Greek Chicken Gyros with Tzatziki

I based this recipe off of recipetineats.com

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Total Time 26 minutes
Yield 6 servings

Here’s What You Need:

  • 2 lb / 1 kg boneless skinless chicken thigh fillets
  • Marinade
    • 3 large garlic cloves
    • 2 tsp white wine vinegar
    • 2 tbsp lemon juice
    • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
    • 3 tbsp greek yoghurt
    • 1 1/2 tbsp dried oregano
    • 1 tsp salt
    • black pepper
  • Tzatziki
    • 2 cucumbers
    • 2 cups plain greek yoghurt
    • 2 tsp white wine vinegar
    • 1 tbsp lemon juice
    • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
    • 1 tsp salt
    • black pepper
  • Salad
    • 3 tomatoes de-seeded and diced
    • 3 cucumbers diced
    • 1/2 red onion finely chopped
    • 1/4 fresh parsley leaves
    • salt and pepper
  • To Serve
    • 4-6 pita breads

Directions:

  • Place the Marinade ingredients in a ziplock bag and massage to mix. Add the chicken into the ziplock bag and massage to cover all the chicken in the Marinade. Marinate for at least 2 hours, preferably 3 hours, ideally 12 hours and no longer than 24 hours.
  • Make the Tzatziki
    • Cut the cucumber in half lengthwise. Use a teaspoon to scrape the watery seeds out. Coarsely grate the cucumber using a box grater. Then wrap in paper towels or a tea towel and squeeze to remove excess liquid.
    • Place cucumber in a bowl. Add remaining ingredients then mix to combine. Set aside for at least 20 minutes for the flavors to meld.
  • Salad
    • Combine ingredients in a bowl.
  • Cook Chicken
    • Brush the outdoor grill with oil, then preheat on medium high. Or heat 1 tbsp of oil in a fry pan over medium high heat.
    • Remove chicken from Marinade. Cook the chicken for 2 to 3 minutes on each side, until golden brown and cooked through (cooking time depends on size of chicken).
    • Remove the chicken from the grill / fry pan onto a plate. Cover loosely with foil and allow to rest for 5 minutes before
  • Assemble Gyros
    • If your chicken thighs are large, you may need to cut them. Mine were small.
    • Get a pita bread (preferably warmed) and place it on a piece of parchment (baking) paper (or you could use foil). Place some Salad down the middle of the bread, then top with chicken and Tzatziki.
    • Roll the wrap up, enclosing it with the parchment paper. Twist the end with the excess parchment paper to secure it.
    • I prefer to lay everything out on a table and let everyone help themselves.

Chefs Notes:
mmmm these were yummy. I messed up and put too much white wine vinegar the first time, but still was delicious. I cut the recipe in about a quarter since I was just making it for 2 people.

 

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