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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Chicken Gryo Pizza


One favorite dish in our house is Annie's Eats' Chicken Gyros. I was having company over for dinner and wanted the yummy flavors of the Gyros, but they are not an easy meal to serve to a crowd -- getting the pitas hot and keeping them hot for a lot of people in a chaotic kitchen is not easy. I decided to combine the yummy flavors of the Gyro with the ease of serving and eating a pizza and the result was really yummy. The kids especially enjoyed it and said they liked it better than the Gyros.

Chicken Gyro Pizza
serves 4

2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

2 cloves garlic, smashed
3 T. lemon juice
1 t. red or white wine vinegar
1 T. extra virgin olive oil
1 heaping T. plain yogurt
1 t. dried oregano
1/2 t. salt

Flavored oil:
2 T. olive oil
1 clove garlic, finely minced
1/2 t. oregano
1/2 t. basil
1/4 t. salt
1/8 t. pepper

one recipe pizza dough (mine is found here)
3 cups mozarella cheese, shredded
1/4 cup Feta cheese

 very thin wedges of tomato
very thin wedges of red onion

Tzatziki sauce:
8 oz. Greek yogurt
1/2 cup peeled, seeded and shredded English cucumber
2 cloves garlic, finely minced
1 tsp. white wine vinegar
Salt and pepper, to taste
squeeze of fresh lemon juice
drizzle extra virgin olive oil

Cut chicken into bite size pieces and place in a plastic bag or glass bowl. Whisk together marinade ingredients and toss with chicken. Refrigerate for several hours.

Heat oven to 425 degrees F. Drain chicken. Spray a large baking sheet with oil and place chicken pieces in a single layer on pan. Place in oven and bake for 10-15 minutes, or until chicken is done. You can let them get some color, if desired, but don't let them dry out. (The chicken will mostly be hidden under the cheese, however, so color isn’t necessary.)

Place oil and garlic for flavored oil in a glass measuring cup and microwave for 30 seconds, just until fragrant. Add spices and stir.

Raise oven temperature to 450 degrees F. 
Grease a large pizza pan and spread dough to edges (if you need to see technique go here).

Arrange chicken pieces on top of pizza dough, breaking pieces up if necessary to make sure pieces are all fairly small. Drizzle with flavored oil. Cover with mozzarella cheese and sprinkle with feta cheese.

Bake for 10 to 15 minutes until cheese is browned lightly and crust is golden (lift with a spatula to check). If cheese browns before crust, move pizza to lower rack. If crust browns before cheese, raise to higher rack.

Cool for a few minutes, then cut into wedges. Top each wedge with tomatoes, onions and Tzatzki sauce, as desired. 

Serving suggestion: serve with a Greek Salad

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