Chicken Souvlaki with Tzatziki and Rice

17 Dec

One summer in my college days, I worked at a Greek restaurant and often took home an order of chicken souvlaki. When Opa! fast food Greek restaurant debuted in Canada, I was ecstatic! It was definitely time to make this great dish again!

Tzatziki Sauce from Kalyn’s Kitchen

Make this first so the flavours can ‘blend’ as you make the chicken and rice!

OPA! Greek inspired chicken souvlaki.

  • 3 cups Greek Yogurt
  • Juice of one lemon (about 3 T)
  • 1 garlic clove, chopped
  • 2 medium cucumbers, seeded and diced
  • 1 T kosher salt for salting cucumbers
  • 1 T finely chopped fresh dill (I used about 4 T, I love fresh dill!)
  • Kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste

Peel cucumbers, then cut in half lengthwise and take a small spoon and scrape out seeds. Discard seeds. Slice cucumbers, then put in a colander, sprinkle on 1 T salt, and let stand for 30 minutes to draw out water. Drain well and wipe dry with paper towel.

In food processor with steel blade, add cucumbers, garlic, lemon juice, dill, and a few grinds of black pepper. Process until well blended, then stir this mixture into the yogurt. Taste before adding any extra salt, then salt if needed. Place in refrigerator for at least two hours before serving so flavors can blend.

I loved this tzatziki so much that I’m going to make more tomorrow, to use as a nice cucumber dip, a healthy but sinfully flavourful afternoon snack!

Chicken Souvlaki Skewers from The World Wide Gourmet

  • 2 cups of chicken, cut into 1 1/2″ cubes
  • 3 T lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. fresh oregano or 1/4 tsp. dried
  • 2 tsp. olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp. freshly ground pepper
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced

Combine the spices with the oil and lemon juice. Cut the chicken into cubes; combine with the marinade and let sit 5 minutes. Assemble the skewers; grill for 5 minutes, turning only once after 3 minutes; when done, the cooking juices from the chicken should be clear.

Once your skewers are ready, serve them over rice with a good helping of tzatziki and a side of Greek salad topped with feta cheese. And you have a delish Greek dish that will leave you wanting more!

OPA!

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