I had to do a double check to make sure I hadn’t posted this one yet. This is a dinner that we’ve eaten pretty much every other week for the past 3 years, and still never tire of it! It’s relatively quick and easy dinner too, that doesn’t heat up the whole house. My husband grew up working in Greek family restaurants, so he’s always loved gyros. I stayed away from them for a long time, due the flat grey meat that is usually lurking inside. Then, my favorite internet Greek resident, Elly, shared her recipe for chicken gyros. It was like a revelation! I made them once years ago, and our whole family has been loving them since.

The chicken is marinated in lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, and oregano. Then grilled, sliced, and piled into a warm pita with plenty of cool, creamy tzatziki and fresh veggies of your choosing. I like lettuce, tomato, sliced cucumber, and red onion. Perfect for an evening dinner outside in the backyard, which we love to enjoy this time of year. I usually to a Greek seasoned oven fry with them, but with the abundance of gorgeous tomatoes in my backyard right now I decided to make a cucumber tomato feta salad. Amazeballs! If you haven’t made this Greek favorite already, just go ahead and do so. I can say with certainty that it will probably go onto heavy menu rotation on your dinner menus!

54 Comments

  1. Posted August 3, 2012 at 9:40 AM | Permalink

    These look wonderful-perfect to eat when it’s hot outside.

  2. Posted August 3, 2012 at 4:23 PM | Permalink

    My husband always drags me to Greek festivals and I’m so disgusted by that grey meat! YUCK! However, your gyros look awesome and I can’t wait to make them for him!

  3. Posted August 3, 2012 at 10:19 PM | Permalink

    I love Gyros – enjoy the fact that this is so easy to do, yum :-)

  4. Posted August 5, 2012 at 10:00 PM | Permalink

    Glad to hear these are a regular in your house! I really, really need to update my pic at some point. Hah.

  5. makila
    Posted August 13, 2012 at 10:10 AM | Permalink

    Do you think I could sub greek yogurt? would you still need to strain the yogurt?

    • Laura
      Posted August 13, 2012 at 11:15 AM | Permalink

      Makila – of course you can! And no, no straining is necessary.

  6. Barb
    Posted September 4, 2012 at 9:39 PM | Permalink

    Where can I get good pits breads, the ones at store are so flat and tasteless. Any ideas?

  7. Posted September 7, 2012 at 10:12 PM | Permalink

    I am having an aversion to meat handling these days so debated about making these but decided to use ground chicken so I just slipped the ground meat into the baggie to marinate – no touching! I haven’t eaten yet since it’s not quite dinnertime but looking forward to it! I have just started following your blog and love all the recipe ideas as I seem to be in a slump lately when it comes to dinner prep. Thanks! :)

    • connie
      Posted September 15, 2013 at 5:11 PM | Permalink

      I don’t like touching meat either…buy you some sterile, latex throw away gloves in the pharmacy area and toss them when you’re done…it’s the only way I can make meatloaf cause I can’t stand to toss the hamburger meat….

  8. ErIn
    Posted September 17, 2012 at 12:03 PM | Permalink

    This was great, and easy. I did all my prep the night before, it only took 20 min to of cook time.
    I cut my chicken and put in a container, mixed it threw the day and cook in oven on 500 for 20 min on parchment paper. When done, threw it on stove to seer (?) the meat, turned oven off and threw 6 pita in oven to warm. It worked great for me.

  9. Alison
    Posted October 11, 2012 at 8:24 PM | Permalink

    Made this tonight and it turned out great. I followed your recipe almost exactly except that I did not make my own pitas. It was a big hit! Thanks!

  10. Posted January 4, 2013 at 8:21 AM | Permalink

    Do you use Greek yogurt or regular yogurt?

    • Laura
      Posted January 4, 2013 at 8:52 AM | Permalink

      Elaine, I use Greek yogurt – or you could buy regular plain yogurt and strain it yourself using a coffee filter.

  11. Hollie
    Posted January 9, 2013 at 12:25 AM | Permalink

    Found this on Pinterest and had to try it…Delish!!! Thanks!!! :-)

  12. Posted January 14, 2013 at 8:12 AM | Permalink

    Does anyone happen to know the nutrition info on the chicken gyros?

  13. Posted January 15, 2013 at 11:44 AM | Permalink

    We featured this recipe on our FB page :) We think it’s great!!

  14. Sandy
    Posted January 16, 2013 at 11:00 AM | Permalink

    I was just wondering if you have shared the recipe for the salad in the picture? It looks delicious!

    • Laura
      Posted January 16, 2013 at 11:20 AM | Permalink

      Sandy, I haven’t yet. Hopefully this summer! Was basically tomatoes, cucumbers, red onion and feta. Tossed with a bit of red wine vinaigrette! Easy peasy, but oh so good. Now I need summertime :)

  15. Sandy
    Posted January 18, 2013 at 5:54 PM | Permalink

    Me too!

  16. heidi
    Posted January 23, 2013 at 12:24 PM | Permalink

    I found you on Pinterest ;) Do you think this would work as a freezer meal? If I put the chicken breast in with seasonings and then froze to cook later?

    • Laura
      Posted January 23, 2013 at 12:45 PM | Permalink

      Where the marinade is so acidic, I would probably advise against doing that. I think you’d end up with chicken ceviche when you defrosted it. You could always marinade and cook the chicken, then refrigerate or freeze the chicken to use later in the week when you were short on time. The tzatziki can be made a day in advance, but would not work in the freezer.

  17. Abby
    Posted January 29, 2013 at 11:47 PM | Permalink

    You mention Greek seasoned oven fries. What’s your method for making those? Can’t wait to try this meal!

    • Laura
      Posted January 30, 2013 at 6:50 AM | Permalink

      I use this basic recipe for method, but add a couple of cloves of minced garlic and some dried oregano before baking.

  18. Posted February 7, 2013 at 4:37 PM | Permalink

    I am soooo happy to have found your page through Pinerest.com (gotta love that site!). I am going to prepare a “Day From Home” Sunday for my husband’s Valentine’s gift on the 17th. He is from Cyprus and is SEVERELY missing home. I thought a full day of food and music (maybe some smells) would help. Your homemade pitas, chicken gyros and baked fries shall do the trick for lunch!

    Thanks for helping me make my hubby happy :)

  19. Posted February 25, 2013 at 10:56 AM | Permalink

    I made this for my husband’s family this weekend while they were in town. Everybody raved about it, especially the chicken. They kept passing the plate of sliced chicken around to nibble on after they’d had their gyros. I’ll definitely be keeping this recipe around. Thanks!

  20. Jen S.
    Posted February 27, 2013 at 9:46 PM | Permalink

    Can I have your recipe for Tzatziki sauce too? I am looking for one…

    thanks!

  21. Sherry in Union, KY
    Posted February 28, 2013 at 7:41 PM | Permalink

    I made a Greek salad earlier this week so I “cheated” and stuffed that into pitas. My husband did, however, make the Tzatziki from the recipe you offered. Oh my heavens, it was good! I suggest that people make half or even one quarter of it unless they want a lot left over for other uses. Thanks for the recipes!

    • Posted March 1, 2013 at 4:42 PM | Permalink

      I usually end up snacking on it with pita chips the next day, but the recipe would be fine if you halved it too. Glad you enjoyed it!

  22. Posted March 14, 2013 at 1:42 PM | Permalink

    Made the gyros and tzatziki and loved them both. Even my little ones enjoyed.

  23. Posted April 6, 2013 at 9:57 PM | Permalink

    Can’t wait to try these! Going to make them tomorrow!!!

  24. Katie
    Posted April 11, 2013 at 11:53 AM | Permalink

    These look awesome!

    What’s the side dish? :-)

    • Posted April 12, 2013 at 7:27 AM | Permalink

      It was a simple tomato, cucumber, and onion salad with feta. Looking forward to blogging it in another month or so when tomatoes are getting in season!

  25. Nichole
    Posted April 16, 2013 at 10:01 PM | Permalink

    Found on Pinterest :)
    Would I be able to cook the chicken in the marinade in the crockpot, then shred it instead of slice it? I have an aversion to handling raw chicken and prefer not to as much as possible, and really love shredded chicken. Just not sure if it would work with this… Thanks!

    • Posted April 17, 2013 at 6:42 AM | Permalink

      Nicole, the marinade is kind of acidic to be preparing it in a crockpot for hours. I’d just do it the way you normally cook chicken in the Crockpot, maybe add a little lemon pepper seasoning and oregano? Then use that! When toppped with the tzatziki, I’m sure it will be delicious!

  26. Posted April 29, 2013 at 8:49 PM | Permalink

    Just made this for dinner and it was a huge hit! I also used your recipes for tzaziki sauce and pita bread and just blew my parents away. served it with Greek salad. The chicken was super moist and flavorful, the tzaziki sauce was awesome (even though I used fat-free greek yogurt) and the pitas were crazy puffy and delicious. Thanks for posting this!

    • Posted April 30, 2013 at 8:09 AM | Permalink

      That’s so awesome. Thanks for coming back to comment! :)

  27. Dianne
    Posted May 1, 2013 at 9:14 PM | Permalink

    I made this for our dinner tonight. Used Naan bread instead of pocketless pita bread (could only find pocketless pita bread with soy flour in it and I can’t have that, thus naan was the delicious alternative), omitted the fresh onion (we don’t care for raw onion), sliced the meat before marinating it, then sautéed the meat instead of grilling it. Added some crumbled feta to it when assembled. Made 1/4 to 1/3 the amount of tzatziki sauce and it was enough to cover 4 naan breads for the four of us. DEFINITELY will make this again!! Thank you for sharing!!

  28. Posted May 6, 2013 at 1:42 PM | Permalink

    Hi! I found your recipe on pinterest and cooked it for my half greek boyfriend tonight. We both loved it :) Thank´s so much!

  29. Stephanie
    Posted May 10, 2013 at 5:39 PM | Permalink

    I absolutely love gyros and never thought of making my own before until I saw this recipe. The marinade for the chicken is perfect, it is so flavorful. In a pinch, Trader Joes has a really delicious tzatziki in the prepared foods section. I just give it a squeeze of lemon and even my grandmother, who is 100% Greek, approves.

  30. Katrine
    Posted May 24, 2013 at 5:22 AM | Permalink

    Hi Laura :-)

    I found your recipe on Pinterest. It is probably the best marinade I’ve tried in years – works great with chicken and pork.

    Just wanted to say, that I made the chicken for a BBQ and all the people couldn’t stop talking about it :-)

    / Katrine

  31. MK
    Posted June 1, 2013 at 7:45 PM | Permalink

    I made these last night with the homemade tzatziki sauce–really delicious! Thanks for posting this!!!

  32. m!ss natalie
    Posted July 9, 2013 at 11:33 PM | Permalink

    I made this tonight and it was delicious! Made as described only I baked the chicken instead of grilling. I also made the tzatziki sauce as directed! I paired with lemon baked peeled potatoes and whole green beans, as I order it at Yia’s Yia’s. iwilI definitely make this again!

  33. Jamie Fleming
    Posted July 10, 2013 at 3:31 PM | Permalink

    About how many people does this feed?

  34. Posted July 23, 2013 at 9:39 PM | Permalink

    Friday night we our attended a community night at our lake. Your gyros will be the centerpiece of our picnic!

  35. Melissa
    Posted August 11, 2013 at 8:17 PM | Permalink

    Found on Pinterest!

    Absolutely amazing! Tasted identical to one you would get from a restaurant. I used pork instead of chicken and added some crumbled feta! Made it with roasted potatoes and onions. Perfect summer meal! Will definitely make this again!

  36. Posted August 30, 2013 at 12:39 PM | Permalink

    I made this dish recently and absolutely loved it. I’m wanting to double in order to feed a larger crowd. I would like to bake the chicken this time. Any suggestions as far as temperature and for how long?

  37. Anne
    Posted February 8, 2014 at 6:55 AM | Permalink

    I made these the other night… They were delicious. I couldn’t find pita bread so I used Naan bread and with wrapping it in the foil it was easy to eat. The tzataiki sauce was awesome. I halved the sauce recipe and used plain greek yougurt. I didn’t have time to strain the yougurt, however, it still turned out pretty good. I will be making these again soon.
    I served these with greek potatoes. The potatoes cooked while I prepared the gyros.

  38. Kelsi
    Posted February 12, 2014 at 1:47 PM | Permalink

    This recipe looks so great! Do you think it would be ok to mix the chicken with the marinade the night before and then cook it according to directions? I have a busy schedule and I am always looking for things that I can prep the night before to cook quickly once I get home in the evening.

    • Posted February 12, 2014 at 1:50 PM | Permalink

      Kelsi, I think the marinade is too acidic to start marinading the night before – you’d end up with chicken ceviche! Instead, I’d advise marinading and cooking the chicken breasts in advance, and then reheating in the oven or microwave to warm up right before serving.

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