Chicken Gyro Bowls with Quinoa

Overhead shot of quinoa gyro bowl topped with cucumbers, tomatoes, next to bowl of tzatziki sauce.

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Chicken Gyro Bowls with tzatziki sauce turn your favorite traditional Greek sandwich into a quick, healthy dinner. Lots of yummy gyro toppings piled on a bed of fluffy quinoa.

Looking for more bowl recipes? Be sure to try these Poke Bowls, Quinoa Taco Bowls, Spicy Peanut Tofu Bowls and Sweet Potato & Chickpea Buddha Bowls.

Fall is coming. And for me, that usually means the onslaught of comfort food making its way into the kitchen – dishes like risotto, osso buco and braised short ribs. But this year, I’m focusing on more mindful eating.

I’m ready to create more dishes that taste light and fresh, and feature lots of color. Enter these Chicken Gyro Bowls. Just look at the prettiness…

Overhead shot of chicken gyro bowl topped with cucumbers, tomatoes, next to bowl of tzatziki sauce.

Gyros are traditionally made with either lamb or chicken and served on pita bread with lots of tzatziki (a cucumber-yogurt sauce), a bit of lettuce and a sprinkling of tomatoes. For this recipe, I’m retaining all of those traditional ingredients, but I’m swapping out the heavy pita bread for quinoa which is filled with protein, fiber and iron. Perfect for when you’re looking to eat in a more healthful, mindful way.

Before you take a look at the recipe below, let me forewarn you: The list of ingredients for these Chicken Gyro Bowls can look intimidating – But really, the ingredients in each step are repeated over again – i.e. there is garlic, lemon juice, white wine vinegar, and Greek yogurt used in both the chicken marinade and tzatziki sauce. And honestly, you can make these from start to finish in just about 30 minutes – Just be sure to marinate the chicken the night before.

To start off this dish, I’m marinating some Open Nature® boneless, skinless chicken breasts that I picked up exclusively from my local Safeway. I picked them up on a whim since I’ve enjoyed other Open Nature brand products in the past. And since Safeway offers a money back guarantee on their exclusive brands, I thought it was a no brainer.  These chicken breasts are air chilled, giving them a more intense, delicious flavor. They were juicy and delicious and grilled up so perfectly. I’m also a huge fan of their exclusive O Organics® line of products which are not only affordable, but also USDA Certified Organic. So, when I can’t find the Open Nature chicken breasts, I’ll opt for the O Organics chicken breasts. They’re equally delicious, and also air chilled.Ingredients for gyro bowls on counter.

While I buy my O Organics and Open Nature products at my local Safeway, you can also find them exclusively at the Albertsons Companies family of stores, including Albertsons, ACME Markets, Jewel-Osco, Vons, Pavilions, Randalls, Tom Thumb, Shaw’s, Star Market, United Supermarkets and Carrs/Safeway. Visit Albertsons.com or Safeway.com to find a store near you to learn more about their products.

Safeway also offers Grocery Delivery and DriveUp & Go™ for convenient ways to shop! I love both these services when I’m having a super busy shoot week. It saves so much time.

While the chicken is marinating, it’s the perfect time to whip up some yummy tzatziki. All you need to make it is garlic, lemon juice, vinegar, olive oil, cucumber and Greek yogurt.

Container of greek yogurt next to small bowl of prepared tzatziki sauce

It’s also a great time to make the pickled onions (though you can make them up to 2 weeks ahead of time). In truth, I normally have a jar of these pretty pink onions in my fridge at all times. I’ve got an entire post dedicated to how I pickle my onions. In the recipe for these Chicken Gyro Bowls, I make a half batch, but why not go ahead and pickle an entire onion… Then you can have leftovers for topping things like scrambled eggs, tacos and salads.

My new favorite way to make quinoa is in the Instant Pot. If you have one at home, I’d definitely suggest cooking it up in there. It takes just a minute (plus time for pressure to build and release) and it comes out so flavorful and fluffy using these tips.

These bowls are great for meal prep. Since it’s just the two of us at home, I’ll normally have a couple extra servings to enjoy lunches during the week. Love that!

Overhead shot of quinoa chicken gyro bowl topped with cucumbers, tomatoes, next to bowl of tzatziki sauce.

Wine Pairings for Chicken Gyro Bowls:

  • Sauvignon Blanc or Vinho Verde will nicely compliment the fresh herbs and citrus in this recipe.
  • A light fruity red wine, such as Beaujolais, won’t overpower the fresh flavors in this dish
  • A dry Rosé will also pair well with these quinoa bowls.

If you loved these Chicken Gyro Bowls I would appreciate it so much if you would give this recipe a star review! Also, be sure to snap a picture of your finished bowl and share it with me on Instagram using the hashtag #platingsandpairings and tagging me @platingsandpairings.

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Gyro Bowls Recipe

Overhead shot of quinoa gyro bowl topped with cucumbers, tomatoes, next to bowl of tzatziki sauce.

Chicken Gyro Quinoa Bowls

These Chicken Gyro Quinoa Bowls with Tzatziki turn your favorite traditional Greek sandwich into a quick, healthy dinner.
4.59 from 12 votes
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 bowls

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds Open Nature® boneless, skinless chicken breasts

Marinade

  • 3 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 3 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 3 teaspoons white wine vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 Tablespoons Open Nature Plain, Nonfat Greek Yogurt
  • Tablespoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt

Tzatziki

  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons white wine vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 ¼ cups Open Nature Plain, Nonfat Greek Yogurt
  • 1 medium cucumber
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper

Pickled Onions

  • 1/2 red onion (thinly sliced)
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons sugar

Assembly

  • 3 cups cooked quinoa
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes (halved)
  • 1 cucumber (sliced)
  • 4 ounces feta (crumbled)
  • ¼ cup chopped flat leaf parsley
  • ¼ cup chopped mint

Instructions

Marinade:

  • Add the marinade ingredients to a large Ziploc bag, add the chicken and massage the marinade into the meat. Allow to marinate for at least 1 hour, or preferably overnight.

Pickled Onions:

  • Add sliced onions to a medium bowl. Pour enough boiling water over them to fully cover and count to 10. Drain onions and place in jar or bowl.
  • Heat vinegar and sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat until sugar has dissolved, about 3 minutes.
  • Pour vinegar mixture over onions. Allow to stand at room temperature, until fully cooled, about 20 minutes.

Tzatziki:

  • Cut the cucumber in half lengthwise and scoop out the seeds. Coarsely grate the cucumber using a box grater or food processor. Then wrap in paper towels or a tea towel and squeeze to remove excess liquid.
  • Place cucumber in a bowl. Add remaining ingredients then mix to combine. Set aside for at least 20 minutes for the flavors combine.

Chicken:

  • Remove chicken from marinade and cook in a large skillet or grill pan over medium heat 5-6 minutes on each side until cooked through. Cut into strips.

Assembly:

  • Divide quinoa between bowls. Top with chicken strips, pickled onion, tomato, cucumber and feta. Drizzle with tzatziki sauce and garnish with parsley and mint.
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Nutrition

Calories: 678kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 67g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 174mg | Sodium: 2076mg | Potassium: 1430mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 550IU | Vitamin C: 18.2mg | Calcium: 280mg | Iron: 3.4mg

15 comments

  1. Jenni LeBaron

    This marinade sounds wonderful, I can’t wait to try it. I also love anything covered in tzatziki sauce!

    Reply

    1. Erin

      Thanks Jenni – I hope you enjoy!

      Reply

  2. Marlynn | UrbanBlissLife

    5 stars
    These are beautiful vibrant bowls! They look and sound so delicious, Erin! Those wines sound yummy too – I’ll have to look for them!

    Reply

    1. Erin

      Thanks Marlynn – The new Decoy wines are absolutely amazing!!! I loved both of them so much!

      Reply

  3. Lisa Valerie Morgan

    This looks so delicious! Can’t wait to try it!

    Lisa
    http://www.prettylittleshoppers.com

    Reply

    1. Erin

      I hope you enjoy Lisa – Cheers!

      Reply

  4. Albert Bevia

    This is right up my street, great idea swapping out the pita bread for quinoa, so much healthier and lighter, this will go perfect with a glass of chilled white wine or a rioja crianza, cheers to spring time!!!

    Reply

  5. Jen

    5 stars
    Hi Erin,

    This was another hit in our house! I loved the marinade for the chicken. It was a nice light and refreshing dish for dinner. Tonight I plan to make your Chicken Marsala w/ Mustard & Mascarpone. This will be the third dish this week from your site! I love it!!

    Thank you!

    Reply

    1. Erin

      Awww! Yay! Thank you so much for the kind words Jen. I really appreciate the feedback and support.

      Reply

  6. Cathleen @ A Taste of Madness

    5 stars
    Yeah. I would probably buy premade tzatziki because I am lazy and want a quick meal. This looks SO good!

    Reply

  7. Erin

    5 stars
    I made this recipe this weekend. It was absolutely fabulous. I ended up making a Greek “antipasto” platter to take to a party because the chicken tasted so delicious. Thank you for another awesome recipe!!

    Reply

    1. Erin

      You’re so welcome Erin – I’m glad it was a hit!

      Reply

  8. Jill

    5 stars
    Just made this for dinner. YUM! So delicious. We added a bed of salad greens underneath everything and it was perfect!

    Reply

    1. Erin

      I’m so happy to hear you liked them Jill!

      Reply

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