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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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Pat June 24, 2014 at 10:16 pm

Thanks for the recipe, Marcie. I love to do kabobs on the grill….any time of the year, if it is raining or snowing I do them inside on the grill. :)
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flavorthemoments June 25, 2014 at 7:36 am

I really need to make kebabs more often — they’re so easy and also make a fun way to get more veggies in. Thanks, Pat! :)

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Helen @ Scrummy Lane June 25, 2014 at 3:07 am

Although I spent over a decade living in Greece, Marcie, it’s still great to have a reminder to make homemade souvlaki more often … especially a yummy-looking marinated one like this. I love the idea of pulling the meat and veggies off the skewers and stuffing them in pitta pockets with tsatziki. I think pretty much anyone would enjoy this meal!
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flavorthemoments June 25, 2014 at 7:41 am

Souvlaki is one of my favorite Greek dishes, and I don’t make it at home half as often as I should. I need to go Greek more often! haha Thanks, Helen, and have a lovely day. :)

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Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes June 25, 2014 at 4:16 am

These are so pretty and I’m sure equally as delicious! I love making skewers/kabobs in the summer…
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flavorthemoments June 25, 2014 at 7:47 am

Thank you, Ashley! Kebabs are definitely one of the best meals in the summer! :)

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Melanie @ Carmel Moments June 25, 2014 at 6:18 am

Oh so pretty Marcie! For some reason we haven’t had skewers yet this summer. Thanks for the inspiration!
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flavorthemoments June 25, 2014 at 7:48 am

Thank you, Melanie! These are the first this summer, and they won’t be the last. :) When everybody likes something, I tend to go a little overboard. haha Have a great day! :)

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Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice June 25, 2014 at 7:54 am

I’m loving all of your Greek recipes! These skewers look delicious, especially with the marinade. Perfect summer BBQ food!
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flavorthemoments June 25, 2014 at 10:21 am

I’m glad you’re liking these Greek dishes, Gayle! I could certainly eat like this every day. :)

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Annie @Maebells June 25, 2014 at 10:13 am

We are having these skewers and that fabulous tzatkiki posted tonight! I can’t wait, they look fantastic!
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flavorthemoments June 25, 2014 at 10:28 am

Thank you so much, and I hope you enjoy them, Annie! :)

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whatjessicabakednext June 25, 2014 at 10:18 am

Again another recipe I must try! Loving the Greek theme- delicious flavours. I love souvlaki- I usually keep the recipe traditional by using lamb, but chicken sounds just as delicious!

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flavorthemoments June 25, 2014 at 10:30 am

I’m glad you’ve enjoyed the Greek inspired meals, Jessica! I love lamb souvlaki as well, and I will have to make that soon…I’m really craving it now that you mentioned it. :)

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Danae @ Recipe Runner June 25, 2014 at 12:23 pm

Greek flavors are one of my favorites! I love that these are on skewers with delicious vegetables, perfect for summer barbecues! Pinned!
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flavorthemoments June 26, 2014 at 7:32 am

We don’t have too many Greek restaurants near me, so I definitely need to make Greek food more often! Thank you for stopping by, Danae, and I appreciate the pin! :)

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Trish - Mom On Timeout June 25, 2014 at 1:02 pm

I love all the colors in these skewers Marcie! I can only imagine how yummy these are – can’t wait to give them a try!
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flavorthemoments June 26, 2014 at 7:37 am

Thank you, Trish! :)

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Carol at Wild GooseTea June 25, 2014 at 3:26 pm

There is something party festive about kabobs. I think that is because I was well into adulthood before I had one—-and that was at a fancy restaurant. So despite the fact they are simple, I get another extra layer of pleasure from having them. Your pictures gave me that feeling.
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flavorthemoments June 26, 2014 at 7:39 am

Kabobs are festive to me, too. The colors do that for me. I didn’t grow up eating them either really, so I’m making up for it in adulthood! Have a nice day, Carol! :)

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Ashley June 25, 2014 at 5:41 pm

I’ve been loving all these greek recipes you’ve been posting! I don’t make kabobs enough – it’s been so long! These sound so good – and I agree, the colors are awesome! Pretty foods are the best!
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flavorthemoments June 26, 2014 at 7:41 am

I’m glad you’ve liked the Greek recipes — I could really eat like this all the time. :) I do need to make kabobs more often as they’re especially perfect for grilling in the summer. Have a great day, Ashley! :)

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Mary Frances June 25, 2014 at 6:16 pm

Oh don’t stop! Nothing makes my stomach happy like good Mediterranean food. You have been making me very happy ;) I saw these skewers on FB and literally stared at the photo for a couple seconds. It looks SO good! The marinade, the veggies, everything sounds so flavorful, fresh, and delicious! Pinning for sure!

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flavorthemoments June 26, 2014 at 7:47 am

You’re so sweet, Mary Frances — thank you! I really don’t want to stop making mediterranean food either, and I have a few other ideas swirling around in my head. haha Thank you for the pin, and have a great day, my friend! :)

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Bibs @ Tasteometer June 26, 2014 at 4:36 am

These will make a nice change for our next BBQ as we always opt for ribs or asian style flavors.
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flavorthemoments June 26, 2014 at 7:54 am

I hope you enjoy them, and thanks for stopping by! :)

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Jessica June 26, 2014 at 6:44 am

Hi Marcie! Your souvlaki not only looks beautiful but very healthy. Exactly the type of meal I want to eat on my back deck.
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flavorthemoments June 26, 2014 at 6:41 pm

Thank you, Jessica! It was just what I needed on a warm, summer evening. :)

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Jill June 26, 2014 at 7:44 am

These look so fresh and delicious. Pinned!
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flavorthemoments June 26, 2014 at 6:52 pm

Thank you, Jill! :)

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Kelly June 26, 2014 at 10:40 am

I’m loving all of the greek recipes you’ve been sharing Marcie and would definitely love to see more :) These skewers look incredible! Love the pretty colors and you can just see that they are bursting with so much flavor – pinning :)

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flavorthemoments June 26, 2014 at 7:00 pm

I’m glad you like them, Kelly, and I’m sure there will be more! I’m definitely loving eating mediterranean-style. :) The kids were all over these, too, and that’s a definitely bonus!

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Peter @Feed Your Soul Too July 3, 2014 at 10:04 am

Hey Marcie. I saw these on the BBQ pinterest board and I was planning on making these Saturday night. Now I have a great recipe to use!

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flavorthemoments July 3, 2014 at 11:16 am

That’s great, Peter — I hope you enjoy them, and have a terrific 4th of July! :)

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Andi @ The Weary Chef July 5, 2014 at 9:01 am

These look so deliciously perfect. I wish I could dig right in! Pinned and stumbled :)
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flavorthemoments July 5, 2014 at 2:54 pm

Thank you, Andi, and thanks for sharing! Hope you’re having a great weekend! :)

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Chocolate Shavings July 5, 2014 at 2:29 pm

These look delish — and pretty!
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flavorthemoments July 7, 2014 at 7:35 am

Thank you! :)

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