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Chicken Gyros

by Mike Price • from the video Homemade Food Truck Favorites

Ingredients

for 8 servings

  • 2 lb
    boneless, skinless chicken thighs, pounded flat (905 g)
  • ½ large yellow onion, peeled and root side removed
  • 1 wooden skewers, sturdy, roughly 10 inches (25 cm)

Marinade

  • 2 cups
    greek yogurt (570 g)
  • ¼ cup
    lemon juice (60 mL)
  • ¾ cup
    olive oil (180 mL)
  • 1 tablespoon
    kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon
    garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon
    coriander powder
  • 1 tablespoon
    paprika
  • 1 tablespoon
    ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon
    cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon
    cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon
    black pepper

Tzatziki Sauce

  • 1 large cucumber, shredded
  • 2 cups
    greek yogurt (570 g)
  • 1 tablespoon
    garlic, minced
  • ¼ cup
    lemon juice (60 mL)
  • 2 tablespoons
    fresh dill, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons
    fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste
  • 8 pita breads
  • onion, sliced
  • tomato, sliced

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Preparation

  1. In a large bowl, combine marinade ingredients and stir well.
  2. On a cutting board, place a piece of plastic wrap over the chicken thighs and pound until about ½ inch (1 cm) thick with a meat mallet, rolling pin, or heavy pan.
  3. In another large bowl or gallon plastic bag, combine chicken thighs and marinade, stirring well to coat. Cover and refrigerate for at least one hour and up to one day.
  4. Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C).
  5. Shred the cucumber, be sure to squeeze out any excess liquid.
  6. In a medium bowl, combine tzatziki ingredients and stir well. Cover and refrigerate at least 30 minutes.
  7. On a baking sheet or a large cast-iron skillet, use the onion half as a base and position the skewer vertically like a spit. Skewer the chicken thighs individually, rotating each one 90 degrees.
  8. Bake for 1.5 to 2 hours, until internal temperature reaches 165°F (75°C). Let cool for 10 minutes.
  9. Carve off slices of chicken to fill a pita. Top with onion slices, tomato slices, and tzatziki sauce.
  10. Enjoy!
 

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