Easy Chicken Gyros

Easy Chicken Gyros

Greek-style quick and easy chicken gyros are a cinch to whip up on busy nights with herb-marinated chicken, lemony cucumber salad, and creamy tzatziki sauce all wrapped in soft pita bread. Your family will love having this simple recipe on the weekly rotation!

If you love Greek food, then you’ll also want to try my Greek Beef Meatballs, Greek Chicken Power Bowls, and Baked Greek Chicken and Veggies Sheet Pan Dinner.

Why This Recipe Works
Easy – These gyros come together so quickly and they are completely family-friendly. If you’re not an onion fan, leave them out, if you love feta cheese (bless your heart friend) load it on.

Great intro to Mediterranean cuisine – If you love Mediterranean food then you’ll go nuts over this healthy gyro. If you’re new to the cuisine, wow is this perfect place to start. One bite and you’ll be a convert for life!

Meal planning – This chicken easily doubles. Keep all the ingredients separate and pull them out throughout the week when you need an easy, tasty, healthy meal. These healthy gyros are perfect for dinner, but they also make a great on-the-go option for work lunch!

Healthy – When you’re in the mood for something tasty yet healthy, these easy gyros can’t be beat. Chicken is high in protein and low in saturated fat, the Mediterranean seasoning adds tons of flavor without any calories, and the red pepper and onions offer antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals to boot. Top with lettuce, tomato, and some tzatziki sauce and devour!

Here’s How You Make It
Making these Greek chicken gyros is easy – only three steps and 20 minutes till dinner is served!

four steps of preparing greek chicken gyros
Stir together all of the ingredients for the marinade.
Add chicken to the marinade, cover tightly, and chill for 30 minutes (or longer for even more flavorful results!).
While chicken is marinating, combine all ingredients for the cucumber salad, give it a good stir, and set aside.
Use tongs to transfer marinated chicken to a preheated cooking surface (grill or skillet) and cook for 5-6 minutes on each side over medium heat until cooked through.
Lay the pitas on a plate or clean surface. Assemble the pitas by filling pita bread with lettuce, chicken, cucumber salad, feta cheese, and tzatziki sauce.
Fold the pita over like a sandwich or roll it up. Enjoy!

Expert Tips
If you are someone who loves all the dressings and sauces, are you in for a treat. My tzatziki sauce is so good on these healthy gyros. In addition, if you love red pepper but prefer it in a sauce, try this version.
If you want to make the chicken ahead of time, I suggest you refrigerate the breasts whole and slice them when you’re ready to eat them (after reheating) to keep them as moist as possible.
For juicier chicken, consider marinating it for 2-3 hours (or overnight). Try this easy chicken marinade. Skip the vinegar and the mustard and swap Italian seasoning for Mediterranean if you have it.
If you prefer the taste of grilled chicken, grill the chicken breasts over medium heat for about 6-10 minutes per side, depending on the thickness of your chicken.
The chicken will keep in the fridge for up to 3 days, or you can freeze it in an airtight container/Ziplock bag for up to 3 months. Thaw and/or reheat the chicken in the microwave for a minute at a time until just heated through.

Easy Chicken Gyros & Tzatziki Sauce
Quick and easy chicken gyros with herb-marinated chicken, cucumber salad, creamy tzatziki sauce all wrapped in soft pita bread for a simple and delicious dinner recipe!

Ingredients
▢1 ½ pounds chicken tenderloins – cut thick ones in half lengthwise
▢white or whole wheat pita bread
▢crumbled feta cheese
▢5-Minute Tzatziki Sauce
▢green-leaf lettuce
Marinade
▢½ cup olive oil
▢juice of one lemon
▢1 teaspoon salt
▢¼ teaspoon cracked black pepper
▢½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
▢1 tablespoon minced garlic
▢½ teaspoon garlic powder
▢1 tablespoon Herbs de Provence – or Italian seasoning (see note)
Cucumber Salad
▢½ cucumber – sliced or chopped, see note
▢½ cup cherry tomatoes – halved
▢¼ red onion – thinly sliced
▢1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
▢salt and pepper – to taste
▢pinch of fresh dill – optional

Instructions

Stir together all of the ingredients for the marinade.
Add chicken to the marinade, toss to coat, cover tightly, and chill for at least 30 minutes (or up to two hours for more added flavor).
While chicken is marinating, stir together all ingredients for the cucumber salad. Set aside.
Use tongs to transfer marinated chicken to a preheated cooking surface (grill or skillet) and cook for 5-6 minutes on each side over medium heat until cooked through.
Arrange the pitas on a plate or clean surface. Assemble the pitas by filling pita bread with lettuce, chicken, cucumber salad, feta cheese, and tzatziki sauce.
Fold the pita over like a sandwich or roll it up. Enjoy!
Notes
Using fresh herbs: Instead of dried herbs, you can use fresh herbs. replace the Herbs de Provence/Italian seasoning with 1 teaspoon each finely chopped fresh thyme, oregano, and parsley.
Cucumber: You can use a regular cucumber, but as my homemade tzatziki sauce uses half of an English cucumber, I just use the second half of the English cucumber here in the cucumber salad!
Add peppers: Sometimes I add sautéed bell pepper slices and it is DELISH, so if you’ve got some peppers on hand, I highly recommend giving this a try.
Nutrition
Calories: 371 kcal, Carbohydrates: 4 g, Protein: 37 g, Fat: 23 g, Saturated Fat: 3 g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 3 g, Monounsaturated Fat: 14 g, Trans Fat: 1 g, Cholesterol: 109 mg, Sodium: 787 mg, Potassium: 757 mg, Fiber: 1 g, Sugar: 1 g, Vitamin A: 263 IU, Vitamin C: 10 mg, Calcium: 32 mg, Iron: 2 mg