These Chicken Gyro Quinoa Bowls with Tzatziki turn your favorite traditional Greek sandwich into a quick, healthy dinner.
Sponsored Post: This post is sponsored by Foster Farms Simply Raised fresh chicken but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.
Autumn is here – Leaves are on the ground, the mornings are foggy here in the Pacific NW, and there is rain in the forecast for the next seven days straight… Why do I live in Portland again?
Typically this is when hibernation mode sets in for me – Especially when daylight savings time rolls around and it’s dark before I even get home from work. I mean, I have absolutely NO motivation to go out and do things when it’s pouring, cold and dark outside – I’d rather stay inside, stand in front of the hot stove and drink lots of Pinot.
But this year, I’m shaking things up a bit with my comfort food. Let’s call this my “New Comfort Food” – A way of eating that just makes you feel more comfortable with the fact that it’s dark and gloomy outside. I’m creating more and more dishes that use locally sourced, natural ingredients, taste light and fresh, and feature lots of color.
Enter Chicken Gyro Quinoa Bowls.
It’s almost impossible to feel the gloom of the outside weather when you’re inside eating these beauties!
Gyros are traditionally made with either lamb or chicken and served on pita bread with lots of tzatziki (a cucumber-yogurt sauce), a bit of lettuce and a sprinkling of tomatoes. For this recipe, I’m retaining all of those traditional ingredients, but I’m swapping out the heavy pita bread for quinoa which is filled with protein, fiber and iron.
I’m going the chicken route on these bowls too – Using Foster Farms Simply Raised thin-sliced boneless skinless chicken breasts, which cook up quickly. Foster Farms Simply Raised Chicken is locally grown here on in the Pacific Northwest, with no antibiotics ever, and fed a 100% vegetarian diet in an American Human Certified environment. That’s important to me, and apparently it’s becoming more and more important others as well. Foster Farms commissioned a national consumer survey to gain insight into what people are looking for in their “New Comfort Food” dishes. They found that:
- 80% of Americans are turning to chicken as a staple for their comfort food meals and are prioritizing chicken raised with no antibiotics, hormones or steroids.
- 81% of Americans care more about the quality of their ingredients than they did 5 years ago
- 68% are more concerned than their mother was about what goes into the food they are eating.
- More than 80% choose healthier recipes and more fruits and veggies in their comfort food meals.
So, these bowls are for the masses – All of you looking to eat in a more healthful, mindful way!
Before you take a look at the recipe below – Let me forewarn you. The list of ingredients can look intimidating – But really, the ingredients in each step are repeated over again – I.e. there is garlic, lemon juice, white wine vinegar, and Greek yogurt used in both the chicken marinade and tzatziki sauce. And honestly, you can make these from start to finish in just about 30 minutes – Just be sure to marinate the chicken the night before.
And, if you want to really get simple with these bowls – Go ahead and buy premade tzatziki from the store, substitute thin-sliced red onion instead of pickling it, and allow the chicken to marinate for just 30-minutes – They’ll still be delicious!
How do you define comfort food? Are you more traditional when it comes to those dishes, or have you created a “new” comfort food tradition of your own? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below….