Chicken Gyros Recipe

Looking for a familiar flavor or something completely out of this world? Let’s try chicken gyros that seems like another world!

Chemistry may sound intimidating sometimes but none the less fascinating, especially when it comes to chemistry in the kitchen. With a subtle change, we can create something entirely different than what existed before.

Of course, we shouldn’t be surprised by such occurrences, since the building blocks of the universe, the miniature specks called atoms, are only different from one another by the number of building elements protons, neutrons, and electrons they have.

With one proton and electron, we’ve got hydrogen, meanwhile with 8 of those, there is oxygen while 79 of the same things would make gold.

To make things more exciting, string theory proposes that those building blocks are actually not small specks that got raked together somehow, but rather one dimensional, vibrating energy loops, hence the word string.

Essentially string theory says that the parts of the atoms are all made up of the same type of thing. The difference between these building elements is nothing more but different wavelength of their vibration.

It’s like saying that everything is made up of egg whites but depending on how quickly we beat it, egg whites stay liquid or develops hard peaks. If that wouldn’t be enough to chew on, the number of eggs whites, we throw into the bowl determine if we end up having focaccia, soda bread or pita bread.

Luckily, the properties of subatomic particles stay at subatomic level, otherwise we had a really hard time doubling any recipe. Once we step into the realm of our touchable world where atoms got together in big lumps to form bigger touchable entities, we have to employ all sort of tricks to make one dish different from the other.

Curiously, this system of ours doesn’t always work perfectly. Not because we call every similar dish the same, no matter what ingredients are in there, like in the case of gnocchi, Greek salad, or Chicken fricassee, but because sometimes we peg totally different names to something that differs only marginally from the original dish, like it’s the case with gyros.

Gyros is doner kebab but with tzatziki sauce. Gyros, similarly to doner, simply means turn which refers to the vertical turn spit the meat is roasted on.

Although it seems like gyros is a lot of things due to the letter ‘s’ at the end of the word, it is only an optical illusion brought to us by the English language.

The pronunciation of the beginning of the word is none the less annoying than the ending of it. Although there were some clever dudes overseas who solved this issue by simply writing the word down as it should be pronounced. Australians use the word yiros to describe this tasty dish and that is how Greeks actually pronounce it Yee-ros too.

The Greek gyros (Yee-ros) is generally made with pork but over the country borders other kind of meat like the less common lamb and beef or the more widely adopted chicken can be seen.

Making authentic gyros at home can be pretty hard without a vertical grill and a spit that rotates the meat around. Unless we are pretty good at DIY and really want to go with the real deal, we can get away with golden brown seared pieces of chicken from our favorite skillet.

We may just stick pieces of meat onto a skewer and stand it into the oven to roast. Apart from that being an incredibly messy task, it’ll take an eternity to wait for the meat to be seared and several eternities more for the rest of the meat after the first cut.

Sure, pieces of meat won’t be as fancy looking as in the kebab or in this case Gyros shops but with enough tzatziki and a bit of love we can create as good a Gyros as anyone in the Universe.Gyros meat recipe - SunCakeMom

Ingredients

Gyros meat

  • 2 lb /1 kg Chicken
  • 1 Onion or red onion (finely cut)
  • 3 cloves Garlic (finely cut)
  • 2 teaspoons Salt
  • 2 teaspoons Black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons Paprika (optional)
  • Optional herbs: (use only two at a time)
    • 2 teaspoons Oregano
    • 2 teaspoons Rosemary
    • 2 teaspoons Thyme
    • 2 teaspoons Cumin
    • 2 teaspoons Marjoram

Serving gyros

  • Tzatziki sauce (Check out How to make Tzatziki Sauce Recipe)
    • 1 Cucumber
    • 1 clove Garlic
    • 2 cup / 500ml Greek yogurt
    • 1 tablespoon Extra virgin olive oil
    • 1 teaspoon Salt
    • Optional:
      • Dill or Mint or Parsley
      • Lemon juice
  • Pita (store bought, skillet or oven made) Pita Bread Recipe
  • Lettuce, onion, tomato and optional hot sauce

How to make Chicken gyros

  1. We need to have stripes of meat for this, so slice the meat up.Gyros meat recipe - SunCakeMom
  2. Mix the stripes of meat with the herbs and spices in a big enough bowl. Adding a half cup of cooking oil will help us make this a smoother experience. It’s recommended to place the meat in the fridge for at least a couple of hours to marinate but in case of emergency, we can start roasting it immediately.Chicken herbs and spices
  3. Sear the stripes of meat with a little oil in our favorite pan. We can also roast it on a grill.Gyros meat recipe - SunCakeMom

Serving Gyros

  1. Gyros meat can be served on its own with a bit of salad but it truly shines through some Tzatziki sauce and pita bread. Make Tzatziki sauce by mixing Greek yogurt with grated cucumber, garlic, olive oil, dill and some salt. Check out how to make Tzatziki sauce. Tzatziki Sauce Recipe - SunCakeMom
  2. Fill the meat into a store bought or even better homemade pita bread. Nothing compares to some freshly made pita bread!

Enjoy!Gyros meat recipe - SunCakeMom

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Chicken Gyros Recipe

Looking for a familiar flavor or something completely out of this world? Let's try chicken gyros that seems like another world!
Course Main Course, Meal
Cuisine Mediterranean, Sugar free recipe
Servings 5
Calories 279kcal
Author SunCakeMom

Ingredients

Gyros meat
  • 2 lb Chicken
  • 1 Onion or red onion finely cut
  • 3 cloves Garlic finely cut
  • 2 teaspoons Salt
  • 2 teaspoons Black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons Paprika optional
  • Optional herbs use only two at a time
  • 2 teaspoons Oregano
  • 2 teaspoons Rosemary
  • 2 teaspoons Thyme
  • 2 teaspoons Cumin
  • 2 teaspoons Marjoram
Serving gyros
  • Tzatziki sauce Check out How to make Tzatziki Sauce Recipe
  • 1 Cucumber
  • 1 clove Garlic
  • 2 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon Extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • Optional
  • Dill or Mint or Parsley
  • Lemon juice
  • Pita store bought, skillet or oven made Pita Bread Recipe
  • Lettuce onion, tomato and optional hot sauce

Instructions

  • We need to have stripes of meat for this, so slice the meat up.
    Gyros meat recipe - SunCakeMom
  • Mix the stripes of meat with the herbs and spices in a big enough bowl. Adding a half cup of cooking oil will help us make this a smoother experience. It's recommended to place the meat in the fridge for at least a couple of hours to marinate but in case of emergency, we can start roasting it immediately.
    Chicken herbs and spices
  • Sear the stripes of meat with a little oil in our favorite pan. We can also roast it on a grill.
    Gyros meat recipe chicken sear skillet - SunCakeMom

Serving Gyros

  • Gyros meat can be served on its own with a bit of salad but it truly shines through some Tzatziki sauce and pita bread. Make Tzatziki sauce by mixing Greek yogurt with grated cucumber, garlic, olive oil, dill and some salt. Check out how to make Tzatziki sauce.
    Tzatziki Sauce Recipe - SunCakeMom
  • Fill the meat into a store bought or even better homemade pita bread. Nothing compares to some freshly made pita bread!
    Pita bread recipe - SunCakeMom

Notes

Enjoy!
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Nutrition facts calculated for meat and sauce only.

Nutrition (per serving)

Calories: 279kcal (14%) | Carbohydrates: 7g (2%) | Protein: 25g (50%) | Fat: 17g (26%) | Saturated Fat: 4g (25%) | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 69mg (23%) | Sodium: 1024mg (45%) | Potassium: 414mg (12%) | Fiber: 1g (4%) | Sugar: 4g (4%) | Vitamin A: 301IU (6%) | Vitamin C: 8mg (10%) | Calcium: 139mg (14%) | Iron: 2mg (11%)

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