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Greek Chicken Skewers {Souvlaki}

by flavorthemoments on June 24, 2014

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Greek Chicken Skewers {Souvlaki} are chunks of Greek-marinated chicken breast and fresh veggies, skewered and grilled to perfection.  Serve with pita bread and Greek Tzatziki Dip for the perfect mediterranean style meal!

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This is the last of the 3-part mediterranean blitz I’ve been on….but beware, there will be others. :)  My Greek Pita Chip Panzanella Salad left me with plenty of fresh veggies and pita bread, so I decided I needed to make tzatziki dip to finish off the pita chips and cucumber, and I had loads of cherry tomatoes left, which got me thinking about skewers.  I had red onion leftover from my salad and also had some yellow bell pepper and zucchini hanging around.  Those veggies gave me all the colors that a good skewer should have.  It’s all about the colors for me. :)

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The Greek marinade for the chicken couldn’t get any easier.  It’s just fresh lemon juice, oregano, thyme, garlic, and olive oil.  That’s it.  If you have fresh herbs in your garden, go grab some herbs from garden Barefoot Contessa-style and toss them in your marinade.  Dried herbs work just as well, luckily, because I don’t have myself a garden. :)

The key to the most flavorful chicken is marinating it as long as possible.  I marinated the chicken for only 4 hours, and while it was still flavorful and juicy, it could have been better.  Overnight will get you the best flavor.  Just cut it into chunks for maximum coverage, and smother it in your marinade.  One hour before I was ready to grill the skewers, I threaded the chicken onto the skewers alternating with my veggies, and tossed the whole thing in the marinade again.  The veggies need some of that mediterranean love, too.  Leave out at room temp for 1 hour in the marinade, as the meat will cook much more evenly if it’s at room temperature rather than cold.

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I’ve found that skewers are a foolproof way to get my kids to eat more veggies when I made my Grilled Veggie Kebabs last year, so I try to make them often.  Everything tastes better when it’s on a stick, doesn’t it?  :)  I know everything tastes better grilled, and that includes veggies.

I served this up with whole wheat pita bread, so the kids enjoyed removing the chicken and veggies off of the skewers and eating them in a pita pocket with the cool tzatziki sauce.  Big score for mom on this one, because not only did my kids dig it, but us adults did, too.  Main dishes need to be easy like this all the time, no?  You definitely need to go get your Greek on, and grill up some of these fresh, delicious skewers.  Your family will be yelling Opa! before you know it.  Just make sure you use paper plates. ;)

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Greek Chicken Skewers {Souvlaki}

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 6 10" skewers

Greek Chicken Skewers {Souvlaki}

Greek Chicken Skewers {Souvlaki} are chunks of Greek-marinated chicken and mediterranean veggie skewers grilled to perfection. Serve with pita bread and Greek tzatziki dip for the perfect mediterranean style meal!

Ingredients

For the marinade:

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

juice of 1 medium lemon

2 cloves garlic, minced

2 teaspoons fresh thyme (or 1 teaspoon dried)

2 teaspoons fresh oregano (or 1 teaspoon dried)

For the skewers:

(6) 10" wooden skewers

1 tablespoon canola oil, for oiling the grill grates

1 lb. chicken breast, about 1 lb., cut into 1" chunks, seasoned generously with salt and pepper

1 cup cherry tomatoes

1 medium zucchini, sliced into 1/4" thick slices

1/2 yellow bell pepper, seeded and cut into 1" chunks

1/4 of a red onion, peeled and cut into 1" chunks

Pita bread and Greek Tzatziki Dip, for serving

Instructions

Prepare the marinade:

Place the olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, thyme, and oregano in a small bowl and whisk to combine. Place the seasoned chunks of chicken in shallow baking dish or a resealable bag. Pour the marinade over the chicken, and massage the marinade into the chicken using your hands until it's well coated. Cover (or seal the bag), and refrigerate a minimum of 4 hours or overnight. The longer your chicken marinates, the more juicy and flavorful it will be.

Assemble the skewers:

About 1 hour before grilling time, assemble the skewers. Thread each skewer, alternating the chicken and vegetables. You may have some veggies left, which are great skewered and grilled all on their own. Place the skewers back in the marinade and leave out at room temperature for one hour.

Preheat the grill, and oil the grill grates with canola oil to prevent sticking. Grill the skewers for 12-15 minutes, until the meat has browned and vegetables have softened, turning about every 3-4 minutes. Serve inside or outside the pita bread with the tzatziki dip. Enjoy!

Notes

Total time above does not include the time for marinating, which can be anywhere from 4 hours minimum to overnight.

Recipe by Flavor the Moments.

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