Simple Hen Gyros {New and Improved}

This simple rooster gyro recipe is easy and scrumptious! The yogurt lemon marinade provides tons of taste and is ideal with the tzatziki, flatbread and toppings!

Hen gyros are one in every of our favourite weeknight meals, and this recipe delivers each in taste and ease!

Chicken gyro in flatbread wrapped in parchment.

Hen Gyro Marinade

This new and improved simple rooster gyro recipe was born out of my need to take this older recipe and simplify it a bit. I posted that recipe virtually 15 years in the past, and we’ve made it lots! So it’s no shock that over the past decade, I’ve made some modifications to make it even higher.

The marinade for the rooster is the primary enchancment!

This yogurt-based marinade is step one to juicy, flavorful, tender rooster.


  • plain yogurt
  • lemon juice + purple wine vinegar
  • oregano
  • garlic
  • olive oil
Pouring yogurt marinade over chicken.

I desire grilling the rooster (I pop it on my pellet grill at 375 levels F), nevertheless it may also be cooked on an indoor grill pan, broiled within the oven, or in all probability even air fried.

The important thing to completely juicy rooster is to prepare dinner it simply till an instant-read thermometer registers 165 levels F when inserted on the thickest half. Don’t over prepare dinner! (However clearly, don’t beneath prepare dinner both 😉)

Grilled chicken breasts in white dish.

Fast Tzatziki Sauce

Whip up the simple tzatziki sauce whereas the rooster marinates.

Two essential professional tricks to make this fast tzatziki sauce work:

  1. Squeeze each final bit of additional liquid out of the shredded cucumber (additionally, utilizing a seedless cucumber helps).
  2. Use additional thick plain Greek yogurt. Skinny yogurt will make the tzatziki sauce too runny.
Glass bowl with yogurt, garlic, pepper and shredded cucumber.

Easy methods to Serve (and Eat!) a Hen Gyro

Wrap the rooster items in flatbread, pita bread, and even naan bread (we regularly use the stonefired naan bread from Costco).

Prime with tzatziki sauce, feta cheese and another toppings that decision to you. Lettuce, tomatoes, olives, purple onions (or pickled onions – yum!).

This recipe is definitely one in every of our household’s favourite dinners.

It’s customizable (I’m you, youngster of mine, who eats rooster + flatbread solely), really easy, and the flavour profile is correct up there with a few of my favourite recipes within the historical past of ever. I load my gyro up with all.the.yummy.issues and luxuriate in each final chunk!

Top down view of two chicken gyros in flatbread on plate with lemon slices, tzatziki, tomatoes and lettuce.

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Two chicken gyros in flatbread with tzatziki, tomatoes and lettuce on gray plate.

Simple Hen Gyros New and Improved

Hen Marinade:

  • ½ cup plain yogurt
  • ¼ cup recent lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons purple wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoons dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon finely minced garlic (or 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder)
  • 1 teaspoon coarse kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon coarsely floor black pepper
  • 1 ½ kilos boneless, skinless rooster breasts or thighs

Tzatziki Sauce:

  • 1 medium English/seedless cucumber
  • 1 ½ cups plain Greek yogurt (additional thick – see notice)
  • 1 tablespoons recent lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons finely minced garlic (or 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder)
  • Pinch salt and pepper

Flatbread + Toppings:

  • 6 items flatbread or pita bread
  • Crumbled feta cheese, chopped tomatoes, lettuce, olives, purple onions, and so forth.
  • For the rooster, whisk collectively all of the marinade components. Place the rooster in a shallow dish or ziploc bag. Pour the marinade over the rooster and refrigerate for 1 to 2 hours or as much as 4 hours.

  • For the tzatziki, shred the cucumber on the small holes of a field grater. Wrap the shredded cucumber in a clear kitchen towel and wring out extra liquid till the cucumber may be very dry. It’s best to have about 1/2 cup shredded cucumber.

  • Stir collectively all of the tzatziki components. Season to style with extra salt and pepper, if wanted. Refrigerate till able to serve.

  • Preheat an out of doors grill, indoor grill pan, or oven broiler to medium or medium-high warmth. Cook dinner the rooster for 4-5 minutes either side till the rooster is cooked by way of and an instant-read thermometer reads 165 levels F inserted on the thickest half. Tent the rooster with foil and let relaxation for 5-10 minutes.

  • To serve, slice the rooster and serve in flatbread or pita bread with tzatziki sauce, feta cheese, and different toppings, as desired.

Yogurt for Tzatziki: use extra-thick plain Greek yogurt for the tzatziki so it isn’t runny. If  the yogurt you’re utilizing has additional whey on prime when opening the container, drain that off earlier than utilizing. 
Hen: the yogurt and lemon juice assist tenderize the rooster – but when the rooster marinates too lengthy, it might probably develop an “off” texture due to these acidic components. For that motive, I don’t advocate marinating longer than 4 hours (ideally sticking to the 2 hour mark). Additionally, it’s most well-liked to make use of rooster breasts or rooster thighs. Hen tenders are a bit too “fragile” for this recipe until you solely marinate for 30-45 minutes.

Serving: 1 gyro (with tzatziki sauce however no extra toppings), Energy: 386kcal, Carbohydrates: 36g, Protein: 34g, Fats: 11g, Saturated Fats: 2g, Ldl cholesterol: 75mg, Sodium: 836mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 3g

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