Can't get enough of your favorite Greek restaurant's gyros? Try this quick and easy chicken gyro recipe for something just as delicious, but far better for you!  Yogurt-marinated chicken tenders, packed with flavor from warm spices, and loaded into a pita wrap with homemade tzatziki sauce and all the fixings you love!

You can make this Greek chicken in a skillet or pan, outdoor grill, or baked in the oven. Check out the tips and step-by-step tutorial below.

Chicken gyros wraps served with black and green olives

Here's the thing about restaurant gyros--the ones made of a combination of lamb and beef, roasted for hours on a spit--they are absolutely delicious! And I do eat them, occasionally. But, reality is, they are a bit on the heavier side.

But we don't have to give up the bright Greek flavors, there is a way to make a darn good gyro right at home that is healthier and still just as delicious: Homemade Greek Chicken Gyros!

Toppings for chicken gyro, including tomatoes, green peppers, onions, and olives

Homemade Chicken Gyro Recipe with Tzatziki

Super succulent chicken breast tenders, loaded with all the bright Greek flavors we love (the secret is in the marinade we talk about later.) Warm up some pita to carry the chicken, add in tztaziki sauce, some veggies, and olives, and you've got your chicken gyros!

One of things I really love about this chicken gyro recipe is that it comes together so quickly, making for a wholesome meal any night of the week. And no, you do not need to fire up the grill, although you can if you want. But you can just make the chicken in your skillet or even baked in the oven (I've included all the cooking options below.)

A chicken gyro wrap with tomatoes, onions, green peppers and olives

Greek Chicken Marinade/ Gyro Chicken Marinade

The yogurt marinade is the secret to flavor-packed gyros!  I make a simple and versatile Greek chicken marinade that you can use regularly, even if you're not making chicken gyros.  This is a yogurt marinade with a nice dose of fresh minced garlic and a few warm spices (oregano, paprika, cumin, coriander, salt and pepper, cayenne if you like heat). A little fresh lemon juice and red wine vinegar add enough citrus, and a good drizzle of extra virgin olive oil rounds up the flavor.

What does yogurt add to the marinade here? The lactic acid and calcium in yogurt works to gently break down the protein in the chicken breast tenders, making them more flavorful and super tender. And you'll notice a bit of  a crust too around this chicken, the yogurt does that too!

My advice for you here is to make sure you get the chicken marinating at least 30 minutes before you're ready to cook it (you can marinate the chicken overnight for even more flavor.)

How to Make this Chicken Gyro Recipe

1. First, make the marinade. Combine the Greek yogurt with garlic, spices, lemon juice and olive oil.  Mix with a spoon or whisk to make sure all is well-combined.

Chicken gyro marinade spice mix in a bowl

2. Add chicken to the Greek yogurt marinade. Using a pair of tongs, toss chicken and make sure all the pieces are well-coated in the marinade. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes. (You can also do this step one night in advance and refrigerate overnight.)

Chicken gyros marinating in bowl

3. When you're ready, heat a little bit of extra virgin olive oil in a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat until the oil is just shimmering (don't let it smoke.) Add chicken (make sure you shake excess marinade off). Cook for 5 minutes on one side until nicely browned, then turn over and cook another 5 minutes or until chicken is fully cooked. (Resist disturbing the chicken as it cooks, you want a great color on these tenders!)

(I did use a cast iron skillet as you see in this picture, but I do think non-stick is easier to work with in this case.)

Chicken tenders cooked in a cast iron pan

4. Assemble the yummy gyros! Warm your pitas and spread some mean homemade tztaziki sauce. Add a couple pieces of your beautiful Greek chicken and top with the sliced veggies and olives. Enjoy!

Chicken gyro wraps with tzatziki sauce, tomatoes and olives

Can I grill or bake the chicken instead? 

For these chicken gyros, you can absolutely use an outdoor grill, or you can bake the chicken if you need to:

-For outdoor grill. Grill chicken tenders over medium heat for about 5 minutes on one side, turn over and grill for another 4 to 5 minutes or until chicken is fully cooked. Be sure the grill grates are lightly oiled, and shake excess marinate before placing chicken on the grill.

- For oven. To bake, heat oven to 375 degrees F. Shake excess marinade off the chicken tenders and arrange them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake in heated oven for about 20 minutes or until done.

Chicken gyro wraps with tzatziki sauce, tomatoes and olives

What to Serve with Chicken Gyros?

These chicken gyros are a complete meal on their own, really. If you want to change things up, rather than cutting up slices of veggies to top your gyros, try this Mediterranean-style homemade salsa. You can also add a bright salad to start with is always nice. There are lots of salad options in the recipe archives here, including Traditional Greek Salad, Mediterranean Couscous Salad, Watermelon Salad, or Grilled Zucchini Salad. 

For sides, a new favorite are these easy baked zucchini sticks with thyme and Parmesan! And if you have the time for a hearty side, try Greek roasted potatoes. These take a bit of time in the oven, but you can prepare them in advance and just heat up when you're ready to serve the gyros.

Watch the Video for How to Make These Homemade Chicken Gyros

More Mediterranean chicken recipes to try:

Homemade Doner Kebab

Chicken Shawarma

Grilled Chicken Kebabs

Greek chicken and potatoes 

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A chicken gyro wrap with tomatoes, onions, green peppers and olives

BEST Homemade Chicken Gyro Recipe


  • Author: Suzy Karadsheh
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: Makes 4 to 5 gyro wraps 1x

Description

Easy homemade Greek chicken gyro recipe. Yogurt-marinated chicken tenders, packed with flavor from warm spices, and loaded into a pita wrap with homemade tzatziki sauce and all the fixings you love! You can make this Greek chicken in a non-stick pan, outdoor grill, or baked in the oven.

Check out all the tips and step-by-step up in the post.


Ingredients

Scale

For the Chicken

  • 1.5 lb Chicken tenders
  • Extra virgin olive oil for the pan (see our Greek extra virgin olive oils here)

For the Chicken Gyro Marinade

  • 1 cup Greek yogurt (you can use reduced fat or fat free Greek yogurt if you like)
  • Juice of 1 large lemon
  • 2 tbsp Greek extra virgin olive oil (try Private Reserve Greek EVOO)
  • 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • Kosher salt, generous pinch to taste
  • Black pepper, generous pinch to taste
  • 1 tbsp oregano
  • 1 tsp sweet paprika 
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • pinch cayenne pepper, optional

Other Gyro Fixings 

  • Pita bread
  • Homemade Tztaziki Sauce (Recipe Here)
  • 1 large Tomato, sliced
  • 1 cucumber, sliced
  • 1 green pepper, cored and sliced
  • 1 small red onion, sliced into half moons
  • pitted kalamata olives

Instructions

  1. Marinate chicken and prepare gyro fixings. In a larger mixing bowl, combine the marinade ingredients, mix well. Add the chicken tenders and mix to make sure chicken is well coated with the marinade. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes (or refrigerate overnight.) Meanwhile, make Tztaziki sauce according to this recipe, and prepare the pita and other gyro fixings.
  2. Cook chicken. Heat 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil in a non-stick skillet over medium-high until shimmering but not smoking. Add chicken tenders to the pan (make sure to shake off any excess marinade before adding chicken to the pan.) Cook on one side undisturbed for 5 minutes until browned. Using a pair of tongs, turn chicken over and cook on other side for another 5 minutes or until chicken is done. (See notes for outdoor grilling)
  3. Assemble the chicken gyros. Warm up some pita. Spread Tztaziki sauce on top, then add chicken (about 2 to 3 tenders) and top with tomato, cucumber, green pepper, red onion and olives as you like. Wrap the pita up and enjoy!

Notes

  • Cook's Tip: Allow 30 minutes of inactive time for chicken to marinate.
  • Cook's Tip for Prepare Ahead: You can prepare the chicken and marinate one night in advance. Store in an airtight container in the fridge until ready to cook.
  • Cook's Tip for Outdoor Grilling: If you'd rather fire up the grill for these chicken gyros, you can grill them on a medium-heated grill for 5 minutes on one side, turn over and cook another 3 to 5 minutes or until chicken is fully done (internal temperature should register 165 degrees F.)
  • Cook's Tip for Baking in the Oven: heat oven to 375 degrees F. Shake excess marinade off the chicken tenders and arrange them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake in heated oven for about 20 minutes or until done.
  • What to Serve With Chicken Gyros? The obvious choice to add next to these gyros is a traditional Greek salad, but I also highly recommend this tasty Mediterranean couscous salad or this grilled zucchini salad. Greek Roasted Potatoes are also great to add, if you have the time.
  • To make Tztaziki sauce: Use this recipe for tzatziki sauce (tztaziki sauce nutrition information is included with its own recipe.)
  • Shop Ingredients: Visit The Mediterranean Dish Shop for our Greek Extra virgin olive oils and our all-natural and organic spices including sweet paprika, ground cumin, and coriander. Create your own 6-pack of spices or try our Ultimate Mediterranean Spice Bundle.
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Category: Entree
  • Method: Stovetop or grilled
  • Cuisine: Greek

Keywords: Chicken Gyros, Chicken Gyro Recipe, Greek Chicken Gyro, Greek chicken marinade

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  1. I made these today.....delicious!!! I let the chicken marinate overnight....it is so tender.

    Thank you for another great recipe

  2. Tasty recipe! Great flavor. It made the chicken extremely tender. In addition, it made my home smell like a Greek restaurant.

  3. This recipe was great. The only thing I had trouble with was the Pita bread starting to fall apart.

  4. I have tried a couple different versions of chicken gyros. Made yours tonight, itโ€™s my favorite!

  5. This is spectacular! I marinated the chicken overnight and m made homemade pitas. Suzy, every single recipe of your is a success! Thank you!

  6. I made this over the weekend and when I tell you...GIRL! This recipe is fantastic! The chicken was so flavorful ! This one is a keeper in my house for sure ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. This was outstanding! The marinade was delicious, and all the flavors combined to make this a feast for both the eyes and taste buds. YUM! I have yet to find a recipe that I do not love! Thank you again for this! We have been making recipes from your website daily and have been so happy to find you. Thank you!

  8. So glad for this recipe, since Iโ€™ve been winging it most of the summer without a recipe. Two things I think I can recommend are to chop the chicken after cooking, for easier eating in the pita, and slicing the red onion quite thin with a mandolin. That way, the onion flavor is delivered more mildly.
    BUT so glad for the recipe!

  9. Only giving a three since the chicken is still in the marinade LOL! I put my chicken into a marinade this morning, but I'm glad I came across your marinade recipe a few minutes ago; I just finished adding in yogurt, cumin, cilantro and cayenne (I had no ground coriander). This is really gonna be good and I can already tell!! I too will be preparing in the cast iron, since I don't see getting char marks in a non-stick. My naan dough has been in the fridge since yesterday and those will get prepped first in the skillet and kept warm in the oven, followed by the chicken. Can't wait!!

    1. Hi, Brooke. The nutrition info is for 1 assembled gyro with pita, veggies and yogurt. Keep in mind, nutrition information is provided via a nutrition calculator and is really a best estimate.

  10. Hello from Australia! Honestly, every recipe of yours I have made, we have LOVED! This, however is our absolute favorite. The yoghurt marinade is divine and served in a hot, fresh crunchy wrap.....unbelievable.

    I really wanted to thank you as you have no idea how much you have helped me health wise in the last 10 months. Last year I was diagnosed with huge gallstones just before the world went crazy and therefore I couldn't ( and didn't want to) have surgery to remove them. Being quite overweight only made it worse. So I began intermittent fasting and my husband suggested we start making Mediterranean meals as he had been researching the benefits. Then I found your Youtube channel. In that time I have lost 25 kilos (55 pounds), and the doctors don't want to do surgery any more as I know longer have any pain. They told me to keep doing what I'm doing and they want to see how I'm going in 12 months time!

    I know it was a combination of both things, but I haven't even needed to look anywhere else for recipes. I watch you cook on your You Tube channel and go and make it. Haha Every dish we have had has blown our mind regarding flavour. So Good. Thank again and keep doing what you are doing because it is encouraging people in ways you may not even realise.

    God Bless you and your beautiful family,
    Mjo xo

    1. Hi, Michelle! Thank you so much for stopping by to share your wonderful story. I love hearing your not only enjoying the recipes but are finding them helpful on your journey to better health! Your kind words mean a lot to me! Many blessings to you and your husband!

  11. I do not have Greek Yogurt on hand but I do have store bought (Greek friend brand approved) store bought Tztaziki. Can I marinate with Tztaziki and decrease fresh garlic ?

  12. These gyros are out of this world! Thank you so much for sharing!
    Served them with your tzatziki sauce - the whole family loved it!
    I also added some grilled kefalotyri to the filling,
    The recipe is pinned, printed out, memorized and will definitely be used over and over again ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Regular vinegar can be overwhelming, but a milder-tasting vinegar like white wine vinegar will work. If all you have is white distilled vinegar, maybe use just 1 tablespoon instead of 2.

  13. I made the Greek gyros and they were so tasty!! I loved the marinade so much that I used this marinade to make a more flavorful And healthier chicken salad and it was amazing!! Highly recommend making extra marinade and doing the same!