Chicken Gyro

A Gyro is a Greek sandwich traditionally made using lamb, beef, or pork combined with tomato, onion, and a yogurt sauce on pita bread. In Greece, Gyros are a popular street food. A proper gyro is made with meat that is cooked on a slowly-rotating, vertical spit in front of an upright rotisserie. Having neither time for slow roasting or an upright rotisserie, chicken in the skillet is the next best thing.

Chicken Gyro

It’s popular to serve Chicken Gyros with tomatoes, onions, and tzatziki sauce on Pita bread. I also love adding shredded iceberg lettuce, cucumbers, and feta cheese.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Greek
Servings 6


Chicken Marinade

  • 1 lb chicken breast, sliced into ½-inch strips
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp each salt and pepper

Tzatziki Sauce

  • 1 medium cucumber
  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh dill
  • 1 medium clove garlic pressed or minced
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Building the Gyro

  • Pita bread, shredded iceberg lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, onion, Feta cheese


  • Marinate the chicken. Place the chicken in a medium bowl and add all of the marinade ingredients. Mix it well, cover with plastic wrap, and marinate for at least 2 hours, preferably overnight.
  • Make the tzatziki. Grate the cucumber and squeeze the excess liquid out with your hands. Discard the liquid. Place the cucumber in a mixing bowl with the rest of the tzatziki ingredients and mix well.
  • Cook the chicken. Heat a large, non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chicken slices and cook for about 4-5 minutes on each side, until cooked through.
  • Make the Gyro! Warm the pita bread (in the oven or microwave). Add a bit of shredded lettuce, tomato, cucumber, onion, and chicken on top. Drizzle with a generous amount of tzatziki and feta cheese, if desired. Fold the gyro in half and serve.

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