Greek Chicken Quiche!

I had a lot of leftovers from the Greek chicken my dad had so graciously made me over the weekend. So, aside from having it the “traditional way” (in a pita, of course) I decided to snazz it up, quiche style. I had all the ingredients I needed, but was unsure of the best way to go about assembling the quiche itself. I spent quite some time on Google trying to find the perfect egg to milk ratio, and eventually just decided to wing it, after reading on ChowHound that most people “blind-bake” quiches anyway.

This might sound silly, but I never realized the typical “quiche” taste came from the nutmeg. Who would have thought?! On a fun little side note, while watching the news over the weekend, a story came up about kids snorting nutmeg to get high. What is this world coming to?! I’d rather not burn my nostrils, thanks!

Anyway, I wasn’t really sure how it was going to come out, but thankfully it worked out in the end! So, not only did we find a yummy way to use up the rest of my dad’s delicious chicken, but we also got ourselves dinner for two nights AND lunch one day! And now that I have the general understanding of how quiches work (so complex, I know) I’m definitely going to experiment some more with ingredients!

Greek Chicken & Feta Quiche
– Serves 4 –

1 9-inch pie crust, defrosted
1 1/2 cups of the Greek Chicken (recipe
4 eggs
1 1/2 cups milk
1/3 tbsp nutmeg
1 cup crumbled feta
1 cup chopped yellow onion

1. Prepare Greek Chicken according to directions
2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
3. Place pie crust on un-greased pie dish, poke holes liberally
4. Pre-cook pie crust for 10-12 minutes
5. While crust is cooking, sauté onions in cooked chicken mixture, approximately 5 minutes
6. Whisk together eggs, milk, nutmeg and 1/2 of the feta
7. Once pie crust is done, sprinkle remaining feta on the bottom of the crust, then top with chicken and onion mixture, followed by the egg mixture
8. Bake 20-25 minutes
9. Allow to cool for 5-10 minutes before cutting

PS – I’m so proud of myself for coming up with this recipe on my own! WOO!

It’s all Greek to me!

A few years ago, my sister took a trip to Greece. She was obsessed with the food, and my parents, as culinary and taste adventurists, were overjoyed at her expanded palate (more so than what was done by the palate expander she had in Middle School for a few years). Though we often enjoyed grape leaves (dolmas), hummus, pita, tabouleh and baba ghanouj, they were seldom.

I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned it, but on top of being willing to try anything and loving almost all food (except couscous and ginger), my dad is a great cook. So, he came up with a “Greek Chicken” recipe, that’s very similar to what you would find in a gyro or on a kabob. It’s seriously delicious, and can go with so much – in a pita, atop a salad, with some seasoned rice… the possibilities are endless! So, I figured I’d share the amazing recipe, one because I’m a big fan of my dad and want everyone else to be too, and also because later this week I’ll be posting about the amazing quiche I made with the left-over chicken!

So next time you’re in the mood for a little Mediterranean flare but don’t have the bucks to hop on a plane, grab some Greek eats instead! And just to note, the recipe is very general, so it all depends on how many people you’re planning to feed, etc.

The Irishman’s Greek Chicken

Equal parts olive oil and lemon juice.
Equal amounts (or so) of granulated garlic and dry dill
Dry mustard (say about half of the amount used of the garlic and dill)
Green peppers (optional)
Sea salt to taste
Thinly sliced chicken breasts

Optional Ingredients:
Greek yogurt or Tzatziki sauce
Pita bread
Cucumber and/or Tomato
Shredded lettuce

1. Mix up the ingredients in a large enough container to hold chicken cutlets – taste and adjust if needed
2. Place thin chicken cutlets into container with tight cover – shake up the contents.
3. Let chicken marinate for at least a couple of hours in refrigerator.
4. Lightly oil skillet and start frying up the cutlets, with marinade.
5. Let chicken cool – slice/cut it up. (or you can slice up/cut up chicken before marinating and cooking. Either way is fine).
6. Cook peppers (and any other vegetables you may want to use) in marinade sauce. 7. Add cooked chicken back in with peppers at the end. Taste and adjust seasoning if needed.
8. Serve with/in (heated) pita, and with Greek yogurt or Tzatziki, feta, shredded lettuce and/or sliced tomato/cucumber.