Open Face Chicken Gyros

Open Face Gyro with Shredded Chicken, Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Shallots and drizzled with Tzatziki Sauce (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Open Face Chicken Gyros. Weeknights are usually busy for all of us. After battling traffic, who wants to come home and slave over a hot stove for hours? My easy Open Face Chicken Gyros are simple to make and kids love them! Pulled cooked chicken, a tomato cucumber salad, and a greek yogurt tzatziki spread top warm flatbread for a tasty quick meal.

Open Face Gyro with Shredded Chicken, Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Shallots and drizzled with Tzatziki Sauce (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Open Face Gyro with Shredded Chicken, Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Shallots and drizzled with Tzatziki Sauce (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

You can make your own flatbreads or purchase them at your local bakery or grocer. You can also use some nice plain and flavored Naan flatbread. Stock up and freeze some for later use. You can also choose pita bread for this recipe. It’s up to your tastes.

Open Face Chicken Gyro!  (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Open Face Chicken Gyro! (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

This is a simple recipe with only a little bit of stove and oven time which you can omit if you wish. It’s a great way to use some leftover chicken from a previous meal. Or you can purchase some pre-cooked rotisserie chicken at your local grocer.

Stir together the tzatziki dressing by combining Greek yogurt, peeled grated cucumber, minced garlic, fresh lemon juice, and a pinch of salt. Set aside.

Stir together the Greek yogurt, cucumber, lemon juice, garlic, and salt. (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Stir together the Greek yogurt, cucumber, lemon juice, garlic, and salt. (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Combine chopped tomato and cucumber along with a thinly sliced shallot and some chopped parsley and mint. Add some red wine vinegar, stir, and let that meld a few minutes.

Minty Tomato Cucumber Salad  (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Minty Tomato Cucumber Salad (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Brush two flatbreads with some olive oil. You can heat the flatbreads or serve them at room temperature. I prefer to heat them so they become slightly crispy. Keep warm until ready to assemble the gyros.

Brush some olive oil onto flatbreads (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Brush some olive oil onto flatbreads (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Saute some pulled chicken in olive oil with dried oregano and rosemary.

Saute the pulled chicken with oregano and rosemary in some olive oil (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Saute the pulled chicken with oregano and rosemary in some olive oil (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Spread the tzatziki sauce on the warm flatbread.

Spread the tzatziki on the flatbread (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Spread the tzatziki on the flatbread (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Add the sauteed pulled chicken

Place the pulled chicken on the tzatziki dressing (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Place the pulled chicken on the tzatziki dressing (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

… and top with the minty tomato cucumber salad mixture.

Pulled chicken and a tomato cucumber salad top a tzatziki dressing on flatbread (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Pulled chicken and a tomato cucumber salad top a tzatziki dressing on flatbread (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Enjoy!

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From the kitchen of A Food Lover’s Delight….

Open Face Chicken Gyros

Ingredients:

2 flatbreads (use at room temperature or heat in an oven)
1 T olive oil to brush onto the flatbreads

For the Tzatziki dressing:

1 c fat free Greek yogurt
1/2 c peeled grated cucumber
1 clove garlic, minced
1 t fresh lemon juice
pinch of salt

For the tomato cucumber salad:

1 c diced tomato
1 c diced cucumber
1 shallot, sliced thinly
1 T chopped fresh parsley
1 T chopped fresh mint
2 t red wine vinegar

For the seasoned pulled chicken:

1 T olive oil
2 c pulled cooked or roasted chicken (use two forks to pull the meat into smaller pieces)
1 t dried oregano
1 t dried rosemary, crumbled

Method:

1. Make the tzatziki dressing by stirring together the Greek yogurt, grated cucumber, minced garlic, lemon juice, and season with a pinch of salt. Set aside so the flavors can meld.
2. Stir together the chopped tomato and cucumber, thinly sliced shallot, chopped parsley and mint, and red wine vinegar. Let sit for a few minutes
3. Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Quickly saute the pulled chicken with the oregano and rosemary. Remove from heat, set aside, and keep warm.
4. Brush the flatbreads with some olive oil. You can heat the flatbreads in your oven or in a skillet on the stove, or serve them at room temperature. If heating the flatbreads, place on a baking sheet in a preheated 350 degree Fahrenheit oven for about 5 – 10 minutes until warm/crispy.
5. To assemble the gyros, spread some of the tzatziki on the flatbreads. Top with the seasoned pulled chicken and the tomato cucumber mixture.
6. And serve!

Serves 2 as an open face sandwich or main course. You can drizzle additional tzatziki sauce on the tomato cucumber mixture if you like. Garnish with some chopped mint. Goes well with some white bean dip and pita chips on the side. And for kids with a more basic palate, you can omit the herbs and garlic for their portions.

Variations: For a traditional Gyro, use grilled lamb meat. Also, you can use browned ground beef instead of the pulled chicken. Grill and dice a chicken breast if you don’t want to use pulled chicken. Use chilled and peeled shrimp instead of chicken for a different taste. You can add some shredded lettuce, diced bell pepper and/or carrot to the tomato and cucumber mix for more of a “salad” option.

Dice some grilled chicken for your open face chicken gyro (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Dice some grilled chicken for your open face chicken gyro (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

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