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I’m sharing an easy chicken gyro recipe with tzatziki sauce that tastes delicious and doesn’t require a rotisserie cone!

These homemade chicken gyros are not that hard to make. A bit more time consuming if making your own pita bread but so worth it! Common ingredients seen in most gyro recipes or tzatziki sauces include yogurt or sour cream, and really either one can be used since both are from cultured milk. I made my own pita bread for this recipe (which was the best flatbread, I’ve ever made!) But you can totally use store bought to cut down on time. And if you haven’t already known ranch dressing works as an amazing marinade in chicken recipes like these Chicken Kabobs, and that’s what I have going on here. With a quick prep and some counter top marinating you can have gyros in as quick as 20 minutes! 

P.S. You NEED to try this pita bread recipe, it’s simply awesome! 

 

How to make Homemade tzatziki sauce quickly:

This tzatziki sauce recipe requires no marinating time, which means you can make and serve it immediately! To make things even quicker I just grate an english cucumber straight into a Colliander then squeeze any excess juice from the cucumber right into the sink from the Colliander. This saves time and dishes! 

How to throw a Chicken Gyro Buffet:

Throwing a Gyro party allows your guests to dress up their Gyros the way they want without you having to assemble them! Gyros should really have about a handful of ingredients so the toppings don’t have to go overboard. Just lay out all the ready to use ingredients onto a table and let your guests get creative with the toppings you display. 

Toppings for gyros:
  • purple or sweet onions 
  • feta cheese
  • cucumbers 
  • tomatoes
  • tzatziki sauce 
  • Grilled chicken pieces 

Ingredients for Chicken gyros with tzatziki sauce:
  • 2 lbs chicken (2 large chicken breasts)
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup ranch dressing
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 2 TBSP olive oil 
  • 2 TBSP apple cider vinegar 
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt and 1 tsp black pepper 
  • 2 tsps of GREEK seasoning or Montreal chicken seasoning 

Tzatziki Sauce:

  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 TBSP mayo
  • 1/2 English cucumber, grated and liquid squeezed
  • 1 garlic clove 
  • 1 TBSP fresh dill

Toppings:

  • 6 pocket-less pita breads, warmed up 
  • 2 small tomatoes, sliced
  • 1/2 of a purple or sweet onion, sliced 
How to make chicken gyros with tzatziki sauce:
  1. Toss together the chicken and marinade and leave on the counter top for 15-30 minutes. 
  2. Grill or pan-fry the chicken breasts until done, discarding any excess marinade. Then slice chicken into bite-sized pieces.  
  3. To assemble gyros: place chicken pieces into the pita bread. Top with onions and tomatoes and dollop 2 heaping teaspoons over the top. Serve! 

Chicken Gyros with Tzatziki Sauce

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 23 minutes
Servings: 6 -8
Author: Alyona's Cooking
I'm sharing an easy chicken gyro recipe with tzatziki sauce that tastes delicious and doesn't require a rotisserie cone!

Ingredients

  • MARINADE FOR CHICKEN:
  • 2 lbs chicken 2 large chicken breasts
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup ranch dressing
  • 1/2 lemon juiced
  • 2 TBSP olive oil
  • 2 TBSP apple cider vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt and 1 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tsps of GREEK seasoning or Montreal chicken seasoning
  • TZATZIKI SAUCE:
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 TBSP mayo
  • 1/2 English cucumber grated and liquid squeezed
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 TBSP fresh dill
  • TOPPINGS:
  • 6 pocket-less pita breads warmed up
  • 2 small tomatoes sliced
  • 1/2 of a purple or sweet onion sliced

Instructions

  • Toss together the chicken and marinade and leave on the counter top for 15-30 minutes.
  • Grill or pan-fry the chicken breasts until done, discarding any excess marinade. Then slice chicken into bite-sized pieces.
  • To assemble gyros: place chicken pieces into the pita bread. Top with onions and tomatoes and dollop 2 heaping teaspoons over the top. Serve!

 

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    • Olga

    I need to make this for my husband, even your pita bread from scratch. He mentioned before of trying gyros. Would be a nice suprise. Is lemon neccesary? He is allergic to citrus.

      • Alyona’s Cooking

      Hi Olga, The pita bread recipe was amazing so definitely consider that! I think you could skip the lemon juice without any problem, there should be enough flavors to cover that missing ingredient. Let me know how the gyros turn out for you and your husband!

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