Greek Chicken Gyros

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Greek Chicken Gyros (Authentic Cooking Method)

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Greek Chicken Gyros on a plate

Prep

5 minutes

Cook

1 hour

Yield

4

Make authentic Greek Chicken Gyros 🌯 at home in your kitchen. Transport yourself to Greece with this easy, delicious recipe.

When you think of Greek food you probably think of the delicious Greek Chicken Gyros. Vendors line the streets in all the Greek cities with their vertical rotisserie of meat (either pork or chicken) ready to make you the most life-changing wrap you’ll ever find. You’ll usually find these served with fresh tomatoes, onions, fries, and tzatziki. It’s seriously so good and it’s making my mouth water thinking about it.

❤️ Why You’ll Love Greek Chicken Gyros

  • Healthy: The best part about these delicious chicken gyros is that they are healthy for you but taste next level, amazing!
  • Authentic: Make your own authentic Greek Chicken Gyros right in your kitchen. The whole family will love it
  • Simple: This authentic way of cooking takes some time, but it takes easy ingredients and is super simple to make

🍲 Ingredients

Greek Yogurt – Greek yogurt is such a versatile ingredient in our kitchen. You can use it in your tzatziki or other dips, and you can marinate your meat in it like this Greek Chicken Gyros recipe. The best part is that it’s healthy and protein-packed

Tzatziki – One of the most common dips you’ll find in Greek cuisine is tzatziki! It is a cucumber yogurt dip and it’s so easy to make on your own with a few healthy ingredients. You can check out my recipe here

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Greek Chicken Gyro in the oven
Everyone on Instagram wanted to know where I got the Gyro Pan Skewer. It’s from Amazon!

👩‍🍳 How to Make Greek Chicken Gyros

  1. Make the marinade: add all of the marinade ingredients to a medium-sized mixing bowl or baking dish and whisk together.
  2. Marinate the chicken: add the chicken thighs to the marinade, toss to combine well, and put in the fridge to marinate for at least one hour and up to 24 hours.
  3. Once the chicken has marinated for at least 1 hour, remove from the fridge and preheat the oven to 400F.
  4. Use a vertical spit (meant for oven use) OR use an onion half as a base and position a skewer or two vertically into the onion like a spit on a sheet pan lined with foil. Thread the chicken thighs onto the skewer, making sure to rotate each thigh a bit as you go and the thighs are layered tightly together.
  5. Bake for 1- 1 ½ hours, until the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165°F (75°C). Let cool for 10-15 minutes before slicing/carving off slices of the chicken. Serve with pita, tzatziki, and vegetables or in a bowl (see below for ideas).

🪄 Tips and Tricks

  • Marinade: You want to marinate your chicken for 24 hours. You can always marinade for less time but you won’t get as much of the flavors absorbed into the meat. I promise you, it’s worth the wait
  • Cooking Time: What makes authentic gyros is the slow cooking time to make it so flavorful and juicy
  • Gyro Pan Skewer: Pick one of these up from Amazon. It will make the baking and serving so much easier for you
Greek Chicken Gyros Bowl

🗒 Variations

Chicken Gyros Bowl

  • 2 cups cooked rice
  • 1 cup halved baby tomatoes
  • 1 cup chopped cucumber
  • 1/2 cup black olives
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 2 cups thinly sliced romaine lettuce
  • 1/2 cup tzatziki (make our easy tzatziki recipe)
  • 2 pitas (make our fluffy Greek pita bread recipe)

Use the cooked chicken to make chicken gyros bowls by dividing the cooked chicken, rice, baby tomatoes, chopped cucumber, olives, crumbled feta cheese, sliced romaine lettuce, tzatziki, and pita between 4 bowls.


🗒 Best served with

👝 How to Store Leftovers

This chicken is so good leftover. Store it in the fridge for up to 3 days and use it on literally anything – wraps, salads, bowls.

🤔 Common Questions

What’s the difference between chicken gyros and souvlaki?

Souvlaki is marinated meat such as pork, chicken, beef, or lamb grilled on a skewer. Gyro is made with stacked meat that has been cooked on a vertical rotisserie.

Can you cook authentic gyros at home?

Absolutely! You don’t need a giant spit rotisserie to make gyros at home. You can easily replicate it with some skewers and an onion.

Where can I buy the Gyro Pan Skewer?

We got our’s on Amazon.

Greek Chicken Gyros (Authentic Cooking Method)

5 from 24 votes
Make authentic Greek Chicken Gyros 🌯 at home in your kitchen. Transport yourself to Greece with this easy, delicious recipe.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Marinating 1 hour
Total Time 2 hours 5 minutes
Course Main
Cuisine Greek-Inspired
Servings 4
Calories 395 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2-2.5 lbs boneless, skinless chicken thighs (about 12-16 thighs)

For the marinade

Variation: chicken gyros bowl

Variation: Gyro chicken with vegetables

  • 2-2.5 lbs boneless, skinless chicken thighs (about 12-16 thighs)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 2 garlic cloves, pressed
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 large white onion, grated
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp all spice
  • 1/8 tsp cloves
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • 1/2 red onion, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 red pepper, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 cup baby potatoes

Instructions
 

  • Make the marinade: add all of the marinade ingredients to a medium sized mixing bowl or baking dish and whisk together.
  • Marinate the chicken: add the chicken thighs to the marinade, toss to combine well and put in the fridge to marinate for at least one hour and up to 24 hours.
  • Once the chicken has marinated for at least 1 hour, remove from the fridge and preheat the oven to 400F.
  • Use a vertical spit (meant for oven use) OR use an onion half as a base and position a skewer or two vertically into the onion like a spit on a sheet pan lined with foil. Thread the chicken thighs onto the skewer, making sure to rotate each thigh a bit as you go and the thighs are layered tightly together.
  • Bake for 1- 1 ½ hours, until the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165°F (75°C). Let cool for 10-15 minutes before slicing / carving off slices of the chicken. Serve with pita, tzatziki and vegetables or in a bowl (see below for ideas).

Variation: chicken gyros bowl

  • Use the cooked chicken to make chicken gyros bowls by dividing the cooked chicken, rice, baby tomatoes, chopped cucumber, olives, crumbled feta cheese, sliced romaine lettuce, tzatziki and pita between 4 bowls.

Variation: Gyro chicken with vegetables

  • Make the marinade: add all of the marinade ingredients to a medium sized mixing bowl or baking dish and whisk together (salt, pepper, garlic, dried oregano, lemon juice, ground cumin, Greek yogurt, olive oil, grated onion, cinnamon, all spice, cloves and dried parsley).
  • Marinate the chicken: add the chicken thighs to the marinade, toss to combine well and put in the fridge to marinate for at least one hour and up to 24 hours.
  • Once the chicken has marinated for at least 1 hour, remove from the fridge and preheat the oven to 400F.
  • Use a vertical spit (meant for oven use) OR use an onion half as a base and position a skewer or two vertically into the onion like a spit on a sheet pan lined with foil. Thread the chicken thighs onto the skewer, making sure to rotate each thigh a bit as you go and the thighs are layered tightly together. Add the chopped red onion, chopped red pepper and potatoes to the base of the vertical spit (or sheet pan if you're using).
  • Bake for 1- 1 ½ hours, until the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165°F (75°C), baste the vegetables with any pan juices at the half hour mark. Let cool for 10-15 minutes before slicing / carving off slices of the chicken. Serve with pita, tzatziki and vegetables or in a bowl (see above for ideas).

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Nutrition

Calories: 395kcal | Carbohydrates: 4.8g | Protein: 50.2g | Fat: 18.7g | Saturated Fat: 4.5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3.2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9.4g | Cholesterol: 227.9mg | Sodium: 820.7mg | Fiber: 0.5g | Sugar: 2.2g
Review This Recipe Let us know how it was!
Tanuja Joshi

5 stars
The marinade for this chicken is out of this world! I made this on a whim, so instead of the special pan I cut I white onion in half with a kabob skewer in the middle to make my spit. The onion caramelizad gorgeously and was a sweet note in my delicious gyro bowl! Thank you for this recipe!

Maria Koutsogiannis

YESSS!! That is amazing, thank you so much for the love hunnie!

MaryAnn Corpuz

5 stars
I came across your video onTiktok and it look delicious and easy to make. I ended up making this for dinner for my family and they loved it so much! I’m sure this will make it on the menu often. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

Maria Koutsogiannis

Thank you so much for the love, hun!!!

Alicia Case

5 stars
This is a stunner of a meal. Next time I need that “impress someone” meal, it’s this! The chicken is juicy as all hell. The flavor is incredible. And it’s so versatile! Cannot wait to make again and again! This is a showstopper of flavors!

Maria Koutsogiannis

Thank you so much for the love, Alicia! You are so sweet.

Kelly

5 stars
The chicken came out so delicious and was so good with the tzatziki sauce recipe and veggies. It was even better as leftovers! I did marinate the chicken for the full 24 hours and doubled the recipe and it was all gone in two days

Maria Koutsogiannis

yay!! thank you so much!!

Maria Reina

This recipe is fabulous. My pan never made it in time so I cooked the chicken in a cast iron pan and sliced it. Have you made it this way with lamb? Now that the pan is here I thought I would try to the same way as the chicken.

Maria Koutsogiannis

I haven’t yet but we are going to be developing a lamb one and a beef one! Stay tuned. I am so excited that you loved the Chicken hun!

Minnie Maass

5 stars
I made this chicken today even though the pan I ordered hasn’t arrived yet! It was delicious, the chicken was so flavorful and we couldn’t get enough! Another great addition to the healthy dinner options at our house! ❤️

Maria Koutsogiannis

YAY!!! Thank you so much! Makes me so happy to hear this.

Debbie Williams

Ordered my pan as soon as i saw the recipe – my chicken is just about to go in the oven – can’t wait to try it!

Maria Koutsogiannis

yay!!! love to hear it, Debbie!!!

Kristina Olson

5 stars
An absolute masterpiece. Juicy, Tender, and Oh so flavorful!

Maria Koutsogiannis

Thank you so much hunnie!! That means so much to me!

N

5 stars
As soon as I saw this recipe with THE PAN, I immediately bought the pan and made this. It was excellent! I like the versatility of the recipe and method to adapt this with different spices. Thank you!

Maria Koutsogiannis

Thank you so much!! This makes me so happy to hear!

Valerie Hanke

5 stars
Made this today with the homemade Pita Bread and it turned out amazingly!! Thank you so much for sharing these recipes

Maria Koutsogiannis

Thank you so much for the love, Valerie!

gail chandler

5 stars
This was absolutely delicious, as all your recipes I have tried are!

Maria Koutsogiannis

you are so sweet, thank you so much!

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