Here's an easy grilling recipe that screams "summer!" Lemony Greek chicken souvlaki skewers with zucchini, red onions and garlicky cucumber-yogurt sauce. The essence of this dish is a very simple marinade that yields incredibly juicy and flavorful chicken.
Chicken souvlaki has been on my to-cook list for ages. Having tried real deal souvlaki in Greece and now the homemade version, I can say with some confidence that it's easy to make authentically delicious souvlaki at home. The secret is in the marinade, which is just 3 key ingredients: lemon juice, oregano and garlic. A simple, but magical and irresistible combination. Grilled chicken breasts at their best!
Grilled kebabs are a great choice when you're looking for something quick and tasty to throw on the grill for family or friends. Uniquely wonderful kebab recipes span the globe, from Japanese yakitori to Turkish kofta and beyond. Greek chicken souvlaki is one of the greats, as far as I'm concerned. Easy to pull off, light and healthful, with bright fresh flavors of summer.
How to make Chicken Souvlaki
The recipe is easy with about 20 minutes of hands-on prep, 30 minutes to marinate the chicken, and ten minutes to grill the kebabs.
- Mix up the marinade ingredients; lemon juice, garlic, oregano, olive oil and salt.
- Toss the chicken with the marinade and leave it to marinate for 30 minutes, or up to 2 hours.
- Cut zucchini and onions into 1-inch chunks and thread chicken, zucchini and onions onto skewers in an alternating pattern.
- Heat the grill to medium-high and grill the skewers for about 4 minutes per side, or until the chicken is cooked through.
- Serve chicken souvlaki on or off the skewers, with tzatziki sauce on the side.
How To Serve Chicken Souvlaki
Souvladzidika (Souvlaki shops) throughout Greece hand out wooden kebabs with freshly grilled pork and chicken souvlaki to be eaten right off the skewer. Or they pack the cubes of meat or chicken into a warm pita with chopped tomatoes, parsley, onions, and garlicky cucumber-yogurt sauce (tzatziki). Personally, I like to slide the chicken and veggies off the skewer, onto a plate, and add a simple salad of sliced tomatoes, olives, feta, mint, a drizzle of olive oil and squeeze of lemon juice. However you choose to serve your chicken souvlaki, creamy, garlicky tzatziki sauce is an absolutely must!
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