Just make chicken Gyros! You can marinate the chicken in advance and prepare your homemade Tzatziki too! So fast, so good!

Spinning top in front! Is there anything better?

Tzatziki Sauce can be made well in advance, simply by marinating it in the refrigerator and getting better and better when it is sitting. And the chicken can marinate in all these spices – olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, oregano, thyme and paprika.

Now I prefer to throw them on the grill so that they are well charred and smoked, but if you live in a very cold climate and there is no spring/summer in sight (as I did in Chicago), these can be thrown on a cast iron grill pan instead. You should still be able to get that charred goodness!

From there, pack your toasted flatbreads (this can be roasted very carefully on a gas burner or cast iron skillet if you don’t have access to a grill at this point) with the chicken, lettuce, tomatoes, onion and Tzatziki Sauce that has been marinated in the refrigerator. This is a quick meal that everyone will like!

DO I HAVE TO USE NETS?

Not at all! If the Fillets are not immediately available, you can buy chicken breasts (or chicken thighs) and cut them lengthwise into 1/2-inch thick strips.

CAN I DO THIS IN ADVANCE?

Absolutely! The Tzatziki Sauce can be set aside in the refrigerator and the chicken marinated at least 2 hours in advance.

WHAT IF I DON’T HAVE A GRILL?

No barbecue, no problem. A cast iron grill pan or a large cast iron skillet work wonderfully here, especially during the winter months when it’s too cold to grill!

Instruction

For the tzatziki Sauce, mix the Greek yogurt, cucumber, dill, lemon juice, lemon zest and garlic. season with salt and pepper to taste. Reserve in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

In a gallon-sized Ziploc bag, combine the chicken, olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, oregano, thyme, Paprika, 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Leave to marinate for at least 2 hours, turning the bag over from time to time. Drain the chicken from the Marinade and discard the Marinade.

Preheat the grill over medium heat. Add the chicken to the grill and cook, turning occasionally, until the chicken is completely cooked through and reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees F, about 8 minutes.

To serve, hot Pitas on the grill, about 1 to 2 minutes on each side. Cut the Pitas in half and fill them with chicken, romaine lettuce, tomatoes, red onion and Tzatziki sauce.
Serve immediately.

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