Cooking For One: Chicken Gyros

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We have had quite a few cucumbers ripen in our garden this week and I wanted to use them in a way that was not just a dipping stick for ranch dressing. Remembering back to the Gyros I had at the Greek Festival last month I thought I would try to recreate a gyro at home.

Here is my version of a Greek Gyro.

Chicken Gyros


2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

For Marinade:
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 lemon, juiced
1/2 tbsp olive oil
1/8 cup diced onions
1 tsp red wine vinegar
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp dried oregano
dash of salt and pepper

1 pack pita bread (not the kind with pockets)
Sliced tomatoes
Sliced cucumbers
Shredded lettuce

Tzatziki Sauce:


2 (8 oz.) containers of plain yogurt
1 regular cucumbers, peeled & seeded
1 1/2 cloves minced garlic
1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon dried dill ( I omitted and it still tasted fine)
dash of salt and pepper


1. Place chicken in a ziploc bag.

2. Mix marinade ingredients together and pour over chicken. Marinade for at least one hour. (The longer the better.)

3. While chicken is marinading make your tzatziki sauce. Simply mix all ingredients from above together. Chill in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.

3. Add 2 tbsp olive oil to skillet and turn on medium heat. While skillet is heating up slice chicken breasts into strips. ( I did this to cut down on the cooking time.)

4. Cook chicken in skillet until cooked through. Probably about 6 -8 minutes.

5. While chicken is cooking heat your pita bread up. I simply put mine in a frying pan for one minute on each side. If you have gas burners you could put write over a low flame.

6. To assemble, spread generous amount of tzatziki sauce on pita. Add chicken slices and top with tomato, cucumbers, and lettuce.

7. Serve hot with fries and sliced cucumbers.


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