Chicken Gyros

Don’t let the name of this recipe fool you.  The chicken from this recipe has such great flavor, it doesn’t always make it into the pita! Delicious on it’s own, spectacular as gyros.

I was just talking with a friend about dinner ruts.  Have you been there?  Oh, I have.  Many times.  I like to think I have a pretty good repertoire of recipes, but at times it feels like I’m always making the same things.  I think dinner is like my wardrobe.  I have winter go-to meals and summer go-to meals.  By the end of each season, I’m just ready for a change.

I made this meal one night in an effort to do something different.  We needed to break out of a flavor rut. We were looking for something just a little out of the ordinary.  This meal sure helped with that; we’ve had it on regular rotation since.  Between the tangy-lemony chicken and the cool tzatziki sauce, this meal is sure to wake up your taste buds.   Gyros may sound a bit exotic but I assure you, it’s just a simple marinade with ingredients you probably already have on hand.  I usually serve this with some oven baked fries.  You could do a salad if you wanted, but when we have gyros, we think fries.  The local restaurant that serves the boys’ favorite gyro (until they had mine) always serves them with fries!


Chicken Gyros
1 – 1 1/2 lb chicken breasts (2 or 3 breasts)
4 cloves  garlic, minced
Juice from 1/2 of a lemon
1/4 cup olive oil
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon oregano
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
red onion
1 package pita bread
tzatziki sauce – recipe here
In a large zip-top bag, combine garlic, lemon juice, olive oil, red wine vinegar, oregano, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper.  Add in chicken breasts and smoosh around.  Allow chicken to marinate in refrigerator up to 4 hours.
Prepare the Tzatziki Sauce.  Thinly slice tomatoes, red onion, and cucumbers.  Refrigerate until needed.
Pre-heat grill.  Cook chicken until internal temperature reaches 165°F, flipping once halfway through.  While the chicken is cooking, wrap the pitas in foil and allow to warm up on the grill.  Flip the foil wrapped pitas after a few minutes so they don’t burn.  Remove them from the grill once warm and keep wrapped in foil until ready to serve.  When chicken is thoroughly cooked, remove it from the grill.  Allow the chicken to rest for a few minutes and then slice into strips.
Layer in warmed pitas; the chicken, tomato, cucumber, red onion and tzatziki sauce.
Print Tzatziki Sauce recipe here!
recipe adapted from Tide and Thyme


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