Chicken Souvlaki with Homemade Pitas

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Chicken Souvlaki is the perfect lunch or dinner. It is light and filling but packed with flavor!  Chicken Souvlaki with Homemade Pitas | Bites of Bri

Next up on our 2014 Winter Olympic series…Greece! Somewhere I’ve personally never been but am dying to go to! Have you been?

My best friend is Greek and I spent the majority of my childhood wishing I was Greek too. The food? Ugh, I loved it. My sister and I spent tons of time at their house and that means that we ate lots of Greek food. It was great. As a kid, I was convinced being Greek was just about the coolest thing in the world. To this day, I still get homemade baklava delivered to me from this family at Christmas. I look forward to it all year. Traveling to Greece is definitely on my list of places I’d like to go.

For now, I’m enjoying Greece here in the US through the food. One of my favorite things to order at any Greek restaurant is Chicken Souvlaki on pita bread. For good reason too…these sandwiches are usually packed with chicken, tzatziki, feta, and some vegetables. What’s not to love?

This flavor packed Greek sandwich is perfect for lunch or dinner.

In keeping with the theme of the Olympics, I wanted to make some homemade pita and it was surprisingly easy. If your pinched for time, or want to use store bought, go for it! Just make sure you warm it up prior to plating the sandwiches.

To make the pita bread, Start by combining the hot water and the active yeast in the bowl of your stand mixer. If you don’t have a stand mixer, just use a large mixing bowl. Allow the yeast and water to sit for 5 minutes until bubbly. Once the yeast and water are ready, add the white wheat flour, olive oil, and salt. Using the dough hook attachment (or you hands if you aren’t using a stand mixer), knead until thoroughly combined. With my stand mixer, it took about 4 minutes. It may take double that time if you’re using your hands. If you’re using your hands, you may need to flour your hands and the surface on which you’re working.

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Once the kneading is complete, oil the same bowl and place the dough in the center (also covering it with oil). Wrap the bowl with plastic wrap and place it in a warm place to rise for an hour or so.

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Once doubled in size (about 1 hour later), pour the dough onto a flat surface.

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Divide the dough into eight pieces and use a rolling pin to roll each individual pita.

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Heat a griddle or a skillet and once piping hot, add a touch of olive oil before adding the pita. Once the pita has bubbled on one side, flip it until golden. Remove and repeat until all pitas are cooked. Set aside.

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To make the Chicken Souvlaki, start by dicing your chicken into bite size pieces. Add them to a plastic sealable bag. In a small mixing bowl combine the olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, and oregano. Pour this mixture into the bag. Marinade in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes, but no longer than 8  hours.

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To make the tzatziki, grate the cucumber into a fine mesh colander. Add a pinch of salt and stir to combine. Allow this to set for 15-30 minutes and then push the cucumber around to make sure all water has been extracted.

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Add the drained cucumber to a bowl with the greek yogurt, lemon juice, garlic, dill, salt and pepper. Toss to combine. If you wanted a smooth tzatziki, you could process this in a food processor. I don’t think that’s necessary.

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Once you’re ready to cook the chicken and assemble the sandwiches, pour the chicken mixture into a nonstick pan and cook until the chicken is cooked through. In the summertime, you could skewer the chicken and grill it as we typically do.

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While the chicken cooks, heat up your pitas. Once the chicken is cooked, add the chicken to a pita. Top with tzatziki sauce, tomatoes, cucumber, and feta cheese.

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Homemade Pitas

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes

Yield: 8 medium pitas

These soft, fluffy pitas are great for sandwiches, wraps, or as a side for soup.

Ingredients

  • 2 tsp active dry yeast
  • 1 cup hot water (not boiling)
  • 1 cup white wheat flour (if you want, you can use all AP flour instead of a combination)
  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp olive oil

Instructions

  1. Homemade Pita Bread
  2. Start by combining the hot water and the active yeast in the bowl of your stand mixer. If you don't have a stand mixer, just use a large mixing bowl. Allow the yeast and water to sit for 5 minutes until bubbly.
  3. Once the yeast and water are ready, add the white wheat flour, olive oil, and salt.
  4. Using the dough hook attachment (or you hands if you aren't using a stand mixer), knead until thoroughly combined. With my stand mixer, it took about 4 minutes. It may take double that time if you're using your hands. If you're using your hands, you may need to flour your hands and the surface on which you're working.
  5. Once the kneading is complete, oil the same bowl and place the dough in the center (also covering it with oil). Wrap the bowl with plastic wrap and place it in a warm place to rise for an hour or so.
  6. Once doubled in size, pour the dough onto a flat surface.
  7. Divide the dough into eight pieces and use a rolling pin to roll each individual pita.
  8. Heat a griddle or a skillet and once piping hot, add a touch of olive oil before adding the pita. Once the pita has bubbled on one side, flip it until golden. Remove and repeat until all pitas are cooked. Set aside.

Notes

If you're not a fan of whole wheat flour, you could easily make these using all All Purpose flour instead of a combination.

These freeze well, so I usually make a whole batch and then freeze the remaining pitas for weeknight pizzas or for another batch of chicken souvlaki

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Chicken Souvlaki with Tzatziki

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 4 portions

Chicken Souvlaki is the perfect lunch or dinner. It is light and filling but packed with flavor!

Ingredients

  • 2 chicken breasts, diced into small pieces
  • 1/8 cup olive oil
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 cup plain greek yogurt (I used 0% plain)
  • 1/2 english cucumber, peeled, grated, and drained
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 1/2 tsp dried dill
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 pitas (homemade or store bought)

Instructions

  1. Start by dicing your chicken into bite size pieces. Add them to a plastic sealable bag. In a small mixing bowl combine the olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, and oregano. Pour this mixture into the bag. Marinade in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes, but no longer than 8 hours.
  2. To make the tzatziki, grate the cucumber into a fine mesh colander. Add a pinch of salt and stir to combine. Allow this to set for 15-30 minutes and then push the cucumber around to make sure all water has been extracted. Add the drained cucumber to a bowl with the greek yogurt, lemon juice, garlic, dill, salt and pepper. Toss to combine. If you wanted a smooth tzatziki, you could process this in a food processor. I don't think that's necessary.
  3. Once you’re ready to cook the chicken and assemble the sandwiches, pour the chicken mixture into a nonstick pan and cook until the chicken is cooked through. In the summertime, you could skewer the chicken and grill it as we typically do.
  4. While the chicken cooks, heat up your pitas.
  5. Once the chicken is cooked, add the chicken to a pita.
  6. Top with tzatziki sauce, tomatoes, cucumber, and feta cheese.
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Pita recipe adapted from Half Baked Harvest

 

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Comments

  1. Heather says

    Hats off to you for showing us how to make pita! I’m adding this to my menu this week. Thank you for the amazing instructions and inspiration!

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