Chicken Souvlaki with Tzatziki

This recipe has been in my possession for years! I make it often, and it is one of my son’s favorite dishes. Growing up in Germany, I always had a lot of Greek food, the restaurants there used to have chefs that literally just moved there from Greece, everything was authentic and loaded with garlic. This recipe is very simple, and in my opinion very much original. It’s perfect for a barbecue!  I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!


What you’ll need:


  • 2 pounds chicken breast, cubed
  • 12 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 8 tsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 8 garlic cloves, minced


  • 2 cups cucumber, peeled and shredded in a blender
  • 2 cups plain Greek yogurt
  • 4 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced

Combine lemon juice, oregano, olive oil, salt and garlic. Add chicken cubes and stir to cover. Marinate in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes (I left mine overnight).

After running the cucumber through a blender or food processor, drain the liquid from it using a very fine strainer. Add yogurt, garlic, salt and lemon juice. Stir well and refrigerate.

Thread the chicken onto skewers. Get creative here if you like, and add onion or zucchini. You can pan fry the chicken, as I did, or grill them on an outdoor grill, grill pan, or even a George Foreman grill.

Serve with the tzatziki and herb butter rice!


Author: Gotham Foodie

Hello there, fellow foodies! My name is Erica, I was born and raised in Germany, and moved to the US, New York City to be exact, in July of 1987. I have worked most of my time here in the Big Apple as a bartender, but my true love is food. I cook just about every day, I search for good food everywhere, and pretty much always find it. I don't consider myself a food critic, I don't have the culinary background for that kind of expertise. I do however know good food, good chefs and good restaurants. I report back about my culinary adventures, and I choose to leave out my unsatisfactory experiences. We have enough negativity in our daily lives, I don't want to add to that. All the recipes in my FROM MY KITCHEN and DOTW blogs are cooked and prepared by me. All pictures are taken by me. I don't always eat everything you see in my pictures, but you bet your buns, I do try everything. Last but not least, you should know that I am a huge Top Chef fan. I have never missed an episode of the Bravo TV show. I have at this point visited almost 20 restaurants run by Top Chef contestants, and I'm continuously impressed by their skill, drive and passion. So I will continue to seek them out, and I hope you join me in my journey!

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