Greek Chicken Gyro, a healthy alternative to the classic Greek gyro you’d find at Greek festivals around the world. Yes, it’s true. We love a delicious gyro (pronounced: yee-roh) served with fresh tzatziki and wrapped in a homemade pita – thank goodness we’ve got recipes for all those 🙂
Stepping aside for one moment, we wanted to talk about all the fun we’ve been having recently. If you follow us on Instagram (and you should!), you know we’re currently in Romania. It’s been fantastic, and we’re sad to be leaving soon. It’s beautiful and the people here are really friendly. Plus, there are castles everywhere in Transylvania, and while you’re here you can hunt for Dracula! 😉 If you’ve never planned on visiting Romania, we’d wholeheartedly recommend it, specifically the Transylvania region. Places like Brasov (below) are simply amazing and the views are breathtaking.
Okay, let’s talk about the food!
Greek Chicken Gyro
Whether you’ve been to Greece or not, you’ve probably heard of the infamous Greek gyro. However, what you may not know is that originally, they were made with either pork or chicken! Outside of Greece, they were made with a compressed mixture of beef and lamb on a spit that you’ve probably seen at Greek restaurants, festivals, and food carts.
That’s not to say that they aren’t delicious, because they 1000% are and we get them from time to time, but they are a bit more unhealthy than a chicken gyro. Honestly, I could probably survive off of just chicken gyros. With all the fixins’, you’ve got your fats, carbs, and proteins, plus I’m sure a vitamin or two.
I think one of the reasons I love them is that besides the fact that they’re easy to throw together, it’s the perfect excuse to make extra tzatziki and pita bread. I mean, who doesn’t like having those things on hand?
How to Wrap The Perfect Greek Chicken Gyro
What You’ll Need For The Perfect Greek Chicken Gyro
- First, you’ll need some cooked chicken. You can use our marinade recipe below, your own, or even plain.
- Secondly, you’ll need some fresh tzatziki.
- Thirdly, you’ll need some fresh pita bread.
- Lastly, fresh veggies of your choice (we suggest tomatoes and onions), plus some feta.
That’s it, now you’re ready to go!
- --Cooking The Chicken--
- 1-2 tablespoons olive oil
- ½ lemon, juiced
- 1 tablespoons oregano
- ½ tablespoon thyme
- 1 clove garlic, grated (optional)
- Zest from ½ lemon
- Sea salt and pepper to taste
- 1-1.5 lbs chicken
- --Prepare Chicken Gyro--
- 4 pitas
- 3 Roma tomatoes, diced
- ½ red onion, cut into strips
- cooked chicken
- 8 tablespoons tzatziki (more the better!)
- 4 tablespoons crumbled feta
- -Cooking The Chicken-
- In a large bowl, combine: olive oil, lemon juice, oregano, thyme, garlic, lemon zest, and some salt and pepper - mix well. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed.
- Once marinade is ready, add chicken and coat, evenly.
- Cover and let marinate for 30 mins in the refrigerator.
- Ready your BBQ
- Place chicken on BBQ and cook for about 6-7mins on each side (this will vary depending on heat so periodically check for doneness).
- Once done, remove, and cut into strips.
- --Prepare Chicken Gyro--
- Warm pitas up on stove or on top rack in bbq, remove and set on plate.
- Place chicken on pita and top with: tomatoes, onions, tzatziki and feta.
- Enjoy your Greek Chicken Gyro!