About This Gyro Chicken Recipe
This gyro chicken recipe is the authentic way of how to make gyro chicken. This recipe covers making it on the grill (indoors kitchen grill or outdoors BBQ grill) or in the oven. The entire process (indoors or outdoors) is identical except for the actual cooking of the chicken. The recipe describes this.
It’s not complex; it just takes the knowledge provided here. It’s also one of the few recipes we have that do require grocery planning to have a small amount of unique items. But, we only use ingredients that are commonly found in grocery stores.Jump to Recipe
- About This Gyro Chicken Recipe
- Summary Steps of This Gyro Chicken Recipe
- Gyro Chicken
- Tzatziki Sauce for Chicken Gyro Recipe
- How to Make Gyro Chicken Sandwich
- Conclusion With Other International Favorite Recipes
- 2 large boneless, skinless Chicken Breasts
- 4 each Pita bread or Flatbread
Gyro Chicken Marinade Ingredients
Ingredients of Tzatziki Sauce (Ziki Sauce)
- 1 medium red bell pepper strips
- 1 tbsp olive oil for coating the bell pepper strips
- ½ medium cucumber peeled and cut into small strips
- 3 tbsp red onion diced fine
- 4 leaves Romaine Lettuce
- Flatten the chicken breast with a mallet or tenderizing tool (flip over, as needed) to make about ¼ to ½-inch thick overall. Put into a bowl.2 large boneless, skinless Chicken Breasts
- Add the "Gyro Chicken Marinade" Ingredients into the same chicken bowl and mix everything thoroughly together. Set aside in fridge.⅓ cup olive oil, 1 tbsp lime juice, ½ tsp Garlic Powder
- Mix "Ingredients for Tzatziki Sauce" together into a separate small bowl and set aside in fridge.8 oz Yogurt, whole plain, 2 tsp dried dill weed, ½ tsp Ground Black Pepper, ½ tsp Garlic Powder, 1½ tsp chicken bouillon granules, ½ cup Feta Cheese
- Prepare the toppings and set aside in fridge. Regarding the bell pepper, cut it into strips, remove membrane and seed, and lightly coat in olive oil. The cucumber should be peeled and cut into small strips. The red onion should be diced. Rinse lettuce leaves.1 medium red bell pepper, 1 tbsp olive oil, ½ medium cucumber, 3 tbsp red onion, 4 leaves Romaine Lettuce
- COOKING (Oven Broiler, Outdoor Grill, or Electric Grill): Remove the chicken from its marinade and broil in oven (middle shelf) or grill each side about 5-7 minutes. Then, broil, grill, or pan fry the oil-coated bell pepper strips for about 3-5 minutes, until softened a bit.
- Wrap the Pita Bread completely in paper towels and heat up in a microwave (about 30 seconds). Cut up the cooked chicken into strips about as wide as it is thick.4 each Pita bread
- Place the warmed Pita Bread onto individual plates. Spread the Ziki Sauce over the bread center leaving about a ½ to 1-inch border. Place the chicken strips and Toppings next (ensure lettuce goes on last). Fold bread over and enjoy!
Summary Steps of This Gyro Chicken Recipe
Once you have the ingredients, you only need to produce the major key elements to pull this recipe off. You have to successfully accomplish:
- Prepare the chicken
- Create the gyro chicken marinade
- Make the Tzatziki Sauce.
Finish by cooking it and make the gyro Pita sandwiches, which is straight forward, whether on the grill or broiler. Follow the guide for referencing instructional steps applying to either cooking on a Grill or Broiling in the Oven. Fortunately, this gyro chicken recipe lays it out in a structured manner so, it’s all easy.
The meat portion of how to make gyro chicken taste so great is in the marinade and the preparation of the chicken. In a sense, you just cook the chicken until it’s done. It doesn’t matter if you use the BBQ grill outside, a skillet inside, an electric countertop grill, or a broiler in the oven. And, because the meat is thin, it cooks fast!
Gyro Chicken Marinade
The gyro chicken marinade is unusually simple to make, as it’s just 3 ingredients: olive oil, lime juice, and garlic. You can use garlic powder but if you choose to use granulated garlic, you’ll need to double the amount.
Prepare the Chicken
As a chicken breast gyros recipe, the easy part is to prepare using boneless chicken breasts. And, using a mallet or tenderizer, you break the chicken down by flattening it out to a range between 1/4 to 1/2-inch in thickness. I usually place it in a food storage bag (unsealed) and smash away. Other times, I’ll use plastic wrap. Either way, it’s less to cleanup afterwards. This forces it to be tender and coincidentally, it also cooks easier and much faster. Another added benefit is that it has more surface area to absorb the gyro chicken marinade.
Tzatziki Sauce for Chicken Gyro Recipe
This includes the cucumber sauce recipe, aka Tzatziki Sauce, and is the absolute key to the natural flavors for this gyro chicken recipe. It’s extremely easy as you merely combine all the right ziki sauce ingredients together.
About Tzatziki Sauce
Yes, it’s Greek and it’s one of several popular sauces or dips they enjoy across the Mediterranean. It is a diluted cucumber yogurt dip. It’s also known as “Tarator”. It’s sometimes confused with “Taratur”, which is a very different sauce based on using Tahini, which is also used in making hummus. Wikipedia explains it best: Tzatziki.
Ingredients of Tzatziki Sauce (Ziki Sauce)
There are certain minimally required ingredients for Tzatziki Sauce. If you miss these, it might still taste okay but it won’t have the rich melded flavors typically recognized. You must have these ingredients:
- Yogurt: It must be plain (no flavors). It will taste creamier if you avoid the low or nonfat ones but that’s your call. The regular yogurt will be identified usually as “whole”. Often, it will be a larger container instead of smaller ones as the plain, non-flavored yogurts don’t sell well in grocery stores. To avoid waste, you can use any leftover yogurt in adding to dip recipes to replace parts of sour cream or mayonnaise.
- Dill: The dill spice is a must. If you were to use dill pickle juice, this Tzatziki Sauce would be too runny; I’ve tried it.
- Feta Cheese: This is the last absolute required ingredient. This is a Greek chicken gyro recipe with Tzatziki Sauce. It will add that wonderful Greek flavor and texture for your gyro chicken sandwich. You can get it already crumbled or whole (then you crumble it).
Easy Recipe for Tzatziki Sauce
This is the correct amount of Ziki Sauce to make for about 4 Chicken Gyros.
- 8 oz Yogurt, whole plain or Greek
- 2 tsp dried dill weed
- ½ tsp Ground Black Pepper
- ½ tsp Garlic Powder
- 1½ tsp chicken bouillon granules
- ½ cup Feta Cheese
How Long Does Tzatziki Sauce Last?
Does Tzatziki Sauce go bad? As in all refrigerated items, yes it can, especially when you’ve combined several of these ingredients together. This gyro cucumber sauce can last anywhere from 3 to 5 days. While it might show some signs of separation of the ingredients, if it’s still good, its just a matter of mixing it up again.
How to Make Gyro Chicken Sandwich
After following all the preparations and cooking the meat, you’re ready to make the gyro chicken sandwich. Following the suggested steps in the recipe, you should lay out the items in sequence to make it with the best flavors and handling.
You’ll place the Pita bread on a plate and spread across some Tzatziki Sauce. Then, add your chicken strips and toppings, finishing with the lettuce. An easy way is to serve it open faced and let the guest fold it. Or, you can prepare the gyro, fold it over, and press it down somewhat firmly to assist in confirming the fold. If the Pita bread has been warmed enough (and is moist enough), the fold will hold better. Some restaurants will use long toothpicks to hold the fold but I don’t recommend this at home as the toothpicks are shorter. It’s also okay to cut the gyro chicken sandwich in half to make it easier to handle, as they’re pretty large. Enjoy making and sharing your authentic gyro chicken recipe!
And, there is a slight difference between Pita bread and Flatbread. Read about it here.