Grilled Chicken Souvlaki Gyros

Grilled Chicken Souvlaki Gyros

Grilled chicken marinated in lemon and fresh herbs, served gyro-style on pita bread with tzatziki sauce, tomato, onion, and feta cheese


4 servings


Chicken souvlaki ingredients:

1 pound boneless skinless chicken breast or tenders, cubed for skewers
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 teaspoons fresh oregano, chopped
1 teaspoon fresh thyme
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon lemon pepper seasoning, optional

Tzatziki sauce ingredients:

1/2 cup grated peeled cucumber (seeds removed and juice drained*)
1/4 cup greek yogurt or plain yogurt
1/4 cup sour cream
1 tablespoon chopped oregano
1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon salt

For serving:

4 pita rounds (regular pita bread or whole wheat pita bread)
2 tomatoes, sliced
4 slices of red onion
1/4 cup crumbled Feta cheese, optional
Lettuce (whole leaves or shredded), optional


1. Soak bamboo skewers. Toss the chicken chunks with the garlic, lemon zest, lemon juice, oregano, thyme, salt, and lemon pepper seasoning in a large bowl or Ziplock bag. Allow to marinate for 15 minutes.

Chicken souvlaki

2. While the chicken is marinating, make the tzatziki sauce by mixing the cucumber, yogurt, sour cream, oregano, lemon zest, lemon juice, and salt in a bowl.

tzatziki sauce

3. Preheat grill on HI for 10 minutes (or prepare coals for charcoal). While grill is heating, put chicken on skewers and drizzle or spray with a little oil.

4. Reduce grill heat to medium and grill chicken with lid closed, rotating skewers every 5 minutes or so, until chicken is done (about 10-15 minutes depending on the size of the chunks and your grill).

Chicken souvlaki

5. Serve hot grilled chicken "gyro-style" -- with the pita bread, prepared tzatziki sauce, tomato slices, onion slices, and feta and/or lettuce if using.

Grilled chicken souvlaki gyros

Chicken souvlaki

Additional Notes: 

*I like to squeeze the shredded cucumber in a clean tea towel to remove all juice.

Kalyn from Kalyn's Kitchen blogs about chicken souvlaki and includes her recipe for chicken souvlaki.

Grilled chicken souvlaki gyros

Preparation Time: 

20 minutes + marinade (15 minutes)

Cooking Time: 

15 minutes

Tammy's Review: 

This is YUMMY and easier than it sounds! If you like gyros, you'll love this chicken souvlaki served gyro-style with pita bread, tomatoes, onion, and tzatziki sauce! :)

You can also marinate the meat, get the sauce and toppings ready ahead of time, and then all you need to do is grill the meat when you're ready for dinner. :)

See my blog post about this recipe!

Grilled chicken souvlaki gyros

Grilled chicken souvlaki gyros


We made these for the first time tonight and they were delicious. Very easy to make and the sauce is so good! Looking forward to making this many more times!


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