Chicken Gyros

*Please note that both the chicken and tzatziki sauce require being made ahead of time.  Read recipe for details. 


For the chicken:

4 cloves garlic, pressed

Juice of 1 lemon

2 t. red wine vinegar

2 T. extra virgin olive oil

2 heaping T. plain yogurt

1 T. dried oregano

Salt and pepper to taste

4-5 boneless, skinless chicken breasts or equal amount of chicken tenderloins (if using breasts, butterfly to maximize marinade on surface of chicken)


For the tzatziki sauce:

16 oz. plain Greek yogurt 

(you can use regular plain NOT NON-FAT yogurt if Greek is unavailable, but you must strain it the day before...Yogurt Straining tutorial)

1 cucumber, peeled and seeded (see below)

3 cloves of garlic, pressed

1 t. white wine vinegar

Salt and Pepper to taste

Squeeze of fresh lemon juice


For finished gyros:

Flatbread (in deli section next to pita bread)

Fresh tomatoes, chopped

Red onion, sliced thin


To prepare chicken, combine the garlic, lemon juice, red wine vinegar, olive oil, yogurt, oregano, and salt and pepper to taste in a bowl.  Whisk together, mixing well.  Add the chicken to the mixture, coat well, cover, and allow to sit in refrigerator for one hour.  Do not over-marinate...the lemon juice will begin to "cook" the chicken.


Cook the chicken either in oven or in skillet.  Oven...bake at 375 degrees until cooked through, about 25 minutes.  Skillet...allow a little oil to heat in medium temp skillet.  Add chicken and cook until done.  


Remove chicken from oven or skillet, allow to cool for a few minutes, and slice into strips.


To prepare tzatziki sauce,  peel the cucumber with a potato peeler, slice it longways, and remove seeds with a pointed spoon (like a teaspoon).  


Chop cucumbers and remove as much water as possible by squeezing with paper towels.  


Place the cucumbers, garlic, white wine vinegar, salt and pepper, and a squeeze of lemon juice in a food processor and process until cucumbers are finely chopped.  (You can test salt after mixing with yogurt in next step.)  If there is an excess of water, use the corner of a paper towel to soak up a bit more.  


Then, combine cucumber mixture with Greek yogurt (or strained yogurt), mixing well.  Add salt to taste as desired.  Refrigerate for about two hours to allow flavors to mingle.


Heat flatbread in microwave or for a very short time in the toaster.  Top with chicken, tzatziki sauce, chopped tomatoes, and red onion.  Serve immediately.