Chicken Souvlaki with Tzatziki Sauce: Delicious grilled chicken skewers that have been marinated in lemon, garlic and herbs are served with a creamy yogurt cucumber sauce.
Souvlaki pita is a popular Greek fast food, consisting of grilled skewered pieces of meat or fish, that are served on pita bread and topped with tzatziki sauce.
It is very similar to a Gyro, the difference being how the meat is cooked.
With the Gyro, the meat is placed on a spit (rotisserie), roasted and then thinly shaved onto the pita bread. Both are delicious, however, Souvlaki is definitely easier and faster to make.
This recipe is perfect for weekend bbq’s, camping, or even a quick weeknight meal. Since the meat gets cut up and marinated overnight, it’s super quick to skewer up and place on the grill.
The Tzatziki sauce can be made the night before as well. It will give it time for the flavors to marry.
This recipe is a great option for those on the keto diet. Simply omit the pita bread and add some low carb veggies to the skewers, making it a delicious low carb option.
How to make these yummy grilled chicken kabobs:
- Cut chicken breast into 1 inch pieces and place in a ziploc bag.
- In a bowl, whisk together remaining ingredients (except onion) and pour into the bag with the chicken.
- Seal the bag and massage marinade into chicken so that all of it is coated.
- Place in the refrigerator to marinate overnight.
- The next day, place chicken and onion on skewers and grill until cooked though.
- Serve with warm flatbread and Tzatziki sauce (see recipe below). and suggested condiments
How to make Tzatziki:
- Grate peeled cucumber into a bowl.
- Add yogurt and minced garlic, lemon juice and fresh dill.
- Mix together and season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Let stand for a few hours or overnight in order for flavors to combine.
- Stir before serving.
What to serve with Chicken Souvlaki with Tzatziki Sauce:
- Simple Greek Salad
- Roasted Cauliflower Tabbouleh
- Rainbow Chickpea Salad
- Pasta Salad with Roasted Cauliflower, Chickpeas and Creamy Roasted Garlic Tahini Dressing
- Za’atar Seasoned Grilled Carrots
- Grape tomatoes
- Crumbled Feta Cheese
- Fresh Baby Spinach or Field Greens
- Pitted Kalamata Olives
- Chopped Roasted Red Peppers
- Sliced Greek Pepperoncini
- Roasted Red Pepper Hummus
- Sauvignon Blanc
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- Hawaiian Plate Lunch
- Lemon, Herb and Garlic Marinade
- Moroccan Spiced Chicken and Pineapple Kabobs
- 1-1/2 pounds chicken breast
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 2 cloves fresh garlic minced
- 1/2 tablespoon fresh rosemary minced
- 1 teaspoon dried Greek oregano
- 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
- 1/3 large red onion cut into pieces
- Cut chicken breast into 1 inch pieces and place in a ziploc bag. In a bowl, whisk together remaining ingredients (except onion) and pour into the bag with the chicken. Seal the bag and massage marinade into chicken so that all of it is coated. Place in the refrigerator to marinate overnight. The next day, place chicken and onion on skewers and grill until cooked though. Serve with warm flatbread and Tzatziki sauce (see recipe below). and suggested condiments
- 1 cup full fat Greek yogurt
- 1 Persian cucumber or half of english cucumber peeled and grated
- 2 cloves fresh garlic minced
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon fresh dill, chopped
- salt and black pepper to taste
- Grate peeled cucumber into a bowl. Add yogurt and minced garlic, lemon juice and fresh dill. mix together and season with salt and pepper to taste. Let stand for a few hours or overnight in order for flavors to combine. Stir before serving.
PJ ThompsonApril 11, 2017 at 3:29 pm
When Max lived in Quebec, many years ago, he lived in the Greek quarter. He is a lover of souvlaki, but of course it is the lamb version. It was one thing that I learned early on to prepare after we were married. Your recipe looks good, I’ll have to slip some chicken souvlaki into the rotation for kicks and giggles. Thanks for sharing this recipe.
angela@mealstreetkitchenApril 11, 2017 at 3:34 pm
Thank you! Hope you enjoy. Let me know how he likes the chicken version ????
ajeanneinthekitchenMay 18, 2020 at 10:59 am
it looks so good!!!!!
angela@mealstreetkitchenMay 18, 2020 at 11:13 am
Thank you so much ❤️.
ajeanneinthekitchenMay 18, 2020 at 12:39 pm
You are very welcome. 🙂
chef mimiMay 18, 2020 at 1:22 pm
Love this! I love grilled meat like this, but also dipping it! and tzaziki is the best!
angela@mealstreetkitchenMay 18, 2020 at 9:01 pm
Thank you, glad you like it. Definitely a favorite of mine. With lots of Tzatziki!