It’s at that time of year where I want to eat every meal outside. And there’s something about the sky starting to orange and the air cooling down (well, let’s be real, there hasn’t been much of that in Ottawa lately) that just makes dinner the perfect time to dine outside. Whether you have a vast backyard landscape, elaborate patio, tiny balcony (me!), or some outdoor park space to walk to, taking advantage of the long summer days is just so fulfilling. These chicken gyros are ideal because they’re easy, delicious, and totally transportable, if need be.

Ingredients for 2 gyros:

  • 2 chicken breasts, chopped into chunks
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 4 heaping tbsp tzatziki
  • 1/2 cup chopped grape tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup chopped cucumber
  • 1/2 cup leafy greens (spinach, lettuce, mixed greens…)
  • 2 tbsp chopped red onion
  • 2 large whole-wheat pita breads

Directions:

  1. Add the oil and garlic to a saucepan over medium heat. Cook for 5 minutes until the garlic has wilted slightly. Add the chicken chunks and continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until cooked through. Set aside.
  2. Place each pita on a cookie sheet. Broil on medium in the oven for 2-3 minutes, or until lightly toasted. Remove from oven.
  3. Place each pita on a large plate. Spread 2 heaping tbsp of tzatziki onto each pita bread. Layer equal amounts of leafy greens onto each pita. Then, add equal amounts of tomatoes, cucumber, and red onion on top. Finally, divide the morsels of chicken between each pita and roll into a wrap to finish.

Tip: The gyros will be quite plentiful; to help hold them together, you can wrap in cling wrap, brown paper, or tinfoil. This is especially suggested if taking on a picnic. Otherwise, you can simply grab a fork to pick up any loose ends that end up on your plate!

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