Chicken Gyros

Juicy, tender, marinated chicken piled high on a warm pita and topped with red onions, tomatoes, feta cheese, and homemade tzatziki sauce. This recipe is an easy and delicious way to recreate your favorite Greek chicken gyros at home. I love Greek food, it ranks right up there as my favorite ethic food. One of my favorite restaurants in Indianapolis is Santorini Greek Kitchen. It is incredible! Last October the restaurant suffered extensive damage after an electrical fire and many were afraid that it would be closed forever, however, after only two months it was back open and just as delicious as ever! If live in Indy or travel here make sure to stop by this incredible restaurant. In the meantime, give these delicious chicken gyros a try in your own kitchen. Serve with lemon roasted potatoes and a Greek salad for a dinner that is sure to become a favorite at your house.

Chicken Gyros

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  • 1 1/4 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 4 cloves garlic, smashed
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 heaping tablespoons plain yogurt
  • 1 tablespoons dried oregano
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 recipe of tzatziki
  • 1 large tomato, chopped
  • 1 red onion, sliced thin
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 4 pitas

  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the garlic, lemon juice, vinegar, oil, yogurt, and oregano. Transfer mixture to a large resealable bag and add the chicken. Refrigerate for about an hour, turning occasionally.
  2. Preheat grill on medium-high heat. Remove chicken from marinade. Grill chicken until just cooked through, about 5 minutes per side, or until meat thermometer inserted into the chicken read 160 degrees F. Allow the chicken to rest for a few minutes before slicing into strips.
  3. Wrap pitas in aluminium foil and place directly on oven rack and heat for 6-8 minutes.
  4. Divide chicken strips evenly among pitas; top each gyro with 1/4 cup tzatziki sauce, tomato slices, red onion slices, and 2 tablespoons feta. Wrap aluminium foil around gyro and serve immediately.

Source: adapted from Beantown Baker, originally from Elly Says Opa

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40 Responses to Chicken Gyros

  1. Woohoo!! The perfect follow-up to yesterday’s post. I cannot wait to make these!

  2. Holly says:

    Looks delicious! Great pic! 😉

  3. beth says:

    oh man, i LOVE greek food! i think i will have to give these a try sometime soonly!

  4. Yum! Why’d I look at this right before lunch?! The gyro is my favorite, ahem, drunk food. Yours looks delicious!

  5. This is my husband’s all time favourite meal!

  6. Definitely one of my favorite “sandwiches”!

  7. Oh Dang I shouldn’t have checked this post out just before lunch. Now my lunch of salad won’t be good enough.

  8. Jenny says:

    Greek food is always delish! I’ve never had a gyro before but my bf always raves about them 😀

  9. Kita says:

    Oh these look perfect. I could totally make these and pack them for myself for lunch.

  10. this looks so good… i loveeeeee chicken gyro. I’m always buying them off those halal trucks in nyc. thanks for posting, looks good.

  11. Mary says:

    This looks wonderful and along with the sauce below makes for an extraordinary meal. I hope you have a great day. Blessings…Mary

  12. Wow this looks amazing! You’re making me so hungry with all these beautiful Greek recipes. Love them!

  13. Beth says:

    Santorini is my favorite restaurant in Indianapolis. I have been there twice since they re-opened after the fire! Thanks for the Greek recipe!

  14. elly says:

    I’m so glad you liked the gyros. I think you meant to put the source as me, via Beantown Baker rather than the other way around, though.

  15. Sara says:

    This looks so delicious. I love Greek food – or anything with tzatziki sauce, really.

  16. Angie Walker says:

    Oh, you are killing me….I love gyros!! And gyros made with chicken? This is definitely in my meal plans…

  17. Elisabeth Turner says:

    I can hardly wait until tomorrow to make these! Do you make your own pita’s (do you have a recipe?) or do you buy them (where/what brand?) ?

    • Christina says:

      I do have a pita recipe on my site that I use, you can find it here. If I am in a hurry, I do use store bought brand. Just make sure that you use the flat/restaurant style pitas. I hope you enjoy them!! 🙂

  18. Mmmm! Gyros rock! My friends and I go into town after school and get them sometimes although our less-adventurous friends get hamburgers. We’ll have to visit Indianapolis!

  19. Have you ever been to the real Santorini island?! The gyros are to. die. for. I don’t know what they do to gyros there -perhaps its just the fact that your lounging in the Greek sunshine on vacation – but it was one my favorite lunches, ever. This looks like a great rendition, maybe I’ll try to recreate it with your recipe!

  20. Wow…these look and sound wonderful!! Can’t wait to make them! Love feta and greek flavors. 🙂

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  22. Gyro is totally one of my favorites!! We have a little middle eastern place here that makes unbelievable lamb gyro. Such a great idea to make at home!

  23. Those Gyros look fabulous. I bet you were so glad that the restaurant was able to reopen 🙂

  24. gluttonandstudent says:

    I used to work at a Lebanese restaurant and would always get free meals – specifically chicken shawerma! You’re so lucky to have the time and resources to make this nommilicious poultry 🙂 – unlike me who’s stuck in a dorm room for a few more months… :/

  25. I’m featuring your delicious gyros today. Thanks for sharing your wonderful recipe. I know my readers will enjoy it. I’d love for you to stop in if you get a chance. Have a great day.

  26. Lucie says:

    Gyros are a favorite of mine, that I only have whenever I stop by the US–these sound really great.

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  28. Charisse says:

    can these be marinated overnight instead of for one hour?

  29. I made these gyros last week and they were AMAZING! My husband and I LOVE getting Greek food take out and now we won’t have to with these pitas!

  30. alexis v. says:

    these look yummy! i have eaten at that Santorini’s, it is delicious!

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  32. Elisabeth says:

    I just made these again. I’m beginning to wonder why I don’t make them every week! Oh they are the best!

  33. ileencuccaro says:

    I wonder if this can be made with beef. I have everything else except the chicken

    • Christina says:

      You could definitely use a steak and just cut into thin strips. If you give it a try I would love to hear how it turns out for you! 🙂

      • Elisabeth says:

        I made these with beef tonight. I picked up a really thin cut beef, designated for Philly Cheesesteaks. They were incredible!!!! They were thin like a piece of deli meat and I cut them into strips, almost like true gyro meat and threw them on the griddle. I would have eaten two, but I was so full. And I’m hoping my husband doesn’t spot the leftovers in the fridge, I want the last one for lunch! 😉

      • Christina says:

        That sounds incredible Elisabeth! We have these gyros so often and I have never thought to try it with beef. I can’t wait to try them! 🙂

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