Chicken Gyros with Homemade Tzatziki Sauce features juicy marinated chicken, a slathering of fresh homemade tzatziki sauce, as well as crisp onions and tomatoes wrapped in a warm pita.
Do you remember the movie Platoon? It is one of my favorite war movies of all time. I am reasonably certain my one year old daughter hasn’t watched it yet, however this morning she is certainly doing her best Sergeant Barnes impersonation, kneeling on the ground with her arms raised up in the air screaming.
I guess being left for dead in a war zone, and wanting more fruit is pretty much the same thing in her mind.
What does that have to do with Chicken Gyros with Homemade Tzatziki Sauce? Absolutely nothing other than now she is down for a much needed nap, and I can get to work on this recipe!
Have you ever met someone who changed your life? I found this Chicken Gyros with Homemade Tzatziki Sauce recipe on one of my favorite blogs, RecipeTinEats.com. Nagi and her website will always be near and dear to my heart because FoxValleyFoodie.com would have never realized the success it’s seen without her. A year and a half ago this blog was nothing more than a fun hobby, however thanks to what I’ve learned from Nagi and the network of friends I’ve connected with through her, it is now a thriving business and my fulltime job. I wake up every morning having to pinch myself just to make sure the life I’m living is actually real.
Her chicken gyros are perfect for cooking on the grill; however you can certainly make this recipe on the stove as well. When cooking indoors, I use a cast iron grilling pan to add tantalizing grill marks.
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This recipe is ideal for combining with my Quick Pickled Red Onions recipe. If you are looking to jazz up your chicken gyros, the sweet and tangy onions will add a vibrant punch each bite! Quick Pickled Red Onions is one of my favorite recipes. I keep it in my back pocket for whenever I am looking to add a unique twist to a fresh dish.
Chicken Gyros with Homemade Tzatziki Sauce
- 3 lbs chicken thighs skin and bones removed (Buy 2lbs of thigh meat already deboned if you can find them)
- 3 tbsp Greek yogurt
- 3 tbsp lemon juice
- 3 tsp white wine vinegar
- 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- ½ tbsp dried oregano
- 1 tsp salt
- Black pepper
- ⅓ cup minced cucumber after squeezing out juice (1 cucumber needed)
- 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
- 1 tsp white wine vinegar or red wine or apple cider vinegar
- ½ tbsp lemon juice
- ½ tbsp extra virgin olive oil (or more if you want a richer sauce)
- ½ tsp salt
- Black pepper
- 3 tomatoes sliced
- ½ red onion thinly sliced (or substitute my pickled red onion recipe, link below)
- ¼ cup fresh parsley leaves
- 6 pita breads
- Add all ingredients for the marinade into a bowl and whisk to combine.
- Place chicken thigh meat into a gallon ziplock bag and pour in marinade. Squeeze out air and seal.
- Let marinate for 3-12 hours.
- While chicken is marinating, mince cucumber into fine pieces, wrap in paper towel and squeeze out juice.
- Measure ⅓ cup of cucumber and add to bowl with remaining tzatziki ingredients. Whisk to combine and let sit for at least 20 minutes, to allow flavors to meld.
- Place chicken on a grill, or stove top, season with salt and pepper, and cook until meat reaches 165 degrees, flipping once.
- Remove and let rest for 5 minutes.
- Warm pita bread in separate pan, or in the oven. Pita should be warmed through, but not overly crispy or blackened.
- Cut chicken meat if needed.
- Add chicken pieces to one side of the pita, top with sliced onion, tomatoes, and parsley. Drizzle tzatziki sauce over the vegetables and fold close.
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