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Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Chicken Souvlaki

Isn't it funny how sometimes one thing leads to another ... I cannot remember tasting chicken souvlaki before, but I got to taste some this past weekend ... and it was absolutely delicious.

Then last night I happened upon these words about
Souvlaki: "consists of small, grilled pieces of meat on a skewer and is one of the most well-known Greek foods. It’s sold throughout Greece in “souvlatzidiko” or souvlaki shops and can be found in almost every Greek restaurant around the world.

Souvlaki is typically made from pork, chicken, lamb or beef. It’s traditionally only meat, but it’s now often served with vegetables like a kabob."

I searched for a nice looking recipe idea and found this ...

For the chicken souvlaki:
4 boneless chicken breasts (approx. 1 kg/35 ounces)
4 tbsps. olive oil
juice of 1 lemon
1 clove of garlic, minced
2 tbsp. dried oregano
salt and freshly ground pepper

For the tzatziki sauce:
1 cucumber
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1/4 of a cup extra virgin olive oil
500g of strained yogurt (18 ounces)
1-2 tbsps. of red wine vinegar
a pinch of salt

To prepare this chicken souvlaki recipe, start by preparing the marinade. Cut the chicken breasts into 2 cm pieces and place them in a large bowl, along with all the marinade ingredients. Use your hands to mix really well, cover with plastic wrap and put in the fridge for 30-60 minutes.

In the meantime prepare the tzatziki sauce for the chicken souvlaki. Pour in a blender the olive oil and grated garlic and blend until combined. Remove the skin and the seeds of the cucumber and grate it into a large bowl. Season with salt and pepper and leave aside for 10 minutes. Wrap the grated cucumber in a towel and squeeze, in order to get rid of the excess water. In a bowl, add the cucumber, the blended garlic and oil, the yogurt, 1-2 tbsps. of red wine vinegar, a pinch of salt and blend, until the ingredients are combined. Store the tzatziki sauce in the fridge and always serve cold.

To assemble the chicken souvlaki (skewers), cut the wooden skewers to fit your griddle pan and soak them in water. (This will prevent them from burning.) Thread the chicken pieces, comfortably, on the skewers.
Preheat a grill or griddle pan on a high heat. Cook the chicken souvlaki (skewers) for about 8 to 10 minutes, turning occasionally, until nicely coloured on all sides and cooked through. Alternatively you call grill them for about 20 minutes.

We enjoyed ours with a mixed green salad ... delicious. 

See more about the recipe, including a how to video here

We bring a variety of recipe ideas to this blog, but not all may be suitable for you. If you may have any food allergies, or underlying health issues these must always be taken into account. If you are a diabetic and not sure how certain foods may affect your blood sugars, test is best, i.e. use your meter.

All the best Jan


Catarina said...

I love that kind of chicken! A friend of mine, born in Greece, makes it so well!!

Thanks for sharing that recipe.

Christine said...

I've had this, it is delicious with the tzaziki sauce!

NatureFootstep said...

looks tasty :)

Elephant's Child said...

Souvlaki is very, very popular.

Lisabella Russo said...

I like how you combine the recipe with information about the history of it.

William Kendall said...

That does look delicious!

Sue (this n that) said...

Simple and delicious - must try!

Mylittlepieceofengland said...

I've never heard of it before, it sounds like something I'd really enjoy xx

Martha said...

Having grown up with Greek parents, this is something I've enjoyed my whole life. Your recipes are wonderful.

The Joy of Home with Martha Ellen said...

Thank for this lovely recipe. My family would love it! ♥

happyone said...

I've never had it but it sure looks good.

Carla from The River said...

Garlic!! I just harvested mine tonight. We did so well. I will post about our harvest soon.
Thank you for the yummy recipe.

Stephanie said...

This looks like another winning recipe, my friend. I so appreciate you and your posts.


Carol Blackburn said...

Any kind of kabobs are a summer favorite here. I have to watch the marinades or sauces though due to allergies but just the grilling alone is wonderful. This looks tempting.

Ela said...

Yummm !! It looks very tasty !!

Magic Love Crow said...

So good!! Thank you!!!