Wednesday, September 25, 2013

The Burger Alternative Greek

Stumbled upon this idea at work when a new place opened up called 'Hash' on N. Western in Chicago, IL right around the corner from our office.  Simple, different, tasty menu, including a variation of this one.  So, I figured why not?  We have the building blocks from previous blogs.  Time to practice some of those skills.  The Burger Alternative--Greek Chicken Sandwich.  It's better for you, less fat, big taste, and fun to make with a bunch of friends around the table.  Who doesn't like a 'make-it-yourself' meal?

Remember the Bandilicious Chicken Marinade. You will simply add fresh or dried oregano to the base marinade, and use thinner chicken breasts for quicker cooking.  This will be a cinch if you get the chicken marinating before you head to class.  Pick up the condiments on your way home.  Make the quick mayo-tzatziki spread.  Call your friends.  Sear the chicken. Put it all out on the table.

Skill Level:  Freshman Level, but several steps and planning involved.  Must be able to organize thoughts and actions.
Cost:  $15 / 4-6 servings

Non-stick skillet
Meat Mallet / Tenderizer, if pounding chicken
Marinating dish or tupperware (large enough to hold all chicken breasts)

3-4 large chicken breasts, pounded to 1/4" thickness and marinating
2 Tbls fresh oregano, chopped

1 cup Greek Plain Yoghurt
2 Tbls mayonnaise
1/3 cup shredded cucumber
Salt and pepper
1 tsp Lemon juice

Feta Cheese, crumbled
Red Onion, thinly sliced
Cucumber, thinly sliced
Tomato, thinly sliced
Capers, optional
Vinagrette, optional

Sesame Buns, toasted with butter


Step A:  Make The Marinade & Pound The Chicken
--review blog Bandilicious Chicken Marinade
--add 2 Tbls of fresh oregano to marinade (or 2 tsp dried oregano)

--pound chicken to 1/4" thickness or slice large chicken breasts CAREFULLY in half lengthwise

--marinate for several hours

--let meat come to room temperature and pat dry before searing or grilling

Step B:  Make Tzatziki Mayo
--combine greek yoghurt, mayo, and cucumbers
--set aside

Step C:  Prep Condiments and Set The Table
--Slice and  plate all of the veggies

--toast and butter the buns

Step D:  Sear The Chicken
--if grilling or using a non-stick skillet, make sure the pan is 'HOT' with a little oil
--sear 1/4" chicken breasts 3-4 minutes on each side.
--leave the chicken alone while you are searing.  It should release from the skillet easily if properly seared.

Step E:  Assemble everything. Make good conversation.  Listen well.
--repeat again next week.

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