Chicken Souvlaki with Tzatziki Sauce
Chicken souvlaki skewers are marinated Greek kabobs. Fantastic flavor for chicken. The marinade can also be used for pork.
Chicken souvlaki skewers are marinated Greek kabobs. Fantastic flavor for chicken. The marinade can also be used for pork.
This was very, very good, but I did make some changes. I prepared the marinade exactly as written, but I marinated the chicken pieces for about 5 hours, which was perfect. The tzatziki sauce I had to alter: I substituted lemon juice for the vinegar and added a teaspoon of dried dill weed. I served this as sandwiches, with pita warmed on the grill, sliced red onion and tomatoes. Completely yummy!Read More
This was very, very good, but I did make some changes. I prepared the marinade exactly as written, but I marinated the chicken pieces for about 5 hours, which was perfect. The tzatziki sauce I had to alter: I substituted lemon juice for the vinegar and added a teaspoon of dried dill weed. I served this as sandwiches, with pita warmed on the grill, sliced red onion and tomatoes. Completely yummy!
This recipe was amazing! We rarely please all three of our picky children with any recipe, but this one was loved by all. We marinated and grilled not only chicken, but pork, salmon, zucchini and yellow squash. Everything was absolutely yummy in every way. The addition of the tzatziki sauce was like the icing on the cake. We made a slight change of the addition of a touch of fresh mint in the tzatziki, and it was amazing. I'm a person who likes to know why you do what you do in recipes sometimes. My husband informed me that letting the tzatziki sauce chill for at least an hour after making helps the vinegar in the sauce break down the other ingredients so that they can combine. I'm glad to know this, because I will never rush a tzatziki again. The sauce was so simple and delicious, as was the marinate. Thanks so much for sharing!!!!
I live in Minnesota so I will not be able to dig out my grill until May. I decided to cook the chicken on the George Foreman grill. It turned out wonderful. I made a few minor changes in the Tzatziki sauce. I used a good Greek yogurt but wanted it extra thick so I strained it through a coffee filter. After grating the cucumber I put it in a strainer with a hefty pinch of salt and let the water come out. I then put it on paper towels and squeezed out any remaining liquid. Instead of vinegar I used fresh lemon juice as the acid. I added 1/2 teaspoonful of dill weed and a small amount of fresh mint. I believe Tzatziki sauce would be good on a flip-flop. Thanks, Bakermom. This is a fantastic recipe.
4 stars for the marinade. Followed the marinade recipe exactly, and the chicken was good, but next time I will probably increase the lemon juice and oregano for our tastes. We would have liked a little more intense lemon and oregano flavor, so increasing those two things and maybe adding some lemon zest along with the juice would do the trick, but as written was still very enjoyable. Tzatziki sauce as written not so good, so only 3 stars. A little bland tasting with a strange mouth feel. So, I did take some reviewers advice and altered it slightly by using lemon juice in place of white vinegar, a pinch or two of both dried dill weed and sugar, and an extra tbsp of olive oil to give it a more creamy consistency. Lastly, after grating the cucumber, spread it on several sheets of paper towel, lightly salt and let sit for about 15 mins to allow all the moisture to be drawn out of the cucumber. Then dry thoroughly with more paper towels before adding to tzatziki. Doing this will prevent your tzatziki sauce from becoming overly watery. I've tried making tzatziki several times and with the adjustments this was my best attempt by far. I think the pinch of sugar to cut the bitterness of the yogurt and the additional olive oil to give it a better mouth feel were key. Thanks to the original poster of the recipe and all the other cooks out there who wrote reviews and added suggestions. I love this site!
I put in about three cloves of garlic and like to use malt vinegar rather than white vinegar and about table spoon. It gives it that extra kick.
This turned out amazing. Since I live in rural Japan, I don't have access to Greek yogurt so I just used plain yogurt and added some lemon juice and white pepper to it (taken from another recipe) and it tastes almost as good as actual tzatziki.
For my taste, I would double the lemon juice and garlic and oregano as I like really bold flavors. Also, the lemon juice helps tenderize the chicken. I also let it marinade over night so the lemon juice has time to do its job and the flavors really penetrate. For the sauce, I would add a step, after grating the seeded cucumber wrap in a paper towel and give it a good squeeze to draw out the extra moisture. If not it will leach into the yogurt making it a watery mess. I also prefer lemon juice to white vinegar but i saw where someone recommended malt vinegar, i may give that a try. And most importantly you need to add a good teaspoon of dried dill weed or mint. I prefer dill. Finally warm a pita or any middle eastern/ indian flat bread by brushing it very lightly with good olive oil and placing it on flat griddle or heavy skillet for a few seconds and servce with a big greek salad with lots of tomatos, cucumbers, black olives, feta cheese etc. and you have a summer barbeque feast sure to make you forget about hambergers and hot dogs with chips.
This is good. BUT....It is imperative that you let the cucumber drain well before mixing into the yogurt. I even squeeze it to remove even more liquid. You will be amazed at how much there is! It keeps the tzatziki from being so thin and also concentrates the flavor.
I've made this at least 3 times already and we love it. I marinate the chicken all day - at least 6 hours. In the sauce I like to add extra cloves of garlic. Very good and super delicious!
Loved it! I Marinated the chicken overnight. The sauce was easy to make. I added veggie kebabs and couscous which only added a few minutes to the cooking time. A complete meal on a budget.
Good seasoning. Very tender chicken. I made it inside under the broiler on a grill pan. I added just a little sugar to the tzaziki. Would make this again.
Easy and delicious. I marinated the chicken overnight. And if you make the tzatziki the day before, it tastes better.
It needs a little fine tuning but overall is quite good. Cut your chicken in long strips for ease in grilling. I actually don't cut my chicken until it is cooked & has rested. I make my sauce with half Greek yogurt & half sour cream to cut a bit of the tang. Try a peeled English cucumber; you won't have so many seeds to deal with. We go to a local Greek Festival every July and eat delicious authentic Greek food made by the members of a Greek Orthodox church. They also serve fresh baked baklava. If you ever get the chance to attend one of these Festivals it's worth your time, effort & $$.
I added dill and substituted lemon juice for the vinegar in the tzatziki. This recipe was phenomenal. Will make again and again.
Marinated overnight - EASY and DELICIOUS! My husband is a very candid food critic and as far as chicken goes, he likes thighs. Period. But, we are trying to lose weight and eat healthier. I couldn't believe it when he said he LOVED it!!! I think I'm still shocked. DEFINITELY use high quality greek yogurt. Bought a cheaper brand and threw out the first batch of sauce. Much better with Chobani. If Yoplait made plain greek yogurt in large tubs, I'd buy theirs. The cheaper brand had a "powdery" texture. Yoplait has VERY creamy texture but I can't find the plain in a large container.
Wow! I loved this chicken. Mine was very flavorful, but that being said, my plans changed and it ended up marinating a day and a half. I served with store bought tzatziki cause I was feeling lazy, so can't review the sauce. Served in naan bread with diced red onion, tomato and feta for my family to build their own sandwich. The chicken was the best part if dinner! Made Greek Orzo salad to accompany.
This is very, very close to how I make this dish. I use a Greek spice blend rather than just oregano, and I drain my cucumber well before adding to the yogurt. I also add a bit of fresh dill to my tzatziki. We love these. They are soooo good served on warm flatbread!
I made this twice and this Souvlaki is just awesome. Very easy and simple marinade but tastes fantastic. My husband and I enjoyed this recipe greatly. The only thin I moderated is that I added more garlic, oregano and lemon zest just because I like bold flavors. This recipe is a KEEPER for sure!
Good recipe. The marinade was great, the chicken came out very flavorful but slightly dry. This may have been due to the size of the chicken pieces. I will try larger pieces to see, next time. Also I agree with LYNNINMA about the tzatziki sauce, to replace the vinegar and add dill. Delicious.
This chicken was very good, it was moist and flavorful, also made the sauce with just a bit of fresh dill. We had this with Naan and a tomato, olive salad. Thanks for this great recipe. I marinated the chicken for about 4 hrs, I would not go any longer than that.
Paired it with chef John's Pita Bread and some tabouleh. Threw in a piece of lettuce and ummm. Got rained out so ended up cooking the chicken on the grill pan but still ummmm.
I followed the directions to the original posters suggestion....it's awesome!!! Change nothing.
Works "right out of the box" as they say. No fuss, no muss. I made the extra effort of letting the chicken cubes sit in the marinade overnight, turned out even better. The chicken was so tender it was nearly falling off the skewers after I'd grilled them. Fantastic recipe. Thanks!
We thought this was very good. The only change I’d make is to marinade it overnight for additional flavor.
This was the daily recipe email, I had time to buy the ingredients and I served it that night. Loved it! The chicken was very tender and the sauce came out perfectly. I didn't alter anything. Next time I will triple the chicken and marinade because there were no leftovers. It will be perfect for company and it will be added to my rotation of meals. I served it with a big Greek salad and some naan from Trader Joes.
this just didn't turn out well. The sauce seemed to be missing something to me.
The chicken is great, I make it frequently. If you let it marinate for 24 hours the chicken is so tender and juicy when you take it off the grill. I use a slightly different recipe fort tzatiki sauce, but this one is pretty good, just be sure to drain some of the liquid out of the yogurt otherwise it is too watery; I set the yogurt in a coffee filter in a large mug in the fridge for several hours before making the sauce. It is even better if you make it the day before so the flavors really blend (I put fresh dill in mine so the combination of the dill and cucumber really mix after a day).
I use a greek seasoning as well. I like a little more vinegar in the marinade... Also, soak the skewers in water for an hour or two and they wont catch fire as easy on the grill.
The chicken was delicious. I cooked it under the broiler.
Outstanding flavor and just like my Greek neighbors made in Chicago! Tzatziki saucs was a perfect celebration for my garden's 1st cuke!
Delicious! Based on other reviews, I added an extra clove of garlic to the marinade and sauce, used English cukes, and grilled the whole tenderloin on the skewer. We lived the marinade and the fresh sauce complement. Thanks
I've made this recipe many times and the whole family loves it. When I'm short on time I marinate for a half hour and it's still wonderful andWe have to double the recipe on the tatziki sauce because we once we dip the souvlaki chicken pieces in it, we crave it for the next few days: on cucumber slices, on sandwiches, on burgers and more. It's a favorite that we return to again and again.
Not only is this recipe easy to make, it is delicious and healthy!! It takes a little planning to let the chicken marinade and the sauce flavors come together but it is absolutely worth it! (And I also let it marinade all day as some other reviewers mention). Chicken is juicy and flavorful, and oh the sauce! My boys and I were practically licking the sauce from our plates. Thank you for a great recipe - we will use the over and over again!
Fabulous, easy and delicious. Even better with 2X the garlic.
This is a keeper for sure! Made it exactly as called for. Was probably in the fridge marinating another hour or so, but that was because I made the marinade and tzatziki at the same time. Grilled some onions and served with flatbread, shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, lemon and hummus. Delicious!!! July 2017 - We continue to be delighted by this fantastic recipe and make it throughout the year!
loved it. The sauce was perfect to me other than I added a TSP of dill to the sauce. I prefer the vinegar to lemon, lemon seems to over power the taste. To each their own preference. I am sooo happy I double the batch, I like to dip rice crackers in it as a snack. Thanks for sharing, it's fabulous. Server with Greek salad and pita.
So good and easy. We followed the recipe exactly and will make it again soon
This was so easy to put together, and was a big hit! I marinated for about 3 hours, and the chicken had already started 'cooking' from the lemon juice, so I probably wouldn't go much longer than that - but it tasted fantastic. I used a different tzatziki recipe - as another reviewer suggested, draining the cucumber is essential. I mixed the grated cucumber with some salt, and let it sit in a bowl for 15-20 minutes. Then I drained through a fine-mesh sieve and squeezed as much water out as I could. I used regular yogurt, drained through a coffee filter for 30 minutes, instead of Greek yogurt (that's what I had on hand), and also added some dried dilll, though fresh dill would be even better. Left out the vinegar and olive oil, and added some black pepper. I served the chicken on some pitas, with the tzatziki, black olives, sliced onions and tomatoes. Yum!
I love tzatziki sauce. Soooo good. I added more lemon and oregano to the marinade. Make sure you squeeze the moisture out of the cucumber with paper towels.
Definitely a hit for our family barbecue
I used 1.8 pkg of boneless skinless thighs for our family of 5, cooked it in the oven & served with Peppy's Pita Bread & Fhef John's Tzatziki Sauce
So delicious! I made this twice; earlier in the summer for my family who all loved it, and then again when some relatives visited us from abroad. It was a hit! The chicken marinade is really perfect; thank you for such a great recipe.
I didn't have time to marinate for 2 hours, but it was still very good. The sauce was excellent. I have tried several times and never has it tasted this good.
I have made this twice and followed the directions exactly. The first time was better,the chx was def more flavorful. The only difference was the first time I used chicken tenders and I cooked them on the George Forman grill. The second time I used chx breast and used the outdoor grill. I marinated them for about the same time. The recipe is very tasty and my husband liked it very much. I put the chx in pita's with lettuce ,tom, diced cukes and the sauce. The sauce was ok, I took the advise of draining the heck out of the cucumbers. The sauce was not runny at all.I did add dill to this. My husband liked the sauce better than I did. I did not add as much vinegar but it still had that strong taste. I would probably make this again as the chx was pretty good. the sauce only so-so.
This is for all intents a good and easy recipe, and there are many worthy suggestions in the Remarks from obviously qualifies kitchen mavens. But aside from looking most features of this recipe, I can add just a few notes that will hopefully find root with some of you. One item: I notice that in all the reviews, not a single mention of a Greek spice called Cavender's that is incredibly versatile and a true staple for meats, veggies of all kinds -but especially for Greek-inspired dishes such as souvlaki. Try adding at least a teaspoon to your meat as your marinate it... and even sprinkle a little on during the cooking. Also (2) I enthusiastically echo the suggestion of another contributor who suggested using thigh meat in lieu of breast meat. It's much moister and noticeably richer in flavor. Because of the way the thighs are butchered, they take just a little more creativity to set up on the skewers, but the results are gratifying.
Great Marinade recipe! I have made this (marinade only) a few times now, and every time, it is just perfect. I've used both chicken breast and pork tenderloin and got rave reviews. I always make way too much, so that I will have leftovers for the next couple of days. I do usually add a little more garlic than it asks for, but that is just because I like it extremely strong.
This is my favourite new recipe! My husband begs me to make it all the time. Easy, tasty, and full of flavour. I would highly recommend this to anyone. I always add a bit more garlic and lemon for some extra flavour.
Everyone loved this.
very good for donairs!
Ryan, Caitlyn, and I really liked this chicken. Brianna and Matthew...no. However, I think it will be better next time. The skewers didn't work well and the chicken wouldn't turn so that we could get good grill marks, so Ryan ended up sliding all the chicken back off the skewers and pan fried the chicken. It ended up more steamed/sauted than grilled. Next time use wider strips of chicken and then try to grill. Bet it will be much better!
Made this last night per the recipe and found it to be excellent. The tzatziki sauce was the only thing i felt lacked something. Being french Cajun I added chile powder to give it some zip but upon reflection I think a teaspoon or 2 of dill would have been a better choice. But my fiance and I liked it alot!
This was very good. The Tzatziki was a lovely cool contrast to the chicken. I did add mint to the sauce and a pinch of taragon to the chicken marinade.
Love this recipe. The marinade works very well
This recipe was great! Easy, fast, and delicious. No modifications necessary. I was only able to let marinade for 45 mins or so but still tasted amazing. It's winter and freezing here so I dumped the whole bag of chicken and marinade in a frying pan. Once the chicken was cooked, I took off the liquid and turned up the heat to brown the chicken. Every time I rotated the chicken I spooned some of the sauce back in the pan. Came out juicy inside and crunchy on the inside-just perfect! Everyone had seconds.
We LOVED this! I marinated the chicken for a full day before cooking, which really gave it a lot of flavor. Also, I added a bit of fresh mint from the garden to the sauce, which took it over the top...a definite keeper~YUM! Thanks for sharing. ;)
This was fantastic! Like many other reviewers I didn't use the vinegar and just added extra lemon juice. It was amazing!
This is really delicious, I let my chicken marinate overnight. I made changes to the sauce: After shredding the cucumber I salted it lightly and then squeezed out the extra moisture through a few coffee filters. I also used lime juice instead of the vinegar, doubled the garlic and added fresh cilantro.
Followed the recipe exactly as is and it was wonderful! The chicken was flavorful and the tzatziki sauce was great. Ate with flat bread, tomatoes, red onion and lettuce. Great dinner and will make this again!
Loved this! I followed the marinade recipe for the chicken, although I doubled it for 3lbs. of meat, and grilled it per the instructions for about 8 minutes per side. Came out moist and SO flavorful! I did not follow the tzatziki recipe as we usually use one with lemon juice and mint instead.
This marinade is so simple and easy to make yet it adds great flavor and zing to the chicken! Perfect for summer grilling. No changes to the marinade at all. I made my own tzatziki- very similar except I do not add vinegar or oil. I do add one tbsp. of lemon juice, though.
This dish was so good that when my husband bit into a kabob he closed his eyes a moment in pleasure! But even better was the fact that my VERY picky 3 and 4 year old boys gobbled them up! My
Made this ahead and took it camping. Served with tahtziki and tortillas with Greek potatoes on the side. It was scrumptious!!! AND SUPER EASY!
We enjoyed this! Great marinade. I cheated a bit and used the new Oikos brand Greek yogurt dip (Cucumber Dill) instead of making the homemade sauce and I served these on whole wheat pita. Next time I will make the Tsatziki sauce as I missed that garlic flavor in the storebought Greek dip. Thanks!
Great as it is! So often I read reviews where people give a recipe a rating but they have also changed a bunch of stuff. Don't waste your time on changing this. It is wonderful as is. Only had one hour to marinade and it was still great. Moist, tons of flavor, and really nice with the sauce. Going into my go-to recipe collection.
this recipe was delicious!! very easy too!
My husband and I love this stuff! Made the recipe exactly as is, except used the oven broiler instead of the BBQ grill because we're still in the dead of winter. The tsatsiki sauce is to die for ... Will make again to serve with pita bread. A friend who owns a Mediterranean restaurant says the tip is to squeeze all/most of the water out of the cucumber. Before adding to the sauce. This recipe is delicious all around!
Quick, easy, and generally have the ingredients on hand. Best chicken kabobs I've ever done on the grill, and everything is better with tzatziki
This is now our go-to chicken marinade (with or without the tzatziki sauce!). It's so light and fresh. Had it a half dozen times in the past few months. Thanks!
I used pork tenderloin stripped lengthwise,full milk yogurt, and a mix of lemon juice and tart orange juice in the marinade. I also added a drop of mint extract and marinated overnight in the refrigerator. I spiral wrapped the pork strips around the skewers,Sprinkled the kabobs with a pinch of coarse sea salt, wrapped the exposed wood in metal foil and broiled them in in my oven broiler, turning once to brown evenly---The gates of heaven opened widely.
We absolutely loved this recipe. It tastes just as good if not better than my favorite Greek restaurant. I am a garlic lover so I added additional garlic in both the marinade and the yummy Tzatziki sauce. I served it with a simple shredded iceberg lettuce salad, Italian dressing and flat bread to dip in sauce. I doubled the recipe for the Tzatziki sauce so there was plenty to dip chicken and flat bread. It's a delicious, healthy meal!
Really, really good! Will definitely make again. Sauce was excellent.
I let this marinate all day, and the flavor was so good! I also subbed lemon juice for vinegar in the sauce because we ran out.
I don't know why I keep trying my hand at making anything with white meat chicken. I am not a fan of white meat chicken, Whenever I make a chicken dish , I always use dark meat. But, I tried this recipe. The marinade was great especially with the tweaks I made thanks to the other reviewers, the sauce not so much...but I'll keep trying with it. Thanks to all who reviewed and made suggestions! It helped a lot....I made chicken salad with the leftovers and the mayo helped with the dried out white meat chicken. Next time I'm sticking with lamb for this marinade.
This was GREAT! Very easy recipe and the meat was so tender after just 3 hours of marinating that it was falling apart as I was putting it on the kabob. sauce was very good and easy. My son age 6 and daughter age 2 ate it up and they are picky eaters! I will definitely be making this again.
Came out really nice only if make adjustments as recommended by others on here. The chicken came out nice but the 2nd day was very tough. I served with grilled veggies and buttered rice. I think also sprinkle some lemon juice and little oregano on the chicken right off the grill like the Greeks do. I am a rookie in cooking and thus came out pretty tasty.
Just like we had in Turkey! It was great.
After making this for my family at a reunion, everyone added it to there recipe books. Amazing.
Fantastic. I made the whole thing and will be making it again this week. The chicken by itself and eaten cold, is divine (moist and so flavorful) I plan to use the chicken itself it as a salad topper.....I better make a double batch!! This is super keeper!!
I made the marinade. It is excellent just the way it is. I also made it again with some fresh oregano… and that was wonderful too. I cut up tomatoes and onions and marinated them in Greek salad dressing for toppings which worked out great. For the tzatziki sauce, I confess that I bought it already made so I cannot comment on this recipe for the sauce part of it.
The Chicken was excellent and easy. The Tzaziki sauce was good but seemed like it was missing something. It wasn't bad, but it needs more flavor.
I love this recipe except I skip the salt and add a tbs of paprika and a dash of dill to the marinade as well.
Excellent!! Tastes just as good as any souvlaki I've ever tried at a greek restaurant! Very flavorful.
Very tasty! I didn't change a thing. The marinade really is fabulous. I didn't feel like grilling and these were still delicious in the oven.
Review is marinade only as I have my own Tzatziki recipe.
I don't have a BBQ so I baked this instead of grilling. I thought the chicken was a bit dry and not so flavourfull. Next time I will add more lemon juice, oregano and garlic to enhance flavour. Not sure what I could do to make the meat more tender.
Such a simple marinade! I like to marinate overnight. I make this with the chicken breast tenders and it’s also delicious cold, leftover! Chop up and put on a salad or just eat it with your fingers
Superb. Easy to make and tastes better than a restaurant's
My whole family loved it. I made it as written with one exception, I used turkey breast instead of chicken because that's what I had. I will definitely make this again!
The chicken is phenomenal! I didn't make the Tzatziki portion of the recipe because I was worried I would run out of time. I did buy store bought and it was a lovely addition to the bbq chicken! This recipe is going in my favorites for sure!
I followed the recipe exactly. I agree with others that the chicken would be more flavorful if marinated a few more hours, but it was still good as is. My tzatziki sauce tasted very strongly of garlic, so it's a good thing I like garlic! For my side I roasted sliced green bell pepper, tomato and a sweet onion with some olive oil, salt, pepper, and a dash of dill. Thought about making some rice, but in the end I just served the veggies and chicken over a bed of salad greens with the sauce on the side. A delicious healthy meal. I should make more of these. Thank you for the recipe, especially the sauce.!
I didn't find the meat to be flavorful, it was good and juicy, we did grill it. The cucumber sauce (Tzatiki sauce) needed more cucumber and the tartness of the greek yogurt was still more than we cared for. I served it over romaine lettuce dressed with fresh veggies and pickled olives and peppers to give it a flavor boost.
Delicious summer recipe! Followed the recipe as written - perfect as is. Recipe was a hit with husband and kids.
This was refreshing and delicious. Based on others' reviews, I was more heavy handed with the lemon and garlic, and my whole family gobbled it up.
So simple and tasty
You can make this in the oven with great success. Put your prepared skewers on a foil lined baking sheet. Bake in a pre-heated 450 degree oven for 15 minutes, flip over and bake an additional 15 minutes. (Optional broil for 5 minutes after.) I doubled the marinade and also added smoked paprika for some extra color and flavor. 2 hours in the fridge. Cannot comment on the sauce as I used Traders Joe's tatziki.
Excellent! Even my 10 year old son loved it and said that I had to make it again soon. The marinade was just right and the tzatziki sauce was perfect.
Great recipe. For the sauce use lemon juice instead of vinegar and add some fresh dill.
This was amazing!!!! I had everything already in my kitchen and it was so easy. I will definitely be making soon, it was a hit with the whole fam.