Greek Chicken Gyros Recipe With Tzatziki Sauce

Greek Chicken Gyros

Greek Chicken Gyros Recipe

Tender, juicy chicken breasts full of delicious flavor including lemon, oregano, and garlic, grilled and rolled into a toasted pita for a perfect Greek Chicken Gyros dinner the whole family will love.

One of my family’s favorite meals is Greek Chicken Gyros.  The grilled chicken is incredibly flavorful and juicy from the marinade, the vegetables are crisp and have a delicious Greek flavor from the oregano and olive oil.

If you’ve never had gyros, it’s made of rotisserie seasoned meat, served in pita bread, often served with fries, tzatziki sauce, fresh tomatoes, and onions.  Gyros is traditionally made from pork or beef, sometimes from chicken, and can be served inside the pita as a sandwich or as a plate with the toppings on the side.

Ingredients in Chicken Gyros

  • boneless, skinless chicken (breasts or thighs)
  • pita bread
  • red wine vinegar
  • Plain Greek Yogurt
  • Garlic
  • Olive Oil
  • Oregano
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • English Cucumber
  • Red Onion
  • Feta Cheese

 

The marinade for the chicken gyros is what makes this dish.  You start with Greek yogurt, add lemon, red wine vinegar, garlic, olive oil, and oregano.  It’s amazing what a bit of yogurt can do to chicken.

The acid in the yogurt breaks down the fibers so it not only softens the chicken but also helps the marinade really infuse into the flesh. PLUS the yogurt stays slathered on the chicken when you cook it,  so you have an extra flavor that lasts through the grilling.

Take advantage of the hot sales on boneless chicken breasts Greek Yogurt to make these Chicken Gyros sandwiches for dinner this week.  If you are watching your carbs, skip the pita and just serve the chicken gyros over the Greek Salad.

Check out my homemade tzatziki sauce recipe here.

Chicken Gyros is perfect for meal prep.  Make a large batch of chicken and Greek salad and portion it out into individual glass containers.  Skip the dressing on the salad to make it last a few days and you can prepare the dressing in a little food storage container to take with you and add to the gyros right before you eat it.

Chicken Gyros Bowls

Watch a video I created to show how easy it is to make Chicken Gyros here. 

NOTE – I forgot to add the garlic in the video and that’s totally essential in the recipe, so don’t leave it out.

 

Greek Chicken Gyros

Greek Chicken Gyros Recipe

Tender, juicy chicken breasts full of delicious flavor including lemon, oregano, and garlic, grilled and rolled into a toasted pita for a perfect Chicken Gyros dinner the whole family will love.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Greek
Keyword: Chicken Gyros, Greek Chicken Gyros
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Marinade Chicken: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 20 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories:
Author: Eva Fry

Ingredients

  • 2 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts or thighs
  • 4 to 6 pita breads

Marinade

  • 3 tbsp Greek yogurt
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 3 large garlic cloves minced (~ 3 tsp)
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tbsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Black pepper

Greek Salad

  • 1 1/2 cups cherry tomatoes halved
  • 1 English cucumber halved and sliced
  • 1/2 red onion peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup Feta Cheese crumbled
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/4 tsp dried oregano
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar

Instructions

  • Place the marinade ingredients in a glass bowl and stir to mix. Add the chicken to the glass bowl and flip with tongs to coat the chicken in the marinade. Marinate for at least 2 hours, preferably 3 hours, ideally 12 hours and no longer than 24 hours.
  • Make the Greek Salad by combining the tomatoes, onions, cucumber, feta cheese, oregano salt and pepper. Toss with olive oil 
  • Cook Chicken
  • Brush the outdoor grill with oil, then preheat on medium high. Or heat 1 tbsp of oil in a grill pan over medium high heat.
  • Remove chicken from marinade. Cook the chicken for 5 to 7 minutes on each side, until golden brown and cooked through (cooking time depends on size of chicken).
  • Remove the chicken from the grill / pan onto a plate. Cover loosely with foil and allow to rest for 5 minutes before serving.
  • Assemble Gyros
  • Place a warmed pita bread on a piece of parchment  paper (or you could use foil). Place sliced chicken on pita, then top with Greek Salad and tzaziki sauce. 
  • Roll the wrap up, enclosing it with the parchment paper. Twist the end with the excess parchment paper to secure it.

Nutrition

Serving: 0g | Carbohydrates: 0g | Protein: 0g | Fat: 0g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 0mg | Potassium: 0mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 0g | Vitamin A: 0IU | Vitamin C: 0mg | Calcium: 0mg | Iron: 0mg

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