Of all the great meals that I had on my vacation in Greece a few years ago 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.
Proper gyro meat is cooked on a vertical rotisserie with layer upon layer of chicken and it would not be very feasible to make at home but you can certainly 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 grilled chicken souvlaki . Souvlaki is basically grilled skewered meat (Who doesn’t love that?) that is marinated in a lemon, garlic and oregano marinade and it works really well in gyros! Making the chicken souvlaki is dead easy, you simply mix the marinade, marinate the chicken and grill! Whenever I make this I am taken back to that trip to Greece on the streets in Plaka with the gyros with chicken, tomatoes, onions, tzatziki and the roasted red peppers.
Update (July 30 2015): Since I was making grilled chicken souvlaki I took the opportunity to update the photos for this recipe!
The original photo from 2009:
Grilled Chicken Souvlaki
A tasty Mediterranean lemon, garlic and oregano skewered grilled chicken that is perfect in pitas, in salads or right off the stick.
- 1 pound boneless and skinless chicken breasts or thighs, cut into bite sized pieces
- 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
- Marinate the chicken in the mixture of the remaining ingredients in the fridge for 30 minutes to overnight.
- Grill the chicken 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.
- 2 pitas, cut in half with pockets opened
- 1 pound chicken souvlaki, warm
- 2 tomatoes, sliced
- 1/4 cup red onion, sliced
- 1/4 cup tzatziki sauce
- 1/4 cup feta, crumbled
- 2 roasted red peppers, sliced (optional)
- Assemble the gyros and enjoy.
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