Lemon Chicken Gyros with Tzatziki and Feta

by Andie Mitchell on April 10, 2011

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First it was falafel, then burgers, and now, chicken gyros.

This place reeks of a street food fair.

 

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Someone get me a curbside cart. And a megaphone. Always a megaphone.

[Please come over? Bathe me? A new-ish set of pajamas?]

 

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My criteria is rigid: all food I make lately must be stuffed inside a buttery flatbread and then wrapped once more in parchment or foil. No utensils. Hand hold-able. Bib preferable.

I simply won’t budge.

Daniel likes to remind me we’re not actually eating on the street so there’s no need to sit cross legged on the window ledge and litter on our floor.

Such a square, that one.

 

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This doughy flatbread is filled with lemon-oregano marinated chicken, chopped tomatoes, thinly sliced red onion, shredded romaine, creamy and cool tzatziki sauce, and crumbled feta.

One messy, chin dribbling bite is lemon and bright parsley and garlic and tang. The chicken is juicy, the bread is warm and blistered, the whole thing a crescendo of flavor.

Make it. Wrap it in parchment. Eat it with your hands and a bottle of ice cold soda. Pretend you’re at my house. Eating on the street.

We can litter and graffiti my wall.

 

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Lemon Chicken Gyros with Tzatziki and Feta

makes 2

  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano

  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • ¼ teaspoon pepper

  • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 8 oz boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into strips

  • ¼ cup plain Greek yogurt

  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh dill

  • 2 flatbreads

  • 1 tomato, diced

  • ½ small red onion, thinly sliced

  • ½ cup crumbled feta cheese

  • minced fresh parsley, for serving

In a medium bowl, whisk together the oregano, thyme, garlic, pepper, lemon juice, and olive oil. Add the chicken, toss to coat, cover, and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

Remove the chicken from the bowl and saute in a large frying pan for about 5 minutes per side, until the pieces are no longer pink in the center.

Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the yogurt and dill. Spread a thick smear of this homemade tzatziki sauce onto a warmed flatbread, followed by crispy shredded lettuce, tomatoes, feta cheese, and a sprinkling of fresh minced parsley.

Nutrition info for 1 serving (1/2 of entire recipe): Calories: 467.8, Fat: 23.8g, Carb: 31.6g, Fiber: 1.7g, Sugars: 2.2g, Protein 31.2g

{ 64 comments… read them below or add one }

thecompletecookbook April 10, 2011 at 9:56 pm

On my way over to help litter and graffiti your wall – wouldn’t that be a hoot. :-) Mandy

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Sarah April 10, 2011 at 10:15 pm

Where I went to college there was the best gyro place down the road. The gyros of course were better after a night of drinking, and was always packed at bar close. This is a great at home chicken version that I definitely will be trying soon!

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johnny April 11, 2011 at 3:10 am

It just simply looks great! Will be trying it with home made flat bread very soon. Got to get over this cold first. :)

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Dishes of Mrs. Fish April 11, 2011 at 3:12 am

Do you take lunch orders and deliver? Because I totally want this for lunch today!

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Jessica @ How Sweet April 11, 2011 at 3:39 am

Ummmm… drool. These look incredible.

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cleaneatingchelsey April 11, 2011 at 4:23 am

I want to eat street fair food with you! Those silly boys – they’re no fun!

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Riss April 11, 2011 at 4:24 am

This looks divine! One question: when are you making the funnel cakes!?

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Krystina (Organically Me) April 11, 2011 at 4:32 am

Where do you get those heavenly looking flatbreads?

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Lisa @ Thrive Style April 11, 2011 at 5:01 am

Wow! I’m definitely making this for my family. I know they’ll love it. I just have to think of a different meat to use since there’s a chicken hater involved :)

The pictures are beautiful!

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Katie Photiadis April 11, 2011 at 5:06 am

Andrea, that looks AMAZING! I want one!! I definitely get into moods where I want to eat everything in a piece of flatbread =)

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Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat April 11, 2011 at 5:07 am

“Daniel likes to remind me we’re not actually eating on the street so there’s no need to sit cross legged on the window ledge and litter on our floor.” <– That part made me LOL hard!! Gorgeous photos Andrea – this looks delicious, and even better than street food!

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Matt @ The Athlete's Plate April 11, 2011 at 5:08 am

This looks absolutely delicious. Must make!

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hungryhealthyhappy April 11, 2011 at 5:22 am

I am coming to Seattle on Saturday for the week. I plan to eat at your place every night. Get ready. :)

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MelissaNibbles April 11, 2011 at 5:28 am

I want to eat these down by the waterfront with you!

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Liz @ Tip Top Shape April 11, 2011 at 5:54 am

Oooh, I love gyros!! Definitely on of my favorite foods!

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The Chocolate Covered Kitchen April 11, 2011 at 6:35 am

What, no cucumbers or garlic in the tzatziki sauce!? A bit heretical, but looks delicious nonetheless!

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Catherine April 11, 2011 at 6:44 am

Ohhh ! Its looks sooo delicious !! I want to eat this for dîner ! :)

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Beth April 11, 2011 at 7:20 am

Wow Andrea. These look awesome!

I too am all about using my hands to eat and no utensils. Makes me feel good! =)

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Helena April 11, 2011 at 7:21 am

I would love something wrapped in flatbread right now. Especially something as delicious-looking as this :)
Oh and I also wanted to tell you that I love your blog and your style of writing!

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Kelly April 11, 2011 at 7:54 am

This looks wonderful!

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Rachel @ The Avid Appetite April 11, 2011 at 8:01 am

There is just nothing better than street food! These look absolutely fantastic. I never thought of making gyros myself, but these look totally doable :) Thanks for sharing!

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Shanna, like Banana April 11, 2011 at 8:28 am

And I’m thinking falafel would be superb as well!

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Lisa April 11, 2011 at 8:47 am

These look amazing! I’ve been craving Greek food lately and had some not-so-great gyros this weekend. I need a better fix for my craving!

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iscribbler April 11, 2011 at 9:04 am

That looks amazing! “Daniel likes to remind me we’re not actually eating on the street so there’s no need to sit cross legged on the window ledge and litter on our floor.” I laughed out loud at this as well. I say go for it! Makes life a whole lot of fun when you do things to the max. :)

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Gina April 11, 2011 at 9:41 am

The flatbread you are using looks so delish! Where do you get it? I’ve only found icky dried-out pita…and haven’t had the time to try and make my own!

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Can You Stay for Dinner April 11, 2011 at 10:46 am

Thanks Gina! I got them at QFC- the one on 5th, in the cold section near the deli. It’s their bakery brand :)

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Jessica April 11, 2011 at 10:25 am

Everytime I see the word “gyro” I think if the scene in Anchorman where he says “we’ve taken up jogging…or is it “yogging” with a silent j?” and I laaaughh…
And then I get hungry for gyros.
Both those things just happened.

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Can You Stay for Dinner April 11, 2011 at 10:45 am

LOL. I love you.

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Jessica April 11, 2011 at 11:35 am

aw, thanks, backatcha ;)

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Clarissa @ Sober and the City April 11, 2011 at 11:28 am

Looks so yum! And much healthier than the similar stuff you can get on the street here in the city.

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Maria April 11, 2011 at 1:17 pm

Need in my life, pronto!

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Megan (Braise The Roof) April 11, 2011 at 1:48 pm

Those look fantastic! And I literally laughed out loud at the mental image I got of you sitting on your window sill and littering on your floor. Haha. :)

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june in ireland April 11, 2011 at 3:31 pm

Oh…my…stars…this looks so delicious! I’ve not had a gyro (the Middle Eastern cafes here call them shawarmas, but I’m pretty sure they’re either the same thing or very similar) in too long a time (months!) and after reading this (and seeing the food porn…emmm….I mean, photos of the gyros), I want one right now.

Have you ever made your own flat bread? Not pita, but something like this? It’s called lafa or laffa bread (Turkish and/or Iraqi), but it’s similar to naan, as well. If anyone here has a recipe for this flat bread, please please please can you share it with me/us? I’ve made my own pita bread but it’s nothing as sponge-y or dough-y or comfort-foodie as this particular bread is.

Thanks for sharing! I’ve just subbed to your blog over the weekend, and I love it.

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Alexa @ Simple Eats April 11, 2011 at 3:37 pm

Lemon and chicken are always delicious together, this looks insanely good!

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Autumn @ Good Eats Girl April 11, 2011 at 5:45 pm

Seriously, gyros are one of my favorite things to eat and all of these are making me HUNGRY! I’m definitely going to have to try this recipe…it looks amazing!

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Nicole April 11, 2011 at 6:02 pm

Oh my goodness, that looks SO good!!! I CANNOT wait for your cookbook to come out someday! :)

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Anna April 11, 2011 at 6:37 pm

I am a sucker for anything tossed in tzaziki. This post literally made me laugh out loud but…honestly…they pretty much always do!

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Bee April 11, 2011 at 6:46 pm

We need some street food in Western Mass. We have the Herrell’s Magic Bus, but I think that is fast becoming a myth. Really sad I didn’t end up trying any street food in LA, it really isn’t a thing over here and it makes me sad. These look delicious by the way. I feel like I’ll have to buy a bag of flatbread and try all these out some week :)

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Laura @MotherWouldKnow April 11, 2011 at 8:10 pm

Love gyros and yours look divine. There is nothing better than a simple, healthy meal that can be eaten with your hands. Can’t wait to try this recipe. Great idea to mix fresh dill with dried oregano & thyme. In this season, we can get fresh dill, but the other herbs are a bit tougher to find fresh and more expensive too, so dried is the way to go.

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Kristina @My Life as a Mrs April 13, 2011 at 8:11 am

These look amazing! I have been on a mediterranean food kick lately. My uncle is Lebanese, so we grew up eating this type of food – love it! Question – what type of flatbread did you use for these? They look delish!

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Can You Stay for Dinner April 13, 2011 at 2:31 pm

Thanks Kristina! I found this pack of flatbread in the deli-bakery section of my local supermarket (QFC which is the same as Kroger). They’re fabulous because they’re slightly charred, but still moist and olive oily :)

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keepsmeoutofmischief April 13, 2011 at 1:49 pm

Delish – you’ve just inspired me to get some chicken out of the freezer ready to make this tomorrow night when I get in from work!

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sophistimom April 14, 2011 at 4:17 pm

Oh, that last picture is my favorite. I want a gyro now.

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Can You Stay for Dinner April 14, 2011 at 4:56 pm

Thank you! I want a gyro now too :)

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Kelli April 15, 2011 at 7:41 am

Sooooo making this tonight! Thanks for the inspiration!

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jason April 15, 2011 at 9:41 am

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fajas colombianas April 15, 2011 at 9:51 am

where could I get those type of bread?. Those flat breads aren’t locally available in our place.

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Kitchen Diva April 17, 2011 at 10:23 am

This recipe looks absolutely delicious!!

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Bekka April 19, 2011 at 7:49 pm

I made these tonight! So easy and tasty! Thanks for posting!

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Can You Stay for Dinner April 20, 2011 at 6:22 am

Wonderful to hear, Bekka! Glad you liked them!!

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iscribbler April 22, 2011 at 7:28 pm

I just made these and they are so good! Another winner and keeper. Thank you for making my dinners so much more interesting and yummy. :)

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Ali April 28, 2011 at 3:05 am

these. are.. THA BOMB!! I just made them, thank you :)

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Masha @themashaultimatum April 28, 2011 at 9:17 am

Wooow…these look unbelievably good. My mouth is watering looking at these photos. I love feta cheese!!! I will try and make those sometime! Great and simple recipe!

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Ariail June 15, 2011 at 6:00 pm

These were awesome!! I cooked them for dinner tonight and my whole family loved them! Thank you so much for posting this recipe. I added a little lime juice and garlic to my Tzatziki sauce though.

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Melissa September 20, 2011 at 7:07 pm

Making these tomorrow with homemade naan instead of pita :)

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Stacie January 4, 2012 at 7:31 pm

Phenomenal!!!! My husband said these were in his top 10 recipes of all time! The only thing I did was add kalamata olives into the mix and some garlic, salt & pepper to sauce. They are so good and I recommend everyone add this to their go to recipe. Would also be perfect for hosting a dinner.

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Julian January 25, 2012 at 8:51 am

awesome recipes you have there,
Thanks for posting, I will add this to my book recipes.

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sarah February 27, 2012 at 5:56 pm

I’ve made these twice this month- yummy. The lemony garlicky pan juices are delicious drizzled over oven roasted broccoli or brussel sprouts. Thanks for the recipe. Also, when I read your exercise history, I just about cried with joy. I’ve kept off 40 lbs for a year, and look forward to not exercising like a demon from now on. I HATE running. I’m taking your advice and plan to spend some pleasant time walking, biking, and doing pilates instead. Thanks.

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Katie March 1, 2012 at 6:25 pm

I made this tonight and it was FABULOUS, thank you very much! I love your recipes, keep up the delicious work!

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Matt P. October 22, 2012 at 10:40 pm

OMG! I tried these today and nothing but amazing! Since I am mediterranean (Spanish/Italian) myself I added a couple things. I followed the chicken reciepe to exact though. AMAZING! I did add diced cucumber to the tzatziki, as well Kalmata olives. I also found a great wheat pita bread. My roomies totally loved them. For sure going to be following more of your reciepes. I also felt amazing after too, sometimes I feel lethargic after a meal. But this time I was full and still felt great. Can’t wait to see what else I get my hands on. ;0)

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BarbaraJohnson February 2, 2013 at 10:20 am

I’d love to receive your blog posts!! I have lots of weight to lose and love your blog!!

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Laura Spence February 9, 2013 at 12:27 pm

This looks SO delicious!! How did you heat up the bread?? MUST make this.

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Michelle March 14, 2013 at 3:15 am

just tried this. came out really amazing TY so much!!!

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Elizabeth April 9, 2014 at 10:56 am

Hi! Just a quick question: if you eliminate the flatbread, what would the calorie count of one serving be? Just want to make sure I do this whole thing correctly…

Thanks so much!

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