Chicken gyro

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Preparation time
75 mins
Cooking time
35 mins
2 people
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4 Medium
Boneless chicken thighs
1 Tablespoon
1 Teaspoon
1 Small
Zest of Lemon
2 Tablespoon
Greek yoghurt
2 Tablespoon
Smoked paprika
2 Teaspoon
Chilli flakes
1 Tablespoon
dried thyme
1 Teaspoon
1 Teaspoon
Black pepper
60 Milliliter
Extra virgin olive oil
15 Milliliter
Juice of half a lemon
1 Cup
For The Sauce: Tzatziki sauce; greek yoghurt
1 Small
Cucumber (peeled)
1 Teaspoon
1 Tablespoon
White wine vinegar
1 Medium
Clove of garlic (minced)
3 Tablespoon
Extra virgin olive oil or greek olive oil
1 Teaspoon
Black pepper
1 Tablespoon
Fresh dill
1 Small
Extra vegetables: Cucumber
2 Large
Roma or regular tomatoes
1 Large
Red onion
4 Medium Boneless chicken thighs1 Tablespoon Coriander1 Teaspoon Cumin1 Small Zest of Lemon2 Tablespoon Greek yoghurt2 Tablespoon Smoked paprika2 Teaspoon Chilli flakes1 Tablespoon dried thyme1 Teaspoon Salt1 Teaspoon Black pepper60 Milliliter Extra virgin olive oil15 Milliliter Juice of half a lemon1 Cup For The Sauce: Tzatziki sauce; greek yoghurt1 Small Cucumber (peeled)1 Teaspoon Salt1 Tablespoon White wine vinegar1 Medium Clove of garlic (minced)3 Tablespoon Extra virgin olive oil or greek olive oil1 Teaspoon Black pepper1 Tablespoon Fresh dill1 Small Extra vegetables: Cucumber2 Large Roma or regular tomatoes1 Large Red onion
Chicken gyro

Gyro is pronounced (Yee-row)

It is a Greek dish that is typically served on a pita bread. Made with stacked meat(same way meat is stacked for shawarma) that has been cooked on a vertical rotisserie. The meat can be grilled on a skillet or in an oven. You can use either chicken breast or chicken thighs for this dish. But chicken thighs retain it’s juice more. Chicken breast easily gets dry if not cooked the right way. 

  1. * First, clean and pat dry boneless chicken thighs. Set aside
  2. In a large bowl mix together the first 12 listed ingredients; coriander, cumin, zest of lemon, clove of gralic, cumin, greek yoghurt, paprika, chilli flakes, dried thyme, salt, black pepper, extra virgin olive oil, juice of half a lemon. Mix until well incorporated.
  3. Toss in the cleaned chicken thighs into the bowl of mixed ingredients and mix very well until chicken is well coated.
  4. Cling film the bowl of chicken and marinate for 1 hour in a chiller. You can also marinate the chicken overnight in a chiller for a more tastier and flavourful chicken.
  5. After an hour, take the chicken out and prepare a baking tray (place a foil paper on your baking tray and grease it with cooking oil) to grill the chicken thighs. Grill each side of the chicken thighs for 15 mins, each( after the first 15 mins, flip the chicken thighs and grill the other side for another 15 mins). That is 30 mins all together.
  6. If you don't have an oven, use a skillet or any good heavy pan. Grill each side of the chicken thighs for 15 mins each until well brown and caramelised.
  7. Chop the chicken thighs into bite sizes and set aside.
  8. Get the extra cucumber, roma or regular tomatoes, red onion. Clean and deseed cucumber and tomatoes. Dice or slice the vegetables. Toss all vegetables in a bowl and drizzle some lemon juice, extar virgin olive oil, add a pinch of salt, some black pepper and some zest of lemon. Give a quick mix and set aside.
  9. For the Tzatziki sauce: First, wash, peel and deseed the cucumber. In a clean bowl, grate the cucumber. Add a pinch of salt and set aside. After 5 mins get a kitchen towel or a cheese cloth. Squeeze out the excess juice from the grated cucumber until no liquid is left. Set aside. The salt helps the grated cucumber to release it's juice. We don't want our sauce to separate with water in it.
  10. In a clean deep bowl, pour in the greek yoghurt. Add the salt, black pepper, extra virgin olive oil, white wine vinegar, minced garlic and the squeezed cucumber. Give it a mix and add the chopped fresh dill. Mix well and chill in a fridge or chiller for some minutes. .
  11. On a clean surface place your fresh pita bread. Spread a good amount of tzatziki sauce on the pita bread. Assemble the prepared vegetables (cucumber, tomatoes and onion mix)
  12. Add the grilled chicken thighs.
  13. Drizzle some olive oil and lemon juice. Wrap to taste.
  14. Can be served with extra tzatziki sauce in a ramekin with fried yam or potato chips.
  15. This recipe serves two people. Enjoy!

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