Chicken Gyros Recipe
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Chicken Gyros Recipe

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Shared by our Test Kitchen, these yummy Greek specialties are a cinch to prepare at home. Just take tender chicken, coat it in a creamy cucumber-yogurt sauce, then tuck it into pita pockets. Some folks like lettuce and diced tomato on top.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + marinating Cook: 10 min.
MAKES:2 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + marinating Cook: 10 min.
MAKES: 2 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3/4 teaspoon minced garlic, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1/2-inch strips
  • 1/2 cup chopped peeled cucumber
  • 1/3 cup plain yogurt
  • 1/4 teaspoon dill weed
  • 2 whole pita breads
  • 1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced

Nutritional Facts

1 gyro equals 367 calories, 9 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 68 mg cholesterol, 397 mg sodium, 39 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 30 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2-1/2 starch, 1 fat.

Directions

  1. In a large resealable plastic bag, combine the lemon juice, oil, 1/2 teaspoon garlic, mustard and oregano; add chicken. Seal bag and turn to coat; refrigerate for at least 1 hour. In a small bowl, combine the cucumber, yogurt, dill and remaining garlic; cover and refrigerate until serving.
  2. Drain and discard marinade. In a large nonstick skillet, cook and stir the chicken for 7-8 minutes or until no longer pink. Spoon onto pita breads. Top with yogurt mixture and onion; fold in half Yield: 2 servings.
Originally published as Chicken Gyros in Cooking for 2 Fall 2005, p51

Nutritional Facts

1 gyro equals 367 calories, 9 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 68 mg cholesterol, 397 mg sodium, 39 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 30 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2-1/2 starch, 1 fat.

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Reviewed Apr. 28, 2014

Thought the chicken and the sauce were bland, will not make again

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 17, 2014

I used fresh dill and I also added a teaspoon of red wine vinegar for the tetziki sauce. And instead of the basic tomatoes and lettuce Imake a kalamata olive and pepperoncini and feta mix! I worked at a Greek restaurant and they used it in their gyros it's the best!!!!!

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 17, 2013

The sauce is what makes gyros great, and this one was bland. After tasting, I tried adding salt and a dash of cumin and it helped but it still wasn't amazing, only ok.

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 11, 2012

Excellent! Even my husband, who isn't particulary fond of gyros, really enjoyed it. My 18 year old said they tasted better than our favorite greek restaurant ones. I was pleasantly surprised. Great flavor, not too intense and fresh. I did add a bit of mayo to the sauce, and used italian seasoning instead of just the oregano. This will definitely be made again in the near future. Tip: Pound down the chicken as flat as possible before marinating.

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 23, 2011

I doubled this recipe for my family. I added a little cumin to the cucumber sauce on a tip from a friend, and added the onion while cooking the chicken (my family's not too keen on raw onion!). After spooning the cooked chicken into the pitas, I added a little shredded lettuce & fresh tomato - drizzled with the sauce and YUM! It was a hit and will definitely make again in the future.

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