Of all the great meals that I had on my vacation in Greece last year perhaps the most memorable one was the chicken gyros from a small shop in Plaka. The shop was so small that it was really just a window in the street where you ordered and then you got to eat while walking down the street. The gyro was easily the best that I have ever had! What stood out about the chicken gyros was that there was roasted red peppers layered in amongst the chicken.
Given that proper gyro meat is cooked on a rotisserie it would not be very feasible for me to make them at home but I could certainly try to reproduce the flavours. In general a gyro consists of the rotisserie meat, tomatoes, onions and tzatziki all wrapped up in a pita. In place of the rotisserie style gyro meat I decided to go with some chicken souvlaki. Souvlaki is basically grilled skewered meat and with a tasty marinade I figured it would work well in my gyros. Making the chicken souvlaki was dead easy. You simply mix the marinade, marinate the chicken and grill. The chicken souvlaki turned out great! It was nice and moist and tender and tasty and it worked really well in the chicken gyros! The chicken gyros were also great! I made mine as I remembered the ones in Plaka with the chicken, tomatoes, onions, tzatziki and the roasted red peppers. On a whim I also added some feta to mine and it worked out nicely. Overall the chicken gyros were a nice and easy light meal that was super tasty!
A tasty Mediterranean skewered grilled chicken that is perfect in pitas or on salads.
Servings: makes 4 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
- 2 cloves garlic, chopped
- 1 lemon, juice and zest
- 1 tablespoon yogurt
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1 teaspoon oregano
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1 pound chicken breast, cut into bite sized pieces
- Mix all of the ingredients, place them in a sealed container along with the chicken and let marinate in the fridge for 30 minutes to overnight.
- Skewer the meat, and grill over medium-high heat until cooked, about 2-4 minutes per side.
Chicken Souvlaki Gyro
Pitas stuffed with tasty grilled chicken souvlaki, tomatoes, onions, creamy tzatziki, feta and roasted red peppers.
Servings: makes 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
- 4 pitas
- 1 batch chicken souvlaki, warm
- 2 tomatoes, sliced
- 1/4 cup red onion, sliced
- 1/4 cup tzatziki
- 1/2 cup feta, crumbled
- 2 roasted red peppers, sliced (optional)
- Assemble the gyros and enjoy.
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