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Chicken Souvlaki with Tzatziki


Souvlaki is a very popular street food in Greece. The ‘souvlaki’ means meat on skewers’ and is generally served with warm pitta bread and a tzatziki dip. This dish is also great cooked on your BBQ.


  1. To prepare the chicken souvlaki, cut the chicken breast into 2 cm pieces and marinate with olive oil, oregano, garlic, sweet paprika and lemon juice. Put in the fridge for 2-4 hours at a minimum, this can be marinated for up to 24 hours in advance.
  2. In the meantime, prepare the tzatziki. Remove the skin and seeds of the cucumber and grate into a bowl, season it with salt and leave for 10 minutes, put the cucumber on a kitchen towel and squeeze to get rid of any excess water. Add the yoghurt and minced garlic to the drained cucumber. Mix well and season, store it in the fridge and remember to always serve tzatziki chilled.
  3. Soak the wooden skewers in water (to prevent them from burning), then thread the marinated chicken pieces through the skewers.
  4. Preheat the griddle pan or the BBQ on a high heat and cook the skewers for 8-10 minutes, turning occasionally until nicely browned oval sides and cooked through.
  5. While the souvlaki is cooking, prepare the pitta breads. Brush them with olive oil and then cook them on the BBQ for 30-60 seconds or in the oven at 180ĀŗC for 2-3 minutes.
  6. To serve, squeeze the lemon juice over the chicken skewers. Remove from the skewers and place inside the pitta bread, spreading tzatziki alongside the chicken with sliced tomato, red onion, iceberg lettuce and fried potatoes.