squirt a little fresh lemon juice on top and add a few sprigs of fresh herbs and ENJOY!