Home > Dinner > Chicken Gyros Chicken Gyros March 4, 2020 | 14 Comments SAVE TO RECIPE BOX Jump to Recipe This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure policy. Chicken Gyros start with soft, warmed pita bread that’s been loaded up with grilled chicken, packed with fresh chopped veggies, and coated in the best tzatziki sauce I’ve ever tasted. The chicken is marinated with light and fresh lemon, oregano, and garlic flavors. There are so many amazing flavors in these gyros and the prep time is spread out, so actual assembly goes pretty quick. We love setting everything out for these gyros and having guests pile up whatever they’d like in a pita. These Greek Chicken Gyros can really pass as a complete meal, but if you want even more veggies, try this Greek Salad on the side or this Orzo Pasta Salad would also be great. Chicken Gyros Truly, Chicken Gyros are one of my absolute favorite recipes on this site! I can never get enough Greek food and when it’s all loaded together in warmed pita bread, there aren’t too many things better. While there’s a lot going on, every component is relatively simple to assemble; and together, nothing tastes overwhelming. The pita, veggies, chicken, and sauce all complement each other perfectly. They combine to deliver a flavor-packed, but fresh and light meal. The marinade infuses the chicken with a fresh and light flavor, thanks to the herbs, lemon juice, olive oil, and Greek yogurt. The oregano and garlic also add flavor and really enhance the aroma. How to Make Chicken Gyros One of my favorite things about this recipe is how segmented the prep time is. I love getting half of the dinner prep done in the morning, because come dinner time, the actual assembly is very easy. The chicken is marinated and the sauce is made beforehand, leaving you with just cooking the meal and putting it all together. Marinate the chicken: This marinade is as simple as whisking all the ingredients together and adding the chicken in to coat. Make the tzatziki sauce: While you’ve already got the ingredients out for the marinade, whip up the sauce as well, since many ingredients overlap. This also gives a chance for the sauce to marinate. It becomes more flavorful as it sits in the fridge. Grill the chicken: Once the chicken is marinated, grill the chicken on an indoor or outdoor grill. Veggies: While the chicken is cooking, whip together the veggie salad that goes on the pita. It’s easy– only tomatoes, cucumber, and red onion. You could make this in the morning as well. Assemble: Grill or warm pita bread and load them up with the veggies, grilled and sliced chicken, and plenty of sauce. QUICK TIP How do you pronounce the word gyro? It has a Greek origin, and most dictionaries agree that you pronounce it YEAR-O. Tzatziki sauce The sauce on these chicken gyros is the best! It’s also very quick and easy to whip together and uses many of the same ingredients used in the marinade. I like making it in advance because it becomes more flavorful as it sits in the fridge. Make sure to use good full-fat, plain Greek yogurt. If it’s vanilla flavored, the sauce won’t taste too good. We want a full-fat yogurt to avoid a watery sauce. Squeeze liquid out of cucumber. Cucumber has a very high water content and will water down the sauce or make it bland. Wring out excess liquid a few times with paper towels or cheesecloth before adding to the sauce. Real lemon: Bottled lemon juice won’t quite cut it here, because the sauce relies on the zest of the lemon. When zesting the lemon, avoid the white pith of the lemon — this is very bitter. Using a microplane (like this one), zest only the very outside yellow part of the lemon. Chicken Gyro tips A gallon-sized, zip-top freezer bag is the best way to marinate the chicken. It not only makes clean-up easy, but it also helps to ensure all of the chicken is coated in the marinade. To save dishes, you can dump all your marinade ingredients in the bag, shake them up and knead to mix, and then add in the chicken. Make sure to slice the chicken breasts in half, or pound them into an even thickness before marinating. This allows the chicken to soak up more flavor from the marinade (which improves the taste), and the even thickness will allow them to grill evenly. Rest the grilled chicken: Right after the chicken is pulled off the grill, place it on a plate and cover it with foil. This allows the juices to redistribute (more of the science behind it here). Once it’s rested, thinly slice and add it to the serving platter. Grill pita bread: Since you’ve already got the grill on for the chicken, add the pita bread for the last 30 seconds or so. Giving the bread a quick grill makes it much more flavorful and helps it fold without breaking. Serve chicken gyros assembly style: When making gyros for guests or my family, I like serving everything in an assembly line: grilled and sliced chicken, grilled pita bread, veggies, sauce, and lemon wedges. Everyone can load up their pita exactly how they’d like. More easy chicken recipes Peanut Chicken Lettuce Wraps with a delicious peanut dressing Chicken Vegetable Soup with roasted veggies Shish Tawook chicken on skewers Rotisserie Chicken Tacos ready in 20 minutes Crispy Chicken Salad with honey BBQ dressing FOLLOW ALONG! Subscribe to my newsletter and follow along on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram for the latest updates, recipes and content. Chicken Gyros 5 from 7 votes - Review this recipe Chicken Gyros start with warm, soft pita bread that's been loaded up with grilled chicken, packed with fresh chopped veggies, and coated in the best tzatziki sauce I've ever had. The chicken has been marinated with light and fresh lemon, oregano and garlic flavors. SAVE TO RECIPE BOX Print Recipe Chicken Gyros 5 from 7 votes - Review this recipe SAVE TO RECIPE BOX Print Recipe Chicken Gyros start with warm, soft pita bread that's been loaded up with grilled chicken, packed with fresh chopped veggies, and coated in the best tzatziki sauce I've ever had. The chicken has been marinated with light and fresh lemon, oregano and garlic flavors. Course Dinner, Main Course Cuisine Greek Keyword chicken gyro, chicken gyros, chicken gyros recipe Prep Time 30 minutes Cook Time 15 minutes Marinating Time 2 hours Total Time 2 hours 45 minutes Servings 4 -6 servings Calories 427kcal Author Chelsea Lords Cost $11.89 IngredientsChicken Marinade▢ 1.8 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts▢ 3 tablespoons lemon juice freshly squeezed is best▢ 1/4 cup full-fat, plain Greek yogurt▢ 2 teaspoons dried oregano▢ 1/4 cup olive oil▢ 1 tablespoon EACH: red wine vinegar, honey, minced garlic▢ Salt and pepperTzatziki Sauce▢ 1/4th of 1 large English cucumber (1/2 cup measured after grating)▢ 1/2 cup full-fat, plain Greek yogurt▢ 1 teaspoon minced garlic▢ 1 and 1/2 teaspoons red wine vinegar▢ 1 large lemon (1/2 teaspoon zest and 1 tablespoon juice)▢ 1 and 1/2 tablespoons olive oilAssembly▢ 4-6 pitas breads▢ 1/2 of 1 large red onion, thinly sliced▢ 2 cups diced English or Persian cucumbers▢ 2 cups diced cherry tomatoes▢ Fresh parsleyUS - Metric USMetric InstructionsMARINATE CHICKEN: Prepare the chicken breasts by halving large breasts horizontally. Cover chicken breasts with plastic wrap (to avoid splatter). Using a meat mallet or the bottom of your frying pan, pound breasts to even thickness (not flattening the meat, just evening the thickness throughout). Pat dry with a paper towel. Place in a large zipper-top bag. In a bowl, whisk together the 3 tablespoons lemon juice, 1/4 cup Greek yogurt, 2 teaspoons dried oregano, 1/4 cup olive oil, 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar, 1 tablespoon honey, and 1 tablespoon minced garlic. Season with salt and pepper. Once combined, pour over the prepared chicken breasts. Turn to coat and massage into the breasts; refrigerate for 2-3 hours and up to 8 hours. I like to make the tzatziki sauce when marinating chicken because it becomes more flavorful as it sits.TZATZIKI: While chicken marinates, prepare the sauce so it can have a chance to chill before serving. Grate a cucumber with the large holes of a cheese grater. Line a small bowl with a few paper towels (or clean kitchen towel) and place the grated cucumber on top. Squeeze out as much extra moisture as you can from the cucumber (to keep the sauce from being watery). Once it's drained add to a medium-sized bowl. Add in the 1/2 cup Greek yogurt, 1 teaspoon minced garlic, 1 and 1/2 teaspoon red wine vinegar, 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, 1 and 1/2 tablespoons olive oil, and salt and pepper to taste. Cover the bowl and place in the fridge until ready to serve. GRILL: Preheat grill to medium heat (400 degrees F). Remove the chicken from the marinade and discard any remaining marinade. Prepare the preheated grill and generously oil the grill (I drench a rolled-up paper towel in vegetable oil and, holding it with tongs, rub it over the grill grates). GRILL CONT.: Add the chicken to the grill. Cook the chicken for 4-5 minutes per side or until it registers 160 degrees F (carryover heat will take it to the safe temperature of 165 degrees F). Remove grilled chicken to a plate and cover with foil. Once everything is removed, give the grates a quick clean with the brush. Now add the pita bread. Grill the pita bread for 15-30 seconds per side or until toasted and warmed through.VEGGIES: In a large bowl, toss the sliced red onion, 2 cups diced cucumber, and 2 cups diced tomato. Season with salt and pepper (just a pinch) and toss to combine.ASSEMBLY: While the chicken is resting under the foil (5 minutes), set everything out: grilled/warmed pita, sauce, and veggies. Slice chicken breasts and assemble. Start with pita bread and top with veggies and fresh parsley, add chicken on top, and drizzle tzatziki sauce on top. Enjoy immediately. Nutrition FactsServing: 6servings | Calories: 427kcal | Carbohydrates: 45.7g | Protein: 27.6g | Fat: 16.8g | Cholesterol: 59.8mg | Sodium: 388.6mg | Fiber: 5.1g | Sugar: 7.2g We do our best to provide accurate nutritional analysis for our recipes. Our nutritional data is calculated using a third-party algorithm and may vary, based on individual cooking styles, measurements, and ingredient sizes. Please use this information for comparison purposes and consult a health professional for nutrition guidance as needed. DID YOU MAKE THIS RECIPE? I love hearing from you when you've made one of my recipes! Tag me on Instagram at @ChelseasMessyApron or leave me a comment below.