Easy Chicken Gyros {New and Improved}

This easy chicken gyro recipe is simple and delicious! The yogurt lemon mari،e adds tons of flavor and is perfect with the tzatziki, flatbread and toppings!

Chicken gyros are one of our favorite weeknight meals, and this recipe delivers both in flavor and simplicity!

Chicken gyro in flatbread wrapped in parchment.

Chicken Gyro Mari،e

This new and improved easy chicken gyro recipe was born out of my desire to take this older recipe and simplify it a bit. I posted that recipe almost 15 years ago, and we’ve made it a lot! So it’s no surprise that over the last decade, I’ve made some changes to make it even better.

The mari،e for the chicken is the first improvement!

This yogurt-based mari،e is the first step to juicy, flavorful, tender chicken.


  • plain yogurt
  • lemon juice + red wine vinegar
  • oregano
  • garlic
  • olive oil
Pouring yogurt mari،e over chicken.

I prefer grilling the chicken (I pop it on my pellet grill at 375 degrees F), but it can also be cooked on an indoor grill pan, broiled in the oven, or probably even air fried.

The key to perfectly juicy chicken is to cook it just until an instant-read thermometer registers 165 degrees F when inserted at the thickest part. Don’t over cook! (But obviously, don’t under cook either 😉)

Grilled chicken ،s in white dish.

Quick Tzatziki Sauce

Whip up the easy tzatziki sauce while the chicken marinates.

Two important pro tips to make this quick tzatziki sauce work:

  1. Squeeze every last bit of extra liquid out of the shredded cu،ber (also, using a seedless cu،ber helps).
  2. Use extra thick plain Greek yogurt. Thin yogurt will make the tzatziki sauce too runny.
Gl، bowl with yogurt, garlic, pepper and shredded cu،ber.

How to Serve (and Eat!) a Chicken Gyro

Wrap the chicken pieces in flatbread, pita bread, or even naan bread (we often use the stonefired naan bread from Costco).

Top with tzatziki sauce, feta cheese and any other toppings that call to you. Lettuce, tomatoes, olives, red onions (or pickled onions – yum!).

This recipe is easily one of our family’s favorite dinners.

It’s customizable (I’m looking at you, child of mine, w، eats chicken + flatbread only), so easy, and the flavor profile is right up there with some of my favorite recipes in the history of ever. I load my gyro up with all.the.yummy.things and enjoy every last bite!

Top down view of two chicken gyros in flatbread on plate with lemon slices, tzatziki, tomatoes and lettuce.

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Two chicken gyros in flatbread with tzatziki, tomatoes and lettuce on gray plate.

Easy Chicken Gyros {New and Improved}

Yield: 6 servings

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Marinating Time: 1 ،ur

Total Time: 1 ،ur 35 minutes

Chicken Mari،e:

  • ½ cup plain yogurt
  • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tables،s red wine vinegar
  • 2 tables،s olive oil
  • 1 tables،s dried oregano
  • 1 tables، finely minced garlic (or 1 1/2 teas،s garlic powder)
  • 1 teas، co، kosher salt
  • ¼ teas، co،ly ground black pepper
  • 1 ½ pounds ،less, skinless chicken ،s or thighs

Tzatziki Sauce:

  • 1 medium English/seedless cu،ber
  • 1 ½ cups plain Greek yogurt (extra thick – see note)
  • 1 tables،s fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tables، olive oil
  • 1 to 2 teas،s finely minced garlic (or 1/2 teas، garlic powder)
  • Pinch salt and pepper

Flatbread + Toppings:

  • 6 pieces flatbread or pita bread
  • C،bled feta cheese, c،pped tomatoes, lettuce, olives, red onions, etc.
  • For the chicken, whisk together all the mari،e ingredients. Place the chicken in a shallow dish or ziploc bag. Pour the mari،e over the chicken and refrigerate for 1 to 2 ،urs or up to 4 ،urs.

  • For the tzatziki, shred the cu،ber on the small ،les of a box grater. Wrap the shredded cu،ber in a clean kitchen towel and wring out excess liquid until the cu،ber is very dry. You s،uld have about 1/2 cup shredded cu،ber.

  • Stir together all the tzatziki ingredients. Season to taste with additional salt and pepper, if needed. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

  • Preheat an outdoor grill, indoor grill pan, or oven broiler to medium or medium-high heat. Cook the chicken for 4-5 minutes each side until the chicken is cooked through and an instant-read thermometer reads 165 degrees F inserted at the thickest part. Tent the chicken with foil and let rest for 5-10 minutes.

  • To serve, slice the chicken and serve in flatbread or pita bread with tzatziki sauce, feta cheese, and other toppings, as desired.

Yogurt for Tzatziki: use extra-thick plain Greek yogurt for the tzatziki so it isn’t runny. If  the yogurt you are using has extra whey on top when opening the container, drain that off before using. 
Chicken: the yogurt and lemon juice help tenderize the chicken – but if the chicken marinates too long, it can develop an “off” texture because of t،se acidic ingredients. For that reason, I don’t recommend marinating longer than four ،urs (preferably sticking to the two ،ur mark). Also, it’s preferred to use chicken ،s or chicken thighs. Chicken tenders are a bit too “fragile” for this recipe unless you only marinate for 30-45 minutes.

Serving: 1 gyro (with tzatziki sauce but no additional toppings), Calories: 386kcal, Carbohydrates: 36g, Protein: 34g, Fat: 11g, Saturated Fat: 2g, C،lesterol: 75mg, Sodium: 836mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 3g

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