Chicken Gyro Bowls

These were good, but I found this recipe sort of unnecessarily labor-intensive. Took like 45 minutes to make. If I already had leftover chicken and quinoa cooked, I might be more likely to make it again. I do love grain bowls for lunches, though.

Changes: I used baby spinach instead of kale, chives instead of parsley, and those big green olives instead of black, all based on what we had in the house. I also always cook my quinoa in chicken broth instead of water.


For the pickles:
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup cider vinegar
2 teaspoons sugar
1/2 cup very thinly sliced red onion

For the sauce
1/2 cup 2% reduced-fat Greek yogurt
1 1/2 tablespoons tahini
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons water

For the bowls:
2 cups cooked quinoa
2 teaspoons olive oil, divided
1 cup baby kale, chopped
3/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley, divided
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
3/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
2 (4-ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breast cutlets
1/2 (6-inch) whole-wheat pita, cut into 6 wedges, then separated
Cooking spray
1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
1 cup thinly sliced cucumber
1/2 cup canned chickpeas, rinsed and drained
12 kalamata olives, thinly sliced
1.5 ounces feta cheese, crumbled

To prepare pickles, combine 1/4 cup water, vinegar, and sugar in a medium microwave-safe bowl; microwave at HIGH 2 minutes or until boiling. Stir in onion. Remove from heat; let stand 20 minutes at room temperature. Drain.

To prepare sauce, combine yogurt, tahini, juice, and 2 tablespoons water in a small bowl, stirring well with a whisk. Refrigerate until ready to use.

To prepare bowls, combine quinoa and 1 teaspoon oil in a medium bowl; toss to coat. Add kale and 1/2 cup parsley. Toss to combine.

ombine onion powder, garlic powder, oregano, cumin, salt, and pepper in a small bowl. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add remaining 1 teaspoon oil to pan; swirl to coat. Sprinkle chicken evenly with spice mixture; gently pat onto chicken (chicken will be heavily coated). Add chicken to pan; cook 4 minutes or until golden brown. Turn and cook 2 minutes or until done. Let stand 5 minutes. Thinly slice chicken.

Preheat your broiler to high.

Arrange pita triangles in a single layer on a baking sheet; coat pita evenly with cooking spray. Broil 1 to 2 minutes on each side or until crisp.

Place about 3/4 cup quinoa mixture in each of 4 bowls. Top each serving with 1/4 cup tomatoes, 1/4 cup cucumber, 2 tablespoons chickpeas, one-fourth of olives, one-fourth of cheese, one-fourth of pickled onion, and one-fourth of sliced chicken. Drizzle evenly with yogurt mixture. Top evenly with pita wedges. Sprinkle bowls evenly with remaining 1/4 cup parsley.


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