chicken souvlaki with tzatziki sauce

by Cait on July 27, 2012

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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