The traditional Greek gyro sandwich is made using a highly-spiced meatloaf concoction featuring lamb, but for many of us, lamb is either too expensive or too hard to find. So, what is the hungry cook to do when he needs his gyro fix and no lamb is to be found? Use chicken, of course! My simple chicken gyro recipe is packed with so much flavor that you won’t even miss the lamb. Okay, so maybe you just won’t miss it as much.
The best thing about these chicken gyros is that you can make them in a single skillet and that you won’t send a pile of dirty dishes to the sink.
Chicken Gyro Ingredients
- 1/3 Cup Lemon Juice
- 1/4 Cup Olive Oil
- 3/4 Tsp Oregano, Dry
- 2 Cloves Garlic, Minced
- 1/2 Tsp Kosher Salt
- 1/4 Tsp Black Pepper
- 1 lb Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts
- 1/2 Red Onion, Diced
- 2 Plum Tomatoes
- 2 oz Feta Cheese, Crumbled
- 8 Tbsp Tzatziki Sauce
- 4 Whole Wheat Pita Bread
How to Make A Chicken Gyro Sandwich
Cut your chicken breasts across the grain into strips.
Mix together lemon juice, olive oil, oregano, garlic, salt, and pepper in a resealable bag, and then shake vigorously to combine.
Add your chicken breast strips to the plastic bag and seal it up, removing as much air as possible. Massage the chicken through the bag to ensure that the marinade is evenly dispersed and that there is as much coverage with the chicken as possible.
Stash your marinating meat mixture in the refrigerator for one hour so the flavors can combine and get to know themselves and the chicken.
Remove the chicken from the refrigerator and discard the leftover marinade.
Cook the chicken in a nonstick skillet at medium-high heat, in this case my beloved electric frying pan, until the chicken is done and the juices run clear. This usually takes me about five to seven minutes and I flip the chicken a few times during the process.
Note: At this point, your kitchen will start smelling so good that everyone comes running. Keep them out of your hair and out of the chicken by setting them to pulling out their favorite gyro toppings.
Now it’s time to assemble the final gyro sandwiches, and there are two different ways that you can do it. Traditionally, you would leave the pita bread whole and wrap it around the meat and toppings, but for variety’s sake, I chose to cut the bread in half and fill them like little pockets.
This part of the chicken gyro recipe is entirely at your discretion. Add whatever toppings you like. My toppings of preference include: feta cheese, diced tomatoes, and tzatziki sauce (tzatziki sauce recipe). You could also add diced onions, lettuce, baby spinach, lemon juice, or anything else you want. You’re the boss of your sandwich. Make it however you want.
This recipe makes four chicken gyro sandwiches.
Chicken Gyro Calories
I hope you enjoyed my chicken gyro sandwich recipe. Let me know what you thought of it in the comments below. What do you like to add to your chicken gyros? Do you make them the traditional way, or do you like to mix it up and try new things? Let me know below, and thanks for reading.