Easy Oven-Roasted Chicken Gyros


This meat is so tender, juicy, and full of flavor. The warm richness of the chicken is balanced perfectly next to the cold, tangy tzatziki and fresh crunchy veggies. This tastes super close to authentic Greek street food and is a fun way to entertain with an affordable and impressive meal. 

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs
Additional Time:
4 hrs 10 mins
Total Time:
5 hrs 30 mins
6 gyros

You don't need any fancy equipment to make fantastic baked chicken gyros in the comfort of your own home. Don't believe us? Just try this simple-yet-impressive chicken gyro recipe from culinary producer Nicole McLaughlin (a.k.a. NicoleMcMom). Yogurt-marinated chicken thighs are slowly roasted over onions, creating the most flavorful and juiciest chicken gyro meat you've ever had.

Nicole's Best Baked Gyro Tips

Here are a few of Nicole's best tips for making restaurant-worthy chicken gyros in the oven:

· Cucumbers contain a lot of water, so remove as much excess moisture as possible before you make the tzatziki sauce. You want the sauce to be thick and creamy, not watery!
· The longer you marinate the chicken, the more flavorful it will be. Nicole recommends marinating for at least two to four hours — but overnight is even better.
· If the outside of your chicken thigh tower starts to get a little too brown too quickly, add an aluminum foil tent halfway through.

Note: You can use your favorite homemade tzatziki recipe or you can even use store-bought sauce if you're short on time. However, we recommend this top-rated tzatziki sauce recipe — it's rich, creamy, flavorful, and easy to mix up in just 15 minutes.

Editorial contributions by Corey Williams



  • 1 cup Greek yogurt

  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil

  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt

  • 1 ½ teaspoons paprika

  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander seed

  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano

  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper

  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon

Chicken Gyros:

  • 2 ½ pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs

  • 1 large onion

  • 2 8- to 10-inch wooden skewers

  • 6 pita breads, warmed

  • ½ cup tzatziki sauce

  • ½ cup shredded lettuce, or to taste (Optional)

  • ½ cup diced tomato, or to taste (Optional)

  • ¼ cup diced red onion, or to taste (Optional)


  1. Combine Greek yogurt, olive oil, lemon juice, vinegar, garlic, salt, paprika, black pepper, cumin, coriander, oregano, red pepper, and cinnamon in a medium bowl and stir until well combined. Pound chicken thighs evenly to about 1/2 inch in thickness. Coat all chicken well in marinade, cover, and refrigerate at least 4 hours or overnight.

  2. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

  3. Cut ends off onion and cut onion in half horizontally. Place onion halves next to each other on a parchment or foil-lined rimmed baking sheet. Insert one skewer into each onion half, standing up vertically. Remove chicken from marinade, allowing excess to drip off, and thread each piece of chicken over the two skewers to form a large stack.

  4. Bake in the preheated oven until evenly browned and cooked through, about 1 hour, rotating halfway through. Allow meat to rest for 10 minutes before slicing.

  5. Serve sliced chicken in a warm pita topped with tzatziki sauce, lettuce, tomato, and red onion.

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Cook's Tip:

To achieve deeper charred bits around the meat, crank the heat up in the oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C) during the last 5 to 10 minutes of cooking.

Editor's Note:

Nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of marinade ingredients. The actual amount of marinade consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

531 Calories
38g Fat
35g Carbs
45g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 531
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 38g 48%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 165mg 55%
Sodium 1111mg 48%
Total Carbohydrate 35g 13%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Protein 45g
Potassium 580mg 12%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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