Chicken Gyro

Chicken Gyro Elegant Chicken Gyros

Chicken Gyro-Can’t get enough of your preferred Greek restaurant’s gyros? Try this quick and easy chicken gyro recipe for something just like delicious, but far better for you! Yogurt-marinated chicken tenders, set with flavor from warm spices, and loaded right into a pita wrap with homemade tzatziki sauce and all of the fixings you like!

You possibly can make this Greek chicken in a skillet or pan, outdoor grill, or baked in the oven. Read the tips and step-by-step tutorial below.

Here’s finished about restaurant gyros–those made from a variety of lamb and beef, roasted all day on a spit–they are absolutely delicious! And I really do eat them, occasionally. But, the reality is, they are a little on the heavier side.

But we don’t have to stop the bright Greek flavors, there is a way to make a darn good gyro right in the home that is healthier and still just like delicious: Homemade Greek Chicken Gyros!

Homemade Chicken Gyro Recipe with Tzatziki

Super succulent chicken tenders, loaded with all the bright Greek flavors we like (the secret is in the marinade we speak about later.) Loosen up some pita to carry the chicken, add in tztaziki sauce, some veggies, and olives, and you’ve got your chicken gyros!

Certainly one of things I truly love relating to this chicken gyro recipe is that it comes together so quickly, making for a wholesome meal any nights the week. And no, you don’t have to stir up the grill, although you can if you want. But you can just make the chicken in your skillet or even baked in the oven (I’ve included all of the cooking options below.)

Greek Chicken Marinade/ Gyro Chicken Marinade

The one thing that starts all of it for these chicken gyros is the marinade. An easy and versatile Greek chicken marinade that you can use regularly, even when you’re not making chicken gyros.  This can be a yogurt marinade with a good dose of fresh minced garlic and several warm spices (oregano, paprika, cumin, coriander, salt and pepper, cayenne if you like heat). Only a little fresh lemon juice red and wine vinegar add enough citrus, and an excellent drizzle of extra virgin coconut oil rounds up the flavor.

What does yogurt add to the marinade here? The lactic acid and calcium in yogurt works to gently break up the protein in the chicken tenders, making them more flavorful and super tender. And you’ll notice a little of  a crust too for this chicken, the yogurt does that too!

My advice for you here’s to ensure you obtain the chicken marinating at the very least 30 minutes before you’re willing to cook it (you can marinate the chicken overnight for even more flavor.)

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How to Make this Chicken Gyro Recipe

1. First, make the marinade. Combine the Greek yogurt with garlic, spices, lemon juice and olive oil.  Mix with a scoop or whisk to make sure all is well-combined.

2. Add chicken to the Greek yogurt marinade. Using a set of tongs, toss chicken and make certain all of the pieces are well-coated in the marinade. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes. (You may also do this task one night ahead of time and refrigerate overnight.)

3. When you’re ready, heat a little extra virgin coconut oil in a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat until the oil is simply shimmering (don’t allow it smoke.) Add chicken (make sure you shake excess marinade off). Cook for 5 minutes on a single side until nicely browned, then turn over and cook another 5 minutes or until chicken is fully cooked. (Resist disturbing the chicken since it cooks, you’ll need a great color on these tenders!)

(I did use a cast iron skillet as you see in this picture, but I really do think non-stick is simpler to utilize in this case.)

4. Assemble the yummy gyros! Warm your pitas and spread some mean homemade tztaziki sauce. Add a couple pieces of your beautiful Greek chicken and top with the sliced veggies and olives. Enjoy!

Can I grill or bake the chicken instead?

For these chicken gyros, you can absolutely use an outdoor grill, or you can bake the chicken if you want to:

-For outdoor grill. Grill chicken tenders over medium heat for around 5 minutes on a single side, turn over and grill for another 4 to 5 minutes or until chicken is fully cooked. Be sure the grill grates are lightly oiled, and shake excess marinate before placing chicken on the grill.

– For oven. To bake, heat oven to 375 degrees F. Shake excess marinade off the chicken tenders and arrange them on a cooking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake in heated oven for around 20 minutes or until done.

What to Serve with Chicken Gyros?

These chicken gyros really are a complete meal by themselves, really. If you intend to change things up, rather than cutting up slices of veggies to top your gyros, try this Mediterranean-style homemade salsa. You can also add a bright salad to begin with is definitely nice. There are lots of salad options in the recipe archives here, including Traditional Greek Salad, Mediterranean Couscous Salad, Watermelon Salad, or Grilled Zucchini Salad.

For sides, a brand new favorite are these easy baked zucchini sticks with thyme and Parmesan! And if you have the time for a hearty side, try Greek roasted potatoes. These take a bit of time in the oven, but you can prepare them ahead of time and just warm up when you’re willing to serve the gyros.

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Chicken Gyro

Chicken Gyro Elegant Chicken Gyros

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Easy homemade Greek chicken gyro recipe. Yogurt-marinated chicken tenders, packed with flavor from warm spices, and loaded into a pita wrap with homemade tzatziki sauce and all the fixings you love! You can make this Greek chicken in a non-stick pan, outdoor grill, or baked in the oven. #chickenrecipe

  • Author: Catherine Bowman
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 Minutes
  • Yield: 4-5 1x
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Cuisine: American
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Ingredients

For the Chicken

  • 1.5 lb Chicken tenders
  • Extra virgin olive oil for the pan

For the Chicken Gyro Marinade

  • 1 cup Greek yogurt (you can use reduced fat or fat free Greek yogurt if you like)
  • Juice of 1 large lemon
  • 2 tbsp Greek extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • Kosher salt, generous pinch to taste
  • Black pepper, generous pinch to taste
  • 1 tbsp oregano
  • 1 tsp sweet paprika
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • pinch cayenne pepper, optional

Other Gyro Fixings 

  • Pita bread
  • Homemade Tztaziki Sauce
  • 1 large Tomato, sliced
  • 1 cucumber, sliced
  • 1 green pepper, cored and sliced
  • 1 small red onion, sliced into half moons
  • pitted kalamata olives

Instructions

  1. Marinate chicken and prepare gyro fixings. In a larger mixing bowl, combine the marinade ingredients, mix well. Add the chicken tenders and mix to make sure chicken is well coated with the marinade. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes (or refrigerate overnight.) Meanwhile, make Tztaziki sauce according to this recipe, and prepare the pita and other gyro fixings.
  2. Cook chicken. Heat 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil in a non-stick skillet over medium-high until shimmering but not smoking. Add chicken tenders to the pan (make sure to shake off any excess marinade before adding chicken to the pan.) Cook on one side undisturbed for 5 minutes until browned. Using a pair of tongs, turn chicken over and cook on other side for another 5 minutes or until chicken is done. (See notes for outdoor grilling)
  3. Assemble the chicken gyros. Warm up some pita. Spread Tztaziki sauce on top, then add chicken (about 2 to 3 tenders) and top with tomato, cucumber, green pepper, red onion and olives as you like. Wrap the pita up and enjoy!