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Homemade Greek Chicken Gyros are loaded with tender chicken marinated in yogurt, lemon, garlic and oregano so you can enjoy the flavor of Authentic chicken gyros at home. This Gyro Chicken recipe is simple to prepare and comes together in about 30 minutes. 

Homemade greek chicken gyros on a plate.
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Homemade Greek chicken gyros are made with marinated chicken thighs, so the meat is moist and tender. Cook the chicken in a skillet, grill pan, or outdoor grill and then load everything into a pita with fresh veggies and salty feta cheese. Top your Greek chicken gyros with Tzatziki sauce for that authentic chicken gyros flavor that will have your mouth watering. 

If you love sandwiches and wraps, try my Easy Chicken Salad, or Fried Chicken Sandwich.

Why You’ll Love This East Chicken Gyro Recipe

  • It’s got an authentic flavor. Yogurt, lemon, garlic and oregano bring all the authentic chicken gyros flavor without planning a Mediterranean trip. 
  • It’s easy to make. Marinate the meat beforehand, then grill it just before assembling these sandwiches. Everything is ready in less than 30 minutes. 
  • It’s perfect for meal prep. Prepare the chicken and prep all the ingredients. Store everything in the fridge, warm your pita and assemble the sandwiches at mealtime. Authentic chicken gyros make a yummy take-to-work lunch. 

Chicken Gyros Ingredients

Ingredients needed for homemade greek chicken gyros.

Chicken Gyro Marinade

  • Greek Yogurt: Use plain greek yogurt.
  • Olive Oil: Or use your favorite light, neutral-flavored oil. 
  • Lemon Juice: The flavor of fresh lemon juice is superior to bottled lemon juice. 
  • White Vinegar: Substitute with apple cider vinegar if needed. 
  • Herbs and Spices: combine paprika, ground cumin, dried oregano, freshly minced garlic, salt and ground black pepper.
  • Chicken: use boneless, skinless chicken thighs. 

To assemble Gyro

  • Pita Bread
  • Tzatziki Sauce: Purchase premade or make your own. This sauce makes these sandwiches so good, so don’t skip the sauce!
  • Cherry Tomatoes: Halve cherry tomatoes or chop whole tomatoes. 
  • Onion: Thinly sliced red onion is milder in flavor and perfect for use in raw applications. 
  • Feta Cheese: Crumbled feta cheese is salty, creamy, and a great addition to this sandwich.
  • Lemon Wedges: To serve.
  • Chopped Parsley: To garnish.

How To Make Chicken Gyro

How to marinate chicken for authentic chicken gyros.
  • Marinate the chicken. In a wide bowl, combine the ingredients to marinate the chicken; yogurt, olive oil, lemon juice, white vinegar, paprika, cumin, oregano, garlic, salt, and pepper. Add in the chicken thighs and coat well. Marinade the chicken thighs for at least 30 minutes.
Marinated and grilled chicken for homemade greek chicken gyros.
  • Grill the chicken. Heat a grill pan or skillet on medium heat; add the chicken thighs and cook for 4-5 minutes, flip it to the other side and cook further for 3-5 minutes until the chicken is cooked through.
  • Slice the chicken. Once done, transfer the chicken to a plate and allow them to rest for 5 minutes, and then slice the chicken into strips.
  • Make the gyro. Warm the pita bread on the stovetop or microwave. Place the pita bread on a plate and spoon some chicken strips, followed by a tablespoon of tzatziki, onions, tomatoes, feta cheese, and parsley.
  • Serve. Serve the chicken gyros with lemon wedges on the sides. 
Assembled gyro chicken recipe on a platter.

Tips To Make Greek Chicken Gyros

  • Marinate the chicken for at least 30  minutes, but you can go as long as overnight. 
  • Use the freshest pita bread you can find. 
  • Add thinly sliced cucumber, olives, roasted red peppers or chickpeas for even more toppings. 
  • Warm the pita bread before assembling. 
  • Don’t stuff the pita. Layer the pita with ingredients, then fold it over taco or burrito style. Wrap with a bit of wax paper and secure with a toothpick to hold everything in place. 
  • Always cook chicken to a minimum temperature of 165 degrees F when checked with a meat thermometer. 
  • Tzatziki sauce makes this sandwich great. Make your own or purchase a premade sauce. 
  • Serve the chicken over a bed of lettuce with pieces of pita on the side for an easy on-the-go option. Or skip the pita for a low-carb meal. 
Authentic chicken gyros on a platter.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I grill or bake gyro chicken?

A cast iron skillet or grill pan is perfect for stovetop cooking but feel free to head to the outdoor grill or even use your oven. 
To grill: Preheat the grill and grease the grates. Grill the chicken for 4-5 minutes per side before slicing. 
To bake: Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Place the chicken on a baking dish and bake for about 20 minutes or until cooked through when checked with a meat thermometer. 

Can I make gyros with chicken breast?

Boneless, skinless chicken thighs are affordable, plus they are incredibly juicy and moist. If you prefer, you can use chicken breast or chicken tenderloins for this recipe. 

What is Tzatziki sauce?

Tzatziki is a creamy dressing or dip made with Greek yogurt, garlic and cucumber. It’s cool, refreshing, and easy to make at home, or you can purchase it in most grocery stores.

How do I store and reheat homemade Greek chicken gyros?

The leftover chicken can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. Reheat in the microwave or a skillet and assemble your sandwich just before serving.

Can I freeze chicken gyro?

This gyro chicken recipe can be frozen in a ziplock bag for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the fridge and reheat before serving. We recommend that you add fresh ingredients for the rest of the sandwich.

What to serve with chicken gyros?

Serve chicken gyros with Easy Lebanese Hummus and veggie sticks, Lebanese Tabbouleh Salad Recipe, Greek Orzo Salad, Crispy Everything Bagel Potato Chips or Crispy Air Fryer French Fries.

Closeup of Greek Chicken Gyros with Tzatziki Sauce.

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Homemade Greek Chicken Gyros

Homemade Greek Chicken Gyros are loaded with tender chicken marinated in yogurt, lemon, garlic and oregano so you can enjoy the flavor of Authentic chicken gyros at home. This gyro chicken recipe is simple to prepare and comes together in about 30 minutes.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 servings

Ingredients 

To cook chicken

  • ½ cup Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • ½ tablespoon ground cumin
  • ½ tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • lb chicken thighs, boneless and skinless

To assemble Gyro

  • 4 whole pita bread, medium, thick pita
  • 4 tablespoons Tzatziki sauce
  • ½ cup cherry tomatoes halved
  • ½ medium red onion, thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup crumbled feta cheese
  • Lemon wedges, to serve
  • Chopped parsley, to garnish

Instructions 

  • In a wide bowl, combine the ingredients to marinate the chicken; yogurt, olive oil, lemon juice, white vinegar, paprika, cumin, oregano, garlic, salt, and pepper. Add in the chicken thighs and coat well. Marinade the chicken thighs for at least 30 minutes.
  • Heat a grill pan or skillet on medium heat; add the chicken thighs and cook for 4-5 minutes, flip it to the other side and cook further for 3-5 minutes until the chicken is cooked through.
  • Once done, transfer the chicken to a plate and allow them to rest for 5 minutes and then slice the chicken into strips.
  • Warm the pita bread on the stovetop or microwave. Place the pita bread on a plate and spoon some chicken strips, followed by a tablespoon of tzatziki, onions, tomatoes, feta cheese, and parsley.
  • Serve the chicken gyros with lemon wedges on the sides.

Notes

  • Marinate the chicken for at least 30  minutes, but you can go as long as overnight. 
  • Use the freshest pita bread you can find. 
  • Add thinly sliced cucumber, olives, roasted red peppers or chickpeas for even more toppings. 
  • Warm the pita bread before assembling. 
  • Don’t stuff the pita. Layer the pita with ingredients, then fold it over taco or burrito style. Wrap with a bit of wax paper and secure with a toothpick to hold everything in place. 
  • Always cook chicken to a minimum temperature of 165 degrees F when checked with a meat thermometer. 
  • Tzatziki sauce makes this sandwich great. Make your own or purchase a premade sauce. 
  • Serve the chicken over a bed of lettuce with pieces of pita on the side for an easy on-the-go option. Or skip the pita for a low-carb meal.

Nutrition

Calories: 662kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 39g | Fat: 39g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g | Monounsaturated Fat: 17g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 172mg | Sodium: 1189mg | Potassium: 591mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1160IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 141mg | Iron: 3mg
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  1. 5 stars
    AMAZING!!!! Honestly, the best recipe for a Greek Gyro Wrap. I made it tonight for dinner and my family didn’t believe I cooked it myself they thought I ordered it from a restaurant. Now they’re requesting I make this twice a week. Lol….