Chicken Souvlaki: the sensational recipe for a delicious Greek street food

Total time: 30 Min + Marinating time
Difficulty: Low
Serves: 10 people
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If you've never had chicken souvlaki, you've been missing out in a big way. Souvlaki (Greek for skewers) is a traditional Greek street food made from pieces of mouthwatering marinated pieces of meat threaded onto skewers and grilled to moist, tender perfection. They're usually served with warm pita bread and tzatziki sauce to make a phenomenally tasty meal that will satisfy both your taste buds and your hunger.

Chicken souvlaki is always an amazing dish to whip up, whether you're in the mood for a flavorful, healthy dinner or looking for something tasty to serve guests at your next party.


Tips for Making the Best Chicken Souvlaki

Grill your chicken souvlaki on an outdoor grill for the most authentic flavor.

Metal skewers are the easiest option for this recipe.

If you're using wooden skewers, soak them in water before threading the chicken onto them. Don't skip this step! This will keep the skewers from burning when cooking the chicken souvlaki.

Other ingredients to add to your chicken souvlaki include lettuce, potatoes, and extra lemon juice.

How to Store Chicken Souvlaki

The chicken skewers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. The homemade tzatziki sauce will last up to 4 days in the fridge.

for the chicken
chicken breasts, boneless and skinless, cut into 1-inch pieces
Extra virgin olive oil
4 tbsp
lemon, juiced
Garlic, minced
1 clove
Dried oregano
2 tbsp
salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
for the tzatziki
cucumber, peeled and seeds removed
Garlic, minced
2 cloves
Extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup
Greek Yogurt
500 g
Red wine vinegar
1 to 2 tbsp
salt to taste
to serve
Extra virgin olive oil
Dried oregano
large tomato, sliced
red onion, sliced

How to Make Chicken Souvlaki

In a large bowl, add the chicken and lemon juice.

Pour in the olive oil.

Add the garlic, oregano, salt, and pepper to combine.

Toss to coat. Cover and place in the fridge for 30 minutes to 1 hour.

While the chicken marinates, place the oil and garlic in a blender and blitz until smooth.

Grate the cucumber into a colander. Season with salt and leave to drain in the sink for 10 minutes.

After 10 minutes, squeeze out any excess water.

Put the cucumber, garlic mixture, yogurt, red wine vinegar, and salt into a bowl.

Mix until smooth, then cover, and refrigerate.

Thread the chicken onto the skewers.

Preheat your oven to 480F. Generously brush the pitas with olive oil.

Season with oregano and salt. Set on a baking tray.

Cook the chicken skewers in a large griddle pan over high heat for 8 to 10 minutes, turning occasionally.

Let it cook until golden brown. Chicken is done cooking when the internal temperature reaches 165F. Use an instant-read meat thermometer to know when your chicken has finished cooking.

While the chicken is cooking, bake the pita for 2 to 3 minutes.

Serve the chicken souvlaki with warmed pita bread and chilled tzatziki sauce. Top with tomato and red onion.

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