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Chicken Souvlaki with Tzatziki Sauce

Greek Style Chicken Skewers with a Yogurt Sauce
Servings 8 Skewers
Prep Time 45 mins
Cook Time 20 mins


  • Wooden or metal Skewers


For the Chicken Skewers

  • 4 each Garlic Cloves chopped fine
  • 1 tbsp Dried Oregano
  • 1 tsp Dried Rosemary
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • ½ tsp Ground Black Pepper
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil
  • Juice of 1 large Lemon
  • 1 ½ Pounds Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast Cut into 1" pieces

For the Tzatziki Sauce

  • 1 medium Seedless Cucumber half peeled and grated
  • 1 each Garlic Clove minced
  • 1 tsp Granulated Sugar
  • ½ tsp Dry Dillweed
  • tsp Salt
  • 2 cups Fat Free or 2% Plain Greek Yogurt
  • 1 tsp Fresh Lemon Juice


To make the Chicken Souvlaki

    Equipment Prep

    • Soak skewers in water for a minimum 30 minutes or as much as overnight to prevent them from burning.

    Making the Marinade & Preparing the Chicken

    • In a large bowl, combine marinade ingredients: garlic, oregano, rosemary, salt, pepper, oil and lemon juice. Add chicken pieces and toss and marinate until well coated. Marinate overnight or several hours before cooking, but no less than 30 minutes.
    • Preheat the Grill to medium heat.
    • Remove chicken from marinade and discard the marinade. Thread five pieces of chicken on the each skewer. Grill for 15 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink inside. Turn skewers occasionally to cook meat on all sides.

    To make the Tzatziki Sauce

    • Using your hands, in small batches, squeeze the liquid from the shredded cucumber. Place in a medium bowl and gently stir in garlic, sugar, dill, salt, yogurt and lemon juice.
    • Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate for up to three days.



    Karen's Tip: if you don't have a barbecue grill, you can place the skewers on a rimmed baking sheet and grill in your oven to desired doneness.
    Additionally, as seen in our video: you can see are the chicken on high heat in a pan on the stove top and finish your chicken in a 350°F oven for 80, Or until no longer pink inside.
    Recipe developed by Karen Graham, RD, CDE and credit sourced with permission: Diabetes Essentials. Tips & Recipes to Manage Type 2 Diabetes published by Robert Rose, 2020
    Author: Karen Graham
    Calories: 105kcal
    Course: Main Course
    Cuisine: Greek, Mediterranean
    Keyword: Chicken, Skewers, Grilled, Souvlaki