Greek Chicken Gyros Recipe

Greek Chicken Gyros are a quintessential part of Greek cuisine, often found being prepared by street vendors across cities, featuring rotisserie-cooked chicken or pork wrapped in pita with tzatziki, fries, onions, and fresh tomatoes. Just the thought of these flavors is enough to make anyone hungry!

Here’s what you’ll need for the marinade:

  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Salt and pepper to taste

For the tzatziki sauce:

  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 cucumber, grated and drained
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon fresh dill, chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Additional ingredients:

  • 3 pita breads
  • 1 tomato, sliced
  • 1 red onion, thinly sliced
  • Fresh lettuce leaves

Instructions:

  1. Marinate the chicken: In a bowl, combine olive oil, lemon juice, minced garlic, dried oregano, salt, and pepper. Add the chicken thighs, coating evenly with the marinade. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour, preferably overnight.
  2. Prepare the tzatziki sauce: In another bowl, mix Greek yogurt, grated cucumber, minced garlic, lemon juice, chopped dill, salt, and pepper. Chill covered until ready to use.
  3. Cook the chicken: Heat a skillet or grill over medium-high heat. Remove chicken from marinade and cook for 6-7 minutes per side, until fully cooked and lightly browned. Allow chicken to rest for a few minutes before slicing thinly.
  4. Assemble the gyros: Warm pita breads in a dry skillet or on the grill. Place slices of cooked chicken on each pita, then add tomato slices, red onion slices, and lettuce leaves.
  5. Add tzatziki sauce: Spread a generous amount of tzatziki sauce over the chicken and vegetables on each gyro.
  6. Serve: Roll up or fold the pitas over the filling. Serve immediately while warm.

Preparation time: 20 minutes (including marinating) | Cooking time: 15 minutes | Total time: 35 minutes

Enjoy your delicious homemade Greek Chicken Gyros! For more recipes like this, feel free to share and explore with friends.

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