Chicken Gyros with Tzatziki Sauce

I was going to make this last week but got a bit busy with homework. So I decided to just make it today since it's my only day off to do anything I want! I got this recipe from a cookbook that was at Dianne's house when we visited over a year ago. I really love lamb gyros but I'd rather find a place that does them well. At least when I'm at home, I know I can make a pretty decent one with chicken instead!

Chicken Gyros

2 chicken breasts, cut into strips
1/4 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons garlic, chopped
1 teaspoon oregano {dried}
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon onion {powder}
1 teaspoon salt

  • In a bowl or bag, place all of the ingredients together and mix well. Marinate for up to 2 hours.
  • Once ready, place the chicken on a grill {I use a George Foreman} or in a pan and cook for about 3-4 minutes per side.

Tzatziki Sauce

1 cup cucumber, finely chopped
1/2 cup greek yogurt
1/4 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon mint
1 teaspoon cilantro
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 garlic clove, minced
1/4 teaspoon salt

  • Mix all of the ingredients together and let sit for at least 1 hour before using.


pita bread
tomatoes, sliced
red onion, thinly sliced
tzatziki sauce {recipe above}

  • Take a piece of pita bread and layer with the lettuce, chicken, tomato, red onion and tzatziki sauce.



  1. Hi Ashley! I wanted to let you know that I am making these for the second time today. My family and I absolutely love them! Thank you so much for the delicious recipe.

    1. Aww, I so glad you and your family enjoy these gyros!

  2. These were absolutely amazing!!!

  3. This is probably the stupidest question, but can you use mint extract in the sauce, or does it have to be spearmint leaves?

    1. Hi Brittany! Usually mint extract is sweet. I would still suggest using fresh.

  4. Thank you for this recipe. Made it tonight for my family and even my very picky toddler liked the chicken. I think I will share this recipe on my blog because it is just that good. Thanks again!

  5. This recipe is really good! I especially liked the sauce. Thanks for sharing.

  6. This looks really good. Can you tell me if you use cumin seeds or ground cumin?

    1. Absolutely! I use ground cumin. If I were to use cumin seeds, I would likely toast them and then grind them in a coffee grinder. I often do that when making Indian food!


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