Instant Pot Chicken Gyros
Yield: 4 servings
Active Time: 10 minutes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Transport yourself to the Greek isles with this simple, family-friendly, budget-friendly recipe for Chicken Gyros. We are going to slow cooker the chicken with simple, yet powerful flavors. Once it’s finished cooking, shred the chicken and strain off the sauce and then add to warmed pita bread. Top with red onion slices, cucumber slices and tzatziki sauce for complete Chicken Gyros dinner.

Ingredients for Single Meal

  • 4 - small boneless chicken breasts
  • 1/2 - cup(s) hot water**
  • 1 - small white onion(s)
  • - Salt and pepper
  • 1/2 - cup(s) lemon juice
  • 1/4 - cup(s) red wine vinegar
  • 2 - tsp minced garlic
  • 1 - tsp oregano
  • Garnish: - red onion(s)**
  • Garnish: - cucumber slices**
  • Side: - pita bread**
  • Side: - tzatziki sauce**
  • 1 - gallon-size freezer baggie(s)
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Cooking Directions for Single Meal

  1. Slice the onions into half-moons.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk the lemon juice, red wine vinegar, minced garlic and oregano.
  3. Place the chicken breasts with hot water into the electric pressure cooker insert and sprinkle the onions around them. Season with a few pinches of salt and pepper. Pour the lemon juice mixture over the top.
  4. Steam valve: Sealing.
  5. Cook on: Manual/High for 15 minutes.
  6. Release: Natural or Quick.
  7. Once cooked, shred the chicken with the sauce. Strain before adding to the pita bread.
  8. Warm the pita bread, to help it soften and roll.
  9. Prepare the garnish and tzatziki sauce.
  10. Serve Instant Pot Chicken Gyros on pita, with red onion and/or cucumber garnish and tzatziki sauce.

Freezeasy Meal Prep Directions

  1. Slice 2 small white onions into half-moons.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk 1 cup lemon juice, 1/2 cup red wine vinegar, 4 tsp minced garlic and 2 tsp oregano.

To each gallon-size plastic freezer baggie in a round bowl/dish, add the following ingredients:

  • 4 boneless chicken breasts
  • Salt and pepper
  • Half of the onion slices
  • Half of the prepared lemon juice marinade

Remove as much air as possible and seal. Add label to baggie and freeze.

Freeze & Thaw Instructions

Put baggie in the freezer and freeze up to 6 months in fridge freezer or 12 months in a deep freezer. Thaw in the fridge overnight, or a warm bowl of water for about 20 minutes, before adding contents of bag plus water to electric pressure cooker insert. Pressure cook as directed.

Special notes

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Add 5-10 minutes of pressure cooking time, if cooking from completely frozen or mostly frozen. Note that preheat time and release time may vary by appliance.

Dairy-Free Modifications

Recipe is dairy-free when served with dairy-free sides.

Gluten-Free Modifications

Recipe is gluten-free if you serve over rice, instead of pita bread.

Printable Label Recipe Title

Instant Pot Chicken Gyros

Printable Label Instructions

Thaw, add hot water to Instant Pot and then add contents of baggie. Cook on high pressure for 15 minutes with sealed valve; then natural release.
Garnish with sliced red onion, cucumber and tzatziki sauce.
Serve on pita.

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