Greek Chicken and Salad with Tzatziki

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A welcome summer menu for company or even a weeknight meal and your kids can help.  There is no cooking until just before dinner so you can make this with a large group of moms or kids.  First you marinate the chicken, then prepare the salad and tzatziki.  Just before dinner you barbeque the chicken and toast up the pitas.

Greek Chicken Greek Chicken is an easy make ahead prep that involves marinating the chicken. There are many serving options for this chicken. Try it on top of a Caesar Salad. Serve it along side a Greek Salad, Tzatziki and Toasted Pita Breads. For company we usually throw in some Lemon Roasted Potatoes too.

Ingredients

  • 2 garlic clovesminced
  • 1tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2teaspoon each salt and pepper
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

Instructions

  1. Combine all the ingredients for the chicken into a ziplock bag and massage the chicken to distribute the marinade. Refrigerate for 1 to 3 hours until ready to barbeque.
  2. Just before dinner preheat the grill to high. Reduce heat to low and place the chicken on the grill for 8-10 minutes per side until cooked through and internal temperature reads 170 degrees.
  3. Let chicken rest on a cutting board tented with foil for 10 minutes. Slice the chicken across the grain and arrange on a serving platter or plates.
Greek Salad Ever tried salad in a jar for lunch? Greek salad is perfect for a jar. While you are preparing your dinner prepare a small salad for lunch tomorrow. In a 2 cup jar add 2 tablespoons of dressing, then some feta cheese, olives, peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers up to the top so there is as little space as possible before you add the lid. Refrigerate until lunchtime.

Ingredients

Greek Salad

  • 2 sweet bell peppersmix of colours
  • 1 green pepper
  • 1pint/carton cherry or grape tomatoes
  • 1 english cucumber
  • 1/4cup red onionthinly sliced or diced
  • 1/2cup feta cheesecrumbled or diced
  • 1cup whole kalamata olivesor 1/2 cup pitted and sliced

Dressing

  • 1 garlic cloves minced
  • 1/4cup red wine vinegar
  • 2tablespoons fresh dillfinely chopped
  • 1teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil

Instructions

  1. Prepare salad ingredients by chopping 3 peppers into bite size chunks, cut tomatoes in half, cut cucumbers lengthwise into quarters and then slice, thinly slice red onion or dice. Add all vegetables into a large bowl or container.
  2. For the greek salad combine all dressing ingredients in a small container or jar.
  3. Store feta cheese and olives in a small container in the refrigerator until dinner.
  4. Shake up dressing and add to your salad until you have the desired amount. Sprinkle with olives and feta cheese.
Tzatziki with Toasted Pitas Tzatziki is so easy and economical to make at home and it will be the freshest you have ever tasted. The perfect compliment to greek chicken and toasted pitas.

Ingredients

  • 3/4teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 1/2 cups plain or greek yogurt 2% or higher
  • 1/4 english cucumber
  • 1tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 2teaspoons fresh mintfinely chopped
  • 2teaspoons fresh dillfinely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil

Instructions

  1. Using the small side of your grater, grate the cucumber with skin on. Put grated cucumber into a mesh strainer or squeeze out liquid with your hands and discard.
  2. Combine all remaining ingredients in a bowl or container and chill until ready to serve.

Sticky Tips

    • There is a lot of garlic in this recipe you might buy a jar of minced, as a friend calls it "cheater garlic" if you are cooking with a large group.  1 garlic clove is approximately 1 teaspoon.

 
    • Keeping the greek salad in separate containers will help you serve picky eaters.  Some kids might enjoy raw vegetables, others with dressing and some with the works - cheese, olives and dressing.   You may have some leftover dressing for another night or try a salad in a jar for lunch tomorrow see instructions at the top of this recipe.
 

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