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


  • 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: 367 calories, 9g fat (2g saturated fat), 68mg cholesterol, 397mg sodium, 39g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 2g fiber), 30g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2-1/2 starch, 1 fat.


  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

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oconnor User ID: 3047459 227686
Reviewed Jun. 9, 2015

"Made this tonight and it was a hit. It's a keeper.the only change was a little sour cream in the sauce to mellow it out."

Hsmomforlife User ID: 8257832 220422
Reviewed Feb. 13, 2015

"I give this one star, only because I couldn't give it zero. This was horrible. The chicken was nothing like gyros flavor at all. It was lemon chicken. None of my kids or my husband enjoyed this and they usually are pretty easy to please. I couldn't even finish mine. The sauce was pretty good."

hollybop User ID: 5369880 53719
Reviewed Nov. 1, 2014

"my family and I really love this recipe. It is so quick and easy. My picky kids like to eat the chicken plain. I use naan instead of pita, we just like it better. The garlic in the sauce makes it yummy, and be sure to taste to make sure it has enough salt. Oh, and I also prefer using full-fat yogurt for the sauce. The fat free greek yogurt is just tasteless."

manchesterunited User ID: 6588428 69302
Reviewed Apr. 28, 2014

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

Raychelray User ID: 7721157 138903
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!!!!!"

aug2295 User ID: 4631582 134015
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."

fireflyinoh User ID: 6856258 53718
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."

ljay22 User ID: 3831547 61988
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."

JessicaJason User ID: 5004512 54360
Reviewed Apr. 19, 2010

"IMy husband and I liked it ok, but I thought it was a little to sour. If anyone could give an idea on how to fix that I would make it again."

Katzprizim User ID: 4910711 54356
Reviewed Apr. 10, 2010

"I wanted to try to cook healthier options for my family and we love gyros. The only thing I changed with this is that I added baby romaine leaves and tomatoes. Doubling the batch and using a little less chicken in each gyro to make room for the veggies actually made it so that we had leftovers. All four of us loved it."

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