I think I can trace the freshman 15 that I gained to the Greek Gyro place above the bars in Columbus on High Street not that I drank then because I wasn’t 21 yet! Hi Dad! The traditional Gyro is usually with lamb meat which is just as good, but it is not a meat that I am likely to have around, and this is a meal I can easily make on the fly with ingredients I normally always keep in my house. You can make homemade Tzatziki sauce (if so go to the original recipe here).
Ingredients: 2 teaspoons minced garlic ~ Juice of 1 lemon (2-3 Tablespoons) ~ 2 teaspoons red wine vinegar (I used fig infused Vinegar since I had it on hand) ~ 2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil ~ 2 heaping Tablespoons plain Greek yogurt ~ 1 Tablespoon dried oregano ~ Salt and pepper to taste ~ 1 1/4 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breasts or tenderloins ~ Red Onion ~ Tomato, diced ~ Pita (I used Joseph’s brand Flax, Oat, Bran pita bread – its low in carbs)
Directions: Mix the chicken with all above ingredients leaving the red onion, tomato and pita for final assembly. Marinate in the fridge for no less than one hour or overnight. I have done both methods and it has been wonderful each time so don’t worry if you are short on time.
Place the chicken and the marinade in a pan and cook thoroughly approximately 4 minutes per side. You could also use a foil lined pan and bake in the oven. I used tenderloins which are much thinner than chicken breasts so they will cook a little faster. Once cooked, let rest for a minute or so and then cut into cubes or thin strips.
Now it’s time to assemble. Place a spoonful of the Tzatziki sauce on a pita.
Next add the chicken, red onion, and then the tomato.
Wrap the pita in a piece of tin foil to help catch some of the sauce that will no doubt drip a little.
Next, devour!! I will enjoy using the leftovers the rest of the week too!!
Do you have a favorite Greek dish?
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Amanda Bumgarner says
Mmmm. Gyros. I’ve been to Greece, and oh my gosh are those things good!
I am so jealous you had them in Greece!!! They are just so yummy and the perfect quick meal.
kathy @ vodka and soda says
i LOVE gyros! can you make this for me pleeeeeeeaaassseee???
You got it girl!!! Aren’t they just the best! So quick to make too!!
SMD @ Life According to Steph says
Thanks! It is one of my favorites!
Jessica Miller says
YUM!! I love the idea of making these at home instead of going out to get them! And they look super easy to make, too!
They are so easy to make and you can really use any meat too!
Racing Bananas says
Yum! I haven’t had a gyro in forever and now I’m totally craving one!
They are so easy and quick! You should totally try them!
Katy @ Tasty Little Crouton says
I am not a Greek food person (I hate pepperoncini, olives, Greek dressing), but gyros are the exception! Give me lamb and a ton of tzatziki in a warm pita and I’m a happy camper! Also, I really like to say tzatziki… TZATZIKI!!! 🙂
I am not a fan of pepperoncini or olives either but Tzatziki I am all about!!! Gyro are the best thing ever!!! I have had them with so many different types of meat and you really can’t go wrong!! 🙂
This sounds delicious! I’m a huge fan of gyros and being able to make one at home sounds great. I’ll be trying this one and letting you know what I think! 🙂
Aren’t they so good!! I love the lamb and steak ones too but chicken is a great change of pace! Would love to hear what you think!
Erin @ The Party Girl's Guide says
i would never think to marinate with yogurt!! yum cant wait to try it!
Such a healthier, cleaner marinade. Hope you like it!
Wow! this looks so phenomenal! I can’t wait to try for my husband!
Thank you!! You’ll have to tell me what you think if you try it!
Jessica | Wonder What's Next says
We have a really good little Greek place here! I had a lamb gyro last week. P.S. Don’t judge, but for most of my life I’ve said it “ji-ro”…just figured it out a few years ago! Haha!
Aren’t they so good??!! Haha!! I totally am not judging because I only learned to say it Yee-roh a few years ago too!! I say Po-tato, Potatah!! 🙂
This looks so good! I’ve never attempted gyros because I’m never ever likely to have lamb just lying around. I’ll have to try it with chicken though!!
Stopping by from taste of tuesday 🙂
I felt the same way!! I saw one recipe that had this really complicated way of making lamb slices but with chicken I know I am always going to have some in the freezer! Hope you like it!
Heather @ Notes from the Nelsens says
Ooh, yum! I’ve never tried to make one at home before! Looks yummy!
This one was so easy to make, it’s so worth it too!!