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Keto Gyros | Chicken Gyros

A mountain of chicken meat for Keto Gyros

It’s time for another Greek Keto recipe. Today we’re making gryos with chicken. These are also often made with lamb or pork. Now gyros is normally a wrap but today I’m just giving you a recipe for the gyro meat.

This recipe is super simple to make. You just marinate the meat. I show you how to make a vertical skewer which makes it feel like the rotisserie that it’s normally cooked on. Then you can probably assemble your own wrap. Replace the regular pita bread with my Keto coconut naan or Keto almond flour tortilla recipe.

Fill that wrap with this chicken gyro meat, some vegetables like tomato, red onion, lettuce etc and finish with some tzatziki sauce. Tzatziki is basically make with Greek yogurt and cucumber. I’ve done a recipe for that as well. It’s a delicious sauce flavored with garlic and dill.

Are gyros keto friendly?

Well the original Gryo is not but like with most things we can make them low-carb and Keto friendly. The Gyro meat itself from a restaurant is Keto friendly and in most places they have an option of just ordering the meat.

The meat marinade will vary as well in each gyro recipe. Everyone has their own set of spices and ingredients they like to use. Mine was quite simple with yogurt, olive oil, garlic, lemon juice and lemon zest. For the spices black pepper, paprika, cumin and some more which you can find in the recipe below.

 

Keto Gyros Chicken Gyros

What kind of meat is gyro made of?

Gryos are made from a variety of meats. I’ve seen versions with pork, lamb and even ground beef and ground lamb. It’s basically stacked up vertically and then cooked on a spit/rotisserie. Of course you get smaller version of these machines to make your gyro meat recipe at home. You cut slices of the meat while it’s rotating and cooking. But not all of us have this option.

I think for this the oven is the best option. Of course if you don’t have an oven you can just pan fry the meat and slice it up. Honestly I think that might actually get you a better result. But when you have a crowd to feed this little make shift tower of meat is very impressive.

Now I would recommend placing some parchment paper of foil actually below your meat tower while you bake it to make clean up easy. You could also have an oven proof bowl or casserole dish instead which collectiosn the juices which you can use to baste the meat as it cooks.

What Greek food can I eat on keto?

Well I for one love Greek food and ingredients. You can easily consume stuff like feta cheese, kalamata olives and use herbs like oregano, marjoram and thyme to flavour your dishes. I’ve got a bunch of recipes as well and will be doing more. Try my Keto Greek Salad or my Greek Scrambled eggs.

Keto gyros

Keto Gyros Chicken Gyros
Keto Chicken Gyros
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Delicious chicken cooked on a DIY skewer. Greek style!
Servings Prep Time
10 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
60 minutes 60 minutes
Servings Prep Time
10 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
60 minutes 60 minutes
Keto Gyros Chicken Gyros
Keto Chicken Gyros
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Votes: 23
Rating: 3.61
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Rate this recipe!
Delicious chicken cooked on a DIY skewer. Greek style!
Servings Prep Time
10 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
60 minutes 60 minutes
Servings Prep Time
10 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
60 minutes 60 minutes
Ingredients
  • 1 Kg Boneless & Skinless Chicken Thighs
  • 400 grams Full Fat Greek Yogurt
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • the juice of half a lemon
  • the zest of 1 lemon
  • 10 grams Minced Garlic
  • 1/2 Tbsp Salt
  • 1/2 Tbsp Pepper
  • 1/2 Tbsp Paprika
  • 1/2 Tbsp Cumin
  • 1/2 Tbsp Coriander Powder
  • 1/4 Tbsp Red Chilli Flakes
  • 1 Tbsp Fresh or Dried Thyme You can also use oregano
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Instructions
  1. Mix the yogurt with the olive oil, lemon zest, lemon juice, minced garlic, salt, pepper and spices in a big bowl. Set the marinade aside and move on to the chicken
  2. Place some cling film over the chicken thigh and beat it with the flat end of the meat mallet to even it out. This will help it cook more evenly. Do this to all the thighs.
  3. Then marinate the thighs in the marinade for about 24 hours. You can marinate it for a shorter duration as well. It's completely up to you.
  4. Then cut a thick piece of onion and push a skewer through it to create a vertical spit. Then pierce and layer the chicken one above the other in opposite directions (watch the video) and then bake in a pre-heated oven at 200C for 1.5-2 hours.
  5. Once done just slice that chicken and eat with some tzatziki or in a Keto naan or even in a salad bowl.

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18 Comments

  • Reply
    mel
    February 26, 2020 at 9:21 pm

    Hi! Would love to try this recipe. Do you plan on publishing macros for this?

    • mm
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      Sahil Makhija
      February 27, 2020 at 3:49 am

      Yes I’ll do it soon. Just been a bit tied up.

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        Mel
        February 27, 2020 at 10:25 pm

        Thank you! Can’t wait to try this!

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          Jose
          November 29, 2020 at 1:25 pm

          I’d like to try this for Christmas dinner as a centrepiece ? Where are the Macros?? Please.

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    Bradley Kramer
    February 29, 2020 at 9:41 am

    Sahil, are the wooden skewers to be soaked in water before using?

    • mm
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      Sahil Makhija
      March 1, 2020 at 3:22 am

      No required because it’s pretty much covered and it’s not being cooked on coals or anything but just as a precaution you can if you like but I didn’t do that.

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    Raktim Das
    March 1, 2020 at 5:58 am

    which olive oil would you recommend for high heat cooking and safe also?

  • Reply
    Kam Srivastava
    April 18, 2020 at 3:01 pm

    Sahil,

    I must say this is the first keto / Low carb site I have found where the recipes give authentic tastes. My wife and myself are working through your recipes and really enjoying ourselves and our mealtimes – I am the constant fatman on the constant keto and my wife is naturally thin – she was growing very weary of the low carb way of life.

    We tried the Gyros and it came out fantastic – one thing that came to mind was that in the UK it is very difficult to make authentic tandoori in a conventional oven. We are going to try this method with tandoori marinade – has this ever crossed your mind?

    We will let you know how we get on!

    many thanks
    Kam and Sweety (UK)

    • mm
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      Sahil Makhija
      April 19, 2020 at 4:09 am

      hey thanks Kam. I’ve got 2 tandoori chicken recipes on the website, you can check them out. And glad you enjoying all the food.

  • Reply
    Aruna Khanzadaa
    June 16, 2020 at 6:07 pm

    I am so excited to try this! Brilliant!!

  • Reply
    Sonja
    November 30, 2020 at 12:13 am

    I am making this now. Looks fabulous and I love the t-shirt your wearing so I ordered one 🙂

    • mm
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      Sahil Makhija
      November 30, 2020 at 2:39 am

      Thank you so much!!!

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    Caroline O'Toole
    November 30, 2020 at 11:36 pm

    I have tried your gyros, chilli and curry. Your recipes are so delicious, easy to follow and I’m even starting to like death metal. Thank you Sahil.

    • mm
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      Sahil Makhija
      December 1, 2020 at 3:47 am

      haha thank you so much Caroline! That’s music to my ears.

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    Ruari
    March 18, 2021 at 5:03 pm

    Just started keto a couple of weeks ago and have made SO MUCH from your website. Making this for me and a friend tomorrow – can’t wait! Keep defending the faith brother.

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    Josh
    July 8, 2021 at 8:33 am

    Could you please include this on MyFitnessPal?

    • mm
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      Sahil Makhija
      July 8, 2021 at 11:49 am

      Yeah gonna work on it, can’t believe I completely forgot about this.

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