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!

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What you’ll need:

Souvlaki

  • 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

Tzatziki

  • 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!

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