Thursday, January 19, 2012

Chicken Gyros

We recently had dinner at a wonderful family-owned Greek restaurant near us.
The atmosphere was very authentic & the traditional Gyros {fyi: pronounced 'year ohs'}
were fabulously delicious! 
We wanted to go back the next day week, but since we weren't able to,
I decided to see if I could come up with a copy-cat version at home.
I'm happy to say, the recipe got a thumbs up from everyone!


Looks yummy, huh?
Here's what you do:

Peel & chop 1 seedless cucumber.
Strain for a few minutes, getting rid of much of the water.
If you don't do this, your Tzatziki cucumber sauce will be too runny.

Mix together Greek yogurt, garlic, a squeeze of fresh lemon, cumin,  dill,
& salt & pepper to taste.
Chill in the fridge while preparing the rest of the meal.

I decided to go with chicken instead of the traditional gyro meat 
{usually a beef & lamb combo}, seeing as how I don't own a spit & all.
Chop approximately 2 lbs. of boneless, skinless chicken breasts.
Season according to your taste.

I used a bit of garlic powder, mesquite grill seasoning, & italian seasoning.
Saute chicken in olive oil til no longer pink in center.

Here's my chicken chopper {the resident chef-in-training}.

Heat your bread in the oven {5 minutes or so}, in the microwave {whole stack for 1 minute},
or pan fry just enough to warm through.
I used what I had on hand ... which was flat bread & Nan.
Pita would be the most authentic choice, of course.

Build your gyro by topping the flat bread with shredded cheddar cheese, chicken,
shredded lettuce, tomato & onion slices, & Tzatziki cucumber sauce.

Chicken Gyros

2 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breasts, diced
preferred seasonings, salt & pepper to taste
olive oil
Saute chicken in olive oil until no longer pink in center. 

6-8 flat pitas, flat bread, or Nan


1 seedless cucumber, chopped fine
1 1/2 cups Greek yogurt
2-3 garlic cloves, chopped
1/2 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. dill, chopped
squeeze of fresh lemon juice
salt/pepper to taste 

Mix all above ingredients to make the Tzatziki cucumber sauce.

Shredded lettuce
tomato & onion slices
1 c. shredded cheddar cheese


  1. Looks delicious! I'd love to come over for dinner!! :)

  2. Salivating...I've never had much Greek food but this sounds really yummy. Thanks for inspiring me to try something new!

    P.S. I would be honored if you would join me as I embark on a new blog hop which encourages the sharing of inspiration each Friday. It opens tonight and you can learn about it here:

  3. Mmmm....My Dad would LOVE this! He used to get Gyros from Chicago when we lived up in that area. I've never seen one with chicken but it looks yummy!