Chicken, Main Dish, Slow Cooker

Slow Cooker Chicken Gyros

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Every year, the Greek Festival comes to Salt Lake City and my husband and I love to go. We have no Greek ancestors or links to Greece of any kind, but Greeks just know how to put on quite the party and we always have such a good time! One of my favorite parts is all the delicious food . . . seriously, they have some of the most amazing grub.
I was thinking about a gyro that I had there last year and decided to try and make a chicken gyro of my own. I decided to adapt it for the slow cooker so that it would make my life even easier and it worked perfectly!
This meal was a good way to mix up our menu and my kids liked it . . . they are getting so cultured! (Ha ha- I don’t even know how Greek this dish really is . . . all I know is that it tastes good and my kids like it!)

Slow Cooker Chicken Gyros
1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1 onion, diced
1/4 cup water
1 tablespon olive oil
2 Tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon oregano
1/4 teaspoon allspice
1 teaspoon lemon pepper

Spray crock pot with non-stick cooking spray. Place chicken breasts inside slow cooker. Mix remaining ingredients together in a bowl and pour over chicken breasts. Cook on HIGH for 3-4 hours or LOW 6-8 hours. Shred chicken and serve with pocketless pita bread, sliced tomatoes, sliced onions, sliced cucumbers, lettuce, and Tzatziki sauce (I highly recommend making it! It’s very simple and adds so much to the chicken!).

Recipe adapted from Tide and Thyme.

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    • says

      You can put the frozen chicken in the slow cooker. Check to make sure they are cooked through before shredding. May take a little longer to cook if frozen.

      • melanie says

        Cook frozen chicken in your slow cooker if you want to breed bacteria. The USDA recommends that you cook fully thawed chicken in the crock pot to avoid poisoning yourself.

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  1. Amanda says

    We’re putting this in the crock pot for tonight’s dinner – even my picky 7 yo son is looking forward to trying them. My husband is allergic to cucumbers, however, so we’re going to have to try plain sour cream instead of tzatziki sauce but I’m going to make it for myself another time :). Thanks for the awesome recipe – it’s a nice change from the usual!

  2. Shelby says

    FYI- gyro meat is a shaved mixture of lamb and beef. :) So it would be a chicken pita, not a chicken gyro pita unless the gyro meat is in there too. I used to work at a Greek restaurant and didn’t know that before either :)

    • LB says

      If you are going to leave an information comment, please make sure you do your homework. Gyro meat can be veal, pork, chicken, lamb, etc.

  3. Jessica says

    I made these last night for my family and they turned out absolutely amazing!! The chicken had great flavor and the combination of it with the fresh veggies was wonderful :) My 1 year old actually ate the cucumbers!! Will definitely be making this again! Thanks ladies! Your delicious recipes have made it easy to figure out what to make for dinner! I know that no matter what I try it will be amazing!!

  4. Robin says

    I will make this today, using chicken thighs, I’m sure they will be more moist than breast meat, I can’t wait until suppertime! Thanks!

  5. Britney Bouldin says

    Can you mix all ingredients the night before and put in fridge? So you can place in crockpot in the morning just turn on?

  6. Ashley says

    I am making this for dinner – looks great! One question, you call for oregano, do you use 1 tsp dried oregano leaves or 1 tsp ground oregano? Thanks!

  7. Olya says

    I tried this recipe. The flavoring of the chicken isn’t right for gyros. It missed the mark. The tzatziki sauce was good though.

  8. Chantel says

    My husband can’t stop talking about these. He loved them! Definitely a keeper. Great summertime meal.


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