Chicken Yiaourtloù

Chicken Yiaourtlou

Η συνταγή και στα ελληνικά στο τέλος της ανάρτησης.

Once upon a time an old peasant lady had a rooster. The rooster came to the lady and told her that he was leaving her, to go and make a fortune. Next day he started his long travel. As he was walking, he met a fox. The fox asked him where he was going. The rooster replied that he was trying to make a fortune. The fox asked him, if she could join him and the rooster told her that she could join, but if she got tired he would have to eat her. After walking quite a bit the fox was tired and the rooster ate her.
After a while he stumbled upon a wolf. The wolf asked him where he was going and the same conversation, as with the fox, took place. After walking for quite a while, the wolf got tired and the rooster ate him. Same story happened with a horse too.
While walking, the rooster arrived at a small creek. The creek asked the same question as the previous ones and the rooster replied in exactly the same manner. When the creek got tired, the rooster drank it.

Chicken Yiaourtlou
Eventually, the rooster arrived at the king’s palace and started crowing, asking for golden coins. The king was irritated and ordered to throw him to the chickens and hens to make him quiet. When the rooster was among the chicken, let the fox out and she ate the whole coop. After that, he started crowing again asking for his golden coins.
The king started feeling angry and ordered to throw him to the horses to tromp him. The rooster released the wolf, who ate the horses. He started crowing again asking for money. The king, really angry this time, ordered to put him in the oven, but the rooster released the creek and it put out the fire.
The king realized that he would never get rid of the rooster, unless he gave him the golden coins. The rooster rolled into the tar so as to get as many coins as possible and then he took the road back. When the old lady saw him, she immediately started cleaning him. When she saw all these golden coins, she got crazy from joy and from then on they lived rich and happy.

Chicken Yiaourtlou
This story comes from Souflí, an area in the northern part of Greece near Turkey. Naive and simple as it may seems, this fairytale talks about the long road one has to make in his life so as to gain money, how many people he has to overcome and “eat”, when climbing through work hierarchy and how many times he has to use his abilities, his experience, his “secret weapons” just in time so as to become a winner.
I stumbled upon this fairytale by accident and as we had this chicken yiaourtloù the other day I thought, I should share it with you as an example of how simply and accurately people used to teach valuable life lessons to children. Yiaourtloù is a dish very much influenced by Asia Minor and the Greek immigrants who came from there after losing the war to Turkey in 1922. If you wish to learn more about this you can check Imam Bayildì. It is made with pork souvlaki or with pork kebab. I had a lot of chicken in my fridge so I substituted chicken to pork which was also delicious. Plus I made my own pitas and let me tell you, they were a big success.

Chicken Yiaourtlou


5.0 from 17 reviews
Chicken Yiaourtloù
Author/ Συγγραφέας:
Recipe type/ Τύπος Πιάτου: Main Course
Cuisine/ Κουζίνα: Greek
Ingredients/ Συστατικά
For the Chicken
  • 1 kilo / 2 lb. chicken breasts, boneless, skinless, cut in small cubes
  • 2 small onions or one large, sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp basil
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • Salt, pepper
  • ½ cup sweet wine
For the Yogurt sauce
  • 200 ml Greek yogurt
  • 1 ¼ tsp dried mint
  • Salt and pepper
For the Tomato Sauce
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • Salt, pepper
  • ½ tsp cumin
  • ½ tsp sugar
  • ¼ tsp curry powder
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp onion powder
For the Pitas
  • ½ kilo / 1 lb. all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp dried yeast
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 ¼ to 1 ½ cup warm water
Instructions/ Εκτέλεση
  1. Start by preparing the chicken first.
For the chicken
  1. Put all the ingredients including the chicken in a non-reactive bowl, cover with cling film and place in the fridge for at least 2 hours up to overnight.
  2. When you are going to make the yiaourtloù, take the chicken out of the fridge and let it come to room temperature about an hour.
  3. Next make the pitas.
For the Pitas
  1. Put all dry ingredients in your mixer bowl and mix with the hook in slow for a few seconds.
  2. Add the water and turn on your mixer.
  3. Mix until a soft dough gathers around the hook.
  4. The dough will be somewhat sticky, this is perfectly fine.
  5. Take a glass bowl, flour it and put your dough to rest for an hour.
  6. During this hour the dough will double its volume and you can make your sauces.
For the Yogurt Sauce
  1. Mix all ingredients and place in the fridge until the time you serve.
For the Tomato Sauce.
  1. In a small pot add all the ingredients and bring to boil.
  2. Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes.
  3. Turn off heat and let the sauce rest.
For the Pitas
  1. Flour your hands and deflate the dough.
  2. In a floured bench take a dough ball equal to a small lemon or a lime and with a rolling pin make disks with diameter about 15 cm.
  3. Take a nonstick skillet and put it on the stove in medium heat.
  4. Bake the pitas on both sides until they start to take a golden color and at a few points a darker color.
  5. Remove and keep them warm.
For the Chicken
  1. In a large skillet pour couple of tbsp. of olive oil and throw the chicken along with the ingredients of marinade in medium/high heat.
  2. Sauté until chicken is completely done and has taken a nice golden color.
  1. Take one pita and salt and pepper it.
  2. Add as much chicken as you like.
  3. Pour some tomato sauce and on top of these add some yogurt.
  4. Serve immediately.
  5. It goes perfectly with French fries.
Notes/ Σημειώσεις
Please note that the dough makes more pitas than the ones you need for the recipe, but after the hour of dough relax you can put whatever is left to the fridge or even the freezer and use it in another instance!

5.0 from 17 reviews
Κοτόπουλο Γιαουρτλού
Author/ Συγγραφέας:
Recipe type/ Τύπος Πιάτου: Κυρίως Πιάτο
Cuisine/ Κουζίνα: Ελληνική
Ingredients/ Συστατικά
Για το Κοτόπουλο
  • 1 κιλό φιλέτα στήθη κοτόπουλου, κομμένα σε μικρούς κύβους
  • 2 μικρά κρεμμύδια ή ένα μεγάλο, σε φέτες
  • 2 σκελίδες σκόρδο, λιωμένες
  • 1 κ.γ. ρίγανη
  • 1 κ.γ. βασιλικό
  • 1 κ.γ. πάπρικα
  • 1 κ.γ. κύμινο
  • Αλάτι, πιπέρι
  • ½ φλ. γλυκό κρασί
Για την Σάλτσα Γιαουρτιού
  • 200 ml γιαούρτι
  • 1 ¼ κ.γ. ξερό δυόσμο
  • Αλάτι και πιπέρι
Για τη Σάλτσα Ντομάτας
  • 2 κ.σ. ελαιόλαδο
  • 1 φλ.σάλτσα ντομάτας
  • 2 κ.σ. πελτέ ντομάτας
  • Αλάτι, πιπέρι
  • ½ κ.γ. κύμινο
  • ½ κ.γ. ζάχαρη
  • ¼ κ.γ. κάρι σκόνη
  • ½ κ.γ. σκόνη σκόρδου
  • ½ κ.γ. κρεμμύδι σε σκόνη
Για τις Πίτες
  • ½ κιλό αλεύρι για όλες τις χρήσεις
  • 1 κ.γ. ξηρή μαγιά
  • 1 κ.γ. αλάτι
  • 1 κ.γ. ζάχαρη
  • 1 ¼ έως 1 ½ φλ. χλιαρό νερό
Instructions/ Εκτέλεση
  1. Ξεκινήστε την προετοιμασία από το κοτόπουλο πρώτα.
Για το Κοτόπουλο
  1. Βάλτε όλα τα υλικά και το κοτόπουλο σε ένα μπωλ γυάλινο ή ανοξείδωτο, καλύψτε με διάφανη μεμβράνη και αφήστε στο ψυγείο για τουλάχιστον 2 ώρες μέχρι και 12 ώρες.
  2. Όταν πρόκειται να κάνετε το γιαουρτλού, βγάλτε το κοτόπουλο από το ψυγείο και το αφήστε να έρθει σε θερμοκρασία δωματίου για μία ώρα.
  3. Στη συνέχεια κάντε τις πίτες.
Για τις Πίτες
  1. Βάλτε όλα τα ξηρά συστατικά στο μπολ του μίξερ σας και αναμείξτε με το γάντζο στο αργό για λίγα δευτερόλεπτα.
  2. Προσθέστε το νερό και ξεκινήστε το μίξερ σας.
  3. Ανακατέψτε μέχρι μια μαλακή ζύμη να αρχίσει να συγκεντρώνεται γύρω από το γάντζο..
  4. Η ζύμη θα είναι κάπως κολλώδης.
  5. Πάρτε ένα γυάλινο μπολ, αλευρώστε το και βάλτε τη ζύμη να ξεκουραστεί για μια ώρα.
  6. Κατά τη διάρκεια αυτής της ώρας θα διπλασιάσει η ζύμη τον όγκο της και εσείς μπορείτε να κάνετε τις σάλτσες σας.
Για την Σάλτσα Γιαουρτιού
  1. Ανακατέψτε όλα τα συστατικά και αφήστε στο ψυγείο μέχρι τη στιγμή που θα ετοιμάσετε το γιαουρτλού.
Για τη Σάλτσα Ντομάτας.
  1. Σε μια μικρή κατσαρόλα προσθέστε όλα τα υλικά και φέρτε σε βρασμό.
  2. Μειώστε τη θερμοκρασία και σιγοβράστε για 15 λεπτά.
  3. Σβήστε τη φωτιά και αφήστε το.
  4. Ξεκινήστε κάνοντας τις πίτες πρώτα.
Για τις Πίτες
  1. Αλευρώστε τα χέρια σας και ξεφουσκώστε τη ζύμη.
  2. Σε έναν αλευρωμένο πάγκο πάρτε μια μπάλα της ζύμης ίση με ένα μικρό λεμόνι ή ένα λάιμ και με τον πλάστη κάντε δίσκους με διάμετρο περίπου 15 cm.
  3. Πάρτε ένα αντικολλητικό τηγάνι και βάλτε το στο μάτι της κουζίνας σε μέτρια φωτιά.
  4. Ψήστε τις πίτες και από τις δύο πλευρές, έως ότου αρχίζουν να παίρνουν ένα χρυσό χρώμα.
  5. Βγάλτε τις και κρατήστε τις ζεστές.
Για το Κοτόπουλο
  1. Σε μεγάλο τηγάνι ρίξτε δύο κουταλιές ελαιόλαδο και ρίξτε το κοτόπουλο μαζί με τα υλικά της μαρινάδας σε μέτρια/υψηλή θερμότητα.
  2. Σοτάρετε μέχρι το κοτόπουλο να πάρει ένα ωραίο χρυσό χρώμα και να μαγειρευτεί εντελώς.
  1. Πάρτε μία πίτα και αλατοπιπερώστε.
  2. Προσθέστε το κοτόπουλο.
  3. Ρίξτε σάλτσα ντομάτας και από πάνω προσθέστε γιαούρτι.
  4. Σερβίρετε αμέσως.
Notes/ Σημειώσεις
Σημειώστε ότι η ζύμη για τις πίτες είναι περισσότερη απ'όση χρειάζεται η συνταγή αλλά μετά το φούσκωμα μπορείτε να βάλετε ότι περισσέψει στο ψυγείο ή την κατάψυξη και να τη χρησιμοποιήσετε άλλη φορά!



61 Responses to Chicken Yiaourtloù

  1. Could this dish be prepared with fish? I ask because I create new recipes for a Kosher skilled nursing facility. I’m
    thinking maybe swordfish or halibut?

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  3. Miz Helen says:

    This will be a delicious dish! Thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with Full Plate Thursday, I just pinned this recipe it looks so good! Hope you are having a great week and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

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  5. Stephanie says:

    Looks delicious! Thank you so much for linking up at Tasty Tuesday! Your recipe has been pinned to the Tasty Tuesday Pinterest board! Please join us again this week!

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  7. What a mouth watering and healthy dish Katerina! YUM!
    Pinned and shared!

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  9. I love chicken with yogurt sauce…this is definitely something my family would like! And I enjoyed the fairy tale as well…it’s always such fun to hear those type of old tales and how they have special meanings behind them!

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  11. I’ve never tried chicken yiaourtlou but it sounds absolutely wonderful! I cannot wait to try this :)

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  13. mjskitchen says:

    Thoroughly enjoyed the folk tale. Thanks for sharing! I love this chicken dish and it’s perfect for this time of year. Thanks for sharing your pita bread recipe, but that’s one thing I might just have to purchase. :) There’s a local market that makes them from scratch, so I’ll let them do the work.

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  15. Great combo and really yummy!

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  17. Yum!! Looks amazing, Katerina. Have a great weekend. :)

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  19. Nadji says:

    Très appétissant. Je serai bien passée manger chez toi.
    A bientôt

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  21. Gorgeous looking recipe and those pitas look fabulous. Bookmarking to try.

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  23. I am drooling at the thought of that tomato sauce. The spicier the better I say!

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  25. I can’t pronounce it, but I sure want to eat it. It looks utterly delicious.

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  27. mia xara says:

    Interesting tale and delicious recipe Katerina!!! Looks so yummy! Have a great day, XOXO

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  29. This looks like a great recipe.

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  31. Angela says:

    I am truly loving this recipe!! Wonderful flavors!

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  33. Mary says:

    Wow, home made Pita’s. Looks delicious!

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  35. I love the look of those flatbreads – bet you could top them with all sorts of lovely things!

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  37. I so enjoyed learning more about the history of this delicious dish! Your Chicken Yiarourtioù looks wonderful and sounds delicious. Love the homemade pitas too!

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  39. Liz says:

    Oh, my gosh, this looks like a phenomenal dinner! I’ve always wanted to make my own pita, too—hopefully soon!!!

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  41. Joanne says:

    This sounds so rich and full of flavor!

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  43. Sissi says:

    What an unusual fairy tale! It will certainly stay in my memory… The dish looks exquisite and I’m really impressed with your pitas! I am scared of even trying to make them one day… but your recipe sounds very encouraging, as always.

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  45. Debra says:

    Wow. This looks delicious. Perfect for a summer picnic!

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  47. What a beautiful chicken dish for summer Katerina! And as always, I really enjoy reading your posts. You are such a wonderful storyteller!

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  49. Μερακλίδικο και υπερ-νόστιμο πιάτο :)
    Η ιδέα σου να χρησιμοποιήσεις κοτόπουλο μου αρέσει πάρα πολύ.
    Και οι σπιτικές πίτες με ενθουσίασαν!
    Φοβερό πιάτο Κατερίνα!

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  51. christine says:

    Beautiful dish. You’re pita looks amazing. Much better than my sad attempt. I will be definitely trying this!

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  53. Sammie says:

    What a unique dish! I can see that it’s bursting with flavour! Yummy!

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  55. This looks absolutely delicious. What a great flavor combination!!

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  57. As always Katerina, a warm and lovely post followed by a terrific recipe.

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  59. Chicken looks amazingly delish!

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  61. rebecca says:

    great story some truths here and looks delicious

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  63. My family would love this recipe! I’m always looking for new ways to prepare chicken.

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  65. Another great 9 but creepy) life story lol. And I love everything about your dish this week, everything looks so flavorful and the pita fluffy.

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  67. Susan says:

    What a great story, Katerina :) Your chicken dish looks delicious and I’m sure rooster-approved!

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  69. marcela says:

    Perfect dish! I love it! Chicken’s my favorite meat so I’d gladly eat that!

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  71. Marion says:

    Εκανες και πιτες Κατερίνα μου?
    Φαίνονται πολύ ωραίες.
    Ωραία συνταγή και με το κοτόπουλο γίνεται πιο ελαφριά.

    Φιλιά :)

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  73. Wow! You made your pita breads from scratch! I have always wanted to do this and now I can just follow your recipe. I just love each element of this dish from the chicken and the onions to the flavorful sauces and of course the story tales too. I wish Greece was not so far away from Hong Kong… Pinned and shared, of course!

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  75. Τι ωραιο πιάτο… ειμαι σε τετοια γευστικη φάση απο τις προάλλες που πηγα σε μεζεδοπωλειο στην Σωκράτους και δοκίμασα παρεμφερη πιάτα!
    Καλή σου μέρα :)

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  77. Ola says:

    The essence of Greek food!:)

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  79. Elena says:

    This chicken looks amazing! Thank you for sharing!

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  81. Abigail says:

    That looks like a perfect lunch meal for me (actually, I won’t mind having it for breakfast or dinner, too!). Looks delish!

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  83. Nicky says:

    I hadn’t heard that fairy tale before. I often read fables and fairy tales to my children, they teach wonderful lessons.

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  85. How good does this look! It is only breakfast but I can go for some of this right now!

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  87. Diane says:

    I enjoyed the fairy tale and the recipe! This dish looks really good!

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  89. What beautiful colors and setup

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  91. Nettie says:

    I love that tale so poignant. Your chicken looks fabulous and homemade pita is a dream of mine! Nettie

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  93. Looks Amazing! Thanks so much for sharing! :-)

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  95. Theodora Nan says:

    Yes, chicken! My favorite giaourtlou combination. Light and so delicious! Great recipe!

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  97. Christine says:

    This looks amazing! I MUST make this soon!

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  99. Robyn Petrik says:

    This is so different than how we usually prepare chicken in our home, which makes it even more appealing to try!

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  101. I am desperate to go to Greece and try eats as good as this.

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  103. Tara says:

    That sandwich looks out of this world, I have to make it REALLY soon!!

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  105. What a fun story, and I love that you shared it with this dish. The dish itself sounds wonderful! I love it! And, I love that you made your own pitas. Such a fun thing to make at home!

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  107. Lovefoodies says:

    What a lovely recipe with nice clear instructions. I will be trying this very soon! Thank you

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  109. I’d serve this chicken, yogurt, tomato sauce combo over rice or quinoa. We’re staying away from wheat as much as possible. I bet it would be fantastic.

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  111. That was a fun fable, thanks for sharing it! This chicken looks fantastic. I an loving the flavours in this dish.

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  113. LOVE the fable, how fun – thanks for sharing. Recipe looks terrific, sounds so flavorful and such a treat!

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  115. Kate says:

    I love fables like this.

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  117. A great post and delicious dish.

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  119. A mouthwatering chicken recipe! Love the flatbread too.

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  121. Katerina mou what an absolutely wonderful recipe!! I can literally taste it!!
    Thank you for the pita recipe too!!

    I love the folktales!!

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