Chicken Souvlaki Skewers

This recipe is on rotation for me all summer long. I can eat Souvlaki every single day and never get sick of it. Souvlaki is a popular Greek dish consisting of pieces of chicken, beef or lamb and sometimes vegetables that are grilled on a skewer. The word souvlaki has roots in the Greek word souvla, meaning skewer. This recipe paired with my homemade tzatziki and greek pita is what Mediterranean summer dreams are made of. You can find my incredible tzatziki recipe on my website and use any meat you enjoy. I have been engulfed in the Greek culture and enjoyed meals like this all my life. This recipe feels like home to me and Greece will forever have my heart. This recipe makes 5 large metal skewers so feel free to adjust. It is perfect for summer or even as a meal prep and I know it will be on rotation for you as well.

Chicken souvlaki skewers by the modern nonna chicken souvlaki skewers

Chicken Souvlaki Skewers

This recipe is on rotation for me all summer long. I can eat Souvlaki every single day and never get sick of it. Souvlaki is a popular Greek dish consisting of pieces of chicken, beef or lamb and sometimes vegetables that are grilled on a skewer. The word souvlaki has roots in the Greek word souvla, meaning skewer. This recipe paired with my homemade tzatziki and greek pita is what Mediterranean summer dreams are made of. You can find my incredible tzatziki recipe on my website and use any meat you enjoy. I have been engulfed in the Greek culture and enjoyed meals like this all my life. This recipe feels like home to me and Greece will forever have my heart. This recipe makes 5 large metal skewers so feel free to adjust. It is perfect for summer or even as a meal prep and I know it will be on rotation for you as well.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Servings 5 large skewers

Ingredients
  

  • 5 boneless skinless chicken breasts that I cut in half and cubed — thighs will work as well
  • cup of olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons dry oregano
  • 1 minced garlic clove
  • juice of 1.5-2 lemons — or as lemony as you like
  • greek pita & tzatziki to serve with

Instructions
 

  • Cut the chicken breast in half and then cut it into equal size pieces. I cut mine into 1.5 inch cubes. Add them to a bowl with the rest of the ingredients and massage really well. Let it sit for at least an hour. You can let it sit out at room temperature for 1-2 hours but if it’s more than that please transfer it into the fridge.
  • If you leave the meat in the fridge to marinate please be sure to take it out and let it sit at room temperature for at least 30 minutes before you cook it. Take each chicken cube and add it onto the skewer stacking them all the way until the end. If you used 5 breasts like I did, you should have a total of 5 large metal skewers.
  • Turn on the barbeque to medium heat and cook the skewers on the grill for 7-8 minutes on each side turning them 1 to 2 times. I leave the metal skewer handles hanging on the outside of the barbecue so they don’t get too hot and I am able to turn them.
  • Take them off the heat after 15 minutes, the meat should be nice and golden and charred. If you want to use an instant read meat thermometer you are more than welcome to as the chicken should be 165F.
  • The cook time of the meat will depend on how thick your cut of breast was as well. Let the meat rest for at least 5 minutes and enjoy with salad, potatoes, tzatziki, on pita, or any way you like.

Notes

You can absolutely make this recipe with pork chops, veggies, lamb, or even beef as well. The longer you let this marinate, the more tender the meat. You do not have to wait if you are in a rush but an hour is preferred before you add the chicken on the skewers. You do not need to use a barbecue if you don’t have one as you can easily make these on the grill. If you are using wooden skewers please soak them for 20-30 minutes in water before you add the meat on them as you do not want them to burn. I used metal skewers but you can use any. If the grill sticks do oil it up first if you need to. Cook the skewers for 7-8 minutes on each side with the barbecue lid open on medium heat as you turn them 1-2 times. Season everything with your heart. You can use any cut of chicken like boneless skinless thighs but just be sure to cut them all more or less the same size.

5 Responses

  1. I absolutely love this recipe, I moved to a rural town with limited food options and I was really missing my Greek food. Well this recipe is easy and delivers what I need to fill that void 🙂 my picky 4yo and my hubby like it too so its a win all around.

  2. 5 stars
    Prepped and marinating for afternoon BBQ; haven’t tasted them yet but coming from MN im sure will be delicious. Making the tzatziki sauce next

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