Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Low Fat Chicken Gyros

I love gyros but my favorite restaurant ones are not allowed anymore because of the fat content. I've wanted to make a healthy Chicken Gyro for a very, very long time, and I haven't. That was a mistake. I am sorry.
To make things right you, I will eat these Gyros every day this week. What, you want a bite? No, I'm not sharing with you! Are you nuts?! Make your own!
Ok, fine... just a bite though...

Chicken Gyros - Hypo Style
Tzatziki Sauce
1 large seedless cucumber
1 cup fat free sour cream
2 tablespoons Greek seasoning
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon dill

1 1/2 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breast
1/2 white onion, diced
2 tablespoons dried parsley
2 tablespoons Greek Seasoning
salt and pepper

Other Stuff
3-4 medium tomatoes, sliced
1/2 white onion, sliced
6 whole wheat pita bread circles

Shred cucumber and squeeze all liquid out using a cheese cloth or towel. Mix cucumber and remaining sauce ingredients together. Chill in the fridge at least 30 minutes, overnight is best if you have that sort of planning ability.
Cut chicken into bite sized pieces. Combine the chicken, onion, parsley, Greek seasoning and olive oil in a skillet. Cook on medium heat until the chicken is done.
To serve, warm the pita in the oven or microwave. Slice in half and fill each pocket with chicken, tomatoes and cucumber sauce.  If your pitas fail to open into a nice pocket like mine did, just make them taco style by piling the ingredients on top and folding the pita in half.

As you can see from the picture, I clearly did not follow portion control. Normally (if I behaved) this meal will provide you with 1 carb, 2 protien, 1 veggie, 1/2 fat. Mine looked more like 2 carb, 4 protien, 1 veggie, 1 fat.
I'd feel bad, but at a whopping 353(ish) calories, it didn't break the caloric bank.

When behaving you can round out your dinner with a Spinach and Strawberry salad with light garlic vinaigrette and sunflower seeds to add on the remaining 1 1/2 allowed fat, the 1 fruit serving and another veggie. This meal was so incredibly good and healthy that I had to share the nutrition as calculated by the Spark Recipe Calculator.
(Please note that this makes 12 hypo servings. If you are feeding real people, increase the amount accordingly.)

Nutrition Facts  12 Hypo Sized Servings
  Calories 176.5
  Total Fat 1.9 g
       Saturated Fat  0.5 g
       Polyunsaturated Fat  0.5 g
       Monounsaturated Fat 0.3 g
Cholesterol 34.8 mg
Sodium224.7 mg
Potassium 322.9 mg
Total Carbohydrate 22.9 g
     Dietary Fiber  2.9 g
     Sugars  1.9 g
Protein 17.6 g

Vitamin A               6.0 %             Vitamin B-12               3.6 %
Vitamin B-6           21.2 %            Vitamin C                     9.3 %
Vitamin D              0.0 %              Vitamin E                      2.3 %
Calcium                 4.5 %              Copper                         7.4 %
Folate                    5.0 %              Iron                              8.6 %
Magnesium            10.8 %            Manganese                   30.3 %
Niacin                    36.9 %            Phosphorus                  20.3 %   
Riboflavin               5.5 %              Selenium                      34.7 %   
Thiamin                  11.2 %            Zinc                             6.7 %


  1. Wow! What a lovely post! It looks so yummy! Thanks for sharing:) Love your space.
    Hope to see you on my blog:)

  2. Oh how delish!!!! Fresh beats restaurant any day and these are healthy too. Great idea for our dinner tonight. Hugs!


Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...