We're incorporating all of those delicious Greek-inspired flavours in this Easy Gyros recipe. I'll show you my hack to get loads of flavour, without the need to marinate, using rotisserie chicken.
It's a meal to give you those holiday feels - all ready in 15 minutes.
Of course this isn't authentic chicken gyros. Usually authentic gyros is made from skewering heavily seasoned meat (often chicken or lamb, sometimes pork) and cooking it slowly on a rotisserie (gyro actually translates to rotation).
This is my ultra easy version - to get that juicy, crispy, spiced meat in super quick time. A way to get those beautiful Greek-inspired flavours to give you all of those holiday feels, without having to buy a rotisserie machine.
📋 What do we need?
This is everything you need to flavour the chicken (the toppings come later).
I use a whole cooked rotisserie chicken that I shred into pieces.
🔪 How to make Chicken Gyros
Full recipe with detailed steps in the recipe card at the end of this post.
The chicken is tossed together with oil , garlic, oregano, paprika, salt, pepper, lemon juice, red wine vinegar and a little honey. The honey may seem like a slightly unusual addition, but it's there to help create that glaze and slight sticky-sweetness you would get if you were slow-roasting the meat (as you would for traditional gyros).
We then grill (broil if you're in the US) the chicken on a tray to get some lovely crispy bits. After a few minutes, we add some stock (so we're keeping the meat juicy), toss together and grill again, and then we repeat a final time.
Altogether you'll be grilling for about 9 or 10 minutes and will turn the chicken a couple of times during that period.
The result is golden, juicy chicken that looks like this:
👩🍳PRO TIP Use a small, shallow roasting tin (<-- affiliate link) for grilling. Mine is a 19.5cm x 26.5cm x 2cm Prestige tin. If you're in the UK the link will take you to the tin I use. If you're outside of the UK, it should take you to a similar sized tin.
Using a smaller tin keeps the stock/juices together with the chicken, rather than letting them run out all over a larger tray - where they'd evaporate (meaning dry chicken!).
🍽️ How to serve
I really like to serve that delicious crispy Chicken Gyro meat with:
- Homemade Tzatziki
- A pinch of dried oregano
- Chopped cucumber
- Vine-ripened cherry tomatoes
- Finely sliced red onion
- Some crunchy lettuce - Romaine or Sweet Gem are great.
I've also been know to serve them with some homemade oven chips too 🙂
Slather that tzatziki on, then roll up and serve. You can secure the ends with some foil or wrap them in baking parchment if you like.
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Easy Chicken Gyros Recipe
- 4 Warmed Greek flatbreads
- 2 Romaine or little gem lettuce - shredded
- ¼ cucumber - chopped into small chunks
- 8 cherry tomatoes - quartered
- ½ red onion - sliced into thin slices
- 4 tbsp tzatziki - try my homemade version
- ¼ tsp dried oregano
- Preheat the grill (or broiler if you’re in the USA) to high
- Place the shredded chicken in a bowl and add the oil, garlic, oregano, paprika, salt, pepper, lemon juice, red wine vinegar and honey.
- Toss it all together until the chicken is thoroughly coated.
- Transfer to a baking tray spread it out to an even layer.
- Place under the grill (or broiler) and grill for 3-4 minutes, until the edges start to get crispy.
- Now ladle over half of the chicken stock, toss everything together and place back under the grill again for another 3-4 minutes, until the edges start to get crispy.
- Repeat for a final time, adding the remaining stock over the chicken, tossing the chicken and placing back under the grill for a final 1-2 minutes, until the chicken is juicy but with crispy bits in there too.
- Turn off the grill and put the chicken to one side.
- Place warmed Greek flatbreads on plates. Top with shredded lettuce, cucumber pieces, chopped tomatoes and sliced red onion. Then spoon the chicken on top of the lettuce, in a line,down the centre of the flatbreads.
- Spoon over tzatziki and sprinkle on dried oregano, then roll up the flatbreads (you can secure with some foil or baking parchment) and serve.
- Swap out the shredded chicken and chicken stock for quorn pieces (or other meat substitute) and vegetable stock if for a vegetarian version.
- Swap out the tzatziki for sweet chilli sauce for a spicy version
- Serve the chicken cold and add coleslaw instead of tzatziki for a crunchy addition that's great for lunch.
- Add your favourite veggies and herbs - sliced radish, peppers, jalapeños, fresh coriander (cilantro), spring onions (scallions) and dill make great additions!
- Double the recipe to serve 8 by doubling all of the ingredients
- Halve the recipe by halving the ingredients (you can replace the whole cooked rotisserie chicken with half a rottiserie chicken 4-5 cooked chicken thighs).
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