Easy Crockpot Chicken Gyros

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Easy Crockpot Chicken Gyros are generously seasoned with onion, lemon, and oregano. A few minutes of preparation then the crock pot does the work!

Easy Crock Pot Chicken Gyros

Easy Crockpot Chicken Gyros

These Crockpot Chicken Gyros are the easiest chicken gyros you will ever make, hands down. Prep time is hardly anything and the Crockpot does most of the work. I love the sauce that goes on these, too. It is  simple to make and complements the seasoned chicken perfectly.

What is a Gyro?

A gyro is a Greek dish made with seasoned lamb, veal, pork, beef or chicken. In a gyro, the meat is traditionally cooked on a vertical rotisserie, but cooking it in the Crockpot is easier and more convenient. The seasoned meat is usually wrapped in a flatbread or pita and topped with red or white onions, tomatoes, and tzatziki sauce. If you’ve never had tzatziki sauce, it is a must try. This creamy sauce made with Greek yogurt, cucumber, dill, lemon, and other herbs and seasonings to taste. Tzatziki sauce is a delicious complement to the seasoned meat and onions.

Crockpot cooking keeps meat tender, juicy

My problem with gyros is that sometimes they turn out dry. What better way to make these nice and tender than to throw them in the Crockpot? I wasn’t quite sure how they would turn out but they were AWESOME β€” better than I was expecting actually. The chicken was perfectly moist and the flavor was infused throughout. Seriously, I will never make gyros any other way again.

Because I have small kids at home so I made these “kid-friendly” for them by serving the chicken mixture over rice. The next day I shredded the chicken up, put it over the flatbread with the tomatoes, sprinkled some cheese over the top, and microwaved them for 30 seconds. I cut them into “pizza slices” and the kids devoured them!

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Easy Crock Pot Chicken Gyros

Easy Crockpot Chicken Gyros

5 from 9 votes
Easy Crockpot Chicken Gyros are generously seasoned with onion, lemon, and oregano. A few minutes of preparation then the crock pot does the work!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 2 hrs
Total Time 2 hrs 10 mins
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Greek
Servings 6

Equipment

  • Crockpot

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Add butter and onions to crockpot. When butter is melted, stir onions around to coat in butter.
  • Add chicken to the bottom of the crockpot, placing the pieces evenly over the onions.
  • Add lemon zest, lemon juice, chicken broth, oregano, and salt and pepper.
  • Cover and cook on high for approximately 2 hours or on low for 3-4 hours.
  • Serve by placing a little chicken mixture on each flatbread and topping with Tzatziki sauce and sliced or diced tomatoes.

Notes

Try the recipe to our Tzatziki Sauce.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 230kcalCarbohydrates: 7gProtein: 12gFat: 17gSaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 57mgSodium: 348mgPotassium: 251mgFiber: 1gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 675IUVitamin C: 9.2mgCalcium: 77mgIron: 0.9mg

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Erica Walker

Erica lives in Boise, Idaho with her husband, Jared, an attorney, and her beautiful three girls. Beyond the world of recipes, she loves adventuring with everything from kayaking, to cruising, to snowboarding and taking the family along for the thrill ride.

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  1. 5 stars
    Have this in right now! hope it turns out, Smells good so far! I added a bit more chicken broth and an extra breast, also cooking from frozen. Wish me luck πŸ™‚

  2. It doesn’t say weather the chicken breast be frozen or thawed out before putting them in? I would assume un frozen but just want to double check.

  3. I have this on the go in the crockpot right now…but I had to comment because my name is Echoe as well (my parents threw an e on the end…you know, to distinguish me from all the other kids named Echo I’d go to school with πŸ˜‰ ) and I haven’t met another Echo before!

    1. I’ve never seen your spelling of “Echo” before – I was named after my aunt who was named after a friend of my Grandmothers. The name continues to go through the family. My sister, Emily, named her daughter Echo. Where did your parents get your name?

      1. One breast can be between 6 and 8 ounces, so I would recommend 3-4 chicken breasts depending on the size. If they are larger, use 3. Thank you for asking!

  4. This doesn’t specify white or dark meat chicken… I used breasts, and cooked on low for an hour and 45 minutes β€” turned out dry and over cooked. Still tastes great though! I added a little paprika in the beginning, then after removing the chicken, turned the heat up to high until the onions were carmelized, and the sauce reduced slightly.

    1. You can use either depending on your taste. I’m sorry the breasts turned out dry. This time and low heat worked for me, maybe try cooking for less time next time. Crock Pot temps can vary. Thank you for sharing your ideas!

  5. 5 stars
    Thanks for sharing this fab recipe – I’m making it for our New Year’s Eve dinner! πŸ™‚