A simple marinade makes this Greek Chicken Souvlaki recipe irresistible!
The simple seasoning adds so much flavor to this grilled chicken dish!
There is a local Greek Festival at the Greek church every June. It seems to always take place during the first blazing hot weekend of the summer.
The festival is, of course, a fundraiser for the church. They have kiddie rides, several bands playing modern and traditional Greek music, Greek alcohol, and they have lots and lots of authentic Greek food.
The food, both sweet and savory, are all donated by the congregation. They Yia Yias, moms, and daughters, sisters, and cousins spend weeks preparing pastitsio, moussaka, baklava, spanakopita, dolmades, koularakia, loukoumades, any other or Greek dish you can think of.
I am going to tell it to you straight, no one comes for the rides or the drinks, the public comes to this festival for the music (Greek dancing is terrifically fun) and the FOOD!
The lamb gyros are famous and the chicken souvlaki always sells out. This festival is a feeding frenzy!
What Is Greek Souvlaki
Souvlaki is nothing more than bite-sized meat on a skewer that is seasoned and grilled.
Traditionally, souvlaki is made with pork. It is delicious!! If you’ve never tried it, I highly suggest you either find a great local Greek restaurant or make it yourself!
But souvlaki tastes just as good made with chicken, lamb, fish, or beef. Regardless of what meat you use, the method and flavoring are the same.
How To Make Chicken Souvlaki
A good souvlaki recipe starts with a good marinade! This marinade is incredibly simple! You most likely have all the ingredients ready to go!
In a large ziptop bag, combine extra virgin olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, oregano, and salt.
Add chicken (cubed) into the marinade and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or up to 24 hours.
When ready, thread the chicken with metal or wood skewers. If you are going to broil or grill the chicken souvlaki on an outdoor grill, make sure that the wooden skewers have been soaked for at least 30 minutes!
If using metal skewers, be mindful that they will be very hot to the touch!
Grill your souvlaki for 8-9 minutes, turning often. The chicken is ready when the juices run clear.
How To Cook Chicken Souvlaki In The Oven
Too cold to grill outside? No problem! These skewers can easily be made in the oven. Prepare the recipe as directed. Pace the skewers on a broiling pan and broil on low for about 5-7 minutes, turning once.
Alternatively, if you want to cook the chicken souvlaki on the stove, the recipe is the same except using a grill pan to prepare the skewers on the stove. The trick here would be to make sure you use the right-sized skewers so that the souvlaki fits your pan.
Is Chicken Souvlaki Healthy?
Sure I may be a bit biased, but I think this is one of the healthiest meals around!
Chicken a wonderfully lean protein and as for the marinade, extra virgin olive oil is heart-healthy. The rest of the ingredients add flavor and keep things fresh without adding any extra fat.
What To Serve With Chicken Souvlaki
Pita bread and tzatziki sauce are a must! You can also serve a simple Greek salad made with red onion, tomatoes, cucumbers, and this homemade Greek Dressing.
My other favorite sides are Greek Roasted Potatoes, Greek Green Beans, Greek Potato Salad, Greek Pasta Salad, Greek Caesar Salad or this Orzo Salad.
Finish the meal off with Baklava Bites Koularakia, and Greek Coffee!
Greek Chicken Souvlaki
Marinaded chicken will grill up so tender and delicious!
- 1 1/2 lbs chicken breast
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 2 cloves of garlic minced
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 tsp oregano
- Cut chicken breast into chunks. In a large ziplock bag combine marinade ingredients. Add chicken and refrigerate 1-2 hours.
- Preheat grill.
- Thread chicken onto pre-soaked wooden skewers. Discard marinade.
- Grill kabobs on medium high for 8-9 minutes per side or until juices run clear.
- Serve souvlaki with Homemade Tzatziki Sauce.
Amount Per Serving Calories 408Total Fat 20gSaturated Fat 4gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 15gCholesterol 145mgSodium 396mgCarbohydrates 2gFiber 1gSugar 0gProtein 53g
I marinated the chicken overnight and made it for lunch today with brown rice pasta and them some of the tastes of a greek salad. Tomatoes, kalamata olives, feta cheese and the deliciousness that comes from cooking out the chicken. It came out amazing!!! Thank u for the recipe!
Oh yeah! Thank you Maria, I am so happy to hear you enjoyed this recipe!
This recipe sounds delicious. Looking for something to bring to a July 4th bbq. I think I found the recipe. Thanks.
Hope it works out for you Jodi! Thank you.
I made your Souvlakia chicken kabobs with the tzatkiki sauce for dinner. They were so good!
That makes me so happy Jodi! Thank you so much for sharing!
I’ve made these at least once a week this summer. I marinate the chicken overnight and serve it with thinly sliced cucumbers . I could eat this everyday and be happy !!
Recipe sounds excellent….heading to store right away ! Thankyou so much.
Hope you enjoy Lin!
Your chicken souvlaki looks great! This is always one of my favorites.
Yes, this is so flavorful, and yours looks so good!
Mel (Brit living in Ellada) says
As I live in Corfu Greece I have been told do not discard the marinade..Use it for brushing over during cooking.
Advice was given to me via Xaroula at one of our local restaurants.
Tanya Schroeder says
Thank you! I actually believe my mom does the same.
Ronald Miller says
Great chicken recipe. I just love it and will make it soon. Thanks for sharing!
Tanya Schroeder says
Thank you! It is one of my favorites!
I love how easy this recipe is, with simple ingredients! I know exactly what’s going into my body. 🙂 It’s amazing how good something can be when it’s mostly just olive oil, lemon juice, spices and chicken! Of course, the grilling doesn’t hurt either… 🙂
One of our favorite chicken recipes!
Love the marinade for the chicken! It was so juicy and flavorful!