Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Chicken Souvlaki

I mentioned before that we're trying to lighten up at my house.

We've been grilling a lot of chicken.

This looked like a tasty recipe from Cooking Light, so I tried it out a week or so ago. I tweaked most of the quantities, but the ingredients are mostly the same.


Chicken Souvlaki
2 - 3 lbs skinless chicken breast, cut into 1 inch pieces
6 TBLS lemon juice
1 TBLS fresh oregano, chopped
1 TBLS olive oil
6 cloves garlic, minced

Combine lemon juice, oregano, olive oil and garlic in a large plastic ziplock bag.
Add chicken pieces.
Squish it around so the marinade really gets to all of the pieces of chicken.
Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
If you're using wooden skewers, they need to soak for 30 minutes in water.
Thread the chicken onto the skewers and grill about 8 minutes, turning the skewers as they cook.

You can find my Tzatziki Recipe HERE.

Fresh lemon juice makes such a difference.

But bottled is fine, if that's all you have.
(it's often all I have!)

And again... I can't help but smile when I go to my herb garden to fetch herbs for whatever I happen to be putting together.


Mix the lemon juice, oregano, olive oil, and garlic in a plastic bag.

As you can see... I dirtied a bowl by mistake!


Now add the chicken to the bag and squish it around so it's all mixed up really well.

Pop that into the fridge for 30 minutes.

Then thread them onto skewers.

Obviously, feel free to add veggies between the chickens if you like.

If I was just serving the shish kabobs, I would have added veggies. But I was serving them in flat bread... and I always stuff them too full!

Now it's grillin' time!

Only charcoal at my house!

I AM the grill master! Ok... just the grill master at my house.

But for YEARS the grill was very intimidating to me. Then we went to a Cinco de Mayo party a few years ago, at the house of one of Jon's former band mates and I watched Steve grill all day. He truly IS a grill master! Something clicked that day. Suddenly it wasn't intimidating anymore. And I do pretty well!


Throw those shish kabobs on the grill.


Oh yeah!

Slather your favorite flat bread with Tzatziki Sauce and some lettuce, tomatoes and onions. (or whatever you like on a sammie)

Add some of that gorgeous grilled chicken.

Fold it up and it's time to eat!!!

The chicken tastes so fresh marinated in the lemon juice with oregano and garlic.

So delicious with the tangy, creamy (and entirely fat free) Tzatziki Sauce you forget it's totally figure friendly!


Donna-FFW said...

This looks so delicious. I love the sound of the marinade. I want to try both the chicken and the sauce together. Beautiful job and your description is terrific!!

Ciao Chow Linda said...

This looks so healthy and delicious too - the kind of thing I will make over and over again.

Cathy said...

Isn't grilling fun? Now that I figured out how to start the bbq without losing my eyebrows I enjoy it! Your souvlaki looks delicious - nothing like tzatziki sauce to make you feel gooooooood.

Maria said...

The hubs will LOVE this one!! Thanks!

Dajana said...

Love it, I'm keeping the recipe.
In the beginning it was me doing the BBQ - always. Then, finally my husband learned how to start fire so now I usually do other things, but I still think it's fun

Michele said...

Damn, that looks good! I have been trying to eat better too! I love this recipe! Hey, just wanted to share a tip that I saw on RR. You know when you make kebobs that have meat and veggies in it and some of the veggies get overcooked and burned because you're waiting for the meat to cook? Well RR just puts the veggies on a seperate skewer so they can be pulled off when they are done! Such and obvious thing but I've never thought of that! Just thought I'd share!

Bob said...

That looks wicked good. I loooove souvlaki made with any kind of protein. Well, except mushrooms. Heh. Man do I miss grilling.

Natashya said...

I love souvlaki! Looks wonderful, and how cool is it that you are the grill master!!

Culinary Alchemist said...

MMMM Pass me one!!! Those look scrumptious!

Gloria Chadwick said...

This looks absolutely delicious! I love everything about it. :)

girlichef said...

This looks awesome, Spryte...I would tear this up!! Something about a creamy dressing w/ grilled meat inside of a pita that really gets me drooling.

teresa said...

I get intimidated by the grill too, I need to take your lead and become a grill master too! This looks amazing, I love the flavors!

DDpie said...

Oh man, now you're killin' me. This sounds so fresh and summer like. Can't wait to try it! I love grilling too...when I get the chance (Jim's the "grillmaster" ya know, wink wink, whatever)

Danielle said...

wow! that looks sooo good (especially after having hotdogs and mac & cheese for dinner LOL). I've never made Tzatziki sauce but I really need to get my butt in gear and make some so I can make this!! YUM!!

tamilyn said...

Yum! That totally beats my dinner of:
3 glasses of wine
1 piece of white Wonder bread
1 (or 2) handfuls of M & M's
and 1 Snickers bar

Hmmm, no wonder I have a tummy ache?

Peter M said...

The chicken souvlaki looks fab and surely tasty being grilled on that real charcoal grill. Did you used to date a Greek guy? lol

Kevin said...

That looks like a perfect meal! Souvlaki is one of my favorites!

Rox said...

Yum-O I want one right now!