Yogurt-Marinated Chicken and Creamy Greek Sauce Recipe
Yogurt-Marinated Chicken and Creamy Greek Sauce

It's a good thing my favorite Greek joint in Atlanta is a trek from my house, or I just might go there every day (and that could get a little dangerous). Without fail, I order the lamb gyro plate with a zesty salad and garlic roasted coin potatoes. It's the stuff dreams are made of. I love their flavors so much that I decided to create an easier homemade version to enjoy in between my visits.

A Bon Appetit recipe for an Indian spiced yogurt marinated chicken inspired the marinade. Their version uses a whole pantry's worth of ingredients and a blender; I cut it down to the bare necessities. The result is moist, tender chicken as good as any you will find in a restaurant. I cooked the chicken in a garlic-oregano infused olive oil to amp up the flavors even more. My favorite part of this recipe, however, is the creamy "Greek" sauce. Instead of a traditional tzatziki (been there, done that), I used a riff on my favorite Alabama white sauce -- a Southern-style barbecue sauce that uses mayonnaise as its base. Consider it my flirtatious little wink to the tastes of the Mediterranean.

Yogurt-Marinated Chicken and Creamy Greek Sauce

Makes 1 to 2 pitas.

For the marinade:

1 large chicken breast (about 1/2 pound)

1/2 cup plain, whole milk yogurt

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

For the Greek sauce:

4 tablespoons mayonnaise (regular or light)

1 tablespoons milk

1 tablespoon cider vinegar

3/4 teaspoon sugar

1/8 garlic powder

Squeeze of lemon juice

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

For the chicken:

2 tablespoons olive oil

2 large garlic cloves, peeled and smashed

1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

1 tomato, diced

1/2 cucumber, diced

Pita bread, for serving

To marinate the chicken, cut the chicken breasts into bite-sized cubes. In a medium-sized bowl, whisk the yogurt, olive oil, oregano, salt and pepper until combined. Add the chicken and marinate for at least two hours, and overnight if possible.

To make the Greek sauce, mix together all of the ingredients and refrigerate. Adjust seasoning according to taste before serving. (Note: I used 1/4 teaspoon salt and a very generous amount of black pepper. You can't have too much in my opinion.)

To cook the chicken, wipe off the excess marinade. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and oregano, and cook until fragrant and golden, about 2 minutes. Remove the garlic. Add the chicken and cook for 3 minutes without stirring. Give a quick toss and continue cooking for another 3 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through.

To assemble, combine the chicken with desired amount of Greek Sauce, tomatoes, and cucumbers. Add salt and pepper to taste. Pile onto a piece of pita bread, fold like a taco, and devour.

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