Slow Cooker Greek Chicken Gyros with Tzatziki

Slow Cooker Greek Chicken Gyros with Tzatziki is a combination of seasoned chicken, tender vegetables and a classic cool cucumber sauce. It’s a  Mediterranean classic made easier with the help of a crock pot.  Wrap the contents in pillow like flat bread for a mouth watering meal any day of the week. It’s so light and delicious and exploding with Greek flavor. This will become a favorite way to make your next gyro.

Turn this quick meal into a Greek festivity by serving it along side one of these amazing salads. Greek Broccoli Pasta Salad, Greek Spinach Pasta Salad or Greek Salad with the BEST dressing. And don’t forget the Pita Chips and Hummus!
Slow Cooker Greek Chicken Gyros with Tzatziki seasoned chicken, tender vegetables and a classic cool cucumber sauce wrapped in a flat bread.

Slow Cooker Greek Chicken Gyros with Tzatziki

Slow Cookers are a busy household’s life saver. Throw the ingredients in the crock pot in the morning and poof! Dinner is ready in the evening. These Greek Chicken Gyros are no exception. Super simple and quick to come together, you’ll love being able to have that fresh Greek flavor so easy to do.

Tender heart healthy chicken is seasoned just right and combined with veggies and a light yogurt tzatziki sauce wrapped in a warm soft flatbread. It’s actually good for you so go ahead and indulge.  Packed with flavor, the creamy tzatziki adds a touch of coolness and tang to the rich Greek spices and flavors of the chicken and vegetables. It’s a match made perfect and effortless with the help of your slow cooker. Have it again and again.

Greek Chicken Gyros with Tzatziki Ingredients:

  • Chicken Breasts: Use skinless boneless chicken breasts and slice them evenly.
  • Onion: Yellow or white onions work well.
  • Garlic: Fresh minced garlic has an intense flavor.
  • Oregano: Use dried oregano.
  • Salt & Pepper: to taste
  • Olive Oil: Helps add flavor
  • Red Wine Vinegar: Besides giving the chicken flavor the vinegar helps to tenderize the meat.
  • Lemon Juice: Also is a tenderizer for the chicken and gives it nice zing.
  • Water: Helps keep the chicken moist and juicy.

Tzatziki Sauce Ingredients:

  • Greek Yogurt: Plain Greek yogurt is the one to use, do not use flavored.
  • Cucumber: Skin the cucumber before grating.
  • Garlic: Fresh Garlic is best
  • White Wine Vinegar: Adds the nice zing without causing the sauce to turn color.
  • Dried Dill: Important spice for tzatziki, use dried dill weed.
  • Oregano: Classic staple spice in Greek cooking.
  • Salt & Pepper: Add to taste
  • Lemon: Balances the vinegar
  • Olive Oil: Helps bind the ingredients together and make it creamy.

How to Make Slow Cooker Greek Chicken Gyros with Tzatziki

  1. Slow Cooker:  Grease the slow cooker with cooking spray. Add the chicken. In a bowl combine the onion, garlic, oregano, salt, pepper, olive oil red wine vinegar, lemon juice and water till nice and combined. Pour over the chicken and cook on low for 6-8 hours or high for 4-6.
  2. Sauce: In a medium bowl combine the yogurt, cucumber, garlic, white wine vinegar, dill, oregano, salt and pepper and lemon juice. Stir until combined. Drizzle the olive oil over the top and refrigerate for 30 min. to let the flavors blend.
  3. Serve: Place warm chicken with desired veggies on a warm flat bread. Pour dressing over the top and enjoy.

 

Chicken in a slow cooker with peppers and onions.

 

Tips For the Perfect Gyro and Tzatziki

  • Cucumber: You can use either regular or English cucumbers. Be sure to peel and seed your cucumber before grating. Once gated drain the cucumber get rid of any excess water. You can place in a cloth and squeeze or place in a strainer and lightly press the liquid out.
  • Smooth: For a smoother texture to your Tzatziki sauce place your cucumber in a food processor and pulse about 10-15 times.
  • Variations: You can skip the pita and serve on a bed of chopped lettuce for a nice Chicken Gyro Salad or serve over rice or quinoa or lentils for a Grain Gyro Bowl
  • Store: Leftover chicken will keep in the fridge for up to 4 days and in the freezer for 3 months.

Add ins for a Scrumptious Chicken Gyro with Tzatziki

Greek Gyros are so nice because everyone can customize their own, however I suggest at least trying it with feta and kalamata olives for that authentic flavor. Here are some other suggestions.

  • Sliced Tomatoes
  • Red Onion
  • Sliced Peppers
  • Feta Cheese
  • Kalamata Olives
  • Pepperoncini peppers
  • Lettuce
  • Warm Flat Bread (not Pita Pocket Bread)
  • Avacado
  • Chickpeas

 

Slow Cooker Greek Chicken Gyros with Tzatziki seasoned chicken, tender vegetables and a classic cool cucumber sauce wrapped in a flat bread

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Slow Cooker Greek Chicken Gyros with Tzatziki

4.5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 10 minutes
Author Alyssa Rivers
Servings 4 Servings

Easy to make chicken gyros that only take minutes to throw into the slow cooker! They are light and delicious and packed with delicious flavor!

Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American, Mediterranean

Ingredients

  • 2 lb boneless skinless chicken breast
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • Juice of 1/2 medium lemon
  • 1/3 cup water

Tzatziki Sauce:

  • 2 cups plain greek yogurt
  • 1 cucumber finely grated
  • 2 to 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon dried dill weed
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Juice of 1/2 medium lemon
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

Options for serving:

  • warm pita bread
  • red onion
  • red pepper
  • romaine lettuce
  • cucumber diced
  • sliced tomatoes

Instructions

  1. Spay a slow cooker with cooking spray. Add the chicken to the slow cooker. In a small bowl combine onion, garlic, oregano, salt, pepper, olive oil, red wine vinegar, lemon juice, and water. Pour over chicken. Cook on low for 6-8 hours or high for 4-6.
  2. To make the sauce: In a medium bowl combine greek yogurt, cucumber, garlic, white wine vinegar, dried dill week, dried oregano. Salt and pepper to taste and add lemon juice and drizzle olive oil on top. Refrigerate for 30 minutes to let the flavors blend.
  3. Prepare chicken on warm greek pita bread with desired veggies and sauce on top.
Nutrition Facts
Slow Cooker Greek Chicken Gyros with Tzatziki
Amount Per Serving
Calories 471 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Fat 20g31%
Saturated Fat 3g15%
Cholesterol 150mg50%
Sodium 596mg25%
Potassium 1122mg32%
Carbohydrates 10g3%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 59g118%
Vitamin A 137IU3%
Vitamin C 8mg10%
Calcium 164mg16%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.

 

Alyssa Rivers

I am Alyssa and the blogger behind The Recipe Critic. I started my blog in June of 2012 as a place to share my passion for cooking. I love trying new things and testing them out with my family.

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  1. Looks delicious. Are you supposed to add lemon juice to the tzatziki sauce? It is in the ingredients, but not the directions. Thanks!

  2. Do you shred the chicken after its cooked and then mix it back in with the juices? Also, what veggies do you recommend? And do you cook those in the slow cooker as well?

  3. recipe looks great! this will be my first time ever using the slow cooker. do you think it’s fine if i add frozen chicken and just cook it for longer?

  4. Just made these tonight and they were AH-MAZING! The sauce was excellent and we piled it on. Thank you for such a keeper of a recipe!

  5. This recipe was a huge hit for my Bunco group! One woman is Greek and said the tatziki was spot-on❤️ I’m hosting another event this week and choose it again. Thank you!

    1. I added feta cheese, marinated roasted red bell peppers and kalamata olives to the condiment bar.

      Last time I shredded the chicken after cooking. This time I am going to slice before cooking. I’ll try to remember to update preference afterwards.

    2. I added feta cheese, marinated roasted red bell peppers and kalamata olives to the condiment bar.

      Last time I shredded the chicken after cooking. This time I am going to slice before cooking. I’ll try to remember to update preference afterwards.

  6. There are two separate sets of directions/ingredient setup for this link. it’s very misleading and causes mistakes, which I have done due to the confusion. Hope it turns out ok.

  7. Made this for dinner last night! So delicious, Alyssa! I served it over rice instead of in a pita, and sautéed the chicken for a minute when it was done to give it some crispy edges 🙂 I’m very happy to have leftovers for the week!

  8. Whoops! I didn’t read the whole recipe and taking the description from Pinterest, I mixed the greek yogurt/lemon juice/red pepper and onion directly into the crock pot. I figure we’ll have it over rice or quinoa, make it into a “deconstructed gyro”.

    So, there’s that…will update: it might be amazing!

  9. One of the best dishes I’ve made in a long time. Really tasted about as good as anything I did buy in a restaurant. Definitely a keeper!

  10. 5 stars
    Making these for the second time tonight, and I’ve been eager to eat them all week! The homemade tzatziki is so fresh and delicious. Can’t forget to top with feta cheese!

  11. 4 stars
    Loved it and SO easy. I cooked my chicken on low for 5 hours and the chicken still dried out but I suspect my slow cooker is to blame so you just have to know your equipment really well. I still loved it because the tzatziki sauce was excellent. I didn’t have white wine vinegar (my bad) so I used rice vinegar and it was still good! We also used store bought garlic roasted naan bread. I can’t wait to have it again.

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