Slow Cooker Greek Chicken Gyros

Sometimes I’m in the mood for something different for dinner. I have favourites I like to make regularly, of course. But sometimes it’s nice to try something brand new, and find a new favourite! That was definitely the case with these slow cooker Greek shredded chicken gyros with homemade tzatziki sauce. This slow cooker chicken recipe makes a great lunch or dinner that is a crowd pleaser. If you are looking for an easy crock pot chicken recipe, this is one to try out. I am definitely making them again, and soon!

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for slow cooker Greek shredded chicken gyros with homemade tzatziki sauce. You will love this slow cooker chicken recipe!

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Transform your taste buds with these mouth-watering slow cooker Greek chicken gyros, paired with a homemade tzatziki sauce that will have you licking your plate clean!

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for slow cooker Greek shredded chicken gyros with homemade tzatziki sauce. You will love this easy crock pot chicken recipe!

Slow Cooker Chicken Gyros Ingredients

This slow cooker chicken recipe is pretty healthy, if you look at the ingredients. You need lean boneless skinless chicken breasts and sliced red onion, along with garlic, lemon, and a little oil and vinegar to make it. It is just simple ingredients in these easy Greek chicken gyros. If you have any leftover chicken or rotisserie, this would be a great dish to use it.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for slow cooker Greek shredded chicken gyros with homemade tzatziki sauce. You will love this easy crock pot chicken recipe!

As for the homemade tzatziki sauce, plain Greek yogurt, cucumber, fresh dill and a few seasonings come together to make this creamy dressing. This is a totally guilt-free and easy crock pot chicken recipe, which tastes phenomenal!

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for slow cooker Greek shredded chicken gyros with homemade tzatziki sauce. You will love this easy crock pot chicken recipe!

Typical Flavours of Greece

Greek food is always good – at least all the Greek food I’ve been lucky enough to try. This cuisine can sometimes be misunderstood, like others. Greek restaurants outside of Greece often serve generic dishes. These can include ‘Greek salad’ or anything with Greek seasonings, feta and olives added to it. A lot of Greek restaurants include Arabic dishes too.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for slow cooker Greek shredded chicken gyros with homemade tzatziki sauce. You will love this slow cooker chicken recipe!

Also, a lot of the Greek dishes outside of Greece (like gyros, souvlaki and saganaki) are only served as fast food in Greece. Sometimes fast food hits the spot, and fusion food can be wonderful. But it is also nice to try authentic recipes too. And if you are new to Greek, you’re going to love this easy crock pot chicken!

These slow cooker Greek shredded chicken gyros are quite typical of Greece. OK so pork is the traditional meat used for gyros in Greece, but chicken is also good! The flavours in here are quite simple. Lemon, garlic, oil and vinegar are all the seasonings you really need. If you have have a chance to take a trip to Greece, you will love all the fresh food choices. My favourite thing about Greece was the food!

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for slow cooker Greek shredded chicken gyros with homemade tzatziki sauce. You will love this slow cooker chicken recipe!

This slow cooker chicken recipe depends on the long, slow cooking time for incredible results. The chicken will be moist and easy to shred, as well as beautifully flavoured. Youwill see how easy it is to make your own gyro dinner.

Crock Pot Chicken Gyros – Some Tips

This is actually a very easy recipe, and there isn’t much that can go wrong. For the best result, always use freshly squeezed lemon juice rather than bottled. Also, minced fresh garlic is better than the ready-pureed garlic paste in oil.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for slow cooker Greek shredded chicken gyros with homemade tzatziki sauce. You will love this slow cooker chicken recipe!

Freshness is the key to this wonderful cuisine. And that includes the homemade tzatziki sauce as well as the slow cooker chicken recipe itself.

The chicken takes three and a half to four hours if you use the high setting on your slow cooker. You will see these slow cooker Greek shredded chicken gyros really benefit from crock pot cooking. Shredded Greek chicken or pulled Greek chicken could be enjoyed as leftovers, so don’t worry if it looks like there is a lot.

Do you prefer to set this going and come back to it six to eight hours later? If that’s the case, or you want to start this off earlier in the day, use the low setting. You can see when the chicken is fully cooked because it will be white through with no pink. It will also be easy to shred.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for slow cooker Greek shredded chicken gyros with homemade tzatziki sauce. You will love this slow cooker chicken recipe!

How to Make Homemade Tzatziki Sauce

As for the homemade tzatziki sauce, that can be made while the chicken cooks. All you need to do is combine the ingredients. Greek yogurt, cucumber and lemon pair up with garlic, oregano and dill.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for slow cooker Greek shredded chicken gyros with homemade tzatziki sauce. You will love this easy crock pot chicken recipe!

This authentic homemade tzatziki sauce is creamy and delicious. It is best if you make it ahead and let it sit. That way the Greek flavours can develop and intensify. If you make it just before serving, it will still be good. But making it ahead means it will be better!

Greek Chicken Gyros – Serving Suggestions

You can make crockpot chicken gyros as a snack. They are also great for lunch or dinner, or as a potluck dish – just bring warm pita bread, too. As for side dishes, this is pretty much a meal in one. You have pita bread, the chicken mixture and also some veggies as well as the sauce. If you do want sides though, consider a fresh Greek salad, olive salad, quinoa salad or Italian rice salad.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for slow cooker Greek shredded chicken gyros with homemade tzatziki sauce. You will love this easy crock pot chicken recipe!

Chicken Gyros – Side Dish Ideas

Known as horiatiki salad in Greece, authentic Greek salad is a healthy, tasty side dish. So what are the ingredients for Greek salad? Green bell pepper, tomatoes, feta cheese, kalamata olives, bell pepper, red onion, cucumber, oregano, olive oil and red wine vinegar! Capers are optional but do add a nice salty touch.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for slow cooker Greek shredded chicken gyros with homemade tzatziki sauce. You will love this easy crock pot chicken recipe!

There are also potato-based Greek dishes which would work alongside these easy crock pot chicken gyros. Roast potatoes flavoured with lemon, garlic and oregano would be amazing here. Greek potatoes go well with any kind of meat, poultry or fish actually. Pair any salad or potato side dish you prefer with this slow cooker Greek shredded chicken gyros dish. Any fresh veggies would also be a great side for gyros.

You might also like a glass of Greek retsina wine or a shot of ouzo!

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for slow cooker Greek shredded chicken gyros with homemade tzatziki sauce. You will love this easy crock pot chicken recipe!

Slow Cooker Greek Chicken Gyro Recipe

Greek chicken gyros on a white plate.

Slow Cooker Greek Chicken Gyros with Tasty Tzatziki Sauce

5 from 57 votes
Course: Lunch, Main Course, Meals
Cuisine: Greek
Keyword: slow cooker
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 15 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 291kcal
Author: Bella Bucchiotti
You will definitely LOVE these slow cooker Greek gyros with homemade tzatziki sauce. This slow cooker chicken recipe is a great lunch or dinner. If you are looking for an easy crock pot chicken recipe, this is one to try out.
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Ingredients

  • 2 chicken breasts boneless
  • 1/2 lemon juice freshly squeezed
  • 3 Cloves garlic
  • 1/2 red onion
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/3 Cup water
  • 1 Tbsp. red wine vinegar

Homemade Tzatziki

  • 1 1/2 Cup  greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cucumber diced thinly into bits
  • 1/2 lemon juice freshly squeezed
  • 2 Cloves garlic
  • 1 Tsp. oregano
  • 1 Tsp. dill fresh

Serving

  • 8 pitas
  • 8 Leaves Romaine lettuce
  • 1/2 Cup Grape tomatoes sliced in half

Instructions

  • Grease the bottom of the slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray. Place chicken breast inside
  • On top of the chicken breast, add lemon juice, garlic, red onion, salt, pepper, olive oil, water and red wine vinegar. Cook on high for 3-½-4 hours.
  • While your chicken is cooking, prepare the tzatziki sauce. In a small mixing bowl, mix together all ingredients for the dip. Stir until well blended. Set aside and place in the refrigerator to allow the flavors to blend.
  • When the cooking time is complete for the chicken, shred with a fork. Stir chicken inside the crockpot and allow it to set in the juices for 15-20 additional minutes before removing.
  • When time is complete, begin assembling your gyros. Spread a thin layer of the tzatziki sauce across the entire back of the pita break. Top with lettuce, shredded chicken and tomatoes. Fold over and serve immediately.

Nutrition

Calories: 291kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 38mg | Sodium: 384mg | Potassium: 480mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 2607IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 122mg | Iron: 2mg
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The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.

As they say in Greece: Ya mas! This literally means ‘to our health’ and is Greek for cheers! This is a great slow cooker recipe for busy weeknights or even a weekend lunch.

Let me know if you try out this slow cooker Greek shredded chicken gyros with homemade tzatziki sauce. This slow cooker chicken recipe makes a great lunch or dinner that is a crown pleaser. If you are looking for an easy crock pot chicken recipe, this slow cooker Greek chicken one to try out soon!

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  1. Darla Brower wrote:

    5 stars
    I am craving these now that I see them.

    Posted 5.8.21 Reply
  2. Cassie wrote:

    5 stars
    This chicken gyro looks amazing! I can’t wait to try your recipe.

    Posted 5.11.21 Reply
  3. Mimi wrote:

    This is the perfect lunch idea and the sauce sounds delicious

    Posted 5.11.21 Reply
  4. Monica Simpson wrote:

    I could put tzatziki on anything! It’s one of my favorite foods.

    Posted 5.11.21 Reply
  5. Lex Paige wrote:

    5 stars
    WOW! This looks hella good. I need to purchase a slow cooker, I was thinking maybe the InstaPot would that work for this?

    Posted 5.11.21 Reply
    • Kay wrote:

      Oh for sure. I don’t see why that wouldn’t work.

      Posted 2.23.24 Reply
  6. I love Greek food and this sounds like my ideal dish. You are so right about using simple and fresh flavours.

    Posted 5.11.21 Reply
  7. There’s a lot more to Greek food than what we might think. Greek street food, traditional dishes, fusion food, and more. This chicken dish looks like a great addition to Greek cuisine!

    Posted 5.20.21 Reply
  8. Kellyn Prehm wrote:

    Your picture shows herbs/spices in the crockpot on the chicken but none included and the directions mention salt and pepper but those are also not included in the ingredients. I’m hoping the recipe is correct, as I just put it together as stated.

    Posted 6.18.23 Reply
    • Bella Bucchiotti wrote:

      Hi Kellyn, I added some salt and black pepper the last time I made this. You can add some too, if you like.

      Posted 11.3.23 Reply
  9. Cilla Fowley wrote:

    5 stars
    I made this to go with a bottle of Greek retsina wine I’d had for ages and because we all love Greek food I knew we’d be impressed with this one. For such a simple recipe, it offers a ton of flavor!

    Posted 10.19.23 Reply
  10. Whitney wrote:

    5 stars
    The recipe looks amazing! One question in the pictures it looks like there are some spices in with the chicken while slow cooking, but I can’t find what they are anywhere. What herbs/spices do you put in with the chicken, onions, garlic and lemon juice? Thanks in advance!

    Posted 10.31.23 Reply
    • Bella Bucchiotti wrote:

      Thanks! I ground some salt and black pepper into the chicken last time I made this, for added flavor. That’s optional though!

      Posted 11.2.23 Reply
  11. Joelle wrote:

    Can you double up and cook for the same amount of time? Can you leave it in the crockpot or will it dry out?

    Posted 12.3.23 Reply
    • Bella Bucchiotti wrote:

      Hi Joelle, you can double it up and cook for the same amount of time. But make sure you’re using a large enough crockpot because you don’t want to fill it more than 3/4 full so it cooks perfectly. As for leaving it in the crockpot, if mine is ready before I need to serve it I use the “keep warm” setting. Not all crockpots have this feature. I probably wouldn’t leave it on the warm setting for more than an hour, so the flavor/texture aren’t compromised. Bon appetit!

      Posted 12.6.23 Reply
  12. Jen wrote:

    This was delicious, but buy good pita. We warmed on stovetop with butter, served with hummus, sliced tomato, the onions, the Tzatziki sauce, kalamata olives, and a bit of lettuce.

    Posted 12.23.23 Reply
    • Yes, good tip. If the pita isn’t good, you won’t enjoy it.

      Posted 12.23.23 Reply
  13. Monica C wrote:

    5 stars
    Love Greek food. This was amazing!

    Posted 2.21.24 Reply