Last week was that time of the month when the groceries are almost consumed, a trip to Grocery Store is in order for the weekend and you are left with limited choices to cook just before the most awaited excursion. Also, HI was out of town and his arrival was scheduled just before that trip. I always try to welcome him to a different/ new kinda dinner meal but all I had were some boneless chick pieces lying in my freezer hence the dilemma. As a result of which the quest to find out a new, easy and good recipe began. After swiping through almost hundreds of recipes, I stumbled upon this recipe by Tasty Grill which looked super easy yet fancy 😉
But I was not quite impressed by Tzatziki Sauce that was being prepared as the condiment with Gyro in that particular recipe. I don’t know why but the Gyros immediately reminded me of ‘Which wich’ sandwich we once had back in Dubai and suddenly an idea landed with lightning speed in my mind; to follow their idea of ‘Build Your Own‘ sandwich from a variety of toppings. With the same velocity, I opened their site and chose the toppings which were readily available at home that time – Tadaa, I was ready to design my very own Gyro now.
I was not left with much time because plenty of it was lost in the searching part. But I was glad that I emerged successful in the hunt; the recipe was effortless (I ‘almost’ did nothing) and looked really eye catchy, I just tweaked it a little to suit our taste buds. And it lived up to the expectations very well. HI was underestimating those small bombs but as soon as he tasted one, he was clean bowled. E also loved those, she even uttered ‘Yummy’ to the pictures while I was editing them today for the post 😀
Hashtag Mission Accomplished! 😀
The recipe is as under.
About Doner & Gyros: Doner (Turkish kebab) and Gyro (Greek dish) both are made of meat cooked on a vertical rotisserie. Gyros are usually served wrapped in a flatbread such as pita, with tomato, onion, and tzatziki sauce. The history of Doner kebab dates back to 18th century while the Gyros came into being in 19th century.
Since I am not using the traditional tzatziki sauce from Gyros and combining the characteristics of both Doner and Gyros hence the name of dish – ‘Doner Gyros’ 😉 (a fusion of Turkish and Greek cuisines)
Inspired By: The Tasty Grill & Which Wich
Cuisine: Fusion (Turkish & Greek)
|Serves:||7-8 (small)||Ease Level:|
|Prep & Assembling Time:||10 mins + 10 mins||Quickness:|
|Baking Time:||60-80 mins (approx)||Spice Level:|
Above ratings are out of 5, with 5 being the ‘most’.
Chicken boneless pounded (preferably thighs) 1 kg
Onion cut in half from centre (peeled)
Yogurt 2 cups (about 400 gms)
Salt 1 tbsp
Garlic cloves 1 tbsp (chopped)
Lemon juice ¼ cup
Chili powder 1 tbsp
Coriander powder 1 tbsp
Paprika powder 1 tbsp
Cumin powder 1 tbsp
Cinnamon powder 1 tsp
Black pepper 1 tsp
Oil ¾ cup
Sweet Chili Sauce
Thousand Island Sauce
Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C).
Marinate pounded chicken thighs with all the Marination ingredients for at least 2 hours.
On parchment paper in the baking tray, use the onion half as a base and position the skewer vertically like a spit.
Skewer the chicken thighs individually, rotating each one 90 degrees.
Bake for 1-1.5 hour.
Cut the chicken slices like the Turkish kebab guys do.
Fill the pita with chicken slices and all the assembling ingredients mentioned above.
Please excuse the presentation, we were too late for dinner hence the not-so-fancy look. But they tasted yummilicious 😀
MY TWO CENTS:
Adjust the spices to suit your taste buds.
You can use chicken breast pieces as well but thighs will be juicier.
You can use your choice of sauces, veggies and dressings to fill the pita.
Baking times may vary depending upon your oven, you may check the progress in between to ensure that the chicken doesn’t get overcooked.
You can visit the Which Wich site at this link to have an idea about the toppings you may use in your custom Doner-Gyro 😉
Hope you’ll enjoy trying it out.
I’d love to get your feedback. Feel free to drop a comment below about your experience.
Happy Doner-Gyroing 😉