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Greek Chicken Gyros with Tzatziki

Greek Chicken Gyros with Tzatziki



Greek Chicken Gyros with Tzatziki

The marinade for the chicken for this Greek Chicken Gyros is SO GOOD that I use it even when I’m not making Greek Chicken Gyros. Make this once, and I think you’ll be as obsessed with it as I am! The marinade is made with yoghurt, lemon, garlic and oregano – classic Greek ingredients that infuses the chicken with flavour AND tenderises it.

Greek Chicken Gyros: A mouth-watering meal in a wrap

Seriously. I’m not exaggerating. It’s been ages since I made this Greek Chicken Gyros. But the minute the chicken hit the grill, all I could think was “why don’t I make this more often??”

The smell is incredible. You can REALLY smell garlic and oregano. You know how sometimes you add herbs into things and you can’t really taste it? Or you can, but it’s a very subtle flavour. Definitely not the case with this!!

It’s also magical what a bit of yoghurt can do to chicken. The acid in the yoghurt breaks down the fibres so it not only softens the chicken but also helps the marinade really infuse into the flesh. PLUS the yoghurt makes this marinade “paste like” so it stays slathered on the chicken when you cook it (unlike many marinades that are thin). So you have extra flavour oomph!

I really wish I could share this Greek Chicken Gyros recipe with you along with stories of amazing times in Greece. Conjuring up memories of seemingly endless stretches of pristine beaches, ancient ruins, sipping ouzo and nibbling on olives.

I can’t. Because I haven’t BEEN!! (I need a pout emoji to insert right here!)

I love to travel so I have an extensive list of places I still need to visit and Greece is right at the top of the list. So until I’m actually walking on Greek soil, the closest I can get is with these.

Though ironically, Gyros as westerners know them aren’t actually authentic. But hey, delicious is delicious, authentic or not!

– Nagi x

PS This Greek Chicken Gyros is a really fab recipe for entertaining. Because it is really fast to prepare and the men can BBQ while the girls sip wine and chatter. (Joke joke JOKE!!!??) Then you can just lay everything out on the table. Why should you slave away, rolling up a gyros for everyone? Make ’em do it themselves!

Greek Chicken Gyros with Tzaziki

Recipe video above. The marinade for the chicken is so sensational that I use it even when I'm not making Gyros! This is fantastic for entertaining because you can just lay it all out for guests to help themselves. The smell when the chicken is cooking is incredible - you can really smell the oregano. MARINADE TIME: Minimum 3 hours

Ingredients

2 lb / 1 kg boneless skinless chicken thigh fillets

Marinade

3large garlic cloves, minced (~ 3 tsp)

1tbspwhite wine vinegar(or red wine or apple cider vinegar)

3tbsplemon juice

1tbspextra virgin olive oil

3tbspGreek yoghurt

1 1/2tbspdried oregano

1tspsalt

Black pepper

Tzatziki

2cucumbers(to make about 1/2 - 3/4 cup grated cucumber after squeezing out juice)

1 1/4cupsplain Greek yoghurt

1tbsplemon juice

1tbspextra virgin olive oil(or more if you want richer)

1/2garlic clove, minced

1/2tspsalt

Black pepper

Salad

3tomatoes, desseeded and diced

3cucumbers, diced

1/2red spanish onion, peeled and finely chopped

1/4cupfresh parsley leaves

Salt and pepper

To Serve

4to 6 pita breads or flat breads

Instructions

Place the Marinade ingredients in a ziplock bag and massage to mix. Add the chicken into the ziplock bag and massage to cover all the chicken in the Marinade. Marinate for at least 2 hours, preferably 3 hours, ideally 12 hours and no longer than 24 hours.

Make the Tzatziki

Cut the cucumber in half lengthwise. Use a teaspoon to scrape the watery seeds out. Coarsely grate the cucumber using a box grater. Then wrap in paper towels or a tea towel and squeeze to remove excess liquid.

Place cucumber in a bowl. Add remaining ingredients then mix to combine. Set aside for at least 20 minutes for the flavours to meld.

Salad

Combine ingredients in a bowl.

Cook Chicken

Brush the outdoor grill with oil, then preheat on medium high. Or heat 1 tbsp of oil in a fry pan over medium high heat.

Remove chicken from Marinade. Cook the chicken for 2 to 3 minutes on each side, until golden brown and cooked through (cooking time depends on size of chicken).

Remove the chicken from the grill / fry pan onto a plate. Cover loosely with foil and allow to rest for 5 minutes before serving.

Assemble Gyros

If your chicken thighs are large, you may need to cut them. Mine were small.

Get a pita bread or flatbread (preferably warmed) and place it on a piece of parchment (baking) paper (or you could use foil). Place some Salad down the middle of the bread, then top with chicken and Tzatziki.

Roll the wrap up, enclosing it with the parchment paper. Twist the end with the excess parchment paper to secure it.

I prefer to lay everything out on a table and let everyone help themselves.

Recipe Notes:

1. This recipe makes a generous amount of Tzatziki. But better to have too much than not enough!

3. I don't recommend freezing the chicken in the marinade for this particular recipe because the yoghurt separates and goes grainy, and I don't know what that will do to the chicken. While the tenderising / flavour infusion should still work, I think it might not look that nice when cooked.

4. Nutrition per serving assuming this serves 6.

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565 Comments

I’m just wondering – could this be made with other types of meat? E.g lamb or beef? I’m keen to try a beef or lamb gyros to get some red meat into our diet O? If so – would you recommend a particular cut of red meat? Thank you!

I made this chicken and the tzatziki to go alongside your lemon rice and Greek salad recipe. The chicken was mouth watering, it’s going to be a regular in our house. Our guests loved everything, thanks Nagi.

Hi Nagi! I discovered this recipe last summer and I instantly fell in love with your website. Since then I tried many of your recipes and everything is so good… and my cooking improved so much. Actually cooking became my new hobby and my husband loves everything that I am cooking. Today we had a party for my daughter’s birthday and we prepared this amazing Greek chicken with tzatziki and it was a huge success. Everybody loved loved loved it .

I want to give you a big thank you for this particular recipe but also for all the amazing, great, fantastic recipes that you are shareing every week!

Hi Nagi! I discovered this recipe last summer and I instantly fell in love with your website. Since then I tried many of your recipes and everything is so good… and my cooking improved so much. Actually cooking became my new hobby and my husband loves everything that I am cooking. Today we had a party for my daughter’s birthday and we prepared this amazing Greek chicken with tzatziki and it was a huge success. Everybody loved loved lovef it .

I want to give you a big thank you for this particular recipe but also for all the amazing, great, fantastic recipes that you are shareing every week!

I could eat this every week, maybe more often! I love these flavors, and the marinade was amazing. I only needed one cucumber for the tzatziki (US cucumbers are huge) and we didn’t make the salad because we were in a rush this time, just added chopped tomatoes. Yum, yum, yummy!

Another delicious recipe which my whole family loved, thank you Nagi! I made with 8 large tortillas and all the ingredients were the perfect amount. Very filling but in a very light and fresh way. Tip for anyone in Holland, the cucumbers here are about double the size of the ones in the video so 2 are enough ??

This is a huge “thank you,” from a mom who started to dread cooking the same old standard fare that I could be assured my kids would eat. I used to love cooking, but having to make meals for my kids over the years sucked all the joy out of it ?? Just looking at your beautiful photos and reading your enthusiastic posts…well, I’ll never go back to being the foodie I used to be, but your blog inspired me to try new recipes and start enjoying home-cooked meals again. Thanks, Nagi, and please keep doing what you’re doing—it’s great.

Very tasty, and easy to make. Impressive. I’d decided to make your naan, then realized I had too much happening on the stovetop. (It wasn’t a good day to barbecue.) So, I baked the chicken thigh fillets on a rack in a 425 degree oven. Took about 25-30 minutes for them to get to 165. Delicious!



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