Easy Chicken Gyros

easy chicken gyros ©Rhonda Adkins Photography 2014

What a week the last week has been.  It was Western Art Week here in Great Falls, I served up a special BBQ Brisket menu, taught a Sushi rolling class and catered at the Portal Art Gallery for 75+ people.  Thank goodness when I got my Secret Recipe Club assignment, I was right on the ball, picked something out, cooked, photographed and got the post all written.  I had so much to do and I wanted to make sure that I was ready for the 3rd Monday of the month.

I was thinking that far ahead… I had been craving Greek food like a mad dog so as soon as I saw that Amy from The Savvy Kitchen had a recipe for a Chicken Gyros I was a gonner.  I even veered from my own self imposed rule of choosing a heritage type recipe.  Considering that Amy is Italian and I love Italian food, I surprised even myself.  But what are you to do with a craving but satisfy it?

Oh yeah, I was on top of it!  Come Monday morning I went to add my link like a good girl and, whaaaat?????  Link not active for another 6 days!? Huh, it is the 3rd Monday right? Right!  Another look at the SRC page and I realized that we weren’t posting until the 23rd, how’d I miss that memo?  So post comes down and now I had nothing for that week ready.  Ugh, I thought I was on ball and now I’m missing a weeks post…sheesh.  Can someone please do a brain transplant for me?

Amy’s blog is filled with mostly low-carb, low-calorie and gluten-free recipes. This chicken gyros recipe is definitely on the healthy side (to make gluten-free skip the pita and use a lettuce wrap).  Better yet it is on the most delectable side, and *gasp*, my baby boy said it was the best chicken gyros I’ve ever made.  I would have been upset with him if I didn’t totally agree. Even Amy gave it a * on her recipe list which equals a personal favorite.

easy chicken gyros ©Rhonda Adkins Photography 2014

I didn’t veer far from the original recipe, however I did use chicken thighs versus breasts (cheaper and moister), I marinated them whole and cooked them on grill.  I was also celebrating an unusually warm day and was happy to be out grilling, sigh, hurry up spring and get here!  I only made 1/2 the sauce which was just right for us.  I served up a side of a Greek salad and finished the night off with an Orange and Tart Cherry Baklava (recipe coming next week).

Amy has a lovely site, an easy to navigate recipe list (thank you Amy I so appreciated that), you all should make a point to stop by and visit!

It’s been awhile since I gave any photography tips, so here’s a long overdue trick I should have shared.  Often when photographing a plate and a napkin food photographers like to tuck the napkin (or cloth) partially under the plate.  It helps give texture and interest to the photograph. The problem is that the plate gets a little wonky so it ends up looking like you have a crooked picture when in fact you don’t.  My fix: I take a small piece of paper, junk mail or whatever is within my reach, fold the paper to the same thickness as the napkin.

easy chicken gyros ©Rhonda Adkins Photography 2014

I tuck it back behind where you can’t see it.

Here’s a bonus tip, sometimes buns, breads, tortillas etc. have a mind of their own and don’t stay where you want them to. Try using a toothpick to secure it in place.  You can arrange it so it can’t be seen or use a photo processing program to remove it (that’s what I did).  Ah the magic of food photography, isn’t it fun!

easy chicken gyros ©Rhonda Adkins Photography 2014

 

Easy Chicken Gyros
Serves 6
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
1 hr 30 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
1 hr 30 min
Tzatziki sauce
  1. 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  2. 1/2 regular cucumber, peeled and seeded
  3. 1 tsp. minced garlic
  4. 1/2 tsp. white wine vinegar
  5. Salt and pepper
  6. Squeeze of fresh lemon juice
  7. Extra virgin olive oil
For the chicken
  1. 2 tsp. minced garlic
  2. Juice of 1 lemon (2-3 tbsp.)
  3. 2 tsp. red wine vinegar
  4. 2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  5. 2 heaping tbsp. plain Greek yogurt
  6. 1 tbsp. dried oregano
  7. Salt and pepper
  8. 1 1/4 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs
The works
  1. Pita bread, warmed
  2. Spinach leaves
  3. thin sliced onion
  4. thin sliced tomatoes
  5. feta cheese (optional)
  6. black olives (optional)
Instructions
  1. Grate the cucumber, place in a paper towel and squeeze out the excess moisture. Mix the yogurt, cucumber, garlic, lemon juice, vinegar, olive oil and salt and pepper. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to let 'bloom'.
  2. For the chicken, in a zipper top plastic bag, mix the garlic, lemon juice, red wine vinegar, olive oil, yogurt, oregano and salt and pepper. Add chicken and let marinate for 1 hour in the fridge or 30 minutes at room temp. Turn your grill or grill pan on high. Grill the chicken until cooked through about 7 to 10 minutes. Let chicken rest 5 to 10 minutes.
  3. To assemble gyros: thinly slice the grilled chicken, layer sauce, spinach, chicken, tomatoes and onions. Top with more sauce, feta cheese and black olives if desired.
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16 Responses to Easy Chicken Gyros

  1. Deanna Segrave-Daly March 24, 2014 at 4:51 am #

    I almost made the same mistake this month! (as the 17th was the 3rd Monday this month 🙂 But so glad you were still able to share this yummy recipe – I love me some gyros but never have made them at home (and thanks for sharing the food styling ala “toothpick” trick.)

    • Giggles March 27, 2014 at 6:10 pm #

      Whew, glad I wasn’t the only one who was on the 3rd Monday wave length. Glad the toothpick trick was a good tip for you.

  2. Amy @ The Savvy Kitchen March 24, 2014 at 6:57 am #

    Thanks for the lovely write-up! We love these gyros in our household. You actually have me wanting to make them again soon!! Glad you enjoyed them as much as we do 🙂

    • Giggles March 27, 2014 at 6:11 pm #

      Amy, I really did enjoy your blog. I’m still drooling over these gyros and will be making them again. So glad I got you this time.

  3. A Couple in the Kitchen March 24, 2014 at 8:02 am #

    What a gorgeous plate of food. Great pick!!!

    • Giggles March 27, 2014 at 6:12 pm #

      Thanks, it really was a great pick!

  4. Melissa March 24, 2014 at 8:15 am #

    I love Greek food, and gyros are my favorite. This recipe is one I’ll be trying, I’m pinning it now!

    • Giggles March 27, 2014 at 6:16 pm #

      Melissa this will be totally worth it, don’t wait to long though or you’ll be sorry on how long you have missed out on it.

  5. Erin @ Making Memories March 24, 2014 at 8:20 am #

    Oh my! Looks absolutely wonderful. I could eat tzatziki sauce on anything and everything!

    • Giggles March 27, 2014 at 6:17 pm #

      Haha, Erin, I have to confess I could eat tzatziki on anything (or even drink it).

  6. Stephanie March 24, 2014 at 8:48 am #

    This looks delicious. Making heritage recipes is a good idea, but I always love a great gyro

  7. sara March 24, 2014 at 10:07 am #

    These look great! I love gyros and love that there is an easy way to make them at home. Great SRC pick!

  8. Chris March 25, 2014 at 11:08 pm #

    Your pictures make me want to eat the screen! I have never made gyros..these look like an amazing jump off meal! Great SRC choice.

    • Giggles March 27, 2014 at 6:18 pm #

      Yay, I love it when photos make you want to eat the screen. Even if you have never made gyros, you’ll find these ones really easy to make.

  9. Debra April 2, 2014 at 4:08 pm #

    You have been busy! Apparently so have I b/c I have neglected your posts. Love this gyro. (Missed the sign up for SRC this month — bummed out but I picked up an orphan and posted with group D. )

    • Giggles April 6, 2014 at 5:57 pm #

      How nice of you to pick up an orphan! Wouldn’t it be nice if we had enough time to do everything?!