Friday, July 8, 2011

Chicken Souvlaki

The other day I was at the grocery store and got a great price on chicken tenders.  I decided that they were perfect to make a Greek dish called Chicken Souvlaki.  The most important step to achieving a wonderful flavor for your souvlaki is to marinate your meat for a good amount of time.  The flavors of lemon, garlic and cumin soak into the meat and make it so moist and delicious.  You can eat it on a bed or rice or in pitas like we did.  I also grilled some zucchini and made a fresh tzatziki sauce to round out this Greek style meal.

Chicken tenders (marinated)
1-2 medium zucchini
1 onion sliced
1 tomato sliced
Tzatziki sauce (recipe to follow)
Pita pockets

Marinate for every pound of chicken:
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup olive oil
1 tsp of oregano
1/2 tsp of ground cumin
2-3 cloves of garlic grated
salt and pepper to taste
Allow meat to marinate for 4-8 hours before grilling.
Grill 1/4 inch slices of zucchini that is salt and peppered.
Grill the chicken tenders next until they are fully cooked through. Gather all the other condiments and make your Tzatziki sauce.  Assemble your pita with all the ingredients and enjoy.

Tzatziki Sauce
  • 8oz of Greek style plain yogurt or regular plain yogurt that you have strained with a paper towel in a colander to allow all the liquid to drip out.  
  • 1/2 a English Cucumber diced finely
  • 1 Tbs of olive oil
  • 1 Tbs of fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp of fresh dill minced
  • 1 tsp of fresh mint mince
  • 1-2 garlic cloves grated
  • salt to taste.
  • Mix well and allow to chill in fridge for 1-2 hours before serving.   Enjoy.

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  1. What wonderful flavors! Perfect meal.

  2. I love tzatziki sauce. Doing it always for bbqs. It is great.

  3. Absolutely brilliant! I love Tzatziki and Souvlaki! The de-constructed dish is a work of art...can I come over for dinner?

  4. That's a truly international dish and I loved the sauce. Great recipe. Who doesn't want to have such a tempting dish!! I am drooling! Thanks for sharing this.

  5. Great flavor combination! I would love to give this a try.


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