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 30 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
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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
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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!
Kristen Berg

5 stars
Served this to charter guests this last week while sailing in Italy and they loved it! I was happy I had made my Captains plate first because the plates and platters were cleaned. I served with a simple, fennel infused Tzatziki, fresh Italian cherry tomatoes (which were so delicious and flavorful), chopped lettuce and picked red onion. Everyone loved the rotisserie pan and two people purchased it on the spot. This was a major hit and not to make.

Maria Koutsogiannis

Wow, this makes me so happy!!! How freaking cool is this!! Thanks hun!!

Jane G

5 stars
One of the best chicken recipes I have ever made and the cooking method using the Amazon pan was so innovative. I am very impressed by the authenticity of your recipes and your narrative

Maria Koutsogiannis

Thank you so much, Jane!!!

Marta Aldana

5 stars
Just made this and it was delish I pared it with the lemon garlic baby potatoes as whipped feta amaze!! It too just under 2 hrs for 2.5 lbs of chicken thighs.

Maria Koutsogiannis

That makes me so happy, thank you Marta!!!!

Stephanie Garcia

5 stars
Fantastic recipe! Super easy to follow and yields super tasty chicken for dinner! I’ve made this three times so far and I can say I’ve finally perfected my execution of this recipe!

Maria Koutsogiannis

Thank you so much, Stephanie!!

Mikalli Tagrin

A gyro cooks from the outside in as the crispy bits of meat are shaved off. although this may appear to look like a gyro, this method would require to continually put this back into the oven to cook the outside of the meat after cutting some off. you’d be better to actually grill the chicken individually and chop into bite sized bits for wrapping in pita. although you won’t have the theater experience of a table top gyro the end result will be better

Maria Koutsogiannis

I disagree but to each their own!

jaclyn scarmato

The chicken is so delicious! I bought the pan and super easy to make in the oven. I have found it to take closer to 2hrs though. Is that normal?

Maria Koutsogiannis

It can vary for everyone depending on the oven and how cold the ingredients were before going into the oven!

Vera Bristow

Maria, Would this recipe work if I alternated chicken and beef on the same skewer? I purchased the gyro pan from Amazon and it’s great! Vera

Maria Koutsogiannis

It should work! the beef might just be a bit less tender depending on the type but it will have great taste!!!

Chloe Devarennes

So
Easy and versatile! I actually used the marinade on chicken breast! INCREDIBLE! will def be getting this rotisserie thing and trying it this way too! Chicken is so good warm but also great cold on a salad!

Maria Koutsogiannis

yesssss its so good and if you need it its linked in my bio on IG

Julie Pagnini

I’m making it now for the first time but Baking for 1 and 1/2 hours at 400 seems too long.. any insight

Maria Koutsogiannis

Just follow the process!

Jenny Skarke

So I bought 3 pounds of chicken thighs and it was only 8. Not 12-16. Is this okay?

Maria Koutsogiannis

Should be fine!!

5 from 30 votes (4 ratings without comment)

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