Kebab is my go-to street food, and one of the things that I miss from home is my favourite place in Dunakeszi, on my opinion, that little street food restaurant serves the best gyros meat all over the world... but since I have no chance to buy plane tickets every week to eat there, I'm always working on the best homemade version, and I think this time I got the result what I really want to share with you since it's finally very close to perfection.


Spice blend - for about 1 kg meat

  • 2 tbsp salt
  • 1 tbsp black pepper
  • 2 tbsp oregano
  • 1 tbsp sweet paprika powder
  • 1 tsp thyme, basil, cumin, nutmeg, cinnamon
  • 2 cloves of garlic pressed


  • 1 kg chicken thighs, skin on
  • Olive oil
  • Tzatziki, salad, tomato, onions, spicy paprika sauce, cheese optional for serving

Pita bread

  • 175 ml warm water
  • 1 heaped tsp of instant yeast
  • 2 tsp honey
  • 300 g flour


  1. First of all, prepare the gyros spice blend.
  2. Cover the meat pieces with the spice then place them into a roasting bag and add some olive oil.
  3. Roast the meat on 180ºC for about 30 minutes till it completely softens, then put the chicken thighs -first with the skin side down- on a roasting rack with a tray under that and save the oily gravy in a bowl. If it's possible, use the grill mode on your oven and continue to roast the meat until it becomes a bit crispy and repeat this on the other side as well. The chicken thighs should be crispy outside but soft and juicy inside.
  4. Use a sharp knife with a thin blade to carve really thin slices.
  5. For the pita bread let's mix the warm water with the instant yeast and the honey, then add the flour and knead a smooth dough.
  6. Let's create about 6 balls from the dough and make them flat with your hands and fingertips. They should be about 0,5 cm thick.
  7. Let them rise for about half an hour on a surface covered with flour.
  8. Set the oven to 200ºC, place the pita bread pieces on a tin covered with flour, and bake them about about 2 minutes after the pocket will form in the middle. You will easily notice that because they will be puffy.
  9. Finally, start to fill the fresh and warm pita bread with tzatziki, tomato slices, salad, onion and I dip the sliced meat in the oily gravy and heaped the pita with it then poured some spicy paprika sauce on the top.
  10. I normally serve it with fries and fresh salad on a plate and my personal favourite is grated cheese melting on the top... yum!
Kebab In Pita Bread Gyros - Photo by © Reka Csulak

Kebab In Pita Bread - Photo by © Reka Csulak

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