Chicken Gyros

Oh, how I love Gyros. But in general, I’m not a fan of lamb (it’s also very hard to get around here), and I don’t like that sour cream has a ton of calories, which are not at all nice to my hips. So, when I found a recipe for Chicken Gyros on Pinterest the other day (how did we function without Pinterest?), that used chicken instead of lamb, and yogurt in place of sour cream, I decided that I needed to try it. And now it’s part of our dinner rotation.

The recipe comes from a blog called The Girl Who Ate Everything, as does the picture. I just rearranged the recipe a little to make it easier to follow. Enjoy!

Chicken Gyros

Tzatziki Sauce

Make several hours, even a day, ahead

  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 regular cucumber, peeled and seeded
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon white wine vinegar
  • Salt and pepper
  • Squeeze of fresh lemon juice
  • Extra virgin olive oil

Shred the cucumber or chop in food processor. Wrap in a towel a squeeze to remove as much water as possible. Mix together the yogurt, shredded cucumber, garlic, white wine vinegar, salt and pepper to taste, and lemon juice. Drizzle lightly with olive oil.

Place in a tightly covered container (I used a quart Ball Jar), and refrigerate.


Make at least an hour ahead to allow to marinate.

  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • Juice of 1 lemon (2-3 Tablespoons)
  • 2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 heaping Tablespoons plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 Tablespoon dried oregano
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 1/4 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breasts

Combine the garlic, lemon juice, red wine vinegar, olive oil, yogurt, oregano, and salt and pepper to taste in a medium bowl. Whisk together until mixed well. Pound the chicken a little to loosen the fibers and allow better absorption of the marinade. Add the chicken pieces to the bowl and mix well to coat. Cover and refrigerate for about 1 hour.

Cook chicken – you can use about any method, pan frying, baking, whatever – until done. Remove from heat and allow to rest for 5 – 10 minutes. Slice and place in a covered dish; keep warm until ready to use.


  • Several Pitas (whole or pockets)
  • Marinated Chicken, sliced
  • Tzatziki Sauce
  • Chopped tomatoes
  • Thinly sliced onion

Heat pitas. Top with chicken, tzatziki sauce, diced tomatoes and sliced onions. Serve immediately.

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22 Responses to Chicken Gyros

  1. Joy says:

    These look really REALLY good. Would you believe me if I told you that I’ve never had one of these? Ever.

  2. Jenny says:

    ohhh you’re missing out on the lamb!! It’s so delicious in gyros, and yes I said that! I don’t like any other lamb meat but I love it in the gyros. Maybe cause the meat is shaved so thin and with the yummy cucumber sauce. YUM!!! I don’t see the cucumber sauce listed in the recipe. That’s what I think makes the gyro!

  3. starlaschat says:

    That does look really really good YUM. I would even eat one for breakfast. In fact I wish I had one right now instead of the bowl of oatmeal I will probably eat. Thanks for the recipe I will have to try these.

  4. Karen Joy says:

    I ablsolulty LOVE Gyros.Ive never had it with chicken,which I will try as chicken is easier to come by than lamb.I must agree with Jenny though,I LOVE the lamb and yes the Tzatziki sauce makes the gyro.LOve that sauce.Ive bought it at Costco before and it was really good but making it is easy enough.Its funny how she says she replaces the sour cream with Greek yogurt.Ive only known it to be made with greek yogurt,NOT sour cream.Anyhow,one of my favorite foods ever!!!I

  5. Joy says:

    Well you guys sure make me want one. Maybe I’ll have Paul pick up the stuff for these tonight.

    • Karen Joy says:

      A must try if you never have Joy.Its funny you posted this today.Yesterday Joe emailed saying our fav Gyro place closed down.Well I just about croaked and said we now have no reason to go to AZ.Kidding of course but thats how much Wes and I like those Gyros.I have a place up here that makes them but she puts SOOO much garlic in the sauce sometimes I can barely eat it..I will say the restauraunts warm the pita on the grill(fried a little)and it very good that way.

  6. Vicki says:

    Its Cucumber sauce (tzatziki) i pick mine up at Walmart.

  7. Nikki says:

    The only gyro’s I’ve had are from the carnival! I bet these are so much better!!

  8. Laura says:

    Geez! I wish I’d been around today!

    I LOVE the lamb gyros. Love love love them. But it is so blessed hard to find a REAL gyro around here, and they don’t sell lamb in the stores, either. So I’ve had to find a substitute. I’m considering finding a marinade (or using this one) on a piece of Sirloin, next, and trying them with beef. Maybe it’ll be closer to the original lamb. Oh, I hope so.

    I always thought the Tzatziki sauce was made from sour cream – I never thought about it before! Maybe it all IS made with Greek Yogurt?

    I’m so glad you guys are excited about this recipe. I loved it… and now Josh loves gyros, too! YAY!

  9. Vicki says:

    Next time we have them Joy, I’ll give you guys a call.

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