Chicken Gyros

So I have seen Greek places in the mall’s food court that sell gyros, but I’ve never had one before. When I saw this recipe on My Kitchen Cafe using the soft wrap bread recipe I shared yesterday, I had to try it. So this is my first experience with a gyro. Melanie at My Kitchen Cafe adapted the recipe from Annie’s Eats who got it originally from Elly Says Opa!. This recipe has been around and it turned out tasty. I have to admit however, I’m not sure I’ll go to the effort of making the sauce again. I didn’t find all the additions to the sauce that much more flavorful. Next time, I’ll just use the Greek yogurt or sour cream and mix in some garlic and maybe a dash of lemon. Melanie at My Kitchen Cafe cooked her meat on the stove top, chopped into bite sized pieces with fresh onion and tomato. I left my chicken in whole breasts and cooked it on my outdoor grill. Then once the chicken was cooked, I just cut it into strips. In addition, I cooked my red onion on the grill. I love what grilling does to vegetables.

Also along with today’s recipe, I have a give away from Stonyfield for some free organic Greek yogurt. They are the ones who make Oikos Organic Greek Yogurt. They’ve been nice enough to give me coupons for free yogurt for my readers. I have 3 to give away. One of you will get a free 16 oz yogurt and two of you will get two 5.3 ounces containers of yogurt. Greek yogurt is much creamier than regular yogurt. They strain the whey (liquid) from it which makes it extra creamy. It’s also great for cooking because it’s less likely to curdle when heated. Greek yogurt is also lower in lactose. Oikos Organic Greek Yogurt has 0% fat, just 80 calories per 5.3 oz.-serving, twice the protein of regular yogurt, and fewer carbohydrates. Also because it’s organic, Oikos is also better for the earth. Not a bad snack! It even comes in plain, vanilla, honey, blueberry, and strawberry. To enter to win the free yogurt leave a comment on today’s post about why you love yogurt and if you have ever tried Greek yogurt by Friday at Midnight Mountain Standard Time. I will announce the winner in my Saturday post.

Chicken Gyros

For the tzatziki sauce:
16 oz. plain yogurt (not fat free unless it is Oikos or another Greek-type yogurt)
1/2 hothouse cucumber or 1 regular cucumber, peeled and seeded
2-3 cloves garlic, pressed through a garlic press (or finely minced)
1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
Salt and pepper
Squeeze of fresh lemon juice
Extra virgin olive oil

For the chicken:
4 cloves garlic, smashed
Juice of 1 lemon
2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 heaping tablespoons plain yogurt
1 tablespoon dried oregano
Salt and pepper
1 1/4 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cubed (I left them whole, cooked them on my outdoor grill, then cut the into strips)

To assemble:
Soft Wrap bread recipe I post yesterday (or pita bread)
Fresh tomatoes, seeded and diced
Red onion, sliced thin (I grilled mine with the chicken)

To make the tzatziki sauce, strain the yogurt using cheesecloth over a bowl. Let strain for several hours or overnight, if possible, to remove as much moisture as possible. (You won’t believe how much liquid drains from the yogurt – it makes the yogurt much thicker and creamier. If you want to splurge on Greek yogurt, like Oikos, you won’t need to strain it like this.)

Shred the cucumber. Wrap in a towel a squeeze to remove as much water as possible. Mix together the strained yogurt, shredded cucumber, garlic, red wine vinegar, salt and pepper to taste, and lemon juice. Drizzle lightly with olive oil. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before serving to allow the flavors to meld.

To prepare the chicken, combine the garlic, lemon juice, red wine vinegar, olive oil, yogurt, oregano, and salt and pepper to taste in a medium bowl. Whisk together until mixed well. Add the chicken pieces to the bowl and mix well to coat. Cover and refrigerate for about 1 hour.

Cook the chicken as desired, either in the skillet or with the broiler. (Melanie sauteed them in a hot skillet, I cooked mine on the grill) Once the chicken is completely cooked through, transfer to a plate and let rest for 5 minutes.

Heat pitas. Top with chicken, tzatziki sauce, diced tomatoes and sliced onions. Serve immediately.

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35 comments on “Chicken Gyros

  • Love this recipe!! Can’t wait to try some other recipe from your blog!! Thanks for sharing them!!! πŸ™‚

  • YUM! I was just thinking about what to make for supper and them I came across this blog! I recently received some organic peppercorns and Himalayan sea salt from Sustainable Sourcing httpss:// and it will be great on the chicken here. Thanks for sharing!

  • I love greek food!

  • I would love to be entered to win the free yogurt coupons, but if I win I'd like the ones for the smaller version, thats all I can find in my stores out here. I've been wanting to try that sauce out for a while now! I can't wait to make these!

  • We LOVE yogurt! We love it in parfaits and smoothies.
    I have to try this recipe! Thanks

  • I love yogurt because I like to mix it with cereal and fruit instead of milk…….

    I have never tried Greek yogurt although I've been reading about it on several different blogs lately.

    My husband loves Gyros but I have never had one so I might have to try these.

  • I have never tried Greek yogurt but have wanted to for some time. This recipe looks so good!

  • i sure do love me a good gyro!
    it must be my turk side coming out haha, these look SO GOOD. i need to make some asap!

    we have left over chicken from the other night .. but its got BBQ sauce all on it, not sure if i should risk it or not haha, i will probably wait until we grill chicken again to season it properly

  • Great for smoothies and a million other things.. I want to try your gyro recipe too– looks yummy.

  • I love yogurt! My kids love yogurt!! It's healthy and yummy!

    I have only tried greek yogurt when it's in gyros from a restaurant. I have never made gyros myself….

    But I plan too!!!

  • Yum – we love Greek yogurt – especiall the honey flavor

  • my friend makes these greek yogert cupcakes with greek icing that are delish. me i like yogert in the morning for breakfast

  • I have't ever tried Greek yogurt, but would like to. I make a breakfast shake w/plain yogurt quite often and as a substitute for sour cream in baked recipes. thanks!

  • I have not tried Greek yogurt. I would love to use it to try out this great recipe.

  • I love to use Greek yogurt…when I can find it. My grocery stores don't always have it.

  • One day the grocery clerk said to me, "Wow you must really like yogurt since I just rang up the sixth 32oz container of yogurt!" My reply- we sure do! I love the fact that yogurt is so versatile and can be used in a million different ways. I have never tried Greek yogurt, but it sure sounds tempting. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • I had no idea greek yogurt was lower in lactose!!! I am pretty severely lactose intolerant, so this is good news for me! My favorite way to eat yogurt is with homemade granola… yum!

  • Well I love to eat yogurt in the morning for a quick and on the go breakfast. I would love to try the organic greek yogurt, and try it on some gyros. I love gyros. My favorite. Mmmmmm!!!!

  • I'll have to try this. Love the soft bread recipe.
    As for yogurt, I found Fage a few years ago and am addicted. Love putting some fresh fruit with it and a little granola and it's breakfast!

  • I love Greek yogurt with honey!

  • I actually tried this recipe the other day! We loved it! I grilled the chicken as well! Bread was out of this world! I love the sauce…but I love greek yogurt! I like the consistencyof the greek variety in all of my recipes calling for yogurt! It is delicious for breakfast with a little granola and honey mixed in it! YUM! It is also really good for you!

  • I love yogurt and just recently got turned onto Greek yogurt, which lives up to its billing. Yum! For me, it's great for breakfasts because I can mix it up with fruit and granola or other cereals and have a portable and filling meal! Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Yogurt of any kind is delicious to me. Ms. Laura, you have provided a recipe to one of my most favorite foods of all time! True tzatziki sauce and gyro are out of this world, so if you ever find yourself by a greek restaurant try it. Can't wait to try your recipe, thanks πŸ™‚

  • I made the wrap bread after reading your blog yesterday. They were delicious, soft, and easy to make. I can't wait to try this recipe.

    I would love to try the greek yogurt.

  • I've never tried Greek yogurt, but I do love making smoothies with it, and using it to bake with!

  • We love to eat yogurt because it is yummy! I also think it is a pretty good snack. I've never tried Greek yogurt before. I didn't even realize there was such a thing. It would be fun to try.

  • I have never tried Greek yogurt and would love to! . I have friends tha teat it all the time and like it but I am scared!

  • I've been wanting to make the wrap bread and gyros since I saw them on My Kitchen Cafe! I need to get my rear in gear and just do it already. I love, love, love greek yogurt with a bit of honey and fruit…yum. I usually buy a different brand, but I've started to see this brand in my store – I'll have to give it a try!

  • I have never tried Greek yogurt before. I do like to make yogurt smoothies though.

  • Yummy! I have never tried greek yogurt but just found a recipe for vanilla frozen yogurt that calls for it. Would ove to try it!

  • I want to try your soft bread recipe. This gyro looks good, specially with grilled chicken.
    I love plain yogurt with fruit granola and honey, it's great! also It is excellent for your body, it helps your digestive system and has more calcium than a glass full of milk.

  • yogurt is so great. it can be used in so many different ways. a dressing, plain, in place of oil when baking. it's super and thanks for offering the giveaway!

  • Today's recipe along with yesterday's recipe are just awesome. I am totally going to try them.

    Yogurt is something we have to have in our house at all times, the kids just eat it up. I am thinking that this yogurt would be much better for my 2 year old who a bit lactose intolerent, I will have to try some.

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