Greek Classic Chicken Souvlaki

Greek Classic Chicken Souvlaki is grilled chicken, onions and tomatoes served on pita bread with tzatziki, a yogurt and cucumber sauce. When ordered at a Greek restaurant Chicken Souvlaki is often served with everything rolled up in a pita wrapped in foil and served with tzatziki sauce on the chicken mixture or in a small container on the side. For me it’s a bit difficult to eat this way – there’s no way to avoid spilling part or most of it out of the foil wrapping and onto my plate! I like serving Chicken Souvlaki on a platter (see above photo) with the pita cut into wedges.

My best friend Janice Carlton and I used to go to a small Greek restaurant in Columbia, South Carolina often and I always ordered Chicken Souvlaki. This dish brings back nice memories for me!

The Recipe for Chicken Souvlaki:

Chicken Souvlaki
Serves 4
Grilled chicken on pita with tomatoes, onions, black olives and tzatziki, a cucumber and yogurt sauce.
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  1. 2 cups plain Greek yogurt
  2. 1 cucumber, halved lengthwise, peeled, seeded and grated
  3. 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
  4. 1 clove garlic, minced
  5. Fresh ground black pepper
  6. 1/4 teaspoon dried dill
  7. 2 tablespoons olive oil
  8. 1 1/2 teaspoons lemon juice
  9. 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  10. 4 chicken breasts, boneless & skinless, cut into 1-inch cubes
  11. 4 pitas
  12. 1 small onion, cut into thin wedges
  13. 2 tomatoes, cut into thin wedges
  14. 1/3 cup black olives, halved & pitted
  1. In a medium bowl, combine the cucumber with 1 teaspoon of the salt; let sit for 15 minutes. Squeeze the cucumber to remove the liquid. Combine the cucumber with the yogurt, garlic, 1/8 teaspoon pepper and the dill.
  2. Light the grill or heat the broiler. In a small bowl, combine the oil, lemon juice, oregano, the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Toss the chicken cubes in the oil mixture and thread them onto skewers.
  3. Grill the chicken over high heat or broil, turning once, until done. Transfer the chicken to a plate.
  4. Wrap the pitas in foil and grill until heated and golden. Cut into quarters.
  5. To serve, put the pitas on plates and top with the onion, tomatoes and chicken skewers. Serve with the tzatziki and olives.
  1. If using wooden skewers be sure to soak them in water for at least 10 minutes to prevent smoking while cooking the chicken.

Tasty Tips

When making tzatziki, the yogurt and cucumber sauce, it’s important to get rid of as much of the cucumber liquid as possible. I did this by grating the cucumber, then putting it on a coffee filter in a strainer and letting it sit until most of the liquid had dripped through the strainer. I used the coffee filter to contain the grated cucumber while I squeezed out the rest of the liquid.

The tzatziki sauce adds a distinctive freshness to the Chicken Souvlaki. This delicious sauce could be thinned with the addition of a little milk and be used as salad dressing, too!

I used metal skewers to grill the chicken for this recipe. If you use wooden skewers, be sure to soak them in water for at least 10 minutes to prevent smoking when you place them on the grill.

Raw onions are the normal accompaniment to this dish but if you really want to add some delicious flavor, try caramelizing the onions before serving time. To caramelize the onion in this recipe I cooked them in a skillet with some butter and a sprinkling of sugar. (You can also accomplish this by using half butter and half olive oil.)  Cooking time will be 30 minutes over medium-low heat. Caramelized onions take time, but the end result is well worth it!

Chicken Souvlaki is a satisfying meal for warm weather or anytime of year! Greek cuisine is Mediterranean cuisine which is thought to confer good health benefits. Chicken Souvlaki contains tomato, olives, cucumber, onion, yogurt and lemon juice – all components of the Mediterranean diet.

If you enjoy Greek food be sure to check out my post on Pastitsio – Greek Comfort Food, which is another Greek classic! I hope you’ll try at least one of these recipes soon!

Remember to Savor the Flavor!


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Greek Classic Chicken Souvlaki — 45 Comments

  1. Janet, being greek myself I can vouch for the tastiness of your recipe. I love making tzatziki, it can be eaten with so many different things. I usually add too much garlic and a dash of olive oil. Oh and don’t forget the french fries. We usually pile them into the pita bread. And then everything falls out…lol

  2. Hi Mary, I really appreciated your comments about this recipe – I think it’s so delicious and I’m glad to know it’s close to the real thing! I love Greek food! Thanks for stopping by! Blessings, Janet

  3. I love chicken souvlaki!! I’m always drawn to it on a restaurant menu and it’s about time I made it myself ?

  4. Hi Kathryn, I hope you’ll try it – it’s not difficult and it’s so good! Thanks for your comments & visit! Blessings, Janet

  5. Looks pretty tasty to me! Pinned to share and thank you for sharing a unique (to me anyway) recipe! We appreciate that you have come over to share with us at Snickerdoodle Sunday! Have a great week.

  6. I had souvlaki for the first time a few months ago, and I fell in love at first bite. I can’t believe how simple the recipe is. I will be grilling this sometime in the next few weeks.

  7. Great recipe – I like the tasty tip! Thanks for sharing on the What’s for Dinner link up!

  8. I love Tzatziki sauce! Great tip on strainng the cucumbers! This dish looks absolutely delicious! Thanks for sharing! #overthemoon

  9. Hi Laurie, Thanks for your kind comments and for pinning this recipe! I hope you like the Chicken Souvlaki! Thanks for hosting Snickerdoodle Sunday! Blessings, Janet

  10. Hi Patti, Isn’t souvlaki tasty! Hope you enjoy making it yourself! Thanks for your kind comments and for stopping by! Blessings, Janet

  11. The name sounds intimidating but it looks really easy to make! Trying this for dinner tonight so thanks for sharing!

  12. Hi Christine, I hope your Chicken Souvlaki was delicious! Thanks for your kind comments and visit! Blessings, Janet

  13. We love Chicken Souvalaki, this is a perfect recipe for summer! Hope you have a very special Fathers Day Weekend and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  14. Oh yes! Another recipe to add to the files. I am going to try that sauce because I’ve yet to find a recipe everyone likes.

  15. Hi Miz Helen, Thanks for your visit and your kind comments! Hope you have a nice Fathers Day Weekend, too! Blessings, Janet

  16. Always loved the flavors of Souvlaki! Looking forward to making this recipe.

  17. Hi Brooke, I hope you enjoy this recipe for Chicken Souvlaki! Thanks for your comments and visit! Blessings, Janet

  18. Perfect summer food. Thanks for the tip about draining the cucumber for the sauce, mine has always been too runny. Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

  19. Thanks for sharing on Let’s Get Real Friday party. Love the sauce is made with Greek yogurt. I too agree that it would be easier to eat with wedges instead of a wrap.

  20. Thanks for the tip about draining the cucumber, mine has always been too runny. Wonderful summer food. Hope you are having a great weekend. Happy FF.

  21. Love Greek dishes! This sounds absolutely delicious. Thanks for sharing at Family Joy Blog Link Up.

  22. I’d like some right now! Thanks for sharing this yummy recipe with us at Merry Monday. Sounds delicious.

  23. Hi Shirley, Thanks for your kind comments and visit! Hope you enjoy this recipe! Thanks for hosting Merry Monday! Blessings, Janet

  24. Hi Elizabeth, Hope you enjoy this recipe & I’m glad you enjoyed the cucumber tip! Thanks for stopping by! Blessings, Janet

  25. Hi Liz, Thanks for your kind comments & I’m glad you liked the cucumber tip! Thanks for stopping by! Blessings, Janet

  26. We love souvlaki! It’s a great on-the-go meal. Thanks for linking up with Funtastic Friday.

  27. Hi Victoria, Thanks for your comments and for stopping by! Thanks also for hosting Funtastic Friday! Blessings, Janet

  28. So funny – we’ve been craving really good greek food for weeks! I’ll be pinning for later! Thanks so much for linking up with us at You Link It We Make It. We hope to see you again! – Kim @

  29. Hi Kim, I always order this when I go to a Greek restaurant! Hope you enjoy it! Thanks for hosting You Link It We Make It! Blessings, Janet

  30. Yum! Another delicious recipe! Thanks so much for sharing on the Healthy Living Link Party ? We hope to see you back tonight!

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  32. Thanks for sharing on Peace, Love, Linkup! The next party goes live tomorrow at 6. I hope you stop by and share more great content : )

  33. Hi Ashleigh, Thanks for stopping by and for your comments! I’ll see you tomorrow at the Peace, Love, Linkup! Blessings, Janet

  34. Thanks for your kind comments about the Chicken Souvlaki recipe! Thanks also for hosting the Healthy Living Link Party! See you there! Blessings, Janet

  35. I love Greek food and souvlaki is high on my list!!! Thanks for bringign this by TBT last week!!


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