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Easy Homemade Chicken Gyro Recipe (Healthy Options)

One of my favorite Greek restaurant meals is shaved and seasoned meat called Gyro used to make sandwiches on pita bread. Imagine my delight when I learned that you can make chicken with the same flavors at home. Quick and delicious, our homemade Easy Chicken Gyro Recipe comes together in minutes.

Top down view of Greek Pocket Bread filled with chicken and veggies - Hostess At Heart

While slow-cooked Greek gyro meat done the traditional way tastes amazing, it takes hours to prepare. Not our chicken gyros recipe, consisting of fresh veggies and tender chicken served in warm pita bread is a complete meal that makes them the perfect lunch or easy enough to make any night of the week. This delicious recipe gets me the same flavor profile at home.

Our Greek Chicken Gyros recipe is incredibly easy and it’s a versatile meal. Serve your chicken gyro over rice, wrapped in flatbread, or a pita, or make a Greek salad. 

Mediterranean recipes are known to be traditionally healthier but traditional gyro meat is relatively high in fat. Recipes like our Lamb BurgersGreek Salad with Lemon Dressing, and these easy Chicken Gyros recipes are lower in fat and make delicious meals that we feel good about feeding to our family.

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Ingredients for the Chicken Gyros Recipe

Ingredients: herbs, olive oil, feta cheese, dijon mustard, cucumber, red onion, tomatoes, olives, red wine vinegar, salt and pepper, lettuce, pita bread, and chicken breast.
Chicken Gyro Ingredients

Chicken – Boneless chicken thighs, chicken breast, or chicken tenders. Sliced thin and marinated in the Greek dressing.

Salad Ingredients

  • Fresh Tomatoes – Grape or cherry tomatoes.
  • Cucumber – We like the smooth flavor of English cucumbers and remove the seeds. Peeling them is optional.
  • Sweet Onion – Vidalia or a red onionSliced thinly.
  • Kalamata Olives – The deli olives are generally better than jarred but use what you enjoySeeded.
  • Lettuce – We like a crisp lettuce that can be chopped. We don’t recommend romaine unless the thick ribs are removed. Butter, Green Leaf, or Iceberg are good choices.
  • Soft Pita Bread – Sliced in half.
  • Crumbled Feta Cheese – Feta in liquid is better than dry crumbled.

Greek Dressing and Marinade Ingredients.

Double this recipe and use half to marinate the chicken. While we like our simple blend of spices, you can use a spice blend such as Mediterranean seasoning, Italian Seasoning, or Herbs de Provence seasoning blends.

  • Olive Oil.
  • Red Wine Vinegar.
  • Dried Oregano.
  • Dried Basil.
  • Garlic Powder.
  • Salt and Black Pepper.
  • Dijon Mustard.

How to Make Homemade Chicken Gyros

1. Prepare the dressing by combining all ingredients into a jar or salad cruet. Shake to combine. Combine tomatoes, cucumber, onion, and olives in a ziplock bag or airtight container and drizzle lightly with Greek dressing. Refrigerate 30 minutes or longer. Place sliced chicken in another ziplock bag and drizzle lightly with Greek dressing. Refrigerate 30 minutes or longer.

2. Heat one tablespoon of olive oil in a heavy skillet. You can use a grill pan but our favorite is a cast iron skillet. Add the chicken and cook for four minutes on each side or until golden brown and at an internal temperature of 165ºF. Set aside and keep warm.

3. Drain the marinade from the vegetables and mix them with the chopped lettuce. Build a Gyro by placing marinated vegetable lettuce mixture in the pita bread. Add chicken and top with Feta cheese and a drizzle of tzatziki sauce.

Top down view of ingredients used to make chicken gyros including sliced pita bread, browned chicken, lettuce, cucumbers, red onion, tomatoes and feta cheese.

Hostess Tips

Tips for working with raw poultry. We use a nonporous cutting board and chop everything else before working with the raw chicken to keep it from cross-contaminating the fresh ingredients. Reclosable bags or glass bowls are used for marinating the chicken because we want something that can be thrown away or put in the dishwasher. Never rinse raw poultry because splashing water can spread bacteria around your kitchen.

Use a large enough skillet to keep from crowding the chicken so it can brown evenly or work in batches.

You can cook extra chicken and freeze it for quick and delicious meals on busy days. Let the cooked chicken cool completely and store it in an airtight container or freezer-safe ziplock bag. Use it within 3 months.

With a little meal prep, you can have a quick and easy meal during the week. Cook the chicken ahead of time and chop up the fresh ingredients but don’t combine them. Assemble your gyros when you’re ready.

If you don’t have the seasoning we call for, instead of purchasing multiple herbs, you can use Greek seasoning or a blend called Herbs de Provence and salt and pepper. Fresh herbs such as ground coriander or fresh dill would be delicious.

A hand holding a sliced pita filled with seasoned chicken, vegetables, and topped with crumbled feta. Hostess At Heart

Variations for Homemade Chicken Gyros Recipe

  • Make chicken skewers and grill for a healthy option. You can also use leftover turkey or chicken, rotisserie chicken, or deli for a semi-homemade option.
  • Serve with purchased or homemade tzatziki sauce.
  • Greek Dressing makes a delicious marinade any time you want to cook chicken. It isn’t just for gyros. Marinating chicken adds tons of flavor and moisture. We recommend at least 30 minutes or overnight.
  • Add chickpeas, sweet red peppers, or spicy banana peppers.
Close-up of chicken gyro meat in a pita with tomatoes, cucumber, onions, olives, and feta.

Greek Chicken Gyro recipe is a complete meal. However, if you’re looking for options of what you can serve with it, we recommend Greek Tabbouleh salad, old-fashioned Lemon Icebox Pie, and a delicious Campari cocktail!

I hope you enjoyed this delicious recipe as much as we do. Drop me a comment below, and don’t forget to give it a star rating. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐. Your comments and ratings help others decide if this recipe is for them too.

A Gyro Chicken filled pita bread with veggies and olives with feta - Hostess At Heart

Chicken Gyros

Author: Hostess At Heart
Make delicious homemade chicken gyros in minutes with our easy recipe. Enjoy the same flavors as your favorite Greek restaurant meal at home.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Main
Cuisine Greek
Keyword: Chicken Gyros, Greek Chicken, Gyros
Servings: 4

Ingredients
 
 

Chicken

  • 1 skinless boneless chicken breast sliced thin. See Notes

Salad Dressing

  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes quartered
  • 1 cucumber diced
  • 1/4 sweet onion sliced thinly
  • 12 Kalamata olives halved
  • 2 cups lettuce shredded
  • 4 pieces of Pita Bread sliced in half
  • Feta cheese crumbled

Greek Dressing

  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1-1/4 tsp dried oregano
  • 1-1/4 tsp dried basil
  • 1-1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard

Instructions
 

Chicken

  • We slice the chicken and seasoned it with herbs before cooking it quickly in a skillet. You can also grill the chicken and slice it for a delicious alternative.

Gyro Sandwich

  • Prepare the dressing by combining all ingredients into a jar or salad cruet. Shake to combine.
  • Combine tomatoes, cucumber, onion and olives in a ziplock bag and drizzle lightly with Greek dressing. Refrigerate 30 minutes or longer.
  • Place sliced chicken in another ziplock bag and drizzle lightly with Greek dressing. Refrigerate 30 minutes or longer.
  • Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a heavy skillet. Add chicken and cook 4 minutes on each side or until done. Set aside and keep warm.
  • Drain marinade from vegetables and add to chopped lettuce.
  • Build Gyro by placing marinated vegetable lettuce mixture in the pita bread. Add chicken and top with Feta cheese.
  • Serve immediately.

Video

Notes

For moist juicy chicken, double the salad dressing ingredients and marinate the chicken for 30 minutes or overnight.
Chicken can be grilled or sauteed in a skillet. We recommend seasoning it with the dressing herbs or a blend called Herbs de Provence and salt and pepper. You can also use deli meat or leftover chicken from another meal. 
This recipe was adapted from The Mountain Kitchen.

Nutrition

Calories: 261kcalCarbohydrates: 38gProtein: 12gFat: 6gCholesterol: 18mgSodium: 1390mgPotassium: 430mgFiber: 3gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 530IUVitamin C: 13.2mgCalcium: 88mgIron: 1.8mg

Nutritional Disclaimer

This recipe was calculated using the exact brands and measurements I used to make this recipe. If you are following a strict diet please note changing anything will cause the nutritional info to change. My calculations are intended as a guide only.

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Originally released on April 21, 2016, this Chicken Gyro recipe has undergone updates to enhance our readers’ experience, including simple details and new images. No changes were made to the actual recipe.

Two open pita halves filled with sliced chicken, onion kalamata olives, cucumbers, and Feta cheese sits on a white plate. Cooked pitas sit on a cooling rack in the back.
5 from 3 votes
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Donna

Friday 6th of May 2016

That looks so tasty. I had a gyro for the first time in Seattle. Now I will be making them, thank you.

Julie Menghini

Saturday 7th of May 2016

Thank you Donna! I just love them and need to make them again. I like them especially in the warmer months.

Jennifer A Stewart

Monday 2nd of May 2016

Gyros are so awesome! I love to add hummus to mine and lots of hot peppers!!

Julie Menghini

Monday 2nd of May 2016

I love that idea Jennifer! I'm a hummus lover too!

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