Greek Chicken Gyros, OPA!

Oh boy do I love me a gyro! More broadly I LOVE Greek food; tzatziki, hummus, feta, pita – all delicious, and this slow cooker version of the classic Greek gyro is no exception, it will surely bring a fervent ‘OPA’ to your lips.

I know some folks are wary of a slow cooker; it’s true at some point we’ve all ended up with some beige, bland, and watery mystery meat but I assure you this recipe will yield fabulous results! Still skeptical? Check out these tips for the best slow cooker results.

The main part of this recipe is the Slow Cooker Shredded Greek Chicken but with some extra toppings and additions you can transform this delicious meat into one mean Greek Chicken Gyro! Here’s how it all goes down:

For the Slow Cooker Shredded Greek Chicken you’ll need:

  • 3-4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (could use thighs)
  • The juice of 1 lemon (FRESH SQUEEZED ONLY!)
  • ¼ c water
  • A drizzle of olive oil
  • A heavy drizzle of red wine vinegar
  • 2 cloves of garlic, crushed (or more if you’re not in a smooching mood)
  • ½  an onion, diced
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • A pinch of allspice
  • A pinch of red pepper flakes
  • Salt ‘n’ pepper
  • You can also sprinkle some fresh oregano into the finished product if you have it on hand, however it’s not necessary

Shredded Greek Chicken

Toppings & Extras:

  • Pita/Naan
  • Tzatziki
  • Romaine lettuce, chopped
  • Tomato, chopped
  • Cucumber, chopped
  • Red onion, finely sliced
  • Feta, crumbled

Toppings for Gyros

Mix all of the ingredients for the shredded chicken in a bowl (minus the chicken itself). Place the chicken in your slow cooker and pour the mixture over chicken. Cook on low for 8-9 hours. SO EASY!

You can also do this the night before and store it in the fridge until you’re ready to go, in the morning just pop the uncooked chicken and marinate in your slow cooker and cook all day. I actually prefer to do it this way as it serves as some extra marinating time for the chicken and keeps it extra juicy.

Once your chicken is cooked through shred it up with a couple of forks and pour out any excess liquid. Now all you have to do is assemble, layer a pita with tzatziki (or hummus for dairy free), chicken, lettuce, tomato, cucumber, onion, and sprinkle with feta.  Eat up!

Greek Chicken Gyros

Oh and consider making your own tzatziki! All you need to do is chopped some fresh mint and dill, shred a ¼ of a cucumber (just on a box grater – depending on the type of cucumber you have you may want to seed it first by running the tip of a spoon along the seeds to remove), crush some garlic and add all that to some plain Greek yogurt. I also like to add in some lemon juice and salt ‘n’ pepper.

Cheers!

Recipe adapted from Six Sisters Stuff.

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3 thoughts on “Greek Chicken Gyros, OPA!

  1. I am actually going to try this recipe, probably this coming weekend. We’ve been experimenting with crock pot shredded chicken at my house, and it’s great to have some variety! 🙂

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