Greek Chicken Gyros Recipe

Greek Chicken Gyros Recipe

Greek Chicken Gyros Recipe


For the Chicken:

  • 2 lb (1 kg) chicken thigh fillets, boneless and skinless


  • 3 large garlic cloves, minced (approx. 3 tsp)
  • 1 tbsp white wine vinegar (or red wine or apple cider vinegar)
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 tbsp Greek yogurt (preferably full-fat)
  • 1 1/2 tbsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Black pepper, to taste


  • 2 cucumbers (to yield about 1/2 – 3/4 cup grated cucumber after squeezing out juice)
  • 1 1/4 cups Greek yogurt (preferably full-fat)
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil (or more for a richer flavor)
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • Black pepper, to taste


  • Tomatoes, deseeded and diced
  • 3 cucumbers, diced
  • 1/2 red Spanish onion, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley leaves (optional)
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

To Serve:

  • 4 to 6 pita breads or flatbreads


Marinate the Chicken:

  1. Combine all marinade ingredients in a ziplock bag and massage to mix well.
  2. Add the chicken thigh fillets to the bag, ensuring they are well-coated with the marinade.
  3. Seal the bag and marinate the chicken for at least 2 hours, ideally 3 hours, or up to 12 hours. Do not exceed 24 hours.

Prepare the Tzatziki:

  1. Halve the cucumbers lengthwise and use a teaspoon to scrape out the seeds.
  2. Coarsely grate the cucumbers and wrap them in paper towels or a tea towel to squeeze out excess liquid.
  3. In a bowl, combine the grated cucumber with the remaining tzatziki ingredients and mix well.
  4. Set aside for at least 20 minutes to allow the flavors to meld.

Prepare the Salad:

  1. In a bowl, combine the diced tomatoes, cucumbers, finely chopped red onion, and parsley leaves (if using).
  2. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Cook the Chicken:

  1. Preheat an outdoor grill and brush with oil, or heat 1 tbsp of oil in a frying pan over medium-high heat.
  2. Remove the chicken from the marinade and cook for 2 to 3 minutes on each side until golden brown and fully cooked (cooking time will vary depending on the size of the chicken pieces).
  3. Transfer the cooked chicken to a plate and cover loosely with foil. Let it rest for 5 minutes before serving.

Serving Notes:

  • The tzatziki recipe yields a generous amount, ensuring you have plenty to serve with your gyros.
  • Marinated chicken can be frozen before cooking. Thaw thoroughly and mix well before cooking as per the recipe.
  • Cooked chicken can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

Nutrition Information:

Nutrition per serving, assuming the recipe serves 4 and is served with pita bread.

Enjoy your delicious and authentic Greek Chicken Gyros!

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