Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Greek Chicken Souvlaki Salad

I intended to try ecookbook's recipe first, but our computer was broken, so I tweaked and combined several recipes instead. It was yummy, and with even further tweaking, I think it'll be sublime. This is a Greek salad topped with marinated chicken strips and served with warm pita bread.

Marinated Chicken

2 tsp. dried oregano (or 2 tablespoons fresh)
1 1/2 tsp. dried thyme
2 tsp. sugar
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. black pepper
5 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons lemon juice
4 tsp. extra virgin olive oil
5 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1/2 cup chicken broth

Whisk all ingredients together in a large bowl. Add about 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts. Marinate overnight or for up to three days. (The longer you marinate it, the more flavorful and moist the chicken will be, but if time constrains, marinate it for a couple of hours before cooking.)

After marinating, grill the chicken until it's slightly charred (our preference) or broil in your oven in a lightly oiled broiler pan until done. Cut chicken into strips and use to top the salad.

Mixed salad greens (We toss mesculin mix with dark romaine)
Cucumbers, peeled and sliced, as many as desired
Tomatoes, chopped, as many as desired
Feta cheese, crumbled (a must!!!!!)
Red Onion, sliced into rings or chopped
Hot pepperoncinis (John loves these, but I skip them)
Kalamata olives, if desired (we both skip these)

Mix salad greens, cucumbers, and tomatoes. Top individual plates with lots of crumbled feta, red onion, and a few pepperoncinis and olives, if desired. Top salad with chicken strips, drizzle with Greek dressing, and serve with warm pita bread. (One can eat the pita separately, though it's not recommended, or break it into pieces and eat it with the salad, or stuff the salad inside the pita, or....you decide.) If desired, serve tzaziki on the side.

Greek Salad Dressing
recipe below

Warm Pita Bread

Confession: The only time I made pita bread, though good (what bread isn't?), my results were less than stellar, so I just made naan instead this time. If anyone has a good pita bread recipe, let me know!

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