Grilled Chicken Souvlaki

Grilled Chicken Souvlaki with Tzatziki Sauce
Of all the great meals that I had on my vacation in Greece a few years ago perhaps the most memorable one was the chicken gyros from a small shop in Plaka. The shop was so small that it was really just a window in the street where you ordered and then you got to eat while walking down the street. The gyro was easily the best that I have ever had! What stood out about the chicken gyros was that there was roasted red peppers layered in amongst the chicken.

Proper gyro meat is cooked on a vertical rotisserie with layer upon layer of chicken and it would not be very feasible to make at home but you can certainly reproduce the flavours! In general a gyro consists of the rotisserie meat, tomatoes, onions and tzatziki all wrapped up in a pita. In place of the rotisserie style gyro meat I decided to go with some grilled chicken souvlaki . Souvlaki is basically grilled skewered meat (Who doesn't love that?) that is marinated in a lemon, garlic and oregano marinade and it works really well in gyros! Making the chicken souvlaki is dead easy, you simply mix the marinade, marinate the chicken and grill! Whenever I make this I am taken back to that trip to Greece on the streets in Plaka with the gyros with chicken, tomatoes, onions, tzatziki and the roasted red peppers.

Update (July 30 2015): Since I was making grilled chicken souvlaki I took the opportunity to update the photos for this recipe!

Grilled Chicken Souvlaki

Grilled Chicken Souvlaki

Grilled Chicken Souvlaki with Tzatziki Sauce
The original photo from 2009:

Grilled Chicken Souvlaki

Grilled Chicken Souvlaki
Grilled Chicken Souvlaki

Grilled Chicken Souvlaki

Prep Time: 5 minutes Cook Time: 10 minutes Total Time: 15 minutes Servings: 4

A tasty Mediterranean lemon, garlic and oregano skewered grilled chicken that is perfect in pitas, in salads or right off the stick.


ingredients
  • 1 pound boneless and skinless chicken breasts or thighs, cut into bite sized pieces
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 lemon, juice and zest
  • 1 tablespoon yogurt
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
directions
  1. Marinate the chicken in the mixture of the remaining ingredients in the fridge for 30 minutes to overnight.
  2. Grill the chicken over medium-high heat until cooked, about 2-4 minutes per side.
Nutrition Facts: Calories 162, Fat 5.2g (Saturated 0.2g, Trans 0), Cholesterol 66mg, Sodium 225mg, Carbs 2.4g (Fiber 0.6, Sugars 0.7g), Protein 27g
Nutrition by: Nutritional facts powered by Edamam
Chicken Souvlaki Gyro

Chicken Souvlaki Gyro

Prep Time: 10 minutes Total Time: 10 minutes Servings: 4

Pitas stuffed with tasty grilled chicken souvlaki, tomatoes, onions, creamy tzatziki, feta and roasted red peppers.


ingredients
  • 2 pitas, cut in half with pockets opened
  • 1 pound chicken souvlaki, warm
  • 2 tomatoes, sliced
  • 1/4 cup red onion, sliced
  • 1/4 cup tzatziki sauce
  • 1/4 cup feta, crumbled
  • 2 roasted red peppers, sliced (optional)
directions
  1. Assemble the gyros and enjoy.
Nutrition Facts: Calories 237, Fat 4.1g (Saturated 1.8g, Trans 0), Cholesterol 66mg, Sodium 407mg, Carbs 22.4g (Fiber 2, Sugars 4.3g), Protein 29.4g
Nutrition by: Nutritional facts powered by Edamam

66 comments:

Peter M said...

As you saw when in Greece, the chicken souvlaki and gyro are almost always present and on offer beside the pork versions. Love them both!

Christelle said...

Humm, yes I remember the gyros from greece gorgeous! I also had some in Germany as there is an important immigrant population that can cook them superbly (and sell them). i'd noticed that you'd been to Santorini as well, amazing place!

jenncuisine said...

You gyro looks awesome! This post totally put me in the mood for some Greek food today

Anncoo said...

Chicken is my favourite. Never tired of eating it.

Ninette said...

I'm planning to make a lamb gyro tonight. I make lamb patties, grill them, and then slice them in the bias as thinly as gyro meat to replicate the real thing. It's delish!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

That is one of my favorite dishes! when I was in Greece I ate that every 2 days... Delicious looking!

Cheers,

Rosa

Christina said...

I love me some gyros! These look so beautiful!

Nina Timm said...

Are you under a Peter spell or a Greek spell????Looks good either way!!!

Marta said...

Great gyro! the roasted red pepper must really elevate this to a glorious meal-on-the-go!

Zoe said...

I love gyros. I may make this with some chicken thighs I need to use up. Thanks!

Joanne said...

Greek flavors are definitely some of the best. Good replication!

Sophie said...

Lovely, lovely summer food!
I love gyros!

Bob said...

Love it. Souvlaki is one of my all time favorite things.

Ivy said...

I've been cooking chicken souvlaki and other diet food a lot the past weeks as I am eating light, only I don't find the time to post them. I've been making mine in the sauteing pan just as you describe them with peppers and onions and other times with mushrooms and they come out really good. Yours looks very tempting.

Pam said...

Oh Kevin - that is my kind of Gyro. Love the extra sauce and the perfectly cooked chicken. MMMMM.

Cheryl said...

Man oh man that looks mouthwatering!

oneshotbeyond said...

You know I just love everything you make. Yummy!

Cookin' Canuck said...

It's always difficult to re-create recipes from vacations in faraway places. However, it looks as though you have done an awesome job of coming up with a delicious recipe!

The Duo Dishes said...

The gyro looks too good to be true. It's the tzatzki and roasted peppers combo. Great dishes.

Grace said...

i can tell just by looking at that meat that it's delicious. gyros are a favorite, but souvlaki's good too. heck, all greek food is magnificent.

Mila said...

Yummy~ This looks sooo moist and delicious! Perfect for a summer evening! Great photos as always!

Soma said...

Love souvlakis! your assembled end product looks fantastic.

Jenn said...

Now I've got a craving for Greek food. It's actually been a while since I've last had a gyro. i think think this may have been a sign.

A.M. said...

These look delicious - gyros were my favorite meal in Greece; my study abroad group practically lived on them. :)

sara said...

Beautiful. I can't wait to make these!

Danielle said...

That chicken souvlaki looks amazing!! Your pictures and presentation always looks so beautiful!!

Nirvana's Kitchen said...

I am drooling over this recipe :)

Mary said...

The wonderful part of your recipe is that you can prevent them from being cooked dry. I really like this recipe. Thanks, Kevin.

ttfn300 said...

Looks fantastic, i need to take a trip :)

Jennifer said...

Okay, that tzatziki is making me drool--seriously!

BMK said...

This is one of my favorite Greek meals! I definitely need to try your recipe and make it at home.

ashley said...

kevin - looks fabulous!

Amanda said...

Oh Kevin, be still my heart! These look so very good!

teresa said...

I would love to go to Greece, just for the food! You did a great job with your re-creation, it looks delicious!

Katerina said...

I always loved how in Greece they come with a few fries tucked in.

Elra said...

Simply delicious souvlaki!I like the gyros as well. Yum!

Kerstin said...

Oh, it looks perfect, I've been craving Greek food lately!

♥peachkins♥ said...

I love gyros! Haven't tried one with roasted bell peppers before,thouh This looks amazing.

ChrysV said...

These look delicious! I love a good gyro! Greece is on my list to visit next time I can actually get away on vacation. ;p

Katrina said...

Just a big ol' YUM!

Lisbon Accommodations said...

hmmmm.....Surely i am going to cook it.

Jan said...

Mmmm Yum - Kevin that looks delish!
I love gyros and yours looks good.

Bellini Valli said...

You know that souvlaki is my favourite Kevin:D

NikiTheo said...

This is may favorite pita sandwich!!! I don't eat traditional gyros often b/c they are really heavy and I'm trying to cut back on the heavy foods (especially in the summer!), but I LOVE marinated chicken souvlaki on a pita w/ all the yummy stuff, especially tzatziki!!! Great job and thanks for making me drool at 9:30 in the morning!!!!

Deborah said...

YUM!!

jake m said...

now, this is nice and delicious!

Spryte said...

YUM!!! Those look GREAT!

Christie's Corner said...

Chicken souvlaki with tzatziki is one of my favourite summer dishes and brings back memories of my trip to Greece years (and years and years) ago. I think they taste better in Greece, but that might just be the sunshine and views.

meeso said...

Excellent! That sounds mouthwatering... I absolutely love Gyros! You did an awesome job!

Michelle said...

I made the chicken kebabs tonight (only change was to up the amount of yogurt) and oh my was this yummy! Thanks for the inspiration!

Amanda said...

Hey Kevin

Is the oregano in this recipe dried or fresh?

Kevin said...

Amanda: I used dried oregano.

Amanda said...

Hey Kevin

These were wonderful, even hubby loved them and he's a finicky chicken eater! I'll blog about them soon :) thanks!

Anonymous said...

Made the chicken souvlaki yesterday for a party and it was a huge hit. Fantastic flavors! Thanks!

Kelly said...

Just fabulous!

Kelly said...

Just fabulous!

Anonymous said...

I made the salad version of this and it was soooo good. Will make again.
Niki
Santa Cruz

Anonymous said...

Kevin, I don't have a grill. Do you have any suggestions for cooking the chicken with a different method?

Kevin said...

Anonymous: A grill pan will work, otherwise broiling would be your best option. Enjoy!

Ponygal said...

Made this a few weeks ago as kabobs on the grill - they were fantastic!

Tasha @thatssoyummy said...

Let's just say YUM!!!!

Gaby said...

Perfect for summer, and perfectly grilled!!!

Sue Stevenson said...

I love the new pictures! This looks fantastic and like something I can easily do. Thank you so much, Kevin! I will look to see if you posted the creamy Tzatziki recipe. If not, please share it! Hugs

Kevin Lynch said...

Sue Stevenson: Here is the tzatziki recipe: http://www.closetcooking.com/2007/05/tzatziki-sauce.html

Daffy said...

I question all the people saying that looks mouthwatering. To me it looks burned. Black meat is burned. Good recipe though, if you cook it just a bit less.

Sarah Laker said...

I'm so glad i came across this recipe! Just by looking at it, i could already tell that it's delicious and rich in flavor. Although this is the first tie I've heard about souvlaki and gyros. I have always been a chicken lover and this dish makes me love it even more! I love the mix of the ingredients that you used and the procedures are easy to follow. I also stumbled upon an article at http://goo.gl/4eg9y2 which i was able to refer to for the dishes that i will prepare for my friend's birthday next week. This dish would be the highlight of the night.Thanks for sharing this recipe! I hope to read more from you soon. Thumbs up!

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