let me start off with the obvious: i am not from greece, turkey, or any another country with a long and storied tradition of cooking meat vertically and cramming it into delicious sandwiches. that said, the best chicken gyro with tzatziki sauce i ever had was either the one i had in berlin, germany (which apparently has quite a brisk ‘doner kebab’ business, as this type of wrap is known there) or the one i ate in vianden, luxembourg. my point is, let’s not allow concerns about authenticity to stand in the way of getting a delicious and reasonably healthy dinner on the table tonight.
and as a bonus, we don’t even need to rig up a vertical meat cooking device. a large skillet will be just fine for this version with chicken. it’s actually a pretty simple recipe, in terms of technique.
now, if you’ve skimmed ahead to the actual recipe and noted that the ingredient list is a bit on the long side, just think of this recipe like tacos: cook a bit of meat with some spices, chop some veggies, add cheese and warm carbs, then enjoy! we’ve got this, right??
in case the taco analogy didn’t persuade you and you’re more of the weekend meal prep type (can you teach me how to be so organized and realistic about time?!), then may i point out how well this recipe takes to advance prep? to get a head start, you could:
- chop the yellow onion and green pepper,
- trim, pound, and slice the chicken,
- combine the salt through pepper for the chicken (i’d leave the lemon and garlic until you started cooking),
- put together the tzatziki sauce (without the cucumber, which will get watery),
- and cut up the lettuce, red onion, and feta
and then once it was time to actually make dinner, it would practically be done.
i’ve learned over the years that my ambition when meal planning for the week tends to exceed my energy when it comes time to actually prepare what i planned but this is one recipe that i have made repeatedly over the past few years because it’s just so good. it’s especially nice because my husband and i can each customize our own gyros to our particular tastes (all the chicken and all the crushed red pepper for my husband and all the everything to the point where i’d need a flexible titanium pita if i expected the wrap to hold all of the fillings for me).
all of this is to say, i do hope you try this chicken gyro with tzatziki sauce because it really is delicious and very manageable, even on a weeknight. just remember: tacos.