December 8, 2023


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Straightforward Rooster Gyros {New and Improved}

5 min read

This simple hen gyro recipe is easy and scrumptious! The yogurt lemon marinade provides tons of taste and is ideal with the tzatziki, flatbread and toppings!

Rooster gyros are considered one of our favourite weeknight meals, and this recipe delivers each in taste and ease!

Chicken gyro in flatbread wrapped in parchment.

Rooster Gyro Marinade

This new and improved simple hen gyro recipe was born out of my need to take this older recipe and simplify it a bit. I posted that recipe virtually 15 years in the past, and we’ve made it loads! So it’s no shock that over the past decade, I’ve made some modifications to make it even higher.

The marinade for the hen is the primary enchancment!

This yogurt-based marinade is step one to juicy, flavorful, tender hen.


  • plain yogurt
  • lemon juice + purple wine vinegar
  • oregano
  • garlic
  • olive oil
Pouring yogurt marinade over chicken.

I favor grilling the hen (I pop it on my pellet grill at 375 levels F), however it may also be cooked on an indoor grill pan, broiled within the oven, or most likely even air fried.

The important thing to completely juicy hen is to cook dinner it simply till an instant-read thermometer registers 165 levels F when inserted on the thickest half. Don’t over cook dinner! (However clearly, don’t beneath cook dinner both 😉)

Grilled chicken breasts in white dish.

Fast Tzatziki Sauce

Whip up the simple tzatziki sauce whereas the hen marinates.

Two essential professional tricks to make this fast tzatziki sauce work:

  1. Squeeze each final bit of additional liquid out of the shredded cucumber (additionally, utilizing a seedless cucumber helps).
  2. Use further thick plain Greek yogurt. Skinny yogurt will make the tzatziki sauce too runny.
Glass bowl with yogurt, garlic, pepper and shredded cucumber.

How one can Serve (and Eat!) a Rooster Gyro

Wrap the hen items in flatbread, pita bread, and even naan bread (we frequently use the stonefired naan bread from Costco).

Prime with tzatziki sauce, feta cheese and another toppings that decision to you. Lettuce, tomatoes, olives, purple onions (or pickled onions – yum!).

This recipe is definitely considered one of our household’s favourite dinners.

It’s customizable (I’m taking a look at you, little one of mine, who eats hen + flatbread solely), really easy, and the flavour profile is correct up there with a few of my favourite recipes within the historical past of ever. I load my gyro up with all.the.yummy.issues and revel in each final chunk!

Top down view of two chicken gyros in flatbread on plate with lemon slices, tzatziki, tomatoes and lettuce.

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Two chicken gyros in flatbread with tzatziki, tomatoes and lettuce on gray plate.

Straightforward Rooster Gyros New and Improved

Rooster Marinade:

  • ½ cup plain yogurt
  • ¼ cup contemporary lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons purple wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoons dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon finely minced garlic (or 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder)
  • 1 teaspoon coarse kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon coarsely floor black pepper
  • 1 ½ kilos boneless, skinless hen breasts or thighs

Tzatziki Sauce:

  • 1 medium English/seedless cucumber
  • 1 ½ cups plain Greek yogurt (further thick – see notice)
  • 1 tablespoons contemporary lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons finely minced garlic (or 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder)
  • Pinch salt and pepper

Flatbread + Toppings:

  • 6 items flatbread or pita bread
  • Crumbled feta cheese, chopped tomatoes, lettuce, olives, purple onions, and so forth.
  • For the hen, whisk collectively all of the marinade elements. Place the hen in a shallow dish or ziploc bag. Pour the marinade over the hen and refrigerate for 1 to 2 hours or as much as 4 hours.

  • For the tzatziki, shred the cucumber on the small holes of a field grater. Wrap the shredded cucumber in a clear kitchen towel and wring out extra liquid till the cucumber may be very dry. You must have about 1/2 cup shredded cucumber.

  • Stir collectively all of the tzatziki elements. Season to style with extra salt and pepper, if wanted. Refrigerate till able to serve.

  • Preheat an outside grill, indoor grill pan, or oven broiler to medium or medium-high warmth. Cook dinner the hen for 4-5 minutes both sides till the hen is cooked via and an instant-read thermometer reads 165 levels F inserted on the thickest half. Tent the hen with foil and let relaxation for 5-10 minutes.

  • To serve, slice the hen and serve in flatbread or pita bread with tzatziki sauce, feta cheese, and different toppings, as desired.

Yogurt for Tzatziki: use extra-thick plain Greek yogurt for the tzatziki so it isn’t runny. If  the yogurt you’re utilizing has further whey on high when opening the container, drain that off earlier than utilizing. 
Rooster: the yogurt and lemon juice assist tenderize the hen – but when the hen marinates too lengthy, it might probably develop an “off” texture due to these acidic elements. For that motive, I don’t suggest marinating longer than 4 hours (ideally sticking to the 2 hour mark). Additionally, it’s most popular to make use of hen breasts or hen thighs. Rooster tenders are a bit too “fragile” for this recipe until you solely marinate for 30-45 minutes.

Serving: 1 gyro (with tzatziki sauce however no extra toppings), Energy: 386kcal, Carbohydrates: 36g, Protein: 34g, Fats: 11g, Saturated Fats: 2g, Ldl cholesterol: 75mg, Sodium: 836mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 3g

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