Yogurt Marinated Chicken Gyro

Tonight’s dish is inspired by my husband having food envy because his British friends WhatsApped him their Doner Kebab from the local Fish Fry shop in Newcastle, England 😉 A Doner Kebab is seasoned meat cooked on a vertical rotisserie and has inspired similar dishes such as the Greek gyro and Mexican al pastor, check out my taco al pastor post.

This was from the Fry Shop in Alloa, Scotland

We’ve made various types of gyros or kebabs at home because David loves a throwback from time to time and who am I kidding, I love ❤ creating these at home because they’re delicious😋 and I’ll stack my versions against any fry shop 😉

Both gyros and kebabs are often served wrapped or stuffed in pita, A gyro includes tzatziki sauce, tomato and red onion. The kebab generally contains a salad of lettuce, cabbage, tomato, onion, cucumber and various types of sauces, i.e. garlic and chili. Tonight I’m going with yogurt marinated chicken and tzatziki sauce, hence the gyro. I don’t have a vertical rotisserie and I know many will say this isn’t a traditional gyro as a result, but my oven cooking process is still super tasty and I turn the chicken from time to time creating that rotisserie char 😋

For my chicken gyro, I use a yogurt marinade with various spices, lemon and garlic. This marinade could be made without the gyro fixings and would be delicious with couscous, rice, or salad side. I hope you enjoy!

Chicken Marinade Ingredients

  • 2lbs of chicken thighs, cut into 2 inch pieces
  • 16oz of greek yogurt
  • 2 cloves of garlic, smashed and chopped finely
  • Juice from 1/2 of a lemon
  • 1TBS of garam masala
  • 1tsp of ground cumin
  • 1/2tsp of turmeric
  • 1/2tsp of chili powder
  • 2TBS of EVO
  • Salt & pepper

Fixings for your Gyro

  • Tzatziki, check out my recipe
  • Sliced tomato, cut thinly
  • Red onion, cut thinly
  • English cucumber, cut thinly
  • Pita

Instructions

1. Begin by adding your marinade, with the exception of the chicken, ingredients in a mixing bowl.

2. Combine together and set aside.

3. Now cut your chicken into 2 inch pieces and place in a bag or bowl for marinating.

4. Now add the marinade and thoroughly mix together. Marinade in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to 4 hours.

5. After the chicken has marinated, it’s time to prepare your skewers. Either use metal skewers or wood soaked skewers.

6. Add 3-4 pieces of chicken to each skewer folding the chicken pieces before piercing them with the skewer point.

Note: Add parchment paper or a silicone baking mat if you want to avoid the charred yogurt clean-up on your sheet pan. Also if you’re able to balance the skewers it helps create an even cooking process.

7. Bake at 375 degrees for 45 minutes to 1 hour turning throughout the cooking process to create the char.

8. Meanwhile prepare your fixings and warm your pita in the oven, grill or your gas stove.

9. Once the chicken has the desired char, remove from the oven and slice into bite size pieces for your pita.

10. Now time to build your gyro and enjoy, cheers 🍻

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