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CHICKEN GYROS WITH HOMEMADE TZATZIKI SAUCE

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CHICKEN GYROS WITH HOMEMADE TZATZIKI SAUCE
 
 
Prep
3 hours 15 mins
COOK TIME
10 mins
TOTAL TIME
3 hours 25 mins
 
Chicken Gyros with Homemade Tzatziki Sauce features juicy marinated chicken, a slathering of fresh homemade tzatziki sauce, as well as crisp onions and tomatoes wrapped in a warm pita.
Author: Fox Valley Foodie
Recipe type: Sandwich
Cuisine: Greek
Serves: 6 servings
INGREDIENTS
  • 3lbs chicken thighs skin and bones removed (buy 2lbs of thigh meat already deboned if you can find them)
Marinade
  • 3 tbsp Greek yogurt
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice
  • 3 tsp white wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1½ tbsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Black pepper
Tzatziki
  • ⅓ cup minced cucumber after squeezing out juice (1 cucumber needed)
  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp white wine vinegar (or red wine or apple cider vinegar)
  • ½ tbsp lemon juice
  • ½ tbsp extra virgin olive oil (or more if you want richer)
  • ½ tsp salt
  • Black pepper
Toppings
  • 3 tomatoes, sliced
  • ½ red onion, thinly sliced (or substitute my pickled red onion recipe)
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley leaves
To Serve
    • 6 pita breads
 
INSTRUCTIONS
Marinade
  1. Add all ingredients for the marinade into a bowl and whisk to combine.
  2. Place chicken thigh meat into a gallon ziplock bag and pour in marinade. Squeeze out air and seal.
  3. Let marinate for 3-12 hours.
Tzatziki
  1. While chicken is marinating, mince cucumber into fine pieces, wrap in paper towel and squeeze out juice.
  2. Measure ⅓ cup of cucumber and add to bowl with remaining tzatziki ingredients. Whisk to combine and let sit for at least 20 minutes, to allow flavors to meld.
Cooking
  1. Place chicken on a grill, or stove top, season with salt and pepper, and cook until meat reaches 165 degrees, flipping once.
  2. Remove and let rest for 5 minutes.
  3. Warm pita bread in separate pan, or in the oven. Pita should be warmed through, but not overly crispy or blackened.
Assembly
  1. Cut chicken meat if needed.
  2. Add chicken pieces to one side of the pita, top with sliced onion, tomatoes, and parsley. Drizzle tzatziki sauce over the vegetables and fold close.
 
NOTES
I like the meat from chicken thighs for this recipe because it is more flavorful and the meat doesn't dry out as easily, however 2 lbs of skinless chicken breasts will be a fine substitution.