Chicken Souvlaki is a super easy and delicious meal perfect for a spring or summer night. Simple flavors of lemon, garlic, oregano, and olive oil make this a classic recipe that everyone loves.
It pairs perfectly with dishes like tzatziki or lemon potatoes, Try it in a pita wrap or add it to a Greek salad or Mediterranean Chickpea Salad . This Marinade can also be easily be used on different meats like pork or beef.
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What is Greek Souvlaki?
Souvlaki is a marinated meat like chicken, beef, pork or lamb that is cooked and served on a skewer. It is typically served with lemon, pita bread, vegetables, or sauces like tzatziki. It is one of the most popular dishes in Greece and is considered a “fast food” although it is very healthy.
Chicken: Chicken breasts are most commonly used in this recipe but chicken thighs can also be used.
Marinade: The marinade is made up of easy ingredients most people already have on hand: Olive oil, garlic, oregano, and lemon juice.
How to Make Chicken Souvlaki
- Cut chicken into bite sized pieces and combined in a large bowl with marinade ingredients.
- Let chicken marinate for 1-2 hours.
- Heat grill and cook skewers until they are fully cooked.
Chicken Souvlaki Tips
- Soak wooden skewers in water for 30 minutes to prevent them from splintering and burning when cooking on the grill.
- The longer the chicken soaks in the marinade the more tender and flavorful the chicken will be.
- 4 medium chicken breasts boneless, skinless
- 5 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 1 lemon juiced
- 1 tablespoon oregano
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- Cut chicken into bite size pieces, about 1 inch in size.
- Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl and mix until combined. Cover and refrigerate for 1-2 hours.
- Soak wooden skewers in water for 20-30 minutes and place the marinated chicken onto the skewers.
- Preheat the grill or grill pan and cook chicken, rotating the skewers frequently until they reach 165°F internally.