Chicken Souvlaki with Tzatziki Sauce Recipe -
Chicken Souvlaki with Tzatziki Sauce Recipe
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Chicken Souvlaki with Tzatziki Sauce
Grilled chicken kabobs with Greek-inspired flavors and cucumber yogurt sauce. See more
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Chicken Souvlaki with Tzatziki Sauce

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"Greek kabobs. Fantastic flavor for chicken. Marinade can also be used for pork."

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Original recipe makes 6 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    15 mins

    2 hrs 30 mins


  1. Combine 1/4 cup olive oil, lemon juice, 2 cloves minced garlic, oregano, and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a large resealable bag. Add chicken, coat with the marinade, squeeze out excess air, and seal the bag. Marinate in the refrigerator for 2 hours.
  2. Mix yogurt, cucumber, 1 tablespoon olive oil, vinegar, 1 clove minced garlic, and 1 pinch salt together in a bowl. Refrigerate tzatziki sauce for flavors to blend, 1 to 2 hours.
  3. Preheat an outdoor grill for medium-high heat and lightly oil the grate. Soak wooden skewers in a bowl of water for about 15 minutes.
  4. Remove chicken from marinade and thread onto the soaked skewers. Discard unused marinade.
  5. Cook the skewers on the preheated grill, turning frequently until nicely browned on all sides and chicken is no longer pink in the center, about 8 minutes per side. Serve with tzatziki sauce.
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  • Editor's Note:
  • The nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of the marinade ingredients. The actual amount of the marinade consumed will vary.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
May 08, 2013

This was very, very good, but I did make some changes. I prepared the marinade exactly as written, but I marinated the chicken pieces for about 5 hours, which was perfect. The tzatziki sauce I had to alter: I substituted lemon juice for the vinegar and added a teaspoon of dried dill weed. I served this as sandwiches, with pita warmed on the grill, sliced red onion and tomatoes. Completely yummy!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Aug 12, 2014

I put in about three cloves of garlic and like to use malt vinegar rather than white vinegar and about table spoon. It gives it that extra kick.

Jun 09, 2013

This recipe was amazing! We rarely please all three of our picky children with any recipe, but this one was loved by all. We marinated and grilled not only chicken, but pork, salmon, zucchini and yellow squash. Everything was absolutely yummy in every way. The addition of the tzatziki sauce was like the icing on the cake. We made a slight change of the addition of a touch of fresh mint in the tzatziki, and it was amazing. I'm a person who likes to know why you do what you do in recipes sometimes. My husband informed me that letting the tzatziki sauce chill for at least an hour after making helps the vinegar in the sauce break down the other ingredients so that they can combine. I'm glad to know this, because I will never rush a tzatziki again. The sauce was so simple and delicious, as was the marinate. Thanks so much for sharing!!!!

Jan 04, 2014

I live in Minnesota so I will not be able to dig out my grill until May. I decided to cook the chicken on the George Foreman grill. It turned out wonderful. I made a few minor changes in the Tzatziki sauce. I used a good Greek yogurt but wanted it extra thick so I strained it through a coffee filter. After grating the cucumber I put it in a strainer with a hefty pinch of salt and let the water come out. I then put it on paper towels and squeezed out any remaining liquid. Instead of vinegar I used fresh lemon juice as the acid. I added 1/2 teaspoonful of dill weed and a small amount of fresh mint. I believe Tzatziki sauce would be good on a flip-flop. Thanks, Bakermom. This is a fantastic recipe.

Mar 16, 2014

4 stars for the marinade. Followed the marinade recipe exactly, and the chicken was good, but next time I will probably increase the lemon juice and oregano for our tastes. We would have liked a little more intense lemon and oregano flavor, so increasing those two things and maybe adding some lemon zest along with the juice would do the trick, but as written was still very enjoyable. Tzatziki sauce as written not so good, so only 3 stars. A little bland tasting with a strange mouth feel. So, I did take some reviewers advice and altered it slightly by using lemon juice in place of white vinegar, a pinch or two of both dried dill weed and sugar, and an extra tbsp of olive oil to give it a more creamy consistency. Lastly, after grating the cucumber, spread it on several sheets of paper towel, lightly salt and let sit for about 15 mins to allow all the moisture to be drawn out of the cucumber. Then dry thoroughly with more paper towels before adding to tzatziki. Doing this will prevent your tzatziki sauce from becoming overly watery. I've tried making tzatziki several times and with the adjustments this was my best attempt by far. I think the pinch of sugar to cut the bitterness of the yogurt and the additional olive oil to give it a better mouth feel were key. Thanks to the original poster of the recipe and all the other cooks out there who wrote reviews and added suggestions. I love this site!

Mar 27, 2013

This turned out amazing. Since I live in rural Japan, I don't have access to Greek yogurt so I just used plain yogurt and added some lemon juice and white pepper to it (taken from another recipe) and it tastes almost as good as actual tzatziki.

Jul 29, 2014

For my taste, I would double the lemon juice and garlic and oregano as I like really bold flavors. Also, the lemon juice helps tenderize the chicken. I also let it marinade over night so the lemon juice has time to do its job and the flavors really penetrate. For the sauce, I would add a step, after grating the seeded cucumber wrap in a paper towel and give it a good squeeze to draw out the extra moisture. If not it will leach into the yogurt making it a watery mess. I also prefer lemon juice to white vinegar but i saw where someone recommended malt vinegar, i may give that a try. And most importantly you need to add a good teaspoon of dried dill weed or mint. I prefer dill. Finally warm a pita or any middle eastern/ indian flat bread by brushing it very lightly with good olive oil and placing it on flat griddle or heavy skillet for a few seconds and servce with a big greek salad with lots of tomatos, cucumbers, black olives, feta cheese etc. and you have a summer barbeque feast sure to make you forget about hambergers and hot dogs with chips.

Jul 29, 2014

This is good. BUT....It is imperative that you let the cucumber drain well before mixing into the yogurt. I even squeeze it to remove even more liquid. You will be amazed at how much there is! It keeps the tzatziki from being so thin and also concentrates the flavor.


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  • Calories
  • 268 kcal
  • 13%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 2.6 g
  • < 1%
  • Cholesterol
  • 71 mg
  • 24%
  • Fat
  • 16.8 g
  • 26%
  • Fiber
  • 0.3 g
  • 1%
  • Protein
  • 25.5 g
  • 51%
  • Sodium
  • 295 mg
  • 12%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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