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

40 Responses to “Chicken Gyros”

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    Felicity @ Our Little Beehive — March 31, 2011 @ 9:42 am

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

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    Holly — March 31, 2011 @ 11:19 am

    Looks delicious! Great pic! ;)

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    beth — March 31, 2011 @ 11:39 am

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

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    freshandfoodie — March 31, 2011 @ 12:32 pm

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

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    Angie's Recipes — March 31, 2011 @ 12:32 pm

    This is my husband’s all time favourite meal!

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    Megan Chromik — March 31, 2011 @ 12:56 pm

    Definitely one of my favorite “sandwiches”!

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    sensiblecooking — March 31, 2011 @ 2:14 pm

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

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    Jenny — March 31, 2011 @ 2:36 pm

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

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    Kita — March 31, 2011 @ 5:14 pm

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

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    Honey @ Honey, What's Cooking — March 31, 2011 @ 6:05 pm

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

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    Mary — March 31, 2011 @ 6:05 pm

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

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    happywhennothungry — March 31, 2011 @ 7:19 pm

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

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    Beth — March 31, 2011 @ 8:01 pm

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

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    elly — March 31, 2011 @ 9:44 pm

    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.

    • Christina replied: — March 31st, 2011 @ 10:59 pm

      Whoops! Thanks for pointing that out..I have fixed it! :) These gyros were fabulous…thanks for such an awesome recipe! :)

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    katshealthcorner — March 31, 2011 @ 10:46 pm

    YEAH! Delish! :D

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    Sara — April 1, 2011 @ 12:28 am

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

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    Angie Walker — April 1, 2011 @ 9:49 am

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

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    Elisabeth Turner — April 1, 2011 @ 10:44 am

    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 replied: — April 3rd, 2011 @ 9:54 am

      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!! :)

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    Livin' in the Kitchen — April 1, 2011 @ 11:03 am

    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!

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    Lauren@LittleYellowKitchen — April 1, 2011 @ 12:18 pm

    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!

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    Denise @ Creative Kitchen — April 3, 2011 @ 12:46 am

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

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    The Food Hound — April 4, 2011 @ 1:40 pm

    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!

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    Katie @ This Chick Cooks — April 5, 2011 @ 12:49 pm

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

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    gluttonandstudent — April 5, 2011 @ 1:26 pm

    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… :/

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    Katie @ This Chick Cooks — April 6, 2011 @ 2:36 pm

    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.

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    Lucie — April 9, 2011 @ 1:30 pm

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

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    Charisse — September 29, 2011 @ 7:25 pm

    can these be marinated overnight instead of for one hour?

    • Christina replied: — October 3rd, 2011 @ 9:25 pm

      Yes you can marinate the chicken overnight. I hope you enjoy them….Let me know how they turn out for you. :)

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    Chelsea @ Chelsea's Culinary Indulgence — January 30, 2012 @ 10:11 pm

    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!

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    alexis v. — March 1, 2012 @ 1:43 pm

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

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    Elisabeth — June 27, 2012 @ 2:53 pm

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

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    ileencuccaro — August 16, 2012 @ 12:13 pm

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

    • Christina replied: — August 17th, 2012 @ 10:57 pm

      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 replied: — August 21st, 2012 @ 10:52 pm

        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 replied: — August 22nd, 2012 @ 9:21 pm

          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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