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Chicken Gyro

February 17, 2013 Leave a comment
Chicken Gyro

Chicken Gyro

Hi, are you looking for Digitally Dennis’ blog? Don’t worry you’re in the right place. I just made some minor enhancements based on a few suggestions from some of my readers.

First, and probably the biggest change, was the name of the blog itself. To be honest, when I launched last May, I wasn’t really ready to make this a full time hobby. I was however, eager to try it out so I rushed to pick a name. Needless to say, I got so much enjoyment out of sharing my stories and recipes that I ran with “Digitally Dennis” for the past 8 plus months. So when I decided to “get under the hood” so-to-speak to make my other changes, I figured I’d it was time to change the name too.  So welcome to “The Stained Cookbook.”

Your current bookmark should still get you here, but you may want to update it at some point because the redirect option will only be there for a year or so. Plenty of time.

In addition to the name change, I did two slight formatting changes.

First, you’ll now notice that the actual recipe is now in it’s own little “box”.  Some people come to the site just for the recipes so I wanted to call out the recipe to make it easier for those readers.

Secondly, the ingredients are bullet points and the steps numbered. This was something I started doing with my last couple of entries, but with this change, I went back and modified the past couple of months.

I just felt like these two changes gave the page a much cleaner look.

Finally, I added a “print and pdf” button in the “share this” section of each individual post (you can find it right beneath each entry). So for those that want to print the recipes or save it as a PDF. Just click that button and it will redirect you to a new page.  There you can decide how much of the blog entry you want to print.  Choose as much or as little of the entry as you would like.  Or if you prefer, save it as a PDF for viewing later (maybe on your eReader or tablet). You also have the option to remove the photos if you need to save on ink.  Previously printing any of my entries was just a mess so this is long overdue.

I’m sure this won’t be the last time I make changes, as I’m always looking for ways to improve the experience but I think these were some much needed immediate improvements.  Let me know what you think.  And if you have other recommendations, I’d really like to hear them.

Oh, and if you’re curious as to why I picked “The Stained Cookbook”, it’s pretty obvious…

Never claimed to be neat

Never claimed to be neat


Pronounced “Yeer-Oh” , this chicken version is a take on the Greek Sandwich traditionally made with Lamb.

It’s served on Gyro Bread which is a thicker, fluffier, (and in my opinion tastier) cousin of the Pita.  I’m fortunate enough to live in a city where Gyro Bread is pretty easy to find (Pita Land or Stomolis for my Pittsburgh brethren) but if you can’t get your hands on some, pita will work just fine.

Finally it’s topped with a  Tzatziki sauce (cucumber sauce) made with Greek Yogurt.  Add lettuce, tomato, and a few slices of red onion and enjoy!

Ingredients:For the Tzatziki:

  • 1 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1/2 of a large cucumber, peeled and seeds removed
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced fine
  • 1 squeeze fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon of vinegar
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 1 drizzle olive oil
  1. Shred the cucumber and wrap in a clean dish towel.  Squeeze to remove as much moisture as possible.
  2. Combine cucumber with the yogurt, garlic, lemon juice, vinegar and salt and pepper.  Mix well.
  3. Drizzle lightly with olive oil.
  4. Cover and refrigerate at least 30 minutes but overnight is preferred.

For the chicken:

  • 6 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
  • Juice of one lemon
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • Salt and Pepper
  1. Add all ingredients to a gallon sized ziplock bag (or large non-reactive bowl).
  2. Mix well to coat the chicken.
  3. Refrigerate for 4 hours.
  4. Cook chicken using desired method (grill or in a skillet).
  5. When chicken is cooked, remove and cut in to chunks, thin slices or shread.


  1. Add one piece of gyro bread to a dry skillet that has been heated over medium heat.  Heat each side 1-2 minutes or until warmed through.
  2. Add chicken, lettuce, tomato, onion to the center of gyro bread.
  3. Top with a few heaping teaspoons of tzatziki sauce.
  4. Wrap have of the folded gyro in foil or parchment paper and twist.
  5. Serve immediately.
Homemade and healthier "Yeer-Oh!"

Homemade and healthier “Yeer-Oh!”