Chicken Souvlaki Gyros with Tzatziki*

When I moved to Tampa, Florida from Houston, Texas I was in culture shock. Gone were my delicious Mexican and Tex-Mex restaurants. And no brisket or any Texas BBQ for that matter. I was devastated. Then as time went on, I found that Tampa has two other prominent fabulous cultures to offer, that while different from what I was used to, were just as amazing. Tampa has a large Cuban influence and…Greek. Ya, I know…Greek is a surprise right? I mean the Cuban culture is not that big of a surprise, but Greek? Well however the Greeks wound up here in Tampa, I sure am glad they did!!

If you ever take a trip to Tampa there are two places you have to visit. First, Larry’s Deli in Land O’ Lakes, Florida. Don’t be surprised when you pull up and it looks like a little shack (they don’t even have a website). It is just a little north of Tampa and has one of the most amazing Cuban sandwiches I have EVER had. Seriously, it is mouthwatering good. It has been featured in the papers, as the best in Tampa, multiple times and it deserves it! Get the 6 inch Cuban Sandwich, All The Way, with the Garlic Butter Press. And prepare yourself for the most amazing sandwich ever. Then after you have recovered, go to Acropolis. They have multiple locations around the Tampa area and order anything that looks good. I promise it is all fabulous! Or, if you would like to immerse yourself in the Greek culture, go to the Sponge Docks in Tarpon Springs, Florida (a short 30 minute drive from Tampa) and eat at Hella’s!

After much begging I finally got a traditional Chicken Souvlaki recipe from the chef at Hungry Greek. He said this is not how they make it there, but this is how he makes it at home for his family…so thank you Rhadamanthus! The Chicken Souvlaki is delicious and can be served a number of ways. But my favorite is to use it in a Gyro with some delicious Tzatziki! The Tzatziki recipe is from a friend of mine, Laura. I made this dinner for a group of friends who are Gyro enthusiasts for what we called “Greek Thursday”. They LOVED it! I was so proud! They especially loved the Tzatziki, and told me that it was so much better then they have had at some of the Greek restaurants around town. I truly love this meal (especially because it is ass friendly), and hope you will too!




Chicken Souvlaki Gyros with Tzatziki


Chicken Souvlaki:
1 lb boneless, skinless, chicken breasts, in bite size pieces
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
4 garlic cloves, minced
3 tablespoons Greek Seasoning (you can purchase this in the spice aisle or make your own)
juice of 1 large lemon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper


6 oz low fat Greek Yogurt
juice of 1/2 of a medium lemon
1 med cucumber, peeled
3 large cloves garlic, minced
Garlic Salt, to taste
Cracked Black Pepper, to taste


Chicken Souvlaki:
Combine all ingredients except chicken, and mix well. Place in a ziplock bag, and add chicken. Shake to ensure the marinade is covering chicken. Allow to marinate in refrigerator overnight.

Remove chicken from marinade, and toss leftover marinade. Thread chicken onto skewers and grill until cooked thoroughly. Remove from Skewers and serve in a Gyro, top with Tzatziki and serve with your favorite sides, or to be a little healthier, serve over a Greek Salad.


Slice cucumber in half, length wise. Using a spoon, scrape out seeds. Finely shred cucumber and place in paper towels and squeeze out extra moisture.

Then combine Greek yogurt, lemon juice, shredded cucumber, garlic, garlic salt, and pepper. Refrigerate in a air tight container for 1 hour before serving.

This makes 3-5 servings, depending on how much you like it! :-)

To serve as a Gyro: Brush whole wheat pita bread with a little olive oil, or butter and then warm in a skillet over medium heat. Then add a little, or in my case A LOT of Tzatziki, tomatoes, lettuce, red onion, and Chicken Souvlaki! Enjoy!

Source: The Novice Chef Original




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21 Responses to “Chicken Souvlaki Gyros with Tzatziki”

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    Jenn — July 23, 2010 @ 2:32 am

    This looks like a tasty gyro! Though I think you meant to say “souvlaki” instead of “slovakia”….

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    Sharlene — July 23, 2010 @ 6:44 am

    Ahh I love anything and everything topped with tzatziki. It’s so delicious and fresh! This souvlaki looks delicious and I love how you went straight to the source to get the recipe.

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    Kerri — July 23, 2010 @ 7:31 am

    mmmmmmmmmm… greek is my weakness!! :)

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    Kelly — July 23, 2010 @ 8:44 am

    Mmmm I love souvlaki. Next time I make homemade pitas I’m gonna make this.

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    DeAnna — July 23, 2010 @ 10:40 am

    If you are looking for great barbecue, try Hungry Harry’s. It’s in Land O’ Lakes on the same road as Larry’s Deli. It’s on the right side as you’re heading north. I can’t wait to try Larry’s Deli. Thanks!

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    ashley — July 23, 2010 @ 10:46 am

    looks fabulous!

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    Jessica E. — July 23, 2010 @ 10:47 am

    This looks so delicious! I will definitely be trying it sometime soon!

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    Krystal R. — July 23, 2010 @ 3:01 pm

    Yum, that looks great!

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    Debbie — July 23, 2010 @ 3:55 pm

    Hey Jessica, I wanted to give you the “Stylish Blogger Award”! You can tell you really spent time on your blog and I love your photos and cute banner! You can grab it at my blog, Squirrelbakes, thanks and enjoy!

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    Adrienne — July 25, 2010 @ 2:28 pm

    Can I just say that the category “ass friendly” is freaking hilarious?

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    Chiara — July 25, 2010 @ 3:41 pm

    Moving to Florida is always a shock! You are lucky that you like Greek food, because there’s plenty of it to be had everywhere around FLA… I think what shocked me the most was that it was so hard to find good Mexican food around where I lived!

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    Ann Marie — July 26, 2010 @ 9:43 am

    Yum, a definite favorite for me!

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    Mi'a K. — August 10, 2010 @ 5:00 pm

    So, I made these the last time I cooked for my boyfriend about 2wks ago and he really enjoyed them! He said, he’d never had gyros with chicken. I always know if he likes something when he goes back for more!! It was easy, light and very tasty! Even making the Tzatziki was not difficult and that’s really what made it a gyro to me! And I don’t cook or make anything very often! Great suggestion Jess! :-)

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    Becki D — August 23, 2010 @ 5:16 am

    Eee!! Thank you for stopping by my blog…we are totally meant to be bloggy buddies.

    I moved away from Tampa back to my tiny hometown in the panhandle of Florida, and you know what I miss most about Tampa? The amazing GREEK and CUBAN restaurants! Ugh I’m hungry just thinking about them!

    Chicken souvlaki sandwiches were my favorite from the Greek category…this sounds just about right! I am putting this on the menu for next week. Thanks!! :-)

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    Mike — June 20, 2011 @ 1:16 am

    Hey, if want reviews of the Greek food in Tarpon, we just opened a new site for people to review all the restaurants in the city. It’s a free site and sort of a labor of love for me.

    Would love for you to check it out and leave a review or two on your favorite (or not favorite) restaurants. :)


    oh, the link is

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    Amber @ Backwards Life — April 21, 2012 @ 10:55 pm

    I made this tonight and it was delicious!!
    I even snapped a picture

    • Jessica replied: — April 23rd, 2012 @ 11:23 pm

      Ha! The comment made me literally LOL :)

      Glad you liked them!!

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    Dee Dee — September 27, 2012 @ 5:28 pm

    This looks amazing! I am from Tampa too and miss all the delicious Cuban food. I don’t remember frequenting any exceptional greek restaurants besides Woodys Greek Salads, but I am glad you did.

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