Gyros with Greek Chicken, Tzatziki and Homemade Greek Pita Flatbread

09.10.2013

Isn’t Greek food amazing? I’ve never been a huge fan until pretty much the last year. I live in the midwest and have temporarily moved to the East coast and there is SO much more Mediterranean food here than where I’m from. We had some delicious gyros last week at a restaurant so it inspired me to create some at home. Yes, these have a lot of steps and they can seem to have a lengthy prep but if you do it all from scratch you’ll be glad you did. Although, if you are looking to make it a little bit healthier you could simply omit the pita altogether and just make it into a salad (which is what I did the second day). Another option would be to serve it over lemon mint rice instead of pita. Don’t get me wrong, the homemade pita is delicious, especially right when it comes off the hot skillet, but lets be honest – we don’t often have a lot of time to make the entire meal from scratch.

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These are loaded with fresh and exciting flavors. Bland doesn’t exist in this wrap, which is one of my favorite things about it. This wrap has the works and it will leave you craving them time and time again. Just be sure to add plenty of Tzatziki and Feta, everything is better with lots of cheese and a generous helping of sauce. Enjoy!

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Gyros with Greek Chicken

4.7 from 10 votes

A delicious and easy Greek chicken Gyros, perfect for weeknights.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Greek
Keyword: greek chicken, gyros
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 3 hours
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 446 kcal
Author: Jaclyn

Ingredients

Chicken Soulvaki

  • 2 lbs boneless , skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil , plus more for brushing
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 3 Tbsp plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 Tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1/3 cup chopped red onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp coriander
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper , to taste

For serving

  • 6 - 8 Greek Pita Flatbread , homemade or store-bought (recipe follows)
  • Tzatziki sauce , homemade or store-bought (recipe follows)
  • Diced Roma tomatoes , peeled and diced cucumbers, chopped Romaine lettuce, diced red onions, feta cheese, cilantro and Kalamata olives (olives optional)

Instructions

  1. In a mixing bowl, whisk together olive oil, lemon juice, Greek yogurt, red wine vinegar, chopped red onion, garlic, oregano, thyme, coriander and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.
  2. Place chicken in a gallon ziploc bag, pour marinade over chicken, seal bag while pressing out excess air and transfer to refrigerator to marinate 2 - 4 hours. Remove chicken during the last 30 minutes of marinating to rest at room temperature before grilling (leave in marinade).
  3. Brush grill grates lightly with oil and preheat grill over moderately high heat. Once hot, add chicken and grill until cooked through (internal temperature should register 165 degrees on an instant read thermometer), rotating once halfway through cooking.
  4. Remove from grill transfer to plate and brush chicken lightly with olive oil then cover with foil and allow to rest 10 minutes. Dice into strips.
  5. To assemble gyros:
  6. Layer chicken in a row along center of pita, top with lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, Kalamata olives, red onion, feta, cilantro and tzatziki sauce. Wrap and serve.
Nutrition Facts
Gyros with Greek Chicken
Amount Per Serving
Calories 446 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 15g 23%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 95mg 32%
Sodium 378mg 16%
Potassium 666mg 19%
Total Carbohydrates 33g 11%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Protein 39g 78%
Vitamin C 6.3%
Calcium 7.5%
Iron 10.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Tzatziki Sauce

4.7 from 10 votes

The perfect sauce to add to gyros Greek chicken.

Course: condiment
Cuisine: Greek
Keyword: greek sauce, Tzatziki sauce
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 48 kcal
Author: Jaclyn

Ingredients

  • 1 medium cucumber , peeled, seeded and chopped into chunks*
  • 1 tsp salt , plus more to taste
  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt (I used fat free)
  • 1 clove garlic , finely minced
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 Tbsp chopped fresh dill (or 1 tsp dried)
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Place diced cucumber in a mesh strainer or colander and sprinkle with salt, toss to evenly coat then allow to rest 30 minutes at room temperature.
  2. Rinse cucumbers and place over several layers of paper towels. Squeeze some of the liquid from cucumbers (almost as if wringing moisture from a cloth). Place cucumbers in food processor and pulse to chop to desired size.
  3. Add in Greek yogurt, garlic, lemon juice, olive oil, red wine vinegar, parlsey, and dill and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Plus to blend (or if you want it chunky you can simply stir the other ingredients in using a bowl and spoon so the cucumbers are chopped up more). Store in refrigerator in an airtight container up to 3 days.
  5. *I just peeled the cucumber, sliced in half lengthwise, then used a spoon to scoop the seeds out and diced into chunks.
Nutrition Facts
Tzatziki Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 48 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2g 3%
Cholesterol 1mg 0%
Sodium 401mg 17%
Potassium 115mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 2g 1%
Sugars 1g
Protein 3g 6%
Vitamin A 1.8%
Vitamin C 4.3%
Calcium 4.4%
Iron 0.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Greek Pita Flatbread

4.7 from 10 votes

perfectly soft and warm Greek Pita Flatbreads

Course: breads
Cuisine: Greek
Keyword: greek flatbread, pita bread
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 5 minutes
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 280 kcal
Author: Jaclyn

Ingredients

  • 2 tsp active dry yeast
  • 2 1/2 tsp granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cup warm water , 110 degrees
  • 1/2 cup + 2 Tbsp milk , heated to 110 degrees
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil , plus more for bowl
  • 1 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3 cups bread flour (can add up to 1/4 cup more flour as needed)

Instructions

  1. In the bowl of an electric stand mixer, whisk together yeast, sugar and warm water until yeast has dissolved then let rest 5 minutes. Add in warm milk, olive oil, salt and 1 1/2 cups bread flour and fit mixer with whisk attachment and blend mixture until well combined.
  2. Switch attachment to hook attachment, add in remaining 1 1/2 cups flour and knead mixture on low speed until blended, then increase to medium-low and allow to knead about 5 minutes longer until smooth an elastic (dough should not stick to sides of the bowl, so add more flour if necessary).
  3. Transfer dough to bowl lightly coated with oil, cover with a damp towel and allow to rest in a warm place until double in size, about 1 1/2 hours.
  4. Press dough down and divide dough into 6 - 8 equal portions. Working with one piece at a time, roll dough out into a round (I made 6 large 8-inch pitas) on a lightly floured surface. Heat a large non-stick skillet slightly over medium heat.
  5. Once hot, add flatbread and cook until bubbles begin to appear on surface and bottom is golden brown, then flip and cook opposite side until golden brown. Transfer to a large plate, cover with foil leaving a small opening for excess moisture to escape.

  6. Repeat process with remaining flatbread. Store in an airtight container (best served day prepared. I'd rewarm mine wrapped in damp paper towels in the microwave).

Nutrition Facts
Greek Pita Flatbread
Amount Per Serving
Calories 280 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 8%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 2mg 1%
Sodium 496mg 21%
Potassium 102mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 48g 16%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 2g
Protein 8g 16%
Vitamin A 0.7%
Calcium 3.2%
Iron 3.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

 

119 comments

  • Kristine: I”ve been using this recipe for a while now and it is the best recipe that I’ve found. My family loves it!!! September 18, 2018 at 4:38pm Reply

  • Angie: Wow wow wow been looking for a gyros bread recipie this worked a treat and tasted so much like ones I’ve had in Greece…thanks v much July 15, 2018 at 7:48am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for the great feedback! Glad you enjoyed the recipe! July 16, 2018 at 12:40pm Reply

  • Wendy Womack: I cannot describe how grateful I am to you for these recipes!!! I make all three of them at a time and people always rave. So healthy and so good. I recommend you all the time. July 5, 2018 at 10:43am Reply

    • Jaclyn: So glad you liked it! Thanks for commenting! July 6, 2018 at 1:45pm Reply

  • Tina: We have had this three times at a monthly “girl’s lunch” and love it. I always make extra because my kids love it too. I am moving and had to make it without the coriander. Still turned out great. We had it with an orzo salad, caprese skewers, and fruit. Definitely a keeper! May 9, 2018 at 10:37pm Reply

  • Cyndee Pacheco: I use beef and/or lamb. I have a different recipe for tzatziki I prefer (no dill or parsley) using mint and I buy the pita. No one eats chicken around here! May 9, 2018 at 7:17pm Reply

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