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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
- Chicken breasts
- I tub of Tzatziki Dip
- 1 cup Swiss Cheese
- Salt and Pepper
- Potato chips to sprinkle on top for extra crunch (optional)
- Take the chicken and place in a freezer bag or large dish
- Mix in the Tzatzikii Dip and either leave overnight to marinate or leave in the fridge for 5hrs
- Once marinated place on parchment paper and spread on the rest of dip over the top of chicken.
- Then top with cheese and chips
- 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
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