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Chicken Gyros with Tzatiki Cucumber Sauce

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Chicken Gyros with a homemade tzatiki cucumber sauce is hands down our favorite family meal.  The best part is that it comes together in about 30 minutes.  Pieces of chicken are marinated in a lemon juice and olive oil marinade before being grilled.  Wrap the chicken gyros in pitas and serve with a delightfully fresh yogurt cucumber sauce for a light yet filling summer meal.

Chicken Gyros

Just about a decade ago I spent a summer living and studying in Athens, Greece.  Just about every day for lunch I would stop at a little restaurant on my way home from campus and pick up a souvlakia.  Souvlakia looked like what Americans call “gyros” only instead of lamb it was almost always made with pork that was seasoned slowly roasted on a rotating skewer.  The slouvakia was served wrapped in a pita stuffed with meat, french fries and tzatiki and then sprinkled with paprika. It was divine.

Chicken Gyros

These chicken gyros are technically my version of a cheater souvlakia.   Since I don't own a large roasting skewer, I use a grill to cook the meat.  The spices aren't exactly the same, but it the gyros are delicious in their own right. And the homemade tzatiki cucumber sauce is just amazing. I like dip french fries in it!

This recipe is for just over one pound of chicken, but we always triple it because we want leftovers!

 

 

Chicken Gyros with Tzatiki Cucumber Sauce

Serves 2-3     adjust servings

Preparation 15 min
Cook Time 30 min
Total Time 45 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 pounds boneless, skinless chicken, cut in to 3" strips
  • 1 large onion, cut into 1/2" wedges
  • 1/4 cup, olive oil
  • 3 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 Tablespoon oregano
  • 1 garlic clove, mashed in to a paste
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Tzatiki Sauce

  • 1 cup, whole fat Greek style yogurt
  • 1 garlic clove, mashed in to a paste
  • 1/2 European cucumber, seeded and very finely diced

Instructions

  1. Combine olive oil, lemon juice, oregano, and garlic in a bowl.
  2. Add chicken and toss to coat. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Let stand for 20 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, in a small bowl combine all ingredients for tzatiki sauce. Season with salt and pepper and set aside.
  5. Cook chicken and onions on a grill over high heat, turning once or twice, until tender and cooked through.
  6. Serve chicken with pitas and sauce.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 1026kcal Calories from fat 698
% Daily Value
Total Fat 78g 120%
Saturated Fat 21g 105%
Transfat 0g
Cholesterol 232mg 77%
Sodium 1464mg 61%
Carbohydrate 17g 6%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 10g
Protein 65g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories 2000
Total Fat Less than 65g
Sat Fat Less than 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g
Dietary Fiber 25g
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11 Comments
  • Barb
    May 9, 2014

    Okay – I have to try this. I love Middle Eastern food, and I never get enough of it. I’m pinning your recipe to my Grilling Recipes board. TODAY.

    • Camille
      May 10, 2014

      It is one of our family favorites! And it’s pretty quick to make, too! Thanks for pinning.

  • Dianna
    May 10, 2013

    Great stuff! Most of the kids didn’t appreciate the sauce, but Gene and I loved it! We’ll be having this again! Thanks!

    • Camille
      May 10, 2013

      Yea! Glad you liked it! My kids don’t like the sauce either – they just do pitas and chicken!

  • Liz
    May 6, 2013

    Oh, boy, does this look DELISH! My mom used to prepare pork this way…and now I need to try it with chicken!