German Gyros Recipe (Döner Kebab): This Chicken Sandwich Recipe Rocks by 30Seconds Food

German Gyros Recipe (Döner Kebab): This Chicken Sandwich Recipe Rocks

Döner kebab is a seasoned meat kebab that's made on a rotisserie. The meat is stacked, slow cooked and shaved. The shaved meat is used to make sandwiches that are popular street food in Turkey and Germany. All that meat prep is not easy for a home cook. This easy döner kebab sandwich recipe starts with marinated chicken breast that's quick cooked in a skillet.

Boneless chicken breast is marinated in a mixture of paprika, dried oregano, dried thyme, dried marjoram, dried rosemary, ground cumin, coriander, cayenne pepper, fresh garlic, onion, lemon juice and olive oil. Let the chicken marinate in the refrigerator at least one hour and up to overnight. When ready to cook, remove the chicken from the marinade and pan-fry in a hot skillet until cooked through. Assemble the sandwiches on sandwich rolls, flatbread or pita bread with tzatziki, finely shredded red cabbage, tomatoes and red onions. So fresh and delicious!

Serve this German gyro sandwich with potato chips, french fries or a side salad for lunch or dinner.

Cuisine: Turkish  
Prep Time: 1 hour to overnight to marinate
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour and 5 minutes

Servings: 4


  • 1 pound boneless chicken breast


  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 3 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried marjoram
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon coriander
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 onion, minced
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup olive oil

Sandwich Makings

  • sandwich rolls, flatbread or pita bread
  • tzatziki 
  • red cabbage, finely shredded
  • tomato slices
  • red onion slices

Here's how to make it: 

  1. Slice the chicken breast into vey thin slices. (This is easier if the chicken is partially frozen.) Put the chicken into a plastic zipper food storage bag. 
  2. Combine all the marinade ingredients. Pour it into the bag with the chicken. Marinate the chicken in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour and up to overnight. 
  3. When ready to cook, heat a skillet to high heat. Add the chicken and cook until browned and cooked through, about 3 to 5 minutes. (This may have to be done in two batches so the pan is not overcrowded.) Season with a little salt and pepper.
  4. To assemble the sandwich, spread a layer of tzatziki on the bottom of the bread. Top with the tomato slices, red onion and cabbage. Add a generous layer of the cooked chicken. Top with more tzatziki. Makes 4 sandwiches.

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Paprika $2 & Up
Oregano $3 & Up
Thyme $3 & Up
Rosemary $4 & Up
Marjoram $4 & Up
Cumin $3 & Up
Cayenne $3 & Up
Olive Oil $4 & Up

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Donna John
I absolutely love sandwiches. I have all those spices in my pantry and chicken breast in the freezer. I see one of these in my future.
Sooo delicious! 😋
Elisa Schmitz
I've had these before. So freakin good! #yum
Donna John
Yum! I love sandwiches.

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