Last weekend was GreekFest here in Halifax and like always, it left me wanting even more Greek food in my life. Chicken Souvlaki along with Greek salad, rice, pita and tzatziki is a meal that comes together quickly. All that is needed is a few hours foresight to give the chicken cubes some time to marinate. While the zippy Greek marinade is what’s keeping this chicken from being naked, you can always wrap that souvlaki up in a pita if you prefer full coverage. (Skip the rice and pita for low carb!)
To make souvlaki for 4, you’ll want about a pound and a half of boneless, skinless chicken. Truth be told, thighs like these ones at Sobeys (with that awesome ‘Raised by a Canadian Farmer’ logo) are my favourite for souvlaki, but most of the time I use breast meat.
My Souvlaki Marinade
- 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 3 cloves minced garlic
- 2 tsp dried oregano
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 1/4 tsp allspice
Mix all of the marinade ingredients together in a glass bowl, zipper-type freezer bag or if like me you have a FoodSaver, make it in the marinating canister. Cut the chicken parts into large bite size chunks (too small and you’ll have a tricky time turning them on the grill or even skewering them) and combine with the marinade. All the chicken to marinade in the fridge for at least 2 hours and up to about 5 max.
About 20 minutes before you are ready to start grilling, soak your skewers in water. Pinterest enlightened me of a new trick, which I’m now going to share with you… soak ALL your skewers and after 20 minutes, put the rest in a freezer bag and pop them in the freezer – soaked skewers whenever you need them! You’re welcome. Skewer the chicken cubes evenly on 4 skewers and cook on a preheated oiled grill over medium-low heat about 5 minutes per side (chicken parts are done when a meat thermometer registers 165°F (74°C) ).
Whether you go the full coverage route and make wraps with the grilled souvlaki or serve it with Greek roasted potatoes, rice or salad, like I did, just make sure you have tzatziki on hand… the two are magical together. You can easily make your own, but there are a lot of great ready-made brands now available – just pop it into the Shopping with chicken.ca | Grocery List App and you won’t forget.
Now that my chicken is no longer naked, myself along with my co-ambassadors and Chicken Farmers of Canada want to know how you keep your chicken decent – so we’re having a party!
Bring your best recipes, your cheekiest puns and join us on June 23rd. Until then, follow Chicken Farmers on social media – Facebook: Canadian Chicken, Twitter: @ChickenFarmers, Instagram: @ChickenDotCA and Pinterest: ChickenDotCA. To be eligible for prizing at the twitter party, don’t forget to RSVP:
Disclosure: I am participating in the Chicken Farmers of Canada campaign managed by SJ Consulting. I received compensation in exchange for my participation in this campaign. The opinions on this blog are my own.