Chicken Gyros

These Chicken Gyros are everyones favorite, with warm pitas piled high with marinated chicken, tzatziki, tomato, cucumber and onion.


Chicken Marinade:

▢2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts *

▢2 Tablespoons olive oil

▢2 Tablespoons lemon juice

▢2 teaspoons smoked paprika (or regular)

▢2 teaspoons cumin

▢2 cloves garlic , minced

▢1 teaspoon ground tumeric

▢1 teaspoon ground coriander

▢1 teaspoon Kosher salt

▢1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

▢1/4 teaspoon onion powder

▢1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

▢1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes , or more, to taste

Tzatziki Sauce:

▢1 cup plain Greek yogurt

▢2 cloves garlic , minced

▢1/2 teaspoon dried dill

▢2 teaspoon lemon juice

▢salt and freshly ground black pepper , to taste

▢1 small piece of english cucumber , peeled and finely diced

For serving:

▢6 pita or flatbreads

▢1 romaine or Iceberg lettuce , chopped

▢1 cup cherry tomatoes , halved

▢1/2 of a red onion , thinly sliced

▢1/2 of an English cucumber , thinly sliced


For the marinade:

1- Add chicken to a large bowl or ziplock bag. Combine marinade ingredients and pour over chicken. Stir well to coat and marinate for 1-4 hours.

2- Meanwhile, make the tzatziki sauce by combining all ingredients. Taste it and add more seasoning (lemon juice, garlic, salt, pepper or cumin)if needed. Refrigerate.

3- Heat grill to medium and oil the grates (or if cooking on the stove, add a little oil). Remove chicken from marinade, letting any excess sauce drip off.

4- Grill chicken for a few minutes on each side, flipping once, until cooked through. Remove to a plate to rest before chopping into bite-size pieces.

5- Toast or warm your pitas. Layer with chicken, lettuce, tomato, red onion, cucumber and sauce. Enjoy!


I like to use chicken breast filets, or if you’re chicken breasts are really thick you can slice the breast in half, lengthwise (called “butterfly”) to make two thinner pieces.

Make ahead instructions: The marinade for the chicken and tzatziki sauce can be made 2-3 days in advance.

Freezing Instructions: The raw chicken can be frozen in the marinade for up to 3 months (preferred method). Thaw overnight in the fridge, then cook chicken according to instructions. The cooked chicken can also be frozen for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the fridge, then rewarm.

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