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Chicken Gyros with Homemade Tzatziki Sauce
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4.8 from 5 votes

Chicken Gyros with Homemade Tzatziki Sauce

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.
Prep Time3 hrs 15 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time3 hrs 25 mins
Course: Sandwich
Cuisine: Greek
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 450kcal


  • 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


  • 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

To Serve

  • 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.


Pickled Onion Recipe: http://www.foxvalleyfoodie.com/quick-pickled-red-onions-recipe/
I like the meat from chicken thighs for this recipe because it is more flavorful and the meat doesn't dry out as easily, however 2 lbs of skinless chicken breasts will be a fine substitution.


Calories: 450kcal