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Greek Chicken Souvlaki

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Greek chicken souvlaki is classic Greek street food consisting of skewered and marinated pieces of chicken cooked over an open flame or on a grill. The combination of vibrant and zesty flavors brings the Greek into your kitchen!

grilled greek chicken souvlaki skewers on a green platter

Greek Chicken Souvlaki is a classic Greek dish, consisting of skewered and marinated pieces of chicken, cooked over an open flame or on a grill. The chicken is typically seasoned with garlic, Greek seasoning, olive oil, lemon juice, and red wine vinegar for maximum flavor. It’s then served in a pita wrap with crispy vegetables, feta cheese, and a creamy tzatziki dressing.

What is Greek souvlaki?

The Greek word for “souvlaki” means “meat on skewers,” kind of like what kabobs mean. The cubed pieces of chicken are threaded onto skewers after marinating and grilled or over an open flame. Greek chicken souvlaki is meant to be eaten in a pita with various toppings. It’s considered street food as you can walk around with it and eat it easily.

What’s the difference between gyros, souvlaki, and falafel? They’re all street food, with gyros and souvlaki being Greek and falafels being Middle Eastern. They’re all generally wrapped in a pita with various toppings. Gyros and souvlaki are made with meat while falafels are made with chickpeas then deep fried.

greek chicken souvlaki skewers on a green plate with fresh parsley on top

Why You’ll Love This

A few reasons why I think you’ll love chicken souvlaki as much as I do:

  • Bursting with flavor. Lemon juice, garlic, Greek seasoning are all combined in a marinade to give this chicken souvlaki incredible flavor. Not only that, it helps tenderize the chicken as well.
  • Great for meal prep. These chicken skewers are perfect meal prep candidates as you can make several and put them in with your Greek rice bowls, salads, or pita and have a bite of protein throughout the day. They’re a great way to always ensure you have protein at the ready for quick meals!
  • Healthy and easy to make. Bold flavors don’t have to mean a lot of work. The quick marinade is whipped up in no time and most of the time is hands off. A hot grill cooks this chicken right up in less than 20 minutes!
ingredients for greek chicken souvlaki

Ingredients You’ll Need

Short ingredient list, loads of flavor! This is everything you will need to make souvlaki. Make sure to scroll down to view the full recipe for exact measurements.

  • Olive oil
  • Lemon juice
  • Garlic
  • Greek seasoning – this is my favorite Greek seasoning and I buy it in the largest size because I use it on literally everything.
  • Boneless, skinless chicken breasts

How To Make Chicken Souvlaki

To be honest, making Greek chicken souvlaki is super easy and I think the hardest part is waiting for it to marinate. Be sure to scroll to the bottom of this post for the full recipe.

Make the marinade. In a large bowl, mix together olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, and Greek seasoning. Add the chicken and using your hands or spoon, toss the chicken together until chicken is fully coated in the marinade. Cover and refrigerate for at least 3 hours.

Preheat outdoor grill and soak skewers. Preheat your outdoor grill to high and in the meantime, if you’re using wooden skewers, soak them in water. If you’re using metal skewers then you can skip this step.

marinated chicken skewered on wooden skewers on a rimmed baking sheet

Skewer the chicken pieces. Skewer the chicken pieces onto the skewers, about 5 per skewer.

Grill the chicken skewers. Grill chicken until cooked through (160 degrees Fahrenheit internal temp) and outside is nicely charred. Let rest before removing from skewer and plating.

greek chicken souvlaki skewers on top of pita and tzatziki sauce

Recipe Tips, Substitutions, and Variations

  • Don’t skip on marinating. This is where all the flavor is! Plus, it helps tenderize the meat and helps retain its moisture so it doesn’t dry out. Make sure to read the recipe ahead of time so you have time to prep!
  • Soak those wooden skewers. If you’re using wooden skewers, soak them in water for 10 minutes beforehand. This helps and prevents burning. Think about it – dry wood, high heat…yeah, not a good combination, haha. If you are using metal skewers, you don’t need to worry about this step.
  • Chicken thighs. Prefer dark meat? I do too and this is a versatile recipe where you can use both chicken breast or chicken thighs. Make sure they’re boneless and skinless. Chicken thighs are just a bit harder to cube and skewer but I’m sure you can make do!

Storage and Reheating Instructions

Once the chicken has cooled to room temperature, pack it up in a glass container with a lid and put it in the refrigerator for up to five days. To reheat, pop it in the air fryer, microwave, or toaster oven until just heated through.

greek chicken souvlaki skewers on top of pita with tzatziki sauce and fresh parsley on a green plate

What to Serve with Greek Chicken Souvlaki

The list goes on and on with what to serve with chicken souvlaki. Here is some inspiration to help you build that plate of yours!

greek chicken souvlaki skewers on a green plate with fresh parsley on top

Greek Chicken Souvlaki

Skewered and marinated pieces of chicken cooked over an open flame or grill with the combination of vibrant and zesty flavors will bring the Greek into your kitchen!
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Marinate time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 25 minutes
Servings: 4
Author: Julie Chiou
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Ingredients 

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 4 garlic cloves, finely minced
  • 2 tablespoons Greek seasoning
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breast, cubed into bite-sized pieces
  • Fresh parsley, for garnish

Instructions 

  • In a large bowl, mix together marinade then add the chicken pieces. Using your hands or spoon, toss together until incorporated and chicken is fully coated in marinade. Cover and refrigerate for at least 3 hours.
  • Preheat your outdoor grill to high and in the meantime, if you’re using wooden skewers, soak them in water. If you’re using metal skewers then you can skip this step.
  • Skewer the chicken pieces onto the skewers, about 5 per skewer. We used 8 inch wooden skewers.
  • Grill chicken until cooked through (160 °F (71 °C) internal temperature) and outside is nicely charred. Let rest before removing from skewer and plating.
  • Sprinkle with fresh parsley as garnish.
  • Serve with rice, tzatziki sauce, pita bread, red onions, etc.

NUTRITION FACTS

Serving: 1 skewer (~250 grams) | Calories: 196 kcal | Carbohydrates: 1 g | Protein: 24 g | Fat: 10 g | Saturated Fat: 2 g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1 g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6 g | Trans Fat: 0.01 g | Cholesterol: 73 mg | Sodium: 132 mg | Potassium: 432 mg | Fiber: 0.1 g | Sugar: 0.03 g

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Recipe Rating




Will Wells

Wednesday 9th of August 2023

Awesome recipe. Easy to make and delicious.

Massimo

Monday 31st of July 2023

Looks yummy! Question: in the beginning, you mention red wine vinegar for the recipe, but then u don't see it in the recipe. Does it need it? And if so, at what part of the process?

Julie Chiou

Tuesday 1st of August 2023

hi, yes, i mentioned that it's typically marinated in that but in my recipe i felt that the lemon gave it the acidity it needed without the red wine vinegar.

Tammy Haverfield

Monday 17th of July 2023

Thank you for this wonderful recipe! It’s so easy and delicious! I served it with parmigiana lemon orzo from the gay globetrotter which was also amazing! My husband and I almost ate all of it🤣🤣So so good!,

Missy

Saturday 15th of July 2023

What is Greek seasoning?

dee

Sunday 6th of August 2023

@Julie Chiou, the name of the Greek seasoning didn't come through in the blog post

Julie Chiou

Monday 17th of July 2023

it's a mixture of dried rosemary, basil, oregano, parsley, garlic powder, onion powder, and salt + pepper. i linked the greek seasoning in the blog post and recipe card so if you click that, you can find it already pre-made or make your own from the ingredient label.

Beth

Friday 26th of May 2023

This recipe was WOW! For such simple ingredients I wasn’t sure what to expect, but it was so good. I did have to mix up Greek seasoning bc my store didn’t have any but I found a recipe and had all the spices. It took less than 5 min. I marinated my chicken for about 4 hours, then cooked in my air fryer at 375 or 400 (I can’t remember…) for 8 min. I skipped the skewers because I forgot to soak them.

This was absolutely delish!!! I made a quick chopped Greek salad for the side and this was a fresh, easy, quick dinner that is definitely going into the rotation!