Chicken Gyros

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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.

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.

A chicken gyro wrapped in a soft pita, filled with seasoned chicken, fresh vegetables, and tzatziki sauce spilling out the sides, prepared to be eaten.

Chicken Gyros

Chicken Gyros are a top favorite here! I love Greek food, and this dish, with its combination of ingredients in warm pita bread, is hard to beat. Each part is easy to prepare and tastes great together without being too much. The pita, veggies, chicken, and sauce create a harmonious, flavorful yet light meal.

The chicken marinade, with herbs, lemon juice, olive oil, and Greek yogurt, is fresh and zesty. The oregano and garlic bring out an incredible aroma.

These gyros are full of great flavors, and you can spread out the prep work for easy assembly. It’s fun to lay out all the ingredients and let everyone build their own gyro with what they like.

Chicken in marinade, followed by the grilled chicken with char marks.

Ingredients In Chicken Gyros

Chicken Marinade:

  • Chicken breasts are the main part of the dish.
  • Lemon juice, Greek yogurt, olive oil, red wine vinegar, honey, and garlic make the chicken tasty and tender.
  • Dried oregano, salt, and pepper add extra flavor to the chicken.

For the Tzatziki Sauce:

  • Cucumber makes the sauce crunchy and fresh.
  • Greek yogurt is the creamy part of the sauce.
  • Garlic, red wine vinegar, lemon (zest and juice) make the sauce zesty and flavorful.
  • Olive oil helps mix everything smoothly.

For Assembly:

  • Pita breads hold everything together like a sandwich.
  • Red onion, cucumbers, tomatoes, and parsley are fresh veggies that add crunch and taste good with the chicken and sauce.

Ingredients being mixed to create tzatziki sauce, then the creamy sauce drizzled over a prepared dish.

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.

  • Marinate the Chicken: Mix all marinade ingredients and coat the chicken. Let it sit in the fridge.
  • Make the Tzatziki Sauce: Use similar ingredients to the marinade. Prepare and refrigerate for enhanced flavor.
  • Grill the Chicken: Cook the marinated chicken on a grill.
  • Prepare Veggies: Mix tomatoes, cucumber, and red onion for a fresh salad.
  • Assemble Gyros: Warm the pita bread, then add veggies, sliced grilled chicken, and tzatziki sauce.


How do you pronounce the word “gyro”? Originating from Greek, most dictionaries concur that it is pronounced as “YEAR-O.

A complete chicken gyro, overflowing with chicken, vegetables, and sauce, wrapped in a soft pita, ready to be enjoyed as part of a chicken gyro recipe.

Tips For Success

  • Marinate Chicken in a Freezer Bag: Use a gallon-sized zip-top bag for easy clean-up and to ensure the chicken is evenly coated. Mix the marinade ingredients in the bag, then add the chicken.
  • Prepare Chicken Properly: Slice or pound the chicken breasts to an even thickness before marinating. This helps the chicken absorb more flavor and cook evenly.
  • Rest the Grilled Chicken: After grilling, let the chicken rest covered in foil. This helps the juices spread out, making it juicier. (more of the science behind it here).
  • Grill Pita Bread: Grill the pita bread for about 30 seconds on the same grill. This adds flavor and prevents the bread from breaking.
  • Assembly Style Serving: Set up an assembly line with grilled chicken, pita bread, veggies, sauce, and lemon wedges for everyone to make their own gyro.

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Chicken Gyros

5 from 7 votes
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.
A complete chicken gyro, overflowing with chicken, vegetables, and sauce, wrapped in a soft pita, ready to be enjoyed as part of a chicken gyro recipe.
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Chicken Gyros

A complete chicken gyro, overflowing with chicken, vegetables, and sauce, wrapped in a soft pita, ready to be enjoyed as part of a chicken gyro recipe.
5 from 7 votes
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.
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
Chelsea Lords
Calories 427kcal
Cost $11.89


Chicken 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 pepper

Tzatziki 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 oil


  • 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 parsley


  • MARINATE 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 Facts

Serving: 6servings | Calories: 427kcal | Carbohydrates: 45.7g | Protein: 27.6g | Fat: 16.8g | Cholesterol: 59.8mg | Sodium: 388.6mg | Fiber: 5.1g | Sugar: 7.2g

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  1. great dish, I like making this at home with chicken since gyro meat is a little harder to make at home, so thank you

  2. 5 stars
    Chelsea – I made these for dinner last night and they were so delish!!! That sauce is to die for, I was dipping everything in it! ????

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    – Jessica

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      1. 5 stars
        Ditto on Jessica’s comment! We use your site every week to make our favorite recipes or to find new ones and seriously, every dish is straight-up delightful. Thank you for the hard work, effort, creativity, and clear instructions! You have two super fans on the east coast!

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