Chicken Souvlaki

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Chicken Souvlaki

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Prep

10 minutes

Cook

15 minutes

Yield

4 -6 skewers

This delicious Chicken Souvlaki recipe is easy-to-make and makes a great summer meal.

It only seemed fitting to have my first official chicken recipe on my blog to be a Greek-inspired dish. These Chicken Souvlaki are a go-to for an easy dinner. They’re so simple to put together, they are delicious on the BBQ, and the leftovers go great in a wrap or salad for lunch the day after.

โค๏ธ Why You’ll Love Chicken Souvlaki

Greek chicken souvlaki on skewers on a plate

๐Ÿฒ Ingredients

Chicken – If you’ve been following me for a while, you’ll know that I was vegan for a very long time, however, over the years I have come out of my vegan shell and incorporated more protein into my diet. Not only is it an easy and versatile source of protein, but it also has a lot of great vitamins and minerals, is great for building muscle, promoting heart health, and so much more.

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Greek Yogurt – Using Greek yogurt in marinades is a great way to make your recipe have another boost of protein, and also be creamy and delicious. I often use Greek yogurt as a substitute for mayo and sour cream in recipes too.

๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿณ How to Make Chicken Souvlaki

  1. Make the marinade by whisking together salt, pepper, minced garlic, dried oregano, lemon juice, mustard, greek yogurt and olive oil. Add the chicken cubes and let sit in the bowl at room temp for 30 minutes. Alternatively, cover and marinate in the fridge for 60 minutes.
  2. When the chicken is marinated, thread the chicken onto the skewers and heat the grill to medium-high heat, about 400F.
  3. Oil the grill well and when heated, place the skewers on the grill and cook, turning occasionally, for about 10-15 minutes or until cooked through (internal temperature reached 165F) and well browned.
  4. Remove from the grill and let rest for 5 minutes before serving. See notes for serving suggestions.
Greek chicken souvlaki on skewers on a plate

๐Ÿช„ Tips and Tricks

  • Reheat: Reheat leftovers by placing your souvlaki onto the grill on medium-low heat until heated through
  • Marinating: Marinades with lemon are delicious but when you leave them for too long on your meat, it’ll break down the proteins too much, making the meat tough and rubbery so do not leave this marinade for more than a couple of hours


๐Ÿ—’ Substitutions

  • Chicken Breast: You can substitute your chicken breasts for chicken thighs
  • Greek Yogurt: You can sub Greek yogurt in this recipe for sour cream


๐Ÿ—’ Best served with

๐Ÿ‘ How to Store Leftovers

Store leftovers in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 3-days.

๐Ÿค” Common Questions

What is souvlaki marinade made of?

The key to this simple marinade is garlic, oregano, and mustard. The combination of olive oil and lemon makes it so good.

What is chicken souvlaki made of?

Chicken breasts are marinated with a simple marinade with garlic and lemon.

What is a Greek souvlaki?

Marinated meat on a skewer that you can find on its own or also on wraps with things like hummus, tomatoes, olives, feta, etc.

Greek chicken souvlaki on skewers on a plate

Chicken Souvlaki

5 from 9 votes
This delicious Chicken Souvlaki recipe is easy-to-make and makes a great summer meal.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Marinating Time 30 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Course barbeque
Cuisine Greek
Servings 4 -6 skewers
Calories 223 kcal
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Ingredients
  

  • 1-1/2 lb chicken breasts, cut into 1 inch cubes (about 2 large)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano
  • juice of half a lemon
  • 2 tbsp mustard
  • 1/2 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • garnish with lemon slices and fresh oregano
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Instructions
 

  • Make the marinade by whisking together salt, pepper, minced garlic, dried oregano, lemon juice, mustard, greek yogurt and olive oil. Add the chicken cubes and let sit in the bowl at room temp for 30 minutes. Alternatively, cover and marinate in the fridge for 60 minutes.
  • When the chicken is marinated, thread the chicken onto the skewers and heat the grill to medium-high heat, about 400F.
  • Oil the grill well and when heated, place the skewers on the grill and cook, turning occasionally, for about 10-15 minutes or until cooked through (internal temperature reached 165F) and well browned.
  • Remove from the grill and let rest for 5 minutes before serving. See notes for serving suggestions.

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Notes

Nutrition

Serving: 1skewer | Calories: 223kcal | Protein: 27.6g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 2.1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1.2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5.4g | Cholesterol: 84mg | Sodium: 681.2mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 1.8g
Review This Recipe Let us know how it was!
Sandra Lew

5 stars
I made this recipe for Christmas along with your Tzatziki recipe. It was amazing! So flavorful! I will definitely be making this again.

Maria Koutsogiannis

thank you so much un!!!

Marike Victor

I made these to add to a Meze platter and they were an amazing hit. So delicious and full of flavour.

Maria Koutsogiannis

Youre the best, thank you so much!!!!

Sharon Gates

Could I use the oven for this chicken recioe?

Maria Koutsogiannis

For sure it would just be a bit of a different vibe but still delicious!

Christine K

5 stars
Made this alongside Maria’s pita recipe and a salad. It’s such an authentic and delicious dish. We can’t wait to make them again!!

Maria Koutsogiannis

We love this so much! Thank you for the love. Please let us know what you make next.

Kristine Kouraki

5 stars
I recently made this recipe for my whole family and everyone was OBSESSED! Thank you so much!

Maria Koutsogiannis

you are so welcome!!

Ardith Stephanson

Hi Maria, do you think this would work with pork too? I would love to try it and have a bunch of chops in the freezer. Thank you

Maria Koutsogiannis

yes! it would!

Lauren

5 stars
This recipe is so so good! When I first saw it, I kept scrolling trying to figure out what vegan brand of chicken you were using because the pictures looked amazing! Haha. So happy for you and your food journey, and super excited to (hopefully) see more chicken recipes ๐Ÿ’›

Maria Koutsogiannis

thanks for the love, Lauren!

Marna

I was hoping it was ‘vegan chicken’ lol….I do appreciate you always including us plant based folks in your amazing repertoire! My question is….I believe that the yogurt helps with the tenderness of chicken…would I treat ‘vegan’ chicken the same way, marinading etc? What about tofu or tempeh? xo

Maria Koutsogiannis

That’s a good question! I would yes, it’s just a delicious marinade, just adjust to be vegan where needed!

Mel Bazarian

5 stars
Had a bunch of chicken in needed to cook – both breasts and thighs. This was the absolute perfect marinade for both. My family gobbled it up and declared me a culinary genius. ๐Ÿงฟโค๏ธ
And I have chicken to use in salads and meals throughout the week. Yummmmm.

Maria Koutsogiannis

Thank you so much, Mel!

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