CHICKEN SOUVLAKI WITH TZATZIKI SAUCE

I’m Greek.

And I definitely identify with a lot of the traditional elements of Greek culture.  My Big Fat Greek Wedding?  Yeah, basically a movie about the way my oldest sister’s wedding went…right down to her now-husband needing to be baptized in a baby pool so that they could get married in my church.

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We go to Greek Festivals, our holiday meals always include spanakopita, baklava and tsoureki.

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It’s not unusual at family gatherings for people to move to the kitchen and break out into full-on coordinated Greek dances.

Which is why it’s unusual that when it comes to food, I’m not the best Greek.

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I don’t like olives.

I don’t eat lamb.

I prefer my meat NOT roasted on a spit in the backyard (true story, this has happened at family reunions).

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But one thing I can always get on board with?

Chicken souvlaki.

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Particularly chicken souvlaki that has been smothered in tzatziki sauce.  Plus it uses my new-found love for skewers…so you know.  How can you really go wrong?

Chicken Souvlaki with Tzatziki Sauce

Serves 4

Ingredients:

For the tzatziki sauce:

  • 12 oz. plain non-fat Greek yogurt (I used 0% plain Chobani)
  • 1 cucumber, peeled, seeds removed and grated
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 tsp. ground pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh dill

For the chicken:

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (3-4 oz. each), cubed
  • 1/8 cup white vinegar + 1/8 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons fresh-squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • Salt and pepper

Directions:

For the tzatziki sauce:

  1. Add grated cucumber to a bowl with salt.  Let sit for 10-20 minutes.
  2. Wring out cucumber with a kitchen towel to remove excess liquid then combine with yogurt, garlic, pepper and dill.
  3. Mix well and set aside.

For the chicken:

  1. Spray grill with cooking spray and heat on HIGH.
  2. Combine ingredients 2 through 6 in a bowl then add cubed chicken, mixing well so all the chicken is coated.  Let sit for 5 minutes.
  3. Thread chicken onto 4 metal skewers.
  4. Lay skewers on the hot grill turning frequently and cooking until chicken is nicely browned on both sides.
  5. Remove from heat and lay over a warm whole wheat pita with cucumber slices, red onion and tzatziki sauce.

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  • http://www.tiptopshape2.blogspot.com Liz @ Tip Top Shape

    Ha, I just watched My Big Fat Greek Wedding last week!! If your family is anything like them, they are definitely colorful! lol

    This looks delicious!!

    • Cait

      Haha – such a good movie. And yes, ‘colorful’ is definitely a good word to describe it :)

  • http://www.whatkellysaid.com Kelly

    WOW. Looks delicious!!

    • Cait

      Thanks Kelly :)

  • http://Www.blueberrysmiles.com Rebecca @ Blueberry Smiles

    Haha- I love that movie! This looks delicious- I often order chicken souvlaki when I’m at a Greek restaurant so will great to make it on my own!

    • Cait

      It’s super simple and SO delicious!

  • http://www.sprint2thetable.com Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table

    I should have been Greek – I love it all! Especially lamb.. Oddly, lamb was the only meat I craved when I went vegan for a bit. Love the looks of these skewers!

    • Cait

      That’s too funny! We should switch!

  • http://www.samanthamenzies.com Samantha Angela

    I juuuuust got back from my first trip to Greece. I’ve always wanted to go. My husband and I spent 2 weeks in Crete, Santorini, and Athens. It was awesome!

    My favourite thing I ate was actually the swordfish souvlaki. Seafood in Greece is just fantastic.

    • Cait

      Ah SO jealous!!! I’ve never been but am dying to get there someday!! And I can only imagine how good the seafood must be!

  • Anita

    Love chicken souvlaki! I am also Greek- my favourite Greek food has to be xorta giandes, faikes (so simple and always so tasty!).. ahhh and so much more!

    Today my yaya made batzina- have you ever had that? Its a really tasty cheesy pita type thing! :D
    Oh, and we can’t forget frappe!! I’ve been in Greece for the past two months and we have been having a huge heatwave.. 40 degrees C and up!! Best way to cool down? Nice iccy frappe— or a freddo cappucino :)

    • Cait

      I haven’t but it sounds a lot like kolumbokopita which I adore! I’ve never been to Greece but I’m absolutely dying to come some day!

  • http://www.nutmeggerdiaries.com Jenny

    I can’t stand olives either. These looks soo soo delicious though!

    • Cait

      And the best part is that they’re olive free! :)

  • http://www.thenondairyqueen.com/ Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen)

    My great grandparents came here from Greece. I am definitely Greek at heart. I love Greek food and culture. Tzatziki is definitely one of those foods I miss big time! So cool, creamy and comforting! This looks amazing!

    • Cait

      That’s so funny!! My grandparents came over from Greece :) I agree – there’s nothing better than Greek culture – it’s so encompassing!

  • http://swankydietitian.com Kristen @ Swanky Dietitian

    This looks fabulous!
    I have never attempted to make Greek food, but I just love it!

    • Cait

      It was super easy – definitely give it a try!

  • http://noblepig.com Cathy @ Noble Pig

    Such a beautiful presentation and of course one of my fave movies of all time!!

    • Cait

      Aw thank you! And yay! Glad to have another MBFGW fan around :)

  • http://www.kitchenkm.com Steph

    Seriously. That looks scrumptious! I was a nanny for a Greek family all through high school and college and I fell in love with all things Greek! Yum!

    • Cait

      Oh yay!! We love to pull people into our crazy culture ;)

  • http://www.yumgoggle.com yumgoggle

    My best friend is Greek. She brings me delicious dishes she has prepared herself every now and then. I enjoy her homemade authentic dishes, but I don’t think she has made anything like this. I love the freshness and the combination of this dish. The sauce looks awesome!
    Anyways, your phenomenal photos have caught our attention, we have been in the lookout for unique and interesting bloggers since we have launched our food photo gallery http://www.yumgoggle.com/gallery/ This will allow you to showcase all your great work and share it with our visitors. We’d be proud to have your work as part of our growing collection to continue to have a larger reach and further inspire all fellow food lovers out there!

  • isolabella

    Chicken breast may be substituted with extra firm tofu or falafel balls for vegetarians and it is just as yummy.

    • Cait

      Agreed! I LOVE this dish with falafels as well :)

  • http://gothextramileblog.com Brittany @ GOtheXtraMile

    Can’t believe you don’t live olives! But, I’m glad you do like tzatziki sauce :) I love Greek food!

    • Cait

      Haha I know – it’s so bad that I don’t! I wish I did! And glad you love Greek food, it’s pretty darn delicious if you ask me :)

  • http://www.cateror.com gina@cateror

    This looks simply delicious! And isolabella’s vegetarian idea makes it perfect for a cookout that mixes carnivores and vegetarians. Awesome recipe! (and that’s too funny, I just watched the movie a couple of weeks ago, perfect timing)

    • Cait

      :) Such a good movie!