How to Prepare a Chicken Souvlaki

Chicken souvlaki is a classic of the Greek taverna. It  pairs well with a side of Greek salad or roasted vegetables. 

Ingredients:

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • Salt and pepper (to taste)
  • 4 pita bread rounds
  • Tzatziki sauce (store-bought or homemade)
  • Sliced tomatoes, onions, and cucumbers (for serving)
  • Fresh parsley or dill (for garnish, optional)

Preparation:

  1. Cut the chicken breasts into 1-inch cubes and place them in a bowl.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice, minced garlic, dried oregano, dried thyme, salt, and pepper to create the marinade.
  3. Pour the marinade over the chicken cubes, ensuring they are well-coated. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or up to overnight to allow the flavors to develop.
  4. Preheat a grill or grill pan over medium-high heat.
  5. Thread the marinated chicken cubes onto skewers, dividing them evenly among the skewers.
  6. Place the skewers on the preheated grill and cook for about 8-10 minutes, turning occasionally, until the chicken is cooked through and has grill marks. Ensure the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165°F (74°C).
  7. While the chicken is cooking, warm the pita bread rounds on the grill or in a toaster.
  8. Once the chicken is done, remove the skewers from the grill and let them rest for a few minutes.
  9. To serve, spread a dollop of tzatziki sauce onto each warm pita bread round. Place a few chicken skewers onto each pita.
  10. Garnish with sliced tomatoes, onions, and cucumbers. You can also sprinkle some fresh parsley or dill on top for added freshness.
  11. Fold the pita bread over the chicken and toppings, creating a pocket or wrap.

Serve the chicken souvlaki immediately while it’s still warm. 

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2 Comments

  1. One of the best recipes I’ve come across for souvlaki. I started with your pork version and then tried chicken. What a revelation! Absolutley fantastic and I hope you do more. My man though does not eat cucumber as it makes him boff. Any suggestions?

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