Crunchy baked chicken with Greek Tzatziki

Crunchy Baked Tzatziki chickenJAZZ UP YOUR CHICKEN

 

Now that the first day of summer has rolled in BBQ parties and gatherings are in full force and so are your invites to such events.

Today I’ve got this creamy Tzatziki chicken that will leave your guests wondering how in the world you gave chicken so much flavour.

We have all had those days where we really can’t be bothered to cook after having a party.

If you stare at the leftovers wondering what to do with them don’t fret because I’ve got some ideas for you today.

If you are anything like me I always host a food party and ask my guests to bring their own bottle of alcohol (BYOB) and mix so I can focus on delicious food.

It’s a great way for all of us friends to get together and keep the costs low, especially if we rotate whose house we have the next dinner gathering at.

Sometimes it’s amazing the food that comes out because it generally gives us something to talk about, especially when it’s recipes we’ve never heard of.

I like to be off the wall with my creativity so I tend to shake things up a bit and produce foods that will have my guests talking right up until the next party.

What’s even better is when I get requests for my recipes. Now I just send them to Canadian Budget Binder where they can print any recipe of mine that they like. (Yours are pretty good too Mr.CBB :), ha)

I always, always end up with far too much party leftovers especially chips and dip. If that sounds like what you have left after a dinner party don’t despair because today I have for you a delicious, easy chicken recipe with tzatzki to the rescue.

No one likes food waste especially me so creating something out of leftover party food is something I’m getting better at.

 

Leftover chips

 

Firstly, don’t throw away those chips and dip. You can utilize both to enhance flavour and texture in dishes which will make something bland pop with flavour and jazz something boring up with crunch.

With the excess chips, crunch and place them in a freezer bag for later use to top dishes creating a crunchy topping or add to breadcrumbs to make coatings for those chicken strips the kids love or for that ultimate fish fry.

 

Leftover dip

 

If I have leftover dip my secret is to use it to marinate meat dishes such as the tzatziki in this chicken recipe. You could easily just pour the tzatziki dip into the bag and leave overnight to marinate which would give the chicken superior flavour.

Alternatively you can just brush the sauce on your chicken then grill or toss the chicken in the tzatziki and get to work on the BBQ as fast as you need it.

Even if you have Greek yogurt based dips such as a Greek yogurt onion dip or ranch dip from salad dressing don’t toss it out because the simple ingredients inside of a dip pair well with many proteins.

How many of you like to put sauce on your sandwiches, subs, fried fish, chicken, pork etc? You do this to bring out the flavour in the food you eat so think outside the box with leftover sauces and dips and create your next meal from something you might have thrown away.

 

Tzatziki 

 

For this recipe I am using a spicy tzatziki dip which you can find at your local grocery store in the dairy section. You could make tzatziki dip from scratch, which I have, but in this case it was cheaper at the store as it was on sale and 50% off.

Tzatziki dip is a Greek cucumber based dip or yogurt sauce which is made with Greek yogurt, cucumber, garlic, lemon juice, dill, mint or both, plus salt and pepper. If you’ve ever had souvlaki or Greek stuffed pitas before you might recall a lovely tangy taste in your mouth, that’s tzatziki.

A simple tzatziki recipe is fairly easy to make and the longer you let it sit the flavour of the dip will become in enhanced. If you love lemon and garlic try tzatziki dip. If you are even more adventurous and want to make your own Greek yogurt our good friend Beth at Aunt B’s Kitchen makes a gorgeous homemade Greek yogurt recipe.

You can either grill the tzatziki chicken or bake them in the oven like I have done today.

 

Crunchy baked tzatkiki chicken breasts

Serves 6-8 people (depending on how many chicken breasts)
Marinating time: overnight or 5hrs in the fridge
Prep time: 10mins
Cooking time: 45-50mins oven/BBQ until juices run clear
Oven temp: 200oF/400oC
Crunchy baked chicken with Greek Tzatziki
 
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If you love the Greek flavours of tzatziki sauce and you enjoy the crisp texture of chips you will devour these crispy chicken breasts marinated in tzatziki.
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Recipe type: Main Dish Chicken
Cuisine: Greek
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • Chicken breasts
  • I tub of Tzatziki Dip
  • 1 cup Swiss Cheese
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Potato chips to sprinkle on top for extra crunch (optional)
Instructions
  1. Take the chicken and place in a freezer bag or large dish
  2. Mix in the Tzatzikii Dip and either leave overnight to marinate or leave in the fridge for 5hrs
  3. Once marinated place on parchment paper and spread on the rest of dip over the top of chicken.
  4. Then top with cheese and chips
  5. Place in the oven and cook

Crunchy baked chicken with tzatziki is the perfect main dish for any dinner or lunch served with a fragrant couscous and a green salad. You can also serve the chicken with a summer fresh tomato salad and grilled olive pita on the side.

An easy chicken recipe with simple ingredients that you would have otherwise thrown out or left in the fridge and forgotten about

Enjoy

Nicky

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Nicola Don
Nicola Don was born in Aberdeen Scotland and lived most of her years in Ellon Aberdeenshire ,Scotland. She is a stay at home mom of three kids to whom she adores and a passionate mom chef at heart. Nicola has been married for 16 years to a wonderful husband. Her family moved from the UK 8 years ago to Ste Anne MB, Canada where they are now permanent residents. Nicola loves to cook and experiment with flavours while creating recipes. She aims to give her family the best food and variety of tastes from all over the world while using fresh ingredients with-in her grocery budget.

Comments

  1. Nicola Don says:

    Clarisse it’s cheap n cheerful and really uses up all those leftovers!

  2. Oh my, that Tzatziki chicken really looks delicious! I should try to make that one also over this weekend, I’m sure my family would love it also.

  3. I just love tzatziki but for people who keep kosher they need to find an alternative as you can’t mix dairy with meat. I have a friend who keeps kosher and loves this recipe idea and wonders if you can use a dairy free tzatziki. Do you know if something like that exists? Thanks for sharing.

    • Nicola Don says:

      Any soy based dip will do the same thing DivHut, there are a lot of soy based dips out there at the moment! Let me know if she found something and how it turned out.

  4. Christine Weadick says:

    This looks yummy Nicola!!! I wonder if my niece has a good recipe for this Greek dip from her hubby’s family….. Joelle’s hubby is Greek, so that’s almost a stupid question!, now to find a really good sale on the chicken so we can try this!!!
    Thanks Nicola!!!!

  5. Nicola Don says:

    Beth I love to experiment and this is one of my favourites! Just like poaching in milk it doesn’t. Dry out the chicken!

  6. Beth Anne says:

    This looks really tasty Nicola I do love tzatziki but I’ve never thought of using it a marinade. Very clever! And thank you so much for linking my yogurt recipe!

  7. Wow, this looks amazing! I love the idea of using leftovers to add some excitement to some chicken.

    • Nicola Don says:

      Leftovers can be the most inspirational ingredient in this house especially if there are lots of it and it needs to be used up!

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