An easy and delicious way to recreate your favorite Greek restaurant dish at home. This Mediterranean-flavored recipe can be served buffet-style allowing your guests to make their own.

Chris J


Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Souvlaki Marinade:
Tzatziki Sauce (cucumber sauce):


Instructions Checklist
  • In a small bowl, mix the balsamic vinaigrette, juice from 1/2 lemon, oregano, and 1/2 teaspoon black pepper. Place chicken in a large resealable plastic bag. Pour marinade over the chicken, seal, and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

  • Preheat an outdoor grill for high heat.

  • Toss the shredded cucumber with 1 teaspoon kosher salt, and allow to sit at least 5 minutes. In a medium bowl, mix the yogurt, sour cream, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, rice vinegar, and olive oil. Season with garlic, fresh dill, and Greek seasoning. Squeeze the cucumber to remove any excess water; stir into sauce. Season to taste with kosher salt and pepper. Refrigerate until ready to use.

  • Remove chicken from marinade and place on prepared grill. Discard remaining marinade. Cook chicken until juices run clear, about 8 minutes on each side. Remove chicken from heat, and allow to sit about 10 minutes before slicing into thin strips.

  • Place pita rounds on the grill, and cook for about 2 minutes, until warm, turning frequently to avoid burning. Arrange warmed pita, sliced chicken, lettuce, onion, tomato, olives, and pepperoncini on a serving platter. Serve tzatziki sauce and feta cheese in separate bowls on the side. Stuff pita pockets with chicken and toppings to serve.

Partner Tip

Reynolds® Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

Nutrition Facts

764 calories; 40.5 g total fat; 133 mg cholesterol; 3170 mg sodium. 55.9 g carbohydrates; 44.4 g protein; Full Nutrition

Reviews (391)

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579 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 437
  • 4 star values: 111
  • 3 star values: 21
  • 2 star values: 6
  • 1 star values: 4
Rating: 5 stars
We loved this recipe! It's a Friday night tradition for my husband and I to go to our favorite Greek joint and have gyros but freezing temps this evening so I decided to make these at home. Delicious! The sauce was excellent I would recommend adding more lemon greek seasoning and dill. I doubled the garlic as well. I used 2/3 cup balsamic and 1/3 cup olive oil in place of the vinegrette. No grilling tonight so I baked the chicken with some marinade for 45 minutes at 350 degrees. Perfect! Thanks for sharing. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Excellent. I made this in the winter so we didn't use the grill. I broied the chicken 8 min on each side. I used light sour cream and nonfat yogurt and the Tzatziki turned out fantastic and healthy. My husband loved it I loved it. Definitely buy thick quality pita. My store was limited and the pita fell apart a bit but it didn't take away from the taste. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This had fantastic flavor and really hit spot. Reminded me of my husband and I's favorite college Pita haunt. As to the people confused by the recipe's chicken marinade make sure you are using a balsamic vinegrette as specified instead of straight balsamic vinegar 2 TOTALLY different things. Vinegrette is a salad dressing made with equal parts or slightly more Olive Oil to balsamic in addition to garlic herbs etc.. The recipe is just fine as written! Thank you for the walk down memory lane! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This turned out great. I did tweak a few things- kinda without realizing it. (I printed the recipe and left it down stairs!) I used 2 good squirts of lemon juice. And 3 "shakes" of greek seasoning and omited the oregano. I also used a simpler and AWESOME tzatziki sauce... 1 cup plain yogurt 2 T olive oil 1 T lemon juice 1/2 salt 1/2 pepper 1 T chopped fresh dill 3-4 cloves of freshly grated garlic 2 T finely shredded cucumber thats been dried with paper towels 1-2 shakes of greek seasoning. Mix and sit for an hour to chill in fridge. The BEST combo around. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
FANTASTIC!!! A little time consuming to make but 100 % worth the effort involved. If you prep these in stages they're much more manageable to make. I quickly threw together my marinade / tzatziki sauce early this afternoon so all I had to do at dinnertime was grill my chicken (on my indoor reversible grill). To all of you wanting to give this a try I have a few tips to share. First you MUST use balsamic vinaigrette (found in the salad dressings aisle of your grocer) DO NOT use straight-up balsamic vinegar! Vinaigrette contains spices & EVOO to help tame the tartness of the vinegar. Second Greek yogurt is a FAR superior choice for this cucumber sauce. Tzatziki should be thick not thin or watery. Unless you strain your yogurt you will end up w/ runny sauce. Greek yogurt has already been strained. Yes it's more expensive but it's also more convenient. Finally to ensure your cucumbers properly "sweat " toss them w/ salt (salt draws OUT water) & then do what reviewer MOLLE888 did - place in a colander / sieve set over a bowl w/ another bowl on top. Put a heavy can in the bowl to add some pressure & watch the liquid seep to the bottom! You will have PERFECT tzatziki every time (promise!). Served w/ red onion tomatoes & iceberg lettuce (no pepperoncini or olives for us) these are a spot on copycat of our favorite local chain's Athenian chicken pitas! Seasoned curly fries completed our meal. Thanks for sharing Chris!:-) Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I have made this twice and it was a huge it at our house. Don't be scared by all the ingredients. Cooking process is easy. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
my husband lived in greece for two years and says that this recipe was the closest he's ever tasted to the real thing since he's been back in the usa. the sauce is the perfect consistency however he said he'd use more cucumber less dill. i thought it was divine i wanted to drink it it was so delicious! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This was a really great summer recipe. I warmed the pita bread on the grill slightly (it gets crispy quickly). Spend the extra dollar or two for the good pita bread. It makes ALL the difference. I served the pepperoncini whole on the side. I have made this several times and have begun to use balsamic vinegrette in place of the dressing and "Just 2 Good" Italian dressing as a marinade. I also used tin foil to hold the taco-like shape of the pita bread. This keeps it warm too. Perhaps the best tip I have is to use strained yogurt -- I found greek yogurt at the local specialty foods shop but it might be available at Whole Foods / Wild Oats. Also I just cubed the cucumbers b/c I like the crunch. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
I was a little disappointed with this recipe. Way too much oregano for my liking and too much vinegar. I think I would add oil to the marinade and just a little oregano. The recipe also needed salt. I will try again but will make some changes. Read More