Gyros Sliders

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Gyros Sliders

Gyros Sliders

Tzatziki Sauce

Gyros were always one of my top choices amongst food truck carts when I was growing up.  Then, when I studied in Europe during college, I ate many more gyros and doner kebabs, especially in France and Germany.   Gyro {the Greek interpretation of the Turkish Doner Kebab} is a sandwich consisting of meat roasted on a vertical spit which is then shaved off in thin slices and wrapped in pita bread, topped with tomatoes, onions, and tzatziki sauce.

I really wanted to be able to make gyros as a quick and easy meal so I avoided trying to replicate the traditional meat altogether.  Instead of spending hours roasting meat on a vertical spit, I simply marinated thinly sliced chicken thighs in gyro seasonings and then built the gyro sandwiches from there.  I realize that my gyro-inspired wraps are technically not gyros because the meat is not cooked in the traditional way.  However, in my opinion, they taste pretty darn close to an actual gyro.  And they are healthier to boot.

My simple marinade approach came out of trial and error.  When I initially attempted gyros a couple of years ago, I tried making a seasoned meatloaf and thinly slicing it to replicate the roasted meat.  Though I followed the loaf method from other recipes, it just didn’t taste the same.  My marinade method essentially makes Greek-flavored tacos and it ultimately satisfies my gyro cravings.

I used mini pitas for my gyro “sliders” but you can use regular pitas if you want full-sized wraps.  I’m now a fan of the mini versions because they make the gyro an option for appetizers and parties and they are also the perfect size for kiddos.

Gyros Sliders
Recipe type: Main Course
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Serves: 4+
Instead of spending hours roasting meat on a vertical spit, I simply marinated thinly sliced chicken thighs in gyro seasonings and then built the gyro sandwiches from there.
  • Pita Bread
  • Chopped tomatoes
  • Thinly-sliced red onion
Gyro Meat
  • 4 chicken thighs, julienned into thin pieces
  • The juice of one lemon
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
  • Dash of cumin
  • ¼ tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp Fines herbs {or dried parsley}
Tzatziki Sauce
  • 2 cups low-fat Greek yogurt
  • 1 cucumber, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 tsp + 2-3 pinches salt
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2-3 tsp white wine vinegar
  • 2 tsp chopped fresh mint
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
Gyros Meat
  1. Mix the marinade ingredients in a bowl or a Ziploc bag.
  2. Place the chicken pieces in the marinade and let them marinate for several hours or overnight, turning the meat periodically to cover all sides with the marinade.
  3. Grill the chicken on the BBQ or place it on a broiling pan and broil it in the oven for 5-10 minutes until it is done. {Cook time will depend on the thickness of the chicken strips.}
Tzatziki Sauce
  1. Line a fine mesh colander with a cheese cloth or a coffee filter. {A paper napkin worked for me.}
  2. Let the yogurt drain for a couple of hours.
  3. Toss the cucumber and 1 tsp salt in a colander.
  4. Let the cucumber mix rest for 30 minutes and then press out the excess water, rinse them quickly and blot them dry with paper towels.
  5. In a separate bowl, mash the garlic cloves and a few pinches of salt.
  6. Combine the drained yogurt, cucumbers, garlic paste and the remaining ingredients.
  7. Finish by seasoning the sauce to taste.
  8. Place the sauce in a sealed container and chill it until you are ready to use.
  1. Broil the pita bread for about one minute on each side to make them warm and soft.
  2. Top the pita bread with cooked chicken, a few dollops of tzatziki sauce, diced tomatoes and sliced onions.
  3. Enjoy them immediately.

Gyros Sliders

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