My Chicken Gyro with tender chicken breast and lemony tzatziki sauce will open your eyes to the ease and simplicity of classic Greek cuisine!

Wrapped Chicken Gyro with salad on the side, on a plate

If you’re new to Greek recipes and “Chicken Gyro”  gives you the impression that it just has to be a major endeavor, fear not!!! My Chicken Gyro recipe will be a pleasant surprise. You no longer need to dine out to enjoy an authentic gyro sandwich. This healthy chicken gyro recipe allows you to experience traditional street food right in your own backyard.

My favorite dressing for a Chicken Gyro is my Tzatziki Sauce (no surprise I guess). This creamy sauce is versatile, too. It can be served as a healthy dip, a spread for sandwiches, or as a sauce on any grilled meat. Lemon, garlic, and dill make this sauce really fresh and tasty.

While variations of this sauce can be found throughout the Mediterranean, tzatziki originates from Greece. It was traditionally made with a very thick type of Greek yogurt made from goat’s or sheep’s milk. Today, especially in the US, Greek yogurt is made from cow’s milk.

Another GWS Mediterranean favorite is my Greek Chicken. It’s a really simple and zesty recipe, that gets its zip from fresh lemon juice and herbs. Plan ahead for the marinating time for this recipe, though. The chicken needs to absorb the wonderful flavors for 24 hours.

Chicken Gyro in skewers on a griller

How to Make A Chicken Gyro

To make Chicken Gyro, first get the chicken soaking in brine in the fridge.

While the chicken is doing its chill thing, whisk together all of the marinade ingredients and pour 1/4 cup of it into a large mixing bowl.

After 30 minutes of chilling, remove the chicken from the fridge and toss with the remaining marinade. Thread onto skewers. This is a good time to put foil-wrapped pita bread in a preheated oven.

Grill chicken skewers for 5-7 minutes on each side (chicken should be at 160 degrees per a meat thermometer). Push chicken off skewers into reserved marinade. Cover and let sit 5 minutes.

Pita bread should be warm! Place each round on foil or parchment paper and layer chicken first, then tzatziki sauce and veggies.

Then, eat‘em while they’re hot! They go like hotcakes at my house. A chicken gyro near me, or anyone in my family, doesn’t last for two seconds!

What Are Gyros?

Gyros originated in Greece and are kind of like a mix between a taco and a sandwich, served in folded pita bread. Gyros and souvlaki are similar, but there’s a fundamental difference – souvlaki has shaved meat from a slab cooked on a spit, while gyros traditionally have ground lamb, pork or chicken formed into thin “patties” that are cooked on a rotating skewer. But, a chicken gyros recipe spit isn’t realistic for most backyard chefs. Hence, this Chicken Gyro recipe is a variation since it calls for chicken breasts.

Wrapped Chicken Gyro with salad on the side, on a plate

Which Variety Of Gyro Recipe Is Your Favorite?

Is your favorite gyro recipe in the list below? If not, please use the comments below to let me know which is your fave!

Greek Gyro

A basic Greek Gyro is always a pleaser in my book. You don’t have to get off-the-wall to make chicken gyros tasty!

Lamb Gyro

If you answered Lamb Gyro to this question, you probably enjoy the distinct flavor of lamb that some call “gamey”. I love it! No matter what you call it! Although lamb has a fatty flavor, it’s actually a very healthy choice for a gyro.

Gyro Meat

If you had to pick on kind of Gyro Meat, what would it be? Typically, when someone refers to gyro meat, they mean a ground pork, lamb, or ground chicken gyro recipe.

Gyro Bread

My favorite gyro bread is traditional pita bread (not the thin dry kind with pockets). It’s good with shredded chicken gyros, too!

Best Gyro Seasoning

As with any food in any culture, different regions tend to have different seasonings and other ingredients in the same recipes. The same can be said of gyro seasoning. We’ll get into specifics in another post.

Gyro Bread Choices

Pocketless pita bread, aka “hand-pulled”, is the gyro bread of choice, but you can switch that up, depending on your tastes and availability. Some breads are better than others if you’re watching your chicken gyro calories. Here’s a little nugget of info about the various options for Greek bread. Do you have a favorite?

Chicken Gyro in skewers on a plate

These delicious Chicken Gyros are loaded with tender, moist, super flavorful grilled chicken, fresh tomato, red onion and wonderful homemade Tzatziki! Seriously better than anything from a Gyro stand.
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Wrapped Chicken Gyro with salad on the side, on a plate
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Chicken Gyro Recipe

My Chicken Gyro with tender chicken breast and lemony tzatziki sauce will open your eyes to the ease and simplicity of classic Greek cuisine!

Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 4 -6 Servings
Calories 432 kcal
Author Kathleen

Ingredients

Chicken:

  • 1 Pound Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts Cut into 1 Inch Pieces

Brine:

  • 2 Tablespoons Salt
  • 1 Quart Cold Water

Marinade:

  • 1/3 Cup Olive Oil
  • 2 Tablespoons Fresh Parsley Minced
  • 1 Teaspoon Fresh Lemon Zest
  • 1/4 Cup Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 1 Teaspoon Honey
  • 1 Teaspoon Dried Oregano Crumbled

Fresh Vegetables:

  • 2 Large Tomatoes Seeded and Chopped
  • 1 Red Onion Diced
  • 1 English Cucumber Chopped
  • 1/2 a Head Romaine Lettuce Cut Into Strips

Other Ingredients:

Instructions

  1. In a large mixing bowl, stir the salt in water until completely dissolved. Place chicken in brine and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees (to heat pita). Wrap the pita bread in aluminum foil and seal tightly.
  3. Meanwhile, make the marinade; In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the oil, parsley, lemon zest, lemon juice, honey, oregano, and 1/2 teaspoon black pepper. Pour 1/4 cup into a large mixing bowl (large enough to accommodate cooked chicken later) and set aside.
  4. Remove chicken from brine and pat dry with paper towels. In a large mixing bowl, toss the chicken pieces with the remaining marinade until evenly and well coated. Thread chicken onto skewers.
  5. Place foil wrapped pita in oven and heat until warm, about 10-15 minutes or until warmed through.
  6. Cook chicken skewers on grill or grill pan 5-7  minutes per side, or until chicken is cooked through and registers 160 degrees on an instant thermometer. Using a fork, push hot chicken off skewers and into the bowl with reserved marinade. Toss gently to evenly coat; cover with foil and let sit for 5 minutes.
  7. Assemble the Gyros; Place a pita on a piece of parchment or foil, place a layer of chicken down the center, tzatziki sauce, and veggies. Serve immediately.

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Nutritional Information

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Nutrition Facts
Chicken Gyro Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 /4 of the recipe)
Calories 432 Calories from Fat 261
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 29g 45%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Cholesterol 105mg 35%
Sodium 4057mg 169%
Potassium 765mg 22%
Total Carbohydrates 12g 4%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 7g
Protein 30g 60%
Vitamin A 25.1%
Vitamin C 28%
Calcium 23.3%
Iron 8.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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