Greek Chicken Gyros with Homemade Tzatziki

There’s just something about homemade tzatziki sauce that puts this authentic recipe to the top of our list. Paired with the homemade marinade that gives this chicken it’s traditional flavor, this recipe is a weeknight winner for sure.
  • Servings: 4-6
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes, plus marinade time
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes



  • 4 garlic cloves, finely minced
  • 1 tablespoon red-wine vinegar
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons dried oregano
  • 1½ teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1½ teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into pieces

Tzatziki Sauce

  • 1 English (hothouse) cucumber, grated
  • 1½ cups plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely minced
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


  • 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced and placed in a bowl of cold water to soak
  • 2 tomatoes, coarsely chopped
  • 1 English (hothouse) cucumber, diced
  • 1/4 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped
  • 4-6 pita or flat breads


1. For the marinade: In a large zip-top bag, combine the garlic, red-wine vinegar, lemon juice, olive oil, Greek yogurt, oregano, salt, and  pepper. Massage to mix well.

2. Add the chicken, seal the bag, and massage to coat with the marinade. Marinate in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours or up to 12 hours.

3. For the tzatziki sauce: Wrap the grated cucumber in a clean kitchen towel. Squeeze well to remove the excess water. Place in a bowl and add the Greek yogurt, red- wine vinegar, lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, salt, and pepper. Mix well. Cover with plastic and refrigerate.

4. For the salad: Drain the red onion well and put it in a large bowl. Add the tomatoes, cucumber, and parsley. Mix well.

5. Preheat the broiler to high with an oven rack in the top position. Cover a baking sheet with foil and place a wire rack on top. Spray the wire rack with cooking spray.

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