Slow Cooker Chicken Gyros

by Erin

My favorite gyros are now ready and waiting for dinner – slow cooker chicken gyros! Complete with an easy homemade tzatziki sauce.

Slow Cooker Chicken Gyros

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Ever since I reentered the working world after a year off post graduate school, cooking dinner has been a struggle. Per my usual working-life schedule I usually go straight to the gym after work and by the time I get home, shower, and cook, dinner won’t be on the table until 8pm at the earliest. This combined with the never ending frigid temperatures has given rise to more slow cooker meals. I hope whoever invented that magical contraption won some sort of award.

Homemade Slow Cooker Chicken Gyros

Enter, Slow Cooker Chicken Gyros

One such slow cooker recipe that has appeared was these slow cooker chicken gyros. I modeled the recipe after my non-slow cooker version. The very delicious success of these gyros has spawned my desire to attempt to turn all kinds of older recipes into those suitable for the slow cooker. If any more of them turn out as good as this one, you better believe I will be sharing those as well.

Slow Cooker Chicken Gyros 2

After preparing the chicken for it’s hot bath in the slow cooker, mix up the tzatziki sauce and refrigerate. The flavors will marry while the slow cooker does its job. Then when you get home for dinner all you have to do is slice up the chicken and any other toppings you prefer before stuffing it all in a nice soft pita. Just don’t forget the tzatziki sauce!

This would also be delicious served over a copycat Jennifer Aniston Salad made with quinoa, chickpeas. cucumber, red onion, feta, and pistachios. On the side, I love serving slow cooker chicken gryos with Greek lemon potatoes. Unfortunately I don’t have a slow cooker version of those yet. But I promise they are worth the 1+ hour cooking time. Tender potato wedges, with crisp edges, bursting with lemon flavor.

Post updated 5/27/21, photos above and below are the originals.

Slow Cooker Chicken Gyros 1

One year ago: Smoked Sausage with Peppers and Onion

Three years ago: Grilled Balsamic Chicken with Mozzarella and Pesto

Four years ago: Cheesy Chicken, Bacon & Avocado Quesadillas

Slow Cooker Chicken Gyros


Yield: 4-6 Servings Prep Time: Cooking Time:
Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat



  • 1.25 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 cup water
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 4 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 2 heaping Tbsp plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 Tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp dried oregano
  • Salt, pepper, and lemon pepper, to taste


  • 1 cup cucumber, peeled, seeded, and finely diced
  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 small garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp fresh (or 1 tsp dried) minced dill
  • 1 tsp red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp salt



  1. Spray the inside of a slow cooker bowl with non-stick cooking spray. Place chicken breasts inside.
  2. In a large bowl, mix remaining ingredients together pour over chicken. Add more water if necessary to just cover the chicken. Cook on HIGH for 3-4 hours or LOW 6-8 hours.
  3. In a small bowl, stir together the tzatziki sauce. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  4. When the chicken is done, drain, and shred or thinly slice chicken. Serve with pita bread, tomatoes, red onion, lettuce, feta, and tzatziki sauce.
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Source: Adapted from my Chicken Gyros with Tzatziki Sauce.

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Susan March 9, 2015 - 6:42 pm

Erin, I was just looking at this recipe again and realized that you are using whole milk yogurt. Does Chobani make a whole milk yogurt without a lot of added sugar? I’ve been looking to find a good commercial whole milk yogurt, but so far everything I’ve seen is full of added (and unnecessary) sugar. Thanks.

spiffycookie March 10, 2015 - 8:28 am

You honestly could use low fat or non fat Greek yogurt in this as well, I just had 4% on hand so that is what I used. As for Chobani, they state that there are no added artificial sweeteners:

Jessca March 4, 2015 - 7:29 pm

This was a big hit for dinner tonight. Thanks for the great recipe!

spiffycookie March 4, 2015 - 9:23 pm

Awesome, so glad to hear that Jessica!

GiGi Eats March 2, 2015 - 12:37 am

CHICKEN GYROS are HANDS DOWN the best thing ever…. Well, minus salmon skin! LOL!

Kathleen R. February 25, 2015 - 10:25 am

I love gyros!! I need to try this recipe asap!!

spiffycookie February 25, 2015 - 10:47 am

You definitely should and report back!

zainab February 24, 2015 - 12:32 pm

I am obsessed with gyros right now and I’m so glad you posted this. Looks amazing!!

spiffycookie February 24, 2015 - 12:39 pm

I’ve been dining out for Greek food or making it at home a lot lately! Total Greek state of mind. Likely because I wish I were somewhere warmer.


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