Called cacik in Turkey, or tzatziki in Greece, this cucumber-yogurt sauce is a ubiquitous appetizer or sauce in either of those countries, where it's served alone, or with roasted meats or fried vegetables. Very similar to the Indian raita, it's a cool an
This sauce is best made several hours (or the night before) you want to serve it.Place the yogurt into a yogurt cheese maker, or into a very fine sieve, or a sieve lined with a coffee filter. Set it over a bowl (if you're using a sieve rather than yogurt
If you're using an English cucumber, or one without waxed skin, you don't need to peel it. Mix the chopped cucumber with the salt, place it in a colander, and let it drain for 30 minutes or so. Rinse the drained cucumber with cool water, and let it drip d
Crush the garlic, and chop the mint leaves medium-fine. Or combine the garlic and mint in a small food processor, pulsing a few times till they're pretty finely chopped.
Remove the thickened yogurt from the drainer, and mix it with the garlic and mint. Add the drained cucumber, then the black pepper, stirring to combine. Add salt to taste. Refrigerate for several hours (or overnight) for the flavors to meld.
Clean the chicken breasts of any fat and cut them into strips about 2 1/2 inches wide. Place the strips on a cutting board, and pound them till they're about 1/4-inch thick. A piece of plastic wrap over the chicken while you're pounding it helps keep it f
Crush the garlic, and mix it with the remaining ingredients. Spread the resultant paste over the chicken. Wrap well and keep refrigerated until ready to cook, up to 24 hours.
6 to 8 soft flatbreads
1 cup shredded lettuce
1 small red onion, peeled and sliced
2 tomatoes, sliced cucumber-yogurt sauce
You can either grill the chicken, or saute it as follows. Heat a cast iron or other heavy frying pan over medium-high heat for several minutes, until a drop of water will bounce across the surface. Grease the pan very lightly, and place as much chicken as
Lightly brush one side of each of the breads with olive oil. Grill them, or heat them in a heavy skillet just until they're warm and pliable. Place the breads on a plate, and top them with the cooked chicken, lettuce, onion, and tomato. Add a dollop of sa