I’ve just arrived home and I have this mouthwatering dish in front of me: Some really amazing looking Cypriot Chicken and some Tzatziki, all for me! 🙂
I’ve gotta say I had the most wonderful evening: an english cooking class? Could there be anything more perfect than that?
First I’ll let you have both recipes, and then we’ll see how to cook these cool dishes!
For the Stuffed Cypriot Chicken, we’ll need (for 4 people):
- 4 chicken breasts, slit lengthwise
- 100 gr feta cheese
- 2 cloves of garlic
- 8 sun-dried tomatoes
- zest of one lemon
- small bunch of parsley
- small bunch of basil
- 2 springs of fresh rosemary
- olive oil (for the grilling)
And for the Tzatziki:
- 250 gr of Greek yoghurt
- 1 cucumber
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- 2 cloves of garlic
- a few mint leaves
- extra virgin olive oil
- black pepper
Have you got everything? Then put your apron on and let’s start cooking!
We’ll start by chopping the cucumber from the Tzatziki (we want to take the water out of it, so we’ll have to peel the cucumber, de-seed it, and grate it, and then add some salt and put in on a strainer!! (To squeeze out all the excessive liquid)
So in the end we’ll have something like this! Now that we have our cucumber left there hanging, it’s time for us to start on our delicious stuffed chicken 🙂
Chopping time! Pick your parsley, basil, rosemary, sun-dried tomatoes and garlic on your board and start chopping untill everything gets tiny!
And now you can add the cheese, and a touch of black peppers, and start mixing it all up!
Now’s time for us to put this heavenly smelling mixture into the chicken. Note that the chicken has a quite specific cut, slit lengthwise. This is really important, as if it was actually splitted in half, the mixture would end up all over the frying pan!
Now everything gets quite easier: heat oil in the frying pan, and add the breasts there, until they are a bit brown. Then it’ll be time to cover it up with oven paper (little trick I learned in this class: water the oven paper before putting it on the frying pan!). Now you can leave it there cooking, shaking the pan every now and then, untill it’s golden. Turn the chicken over to cook the other side!
While the chicken is being cooked (another little trick: cook it until the juices run clear!), you can go back to our side dish, the Tzatziki:
Take the cucumber (it will be dry and crunchy right now!) and in a bowl, combine the yoghurts (2 will be fine) the cucumber, a bit of lemon juice, finely chopped mint leaves, and grated garlic (you could also rub the garlic on the bowl, if you don’t want to add too much garlic flavour!). You’ll find that if you put the chopped cucumber and rubbed garlic on one bowl, and the grated cucumber and chopped garlic in another, it makes a whole different effect on your mouth! Go figure!
Finally, add olive oil, black pepper, and a touch of paprika, and you’re done!
You’re all set to enjoy this dish! Together they make a rocking combination, the warm chicken and the freshness of the Tzatziki!
Little trick #3: To wash off the garlic smell of your hands, wash them with water and rub your hands with something made of steel: quite amazing but it actually works and I will be always grateful for this tip! 🙂 thanks Montse!)
I wanted to thank Tweed and Sol for this class, I had a wonderful time!
Time to have dinner now! 😀 Take care!