Chicken Gyro Salad with Tzatziki Sauce

In the realm of Mediterranean cuisine, few dishes can rival the delightful flavors and textures of a Chicken Gyro Salad with Tzatziki Sauce. This recipe is a celebration of fresh ingredients, bold spices, and the iconic Tzatziki, creating a culinary journey that transports you straight to the vibrant streets of Greece. Whether you’re a seasoned home cook or just starting your culinary adventures, this dish promises a taste of the Mediterranean sun on your plate.

Who is This Recipe For?

This recipe caters to those who crave the zesty, herb-infused essence of Greek cuisine. It’s perfect for anyone looking to explore a wholesome yet exotic meal, bringing the heartiness of grilled chicken and the coolness of Tzatziki together in a satisfying salad.

Chicken Gyro Salad

Why It’s Great

What makes this Chicken Gyro Salad exceptional is its versatility. It’s a complete meal that combines protein, veggies, and a burst of refreshing Tzatziki, making it a go-to option for a quick weeknight dinner or a wholesome lunch. Plus, the assembly is a breeze, allowing you to enjoy a taste of Greece without spending hours in the kitchen.


Prepare for a Mediterranean feast with the following ingredients:

  1. Boneless, Skinless Chicken Thighs: Perfect for grilling and absorbing the flavorful marinade.
  2. Greek Salad Greens: A blend of crisp lettuce, juicy tomatoes, cucumbers, and red onions.
  3. Kalamata Olives: Briny and bold, these olives add a punch to the salad.
  4. Feta Cheese: Creamy and tangy, feta is a must-have for the authentic Greek touch.
  5. Cherry Tomatoes: Bursting with sweetness, these tomatoes enhance the salad’s vibrancy.
  6. Red Onion: Thinly sliced for a mild kick.
  7. Tzatziki Sauce: A refreshing blend of yogurt, cucumber, garlic, and herbs.
  8. Pita Bread: Optional but highly recommended for that gyro experience.

Kitchen Equipment Needed

  1. Grill or Grill Pan: For achieving that perfect char on the chicken.
  2. Mixing Bowls: For marinating the chicken and tossing the salad.
  3. Whisk: Essential for creating a smooth and creamy Tzatziki.


Embark on this Mediterranean adventure with the following steps:

Marinating and Grilling the Chicken

  1. Prepare the Marinade: Mix olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, oregano, salt, and pepper in a bowl.
  2. Marinate the Chicken: Coat the chicken thighs in the marinade, ensuring each piece is well-covered. Allow it to marinate for at least 30 minutes.
  3. Grill the Chicken: Grill the marinated chicken thighs until fully cooked, achieving a beautiful char on each side. Set aside to rest before slicing.

Assembling the Chicken Gyro Salad

  1. Prepare the Salad Base: In a large bowl, combine the Greek salad greens, cherry tomatoes, sliced red onion, Kalamata olives, and crumbled feta.
  2. Slice the Grilled Chicken: Cut the grilled chicken into thin strips.
  3. Assemble the Salad: Arrange the sliced chicken over the salad base, creating a vibrant and hearty mix.

Crafting the Tzatziki Sauce

  1. Combine Ingredients: In a separate bowl, whisk together Greek yogurt, grated cucumber, minced garlic, fresh dill, lemon juice, salt, and pepper.
  2. Chill the Tzatziki: Allow the Tzatziki to chill in the refrigerator for at least 15 minutes to enhance the flavors.

Serving the Gyro Salad

  1. Warm the Pita Bread: If using, warm the pita bread in the oven or on the grill.
  2. Plate and Drizzle: Plate the Chicken Gyro Salad, drizzle generously with Tzatziki, and serve with warm pita bread on the side.

Tips and Shortcuts

Time-Saving Tips

Ingredient Substitutions

Shortcut for Tzatziki

Use a food processor to quickly grate the cucumber for the Tzatziki, saving both time and effort.

Recipe Swaps and Variations

Vegetarian Option

For a meatless twist, replace the chicken with grilled halloumi or marinated tofu, maintaining the protein and flavor balance.

Gluten-Free Variation

Ensure your Tzatziki is gluten-free and opt for gluten-free pita bread or skip it altogether for a gluten-free alternative.

Kitchen Equipment

Essential Tools

  1. Grill or Grill Pan: Infuses a smoky flavor and grill marks into the chicken.
  2. Mixing Bowls: Essential for marinating, tossing the salad, and preparing the Tzatziki.
  3. Whisk: Creates a smooth and creamy texture for the Tzatziki.

Substitutes for Specialized Equipment

Storing Leftovers

Best Practices for Chicken

Store leftover chicken separately to maintain its texture. Reheat gently in a pan or microwave before adding to the salad.

Tzatziki Storage Tips

Tzatziki keeps well in the refrigerator for up to a week. Stir well before serving leftover sauce to ensure a consistent texture.

Food and Drink Pairings

Wine Recommendations

Pair this Chicken Gyro Salad with a crisp Assyrtiko or Sauvignon Blanc. The acidity complements the Tzatziki, enhancing the overall dining experience.

Non-Alcoholic Pairings

A glass of homemade lemonade or a refreshing cucumber mint cooler serves as the perfect non-alcoholic accompaniment, cleansing the palate between bites.

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In conclusion, the Chicken Gyro Salad with Tzatziki Sauce is a celebration of Mediterranean delights. From the succulent grilled chicken to the cool and herby Tzatziki, every bite is a harmony of flavors. Thank you for joining us on this culinary escapade, and we look forward to sharing more global tastes with you.

Chicken Gyro Salad with Tzatziki Sauce

Recipe by Sarah JenCourse: saladsCuisine: GreekDifficulty: Easy


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Transform the classic chicken gyros into a healthier rendition with this quick and easy Chicken Gyro Salad, featuring succulent chicken bites and a homemade tzatziki sauce loaded with the zesty essence of dill. A refreshing and satisfying meal ready in just 20 minutes!


  • Chicken:
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 to 1.25 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces

  • 2 to 3 teaspoons dried oregano

  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt, to taste

  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, to taste

  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

  • Salad:
  • 6 cups lettuce (Romaine or Iceberg recommended)

  • 1 cup tomatoes, diced or halved if using cherry/grape tomatoes

  • 1 cup English cucumber, diced small

  • 1 cup crushed pita chips

  • 1 cup diced or crumbled feta cheese

  • ½ cup red onions, diced small

  • Tzatziki Sauce:
  • 8 ounces plain Greek yogurt (must be Greek yogurt, 0% fat used)

  • About 1/2 English cucumber, finely grated (about 2/3 to 3/4 cup grated cucumber; use coarsest blade of a box grater)

  • 1 clove garlic, finely minced or pressed

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar

  • 2 teaspoons dried dill weed

  • ¾ teaspoon Kosher salt, to taste

  • ¾ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, to taste

  • Pinch sugar, optional and to taste


  • For the Chicken:
  • In a large skillet, heat olive oil, add chicken, sprinkle with oregano, salt, and pepper. Cook over medium-high heat for about 5 minutes, flipping intermittently.
  • When chicken is 90% cooked through, reduce heat to medium-low, add red wine vinegar and lemon juice. Simmer for an additional 1 to 2 minutes. Set aside off the heat.
  • For the Salad:
  • In a large bowl, combine lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber, pita chips, onions, chicken, and any cooking juices from the pan. Set aside.
  • For the Tzatziki Sauce:
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together all tzatziki sauce ingredients. Adjust flavor with additional salt, pepper, lemon juice, or a pinch of sugar if necessary.
  • Drizzle the sauce evenly over the salad to taste. Serve immediately for the freshest experience.
  • Nutrition:
  • Serving: 1,Calories: 737kcal,Carbohydrates: 54g,Protein: 64g,Fat: 29g,Saturated ,Fat: 9g,Polyunsaturated ,Cholesterol: 157mg,Sodium: 1892mg,Fiber: 6g and Sugar: 11g


  • For a thicker tzatziki sauce, wring out the grated cucumber in a clean kitchen towel.
    Extra sauce can be stored airtight in the fridge for up to 3 days, noting it may thin out over time as cucumbers release their juices.


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