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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!

 

 

Yield: 2-3

Chicken Gyros with Tzatiki Cucumber Sauce

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
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.

Notes

Double or triple recipe as needed.

 

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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!