Grilled Chicken Gyro Sandwich

By Rena |

You have to try this Grilled Chicken Gyro Sandwich! It’s so easy to make plus it’s tastier and healthier than takeout. Succulent, marinated chicken breast is grilled to perfection (with those lovely char lines!), then wrapped up with veggies in warm pita and slathered in delicious homemade tzatziki – so good.
Grilled Chicken Gyro Sandwich on wooden board
There’s something about a gyro that brings a smile to anyone’s face and really gets the mouth-watering. Maybe it’s the grilled chicken strips, marinated in herbs and spices, maybe it’s the tangy tzatziki and crunch veggies, or maybe it’s that the whole thing is wrapped up in a fluffy warm pita. Whatever the case, this Grilled Chicken Gyro Sandwich is going to be a hit with your friends and family! Make and enjoy this easy gyro recipe in less than 30 minutes!
If you’re after other delicious chicken recipes, why not also try my Grilled Lemon Garlic Chicken or my Pineapple Chicken Kabobs!

why you’ll love this grilled chicken gyro sandwich!

  • Deliciously marinated chicken. Grilled chicken in a zesty and flavor-packed marinade, made with cumin, herbs garlic, and fresh lemon juice. The marinade also helps keep the chicken lovely and tender.
  • And easy chicken gyro. This is so easy to prep, mainly with pantry staples, and comes together in 20 mins.
  • Healthier than takeout. The chicken is grilled and the gyro is packed with veggies – this is tastier and healthier than takeout.
  • Perfect for the summer. For up the grill and set up your pita, you can assemble these quickly and serve the crowd – these are made for easy summer BBQs!

 

ingredients you’ll need

  • Chicken Breast
  • Seasoning: Salt, pepper, oregano, rosemary, cumin.
  • Garlic
  • Lemon Juice
  • Tzatziki Sauce
  • Veggies: Persian cucumber, tomatoes, onion.
  • Pita Bead
  • Dill (optional)

 

ingredients for Grilled Chicken Gyro Sandwich

how to make these grilled chicken gyro sandwiches

  • Marinade the chicken – Place chicken strips in the marinade, mix thoroughly to coat the chicken. Ideally, allow the chicken to marinate for up to 1 hour.
  • Grill the chicken – Add chicken to a preheated grill and cook until grill marks appear and cooked through, about 8-10 minutes in total.
  • Prepare the gyros – Thinly slice the onion, tomatoes, and cucumbers. Microwave the pita bread for about 1
    minute.
  • Assemble – Load up the pita bread with a spoonful of tzatziki sauce, then add warm grilled chicken on top of the sauce, finally add sliced onion, tomatoes, and cucumbers.
  • Garnish, serve, and enjoy!

 

grilled chicken

close up of gyro

recipe notes and tips

  • You don’t have to marinate the chicken for an hour but it really does add a lovely depth of flavor.
  • Make sure to use a preheated grill.
  • Grease the grill with a bit of oil to prevent the chicken from tearing when you flip it.
  • You can use flatbread, pita, or naan bread.
  • Feel free to mix in other fresh veggies.
  • Make sure to make/buy a good amount of tzatziki – better to have too much than too little!
  • Garnish with fresh dill.

 

faq’s

what to serve with these gyro sandwiches

These Grilled Chicken Gyros are a meal in themselves – super hearty! But you can of course serve them with a whole host of sides. Here are some ideas:

overhead shot of Grilled Chicken Gyro Sandwich

Do I have to grill the chicken?

You can make the chicken however you like, but grilling is an easy and healthier way to cook up the chicken, plus it gives lovely char lines. You can pan-fry, but that can make the chicken greasy. Another way would be to bake the chicken. To bake, heat the oven to 375 F, then shake off any excess marinade from the chicken and arrange them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake in a preheated oven for about 20 minutes or until done.

You can check the doneness with a meat thermometer, if it registers 165F in the thickest part they are good to go!

can I use other cuts of chicken?

Yes, you can use another cut of chicken, especially if that’s what you have on hand. Just note that chicken breasts and thighs will take longer to cook than chicken tenders, so make sure to adjust your cook time.

Again, you can check doneness with a meat thermometer.

can I prep these gyro sandwiches ahead of time?

If you want to make this chicken gyro sandwiches ahead of time, prep the individual ingredients and assemble the gyro sandwiches when you’re ready to eat them. Chicken can be marinated a couple of hours in advance, so ideally prep your chicken and marinade separately, then combine when an hour or two away from servings.

Homemade tzatziki sauce will last for up to three days in the fridge.

hand holding Grilled Chicken Gyro Sandwich

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Grilled Chicken Gyro Sandwich

You have to try this Grilled Chicken Gyro Sandwich! It's so easy to make plus it's tastier and healthier than takeout.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Greek
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Marinate: 1 hour
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 353kcal
Author: Rena

Ingredients

For the gyro meat:

  • 1.5 lb chicken breast cut into strips
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt or to your taste
  • 1/2 teaspoons ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

To assemble:

  • 1 cup homemade tzatziki sauce
  • 1 large red onion thinly sliced
  • 2 beef tomatoes sliced
  • 2 Persian cucumbers thinly sliced on the diagonal
  • 8 pita bread
  • fresh dill to garnish, optional

Instructions

To make the grilled chicken:

  • Place the chicken strips in a large bowl and sprinkle with the seasonings. Add minced garlic, olive oil, and lemon juice. Mix thoroughly to coat the chicken, then if time allows marinate it in the fridge for up to 1 hour.
  • Preheat a grill pan over medium-high heat. Grease the grill with a bit of oil, then add chicken and cook until grill marks appear and cooked through, about 8-10 minutes in total.

To prepare the gyros:

  • While the chicken is cooking, prepare toppings.
  • Thinly slice the onion, tomatoes, and cucumbers. Microwave the pita bread for about 1 minute. For assembling, load up the pita bread with a spoonful of tzatziki sauce.
  • Add warm grilled chicken on top of the sauce. Add sliced onion, tomatoes, and cucumbers.
  • Garnish with fresh dill and serve immediately.

Notes

  • You don't have to marinate the chicken for an hour but it really does add a lovely depth of flavor.
  • Make sure to use a preheated grill.
  • Grease the grill with a bit of oil to prevent the chicken from tearing when you flip it.
  • You can use flatbread, pita or naan bread.
  • Feel free to mix in other fresh veggies.
  • Make sure to make/buy a good amount of tzatziki - better to have too much than too little!
  • Garnish with fresh dill.

Nutrition

Calories: 353kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 59mg | Sodium: 843mg | Potassium: 628mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 847IU | Vitamin C: 16mg | Calcium: 113mg | Iron: 2mg
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