Aug 13, 2020

Greek Chicken Souvlaki with Charred Lemon

Prep Time: 1 min
Cook Time: 15 mins
Pieces of chicken thighs are marinated in a homemade Greek spice blend and grilled on skewers until juicy and flavorful.

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Pieces of chicken thighs are marinated in a homemade Greek spice blend and grilled on skewers until juicy and flavorful. Souvlaki which simply means “meat on skewers” is a popular street food. It always reminds me of a spot my family stopped at during one trip on a small Greek island of Aegina, Pita Tom’s.

The souvlaki was served with a heaping pile of fries with house-made pita bread and tangy tzatziki. Wrap all the fixings together or eat them separately for a delicious and filling entrée.

Greek Chicken Souvlaki with Charred Lemon

Key Ingredients in This Recipe

  • Chicken – I love using chicken thighs, especially when grilling because they remain so tender and are much harder to dry out unlike chicken breasts. Chicken thighs are also much more flavorful and cheaper than chicken breasts.
  • Lemon – Charring the lemon not only gives you a slightly smoky flavor but you can also get much more juice out.
  • Spices – The chicken in a Greek-inspired spice blend made from combining garlic powder, basil, black pepper, oregano, dill, rosemary, red pepper flakes, thyme and nutmeg.
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How to Make Chicken Souvlaki

  • Mix the spices. Add the spices to a mortar or spice blender and blend until finely ground.
  • Marinate the chicken. Cut the chicken into 2” inch cubes and toss with the seasoning. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour and up to overnight.
  • Add the chicken to skewers. When ready to cook, heat grill or grill pan to medium-high heat. Thread the chicken onto the bamboo skewers.
  • Grill the chicken. Drizzle the skewers with olive oil and grill the chicken, turning occasionally, until cooked through, about 8 to 10 minutes total. Remove and set aside.
  • Char the lemon. Add the lemon halves to the grill, cut side down and grill until char marks appear, about 3 minutes. Remove and set aside.
  • Serve. Arrange pita bread on a platter or plates. Spread a spoonful of tzatziki on the plate and top with the chicken skewers and lemon halves. Garnish with dill and mint and serve.
Souvlaki  means “meat on skewers” and is a popular Greek street food. In this recipe chicken thighs are marinated and grilled on skewers.

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Souvlaki  means “meat on skewers” and is a popular Greek street food. In this recipe chicken thighs are marinated and grilled on skewers.

Greek Chicken Souvlaki with Charred Lemon

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Prep Time 1 min
Cook Time 15 mins
Serves 4

Ingredients:

For the Greek chicken thighs:

  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried dill
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 pounds 1½ pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 medium lemons, halved

For serving:

  • Pita bread, warmed
  • 1 cup tzatziki
  • Fresh dill, for garnish
  • Mint leaves, for garnish

Instructions:

For the Greek chicken thighs:

  • Add the spices to a mortar or spice blender and blend until finely ground.
  • Cut the chicken into 2” inch cubes and toss with the seasoning. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour and up to overnight.
  • When ready to cook, heat grill or grill pan to medium-high heat. Thread the chicken onto the bamboo skewers.
  • Drizzle the skewers with olive oil and grill the chicken, turning occasionally, until cooked through, about 8 to 10 minutes total. Remove and set aside.
  • Add the lemon halves to the grill, cut side down and grill until char marks appear, about 3 minutes. Remove and set aside.

For serving:

  • Arrange pita bread on a platter or plates. Spread a spoonful of tzatziki on the plate and top with the chicken skewers and lemon halves. Garnish with dill and mint and serve.

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