Saturday, January 21, 2012

Chicken Souvlaki with Homemade Tzatziki Sauce (Greek yogurt dressing) - Margaret Ullrich

I know... That honking big box of chicken breasts was a really good buy.
And we Winnipeggers love really good buys.

What we don't love is the same old chicken, night after night.

Here's an easy recipe that'll use up 1 1/2 pounds of breasts.

The Tzatziki Sauce is a Greek style yogurt dressing.

Yes, I know you can buy it ready made.
But, sometimes you've got to wonder about store bought stuff.
I mean, why does the label say "May contain mustard"?
Don't they know what they put in it?
What else may it contain?
What if you have an allergy?

And what the heck is Propylene Glycol Alginate?

As with the beef stew, this will take about 2 1/2 hours.
The sauce takes about 45 minutes.
The chicken marinates.

You could, too.

                        Chicken Souvlaki with Tzatziki Sauce

In a large bowl, combine
1 1/2 pounds chicken breasts, cubed (about 2 inch chunks)
1/4 Cup olive oil
2 Tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon garlic powder (or minced)
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon coriander
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon hot pepper flakes
Marinate 2 hours.

While the chicken is marinating, make the 

Tzatziki Sauce

In a medium bowl, toss
1 small cucumber, peeled and quartered
1 teaspoon salt
Let sit 30 minutes.

While the cucumber is sitting, drain for 15 minutes
1 1/2 Cups plain yogurt

Also finely dice
1 green pepper

After the yogurt has drained
2 Tablespoons mint
2 Tablespoons coriander seeds (1 teaspoon ground, more or less)
1 teaspoon garlic powder (or minced)
1/2 teaspoon hot pepper sauce (optional)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper

Pat the cucumber dry and stir it into the spiced yogurt.
Add the diced green pepper.

Broil the chicken 12 minutes, turning the meat twice.

The broiled chicken and sauce can be served on a bed of lettuce,
with more raw veggies (sliced tomatoes, peppers etc.)
Pita bread adds a nice touch.

Or you can serve the sauced chicken on rice, with cooked or raw veggies.
Or on couscous, if you've got it.
Or in pita bread, with a salad on the side.

Cook once, serve 4 different ways.
Great or what?

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