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Easy Chicken Gyros
4.91 from 65 votes

Chicken Gyro Recipe

This Greek-inspired Chicken Gyro Recipe is made with juicy yogurt marinated chicken, fresh veggies, and creamy tzatziki, all wrapped in a soft pita flatbread. Perfect for busy weeknights, the whole family will love the amazing flavors of this delicious 20-minute recipe.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Time to Marinate the Chicken30 mins
Total Time20 mins
Servings: 4 Gyros
Calories: 472kcal

Ingredients

For the Marinade + Chicken

  • 1 lemon - juiced
  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1.5 pounds chicken tenders - see notes
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

For the Tzatziki Sauce

  • ½ cucumber - seeded with skin removed
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt - plain, full-fat recommended
  • 3 cloves garlic - minced
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoon fresh dill - minced
  • salt + pepper - to taste

For the Gyros

  • 4 pita, flatbread, or naan
  • 2 tomatoes - quartered or sliced
  • ¼ red onion - thinly sliced

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, mix together the lemon juice, plain Greek yogurt, salt, oregano, and paprika. Add the chicken tenders to the marinade and toss to coat. Cover the chicken tenders and transfer the bowl to the refrigerator to marinate for at least 30 minutes to overnight.
  • To prepare the tzatziki sauce, grate the cucumber using a cheese grater and squeeze as much liquid from the cucumber as possible. Transfer the cucumber to a medium bowl and combine it with the Greek yogurt, garlic, red wine vinegar, fresh dill, salt, and black pepper, to taste. Cover and transfer the tzatziki to the refrigerator until ready to use (the tzatziki will keep for approximately 2-3 days when stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator).
  • Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Once hot, add the chicken tenders to the skillet (working in batches if necessary). Cook the chicken for 5 minutes, undisturbed, before flipping to the other side to cook for an additional 5-10 minutes more, or until fully cooked.
  • As the chicken cooks, warm the pita bread in the microwave or oven and prepare the desired toppings. 
  • Build each gyro by spreading Tzatziki onto each pita bread, and top with fresh sliced tomatoes, red onion, and 2-3 chicken tenders. Wrap up the pitas in parchment paper or foil and enjoy!

Notes

  • This recipe may also be made using boneless skinless chicken thighs or chicken breasts. For best results, slice the chicken into large chunks before marinating. This will increase the surface area for the yogurt sauce to marinate the chicken and decrease the total cook time.
  • If you have time, marinate the chicken for at least 30 minutes before cooking. The yogurt helps to tenderize the chicken, resulting in juicier, more flavorful chicken after it is cooked.
  • Recommended toppings: Sliced tomatoes, red onion, cucumber, tzatziki, extra virgin olive oil, crumbled feta cheese.
  • Any leftover chicken will keep for 4-5 days when stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Leftover tzatziki will keep for 2-3 days.

Nutrition

Calories: 472kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 49g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 119mg | Sodium: 839mg | Potassium: 1090mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 935IU | Vitamin C: 16.1mg | Calcium: 205mg | Iron: 1.9mg
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