It is a starter in itself, and it can be accompanied with vegetable crudités (such as raw carrots) or even the typical pita bread. But it can also accompany meat or fish dishes, especially if they are grilled, and recipes with vegetables, especially if they are left al dente.
This recipe is great to prepare a very tasty and refreshing sauce, ideal to serve in many ways. Learn with her to make the well-known tzatziki sauce in a simple way. You will love its flavor and the possibilities it offers when serving it.
Tzatziki Sauce Recipe
- Two natural Greek yogurts
- Two large cucumbers
- Two cloves of garlic
- Juice of half a lemon
- 3 or 4 tablespoons of virgin olive oil
- ground black pepper
- A little chopped dill or mint (Optional)
The tzatziki sauce is one of the best known sauces of Greek origin, and it is a sauce that is usually eaten with pita bread or to accompany various meat dishes, usually dishes made with chicken meat. Greek cuisine has many dishes where tzatziki is present, such as dolmades, taramosalata or gyros, which are similar to kebab. It is a simple recipe to make and very tasty and fresh, which you can prepare quickly, if you have never tried it you will be delighted with the taste of it. Below we detail how to do it step by step.
We start to prepare this Greek sauce by peeling the two cloves of garlic and then we mince them well. Once we have done it, we put them in a mortar with a little coarse salt and crush it well with the mace, and when they are crushed we put them in a separate container. Then we peel the cucumbers, open them and remove all the seeds, then grate them with a grater and let them drain in a colander. We add a handful of salt to them and mix, so they will release all the liquid, since we want them to be well drained, so that the sauce is not liquid. This step is very important so that the tzatziki sauce has the right texture, since if it is not done like this it will be too liquid.
In the same container where we had added the crushed garlic, we are going to add the two yogurts, the freshly squeezed lemon juice, the good quality virgin olive oil, the pepper and a little chopped dill or mint as an option. We remove all the ingredients to mix them as well as possible, and let this mixture cool in the fridge until the grated cucumbers no longer release any more water, which we will check by squashing them on the strainer and seeing if they are well drained.
Add the grated and completely drained cucumbers to the other container, mix again as best as possible until the sauce is well homogeneous. We test it to see if it is necessary to correct the flavor of it, and when we finish preparing it, we take it to the refrigerator in a closed container, and leave it there until it is time to serve it, being advisable to leave it at least a couple of hours or three to intensify the flavor of it. The tzatziki sauce can be used to serve as an aperitif with some strips of pita bread or similar, or with pieces of carrot for dipping, even as a sauce for kebab or similar. You're going to love it, you'll see.
Servings / Units: 1
Approximate Preparation Time: 20M
Approximate Calories: 130
Tzatziki sauce is one of the most consumed in Greece and other Middle Eastern countries. In addition to Greek yogurt, it contains aromatic herbs and cucumber, which gives it a creamy texture and an intense flavor. It is perfect for garnishing all kinds of dishes with fish, seafood or grilled red meat. Chicken with tzatziki sauce, served on pita bread, is special for al fresco dining. In addition, it is a very simple and quick recipe to make.
2 chicken breasts
2 cloves of garlic
Arugula leaves or curly lettuce
First prepare the sauce and reserve in the fridge.
For the chicken, season the breasts. In a bowl, place a splash of oil, vinegar and lemon juice. Shake.
Add a teaspoon of oregano, coriander, parsley, and minced garlic. Add the breasts, stir and reserve the refrigerator for 30 minutes so that the chicken takes on flavor.
Cut the chicken into strips.
Heat the slightly greased iron. Brown the chicken breast strips on each side until cooked through and juicy.
Toast the pita bread.
To serve, place on each pita bread some lettuce or arugula cut into strips, then chicken strips and finally a little tzatziki sauce. Fold and put on a tray to take to the table.
Your guests are going to like chicken with tzatziki sauce so much that they will ask for it many times. Try the sauce as a salad dressing or topping for other preparations. An irresistible delicacy difficult to pronounce, but easy to taste!
Greek-style chicken with tzatziki sauce
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