The Greeks are mad about Chicken Souvlaki. As am I. And after you’ve tried it, you will be too!
Simple to make, loaded with classic Greek flavours: chicken marinated in lemon, garlic and dried oregano then threaded onto skewers. Served with a homemade Tzatziki, lettuce and tomato, all bundled up in pita bread. Or in my case, a simple homemade flatbread that’s made without yeast!
“Just make something quick and easy,” I told myself sternly. “Your To Do List is out of control at the moment. You don’t have time to blog something that will take too long.”
So I flicked through my “MUST BLOG SOON!” list to choose something that would be quick to make and picked this Chicken Souvlaki.
Got the chicken marinating, then sat down at my Mac to get on with my other tasks. But I couldn’t concentrate.
I had an itch. Not literally. Figuratively speaking. “I should make the flatbreads to go with the Chicken Souvlaki,” I thought. “It will save me a trip to the store to get pita bread.”
So I jumped up to make my Easy Soft Flatbreads – made without yeast that comes out lovely and soft so it’s perfect for using as a wrap.
I wrapped up the flatbreads to keep them warm and settled back down at my Mac. Clicked on “Create New Post” and stared at a blank screen. I couldn’t write. I had another tingling feeling of dissatisfaction. “I really should make a Greek Salad to go with this. I need more salads on my site. Plus it will look lovely and bright in the photo.”
So I jumped in the car and dashed out to get olives and feta for the Greek salad. It didn’t occur to me for a second that I had just made flatbreads to avoid going to the store.
Dashed home and chopped up the Greek Salad.
And while I was chopping up the Greek Salad, I had yet another thought. “I usually serve Lemon Rice with my Greek dishes. Wouldn’t it be nice to share that with everyone? It’s so fresh and yummy.”
Yes I did. I made Lemon Rice too. (Which I forgot to photograph just by itself….!)
So here you have it. This “quick Chicken Souvlaki” recipe that I intended to do has ended up being a complete Greek feast menu. *Eye roll*
This is so typical of me. I tend to get a little over-excited when I get ideas into my head.
And while it meant that my “quick little recipe” ended up evolving into a looooong cook/shoot/clean day, boy was it worth it. Because really, look at that spread. It was totally worth working late into the evening to do everything I was supposed to do during the day to be able to share this with you.
And the homeless guy at the dog park was rather appreciative too. 😉 – Nagi x
- 1.5 lb / 750 g chicken thigh fillets (or breast), cut into 1"/2.5cm pieces
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1/4 cup lemon juice
- 3 garlic cloves , minced
- 2 tbsp dried oregano
- 1/2 - 3/4 tsp salt
- Black pepper
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- Flatbreads / wraps / pita bread
- Tomato slices
- 2 Lebanese cucumbers (to make about ½ cup grated cucumber after squeezing out juice)
- 1 1/4 cups / 300 g plain Greek yoghurt
- 2 tsp white wine vinegar (or red wine or apple cider vinegar)
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 1/2 garlic clove , minced
- 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil (or more if you want richer)
- 1/2 tsp salt
- Black pepper
Place chicken and Marinade into a bowl and set aside to marinate for at least 3 hours to overnight.
Thread chicken onto 8 skewers.
Heat oil in a large skillet over high heat (or BBQ). Cook skewers for 3 minutes on each side, or until cooked through.
Serve Chicken Souvlaki with tzatziki, flatbreads (make your own!), lettuce and tomato slices.
Cut the cucumber in half lengthwise. Use a teaspoon to scrape the watery seeds out. Coarsely grate the cucumber using a box grater. Then wrap in paper towels or a tea towel and squeeze to remove excess liquid.
Place cucumber in a bowl. Add remaining ingredients then mix to combine. Set aside for at least 20 minutes for the flavours to meld.
1. To make ahead, pop the chicken in the marinade in ziplock bags and freeze straight away. Then the chicken will marinate as it defrosts. Thread onto skewers and cook per recipe directions.
2. The Chicken Souvlaki is pictured with my Easy Soft Flatbread (No Yeast).
3. For a complete Greek feast, as pictured in the post, serve this with a Greek Salad and Greek Lemon Rice Pilaf!
4. Nutrition per serving, assuming 2 skewers per person (excluding toppings and flatbreads).
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