Chicken gyros are an easy to put together meal that is healthy, flavorful, and not too heavy. You can prep the pickled onions days or even weeks in advance and get the chicken marinating the night before. Once everything is ready to go it only takes about 15 minutes to cook and assemble. I have been loving theses as a really fresh change of pace for dinner.
I have made homemade tzatziki sauce before and I have also bought it. Honestly, the store bought stuff isn't half bad and it saves me time. If you'd like to brighten it up a bit you can add in some fresh dill, lemon juice, and ground black pepper.
Marinade for chicken
1 cup plain Greek yogurt
2 Tbsp lemon juice
1 Tbsp red wine vinegar
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp oregano
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp coriander
1 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp cayenne
1 tsp black pepper
1 tsp salt
Pickled onions (fills one pint jar)
1 large red onion or 2 small
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup white vinegar
1 Tbsp sugar
2 tsp salt
Pinch of red pepper flakes (optional)
Cut the chicken into thin strips. In a dish or ziplock bag combine the chicken with all of the marinade ingredients and toss until well coated. Allow to marinate for at least 2 hours and up to 12.
Make the pickled onions by thinly slicing the red onions and packing into a heat safe glass jar. In a saucepan heat the water, vinegar, sugar, salt and red pepper flakes over medium heat until everything is dissolved and it just reaches a simmer. Carefully pour over the onions in the jar. Gently push the onions below the surface of the liquid and carefully cover and allow to cool. Once cool store in the fridge.
When the chicken is done marinating lay the strips out on a foil lined baking sheet. Set your oven to broil and broil the chicken strips for 4-5 minutes per side, until they just begin to char a little.
When you are ready to assemble the gyros, wrap the flatbread in a clean towel and place in the oven on warm setting. Slice the lettuce and chop the tomatoes, cucumber, and feta.
To assemble take a warm flatbread from the towel and spread with a little of the tzatziki sauce. Top with a few strips of the chicken, some lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, feta, and pickled onions.
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