In Greece, souvlaki typically refers to skewers of grilled lamb. In America, chicken is more common, and it's often served in pita bread. Precooked chicken makes these sandwiches a snap to prepare. Serve with tabbouleh.
1/2 cup (2 ounces) crumbled feta cheese
1/2 cup plain Greek-style yogurt
1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill
1 tablespoon extravirgin olive oil, divided
1 1/4 teaspoons bottled minced garlic, divided
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
2 cups sliced roasted skinless, boneless chicken breast
4 (6-inch) pitas, cut in half
1 cup shredded iceberg lettuce
1/2 cup chopped peeled cucumber
1/2 cup chopped plum tomato
1/4 cup thinly sliced red onion
How to Make It
Combine feta cheese, yogurt, dill, 1 teaspoon oil, and 1/4 teaspoon garlic in a small bowl, stirring well.
Heat remaining 2 teaspoons olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add remaining 1 teaspoon garlic and oregano to pan, and sauté for 20 seconds. Add chicken, and cook for 2 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Place 1/4 cup chicken mixture in each pita half, and top with 2 tablespoons yogurt mixture, 2 tablespoons shredded lettuce, 1 tablespoon cucumber, and 1 tablespoon tomato. Divide onion evenly among pitas.
I followed the recipe, except I used rotisserie chicken and sprinkled some cayenne pepper before I rolled the ingredients up in flax seed flat bread, it was super delicious. My kids said it was a do-over!
This is the second time I have made this dish. The recipe is quick enough for everyday but tasty enough for a casual get together. I made the Tzatziki sauce from another Cooking Light recipe entitled Chicken Souvlaki with Tzatziki Sauce. I did not use the lettuce or onion. I served this with fresh melon. Delicious!
(this was a December-issue superfast recipe but in July I was able to make some substitutions) Prepped yogurt & veggies to recipe, using fresh garlic. Started with raw cubed chicken, marinated with the garlic, fresh oregano & a little lemon juice. Then skewered & grilled chicken and warmed pitas on the bbq. Fresh, light, flavorful. Good summer meal, fast & easy.
I'm giving this recipe four stars, however it's not a special occasion dish. I used a brined sear-roasted boneless chicken breast that I adopted from another CL recipe found here. http://find.myrecipes.com/recipes/recipefinder.dyn?action=displayRecipe&recipe_id=1891913 The pita's I bought would not split easily so I served it open face on top of the pita. This dish would be just as tasty served cold. We used all the chicken for 2 servings and that was our total meal other than fruit for dessert.