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drizzling tzatziki sauce on greek chicken kebabs
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Greek-Style Chicken Kebabs

Juicy chicken thighs marinated in an ultra flavorful lemon and herb yogurt sauce, skewered with veggies and grilled to perfection.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time8 mins
Marinating Time2 hrs
Total Time2 hrs 28 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Greek
Keyword: chicken souvlaki
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 254kcal

Ingredients

Marinade

  • 1/2 cup plain full fat Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 3 Tbsp lemon juice fresh tastes best
  • 1 Tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 7 cloves garlic grated or finely minced
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • pinch red pepper flakes or crushed red pepper

Kebabs

  • 1 1/2 lbs boneless skinless chicken thighs trimmed of excess fat and sliced into 1 or 1 1/2 inch cubes
  • 1 red onion sliced into 1 or 1 1/2 inch squares
  • 1 bell pepper (any color) seeded and sliced into 1 or 1 1/2 inch squares
  • 1 medium zucchini sliced into 1 or 1 1/2 inch circles

Garnish

  • chopped fresh parsley
  • crumbled feta cheese
  • lemon wedges

Instructions

  • Add all marinade ingredients to a mixing bowl, then whisk to combine well.
  • Add chicken pieces to the marinade and stir to coat well.  Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or up to 24 hours.
  • If using wooden skewers, soak them in water for at least 30 minutes, so they don’t burn too much while on the grill.
  • Brush grill grates and preheat grill over MED HIGH heat. 
  • While grill is preheating, strain chicken through a sieve to remove excess marinade, and thread chicken pieces onto skewers, alternating 2 chicken pieces, then red onion, zucchini, and bell pepper, and repeat until skewers are full.
  • Place skewers on a wax paper lined baking sheet (for transport to the grill).
  • When the grill is hot, add skewers to the grill, close the lid, and cook for 8-10 minutes, flipping once or twice while cooking.  Chicken should be golden brown with a little char and be cooked through.
  • Add chicken to a platter and if desired, sprinkle with chopped parsley and crumbled feta.  Arrange some lemon wedges around the platter and serve with tzatziki sauce and warmed pita bread if desired.

Notes

Cooking Kebabs Indoors (broiler)

  1. Heat broiler to HIGH, then line a baking sheet (with a rim) with foil.  Add kebabs and broil 10-15 minutes, turning every 4-5 minutes, until cooked through.  This time may vary depending on your broiler and oven.

Cooking Kebabs Indoors (grill pan or griddle)

  1. Heat grill pan or griddle over MED HIGH heat and brush the pan with an oil that can stand high heats, like vegetable or avocado oil.
  2. Add kebabs and cook about 10-15 minutes, turning every few minutes, until all sides are a little charred and chicken is cooked through.  The exact time may vary a bit, depending on the pan used and your stovetop.

Nutrition

Calories: 254kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 109mg | Sodium: 510mg | Potassium: 494mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 736IU | Vitamin C: 37mg | Calcium: 63mg | Iron: 2mg