Chicken Souvlaki

Chicken Souvlaki Recipe
Photo: Antonis Achilleos
Our version of Greek-style chicken souvlaki features chunks of chicken marinated in mixture of oil, lemon juice, and oregano; the chicken is then cooked in a skillet and served over pita bread.  Top the chicken with cucumber, tomato, feta cheese, and the homemade yogurt sauce.

Yield:

Makes 4 servings

Recipe from

Real Simple

Recipe Time

Prep: 25 Minutes
Other: 5 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Calcium 297.75 mg
Calories 606.03
Caloriesfromfat 43 %
Carbohydrate 43.17 g
Cholesterol 105.18 mg
Fat 29.53 g
Fiber 3.16 g
Iron 4.15 mg
Protein 40.87 mg
Satfat 8.1 g
Sodium 846.49 mg

Ingredients

4 pieces flat bread or pitas
2 tomatoes, cut into wedges
1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced
3/4 cup crumbled Feta
1/4 cup kalamata olives, pitted
1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
1 1/2 teaspoons dried thyme
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 1/2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into pieces
1/2 cup plain yogurt
1 small cucumber, diced
1 1/2 tablespoons minced fresh dill

Preparation

Heat oven to 200° F. Wrap the bread in foil and place in oven.

In a medium bowl, combine the tomatoes, onion, Feta, and olives.

In a large bowl, combine the oregano, thyme, pepper, 1 1/2 teaspoons of the vinegar, and the lemon juice. Slowly add 4 tablespoons of the oil in a steady stream, whisking constantly until incorporated. Pour 2 1/2 tablespoons of the vinaigrette over the tomato mixture, toss, and set aside. Add the chicken to the remaining vinaigrette, toss, and set aside.

Heat the remaining oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Transfer the chicken but not the liquid to the skillet and heat, turning occasionally, until cooked through, about 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the yogurt, cucumber, dill, and the remaining vinegar. Spread the bread with some of the yogurt sauce and top with the chicken. Add the tomato salad and fold.

Tip: Greek souvlaki traditionally calls for lamb, but you can also make it with chicken breasts, turkey cutlets, or shrimp.

Kate Merker,

Real Simple

October 2005
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