Chicken Souvlaki

A great way to expand our meal options is to try recipes from other cultures. It’s also a great way to introduce new spices and decrease reliance on salt for flavor. Try this super simple Greek favorite!


  • 4 to 6 boneless chicken breasts
  • 3 T fresh oregano, finely chopped
  • 1 T fresh garlic,  4 to 5 cloves minced
  • 3 T olive oil
  • ¼ C fresh lemon juice
  • ½ tsp cumin
  • 2 T fresh parsley,  finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • coarse ground black pepper, to taste

In a large container mix all ingredients except chicken, taste for salt, acid, fat level and aromatic levels, and adjust accordingly. Mix well, and add chicken breasts ensuring they are coated evenly. Cover and refrigerate for a minimum of 30 minutes. For best results, marinade overnight.

Preheat grill, remove chicken from marinade and grill on each side 5 minutes or until internal temperature reads 165 degrees.

Serve drizzled with Tzatziki sauce (recipe below) and garnish with fresh dill. Makes six servings.

Nutrition Info: 197 calories, 26 gms protein, 10 gms fat, 424 mg sodium

Tzatziki Sauce (serving size: 1/4 cup)


  • 1 large English cucumber, peeled, grated
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 C plain low fat Greek yogurt
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1pinch cayenne pepper
  • ½ lemon, juiced
  • 2 T fresh dill, chopped
  • 1 T fresh mint chopped
  • Pepper to taste
  • 1 sprig fresh dill for garnish

Gently salt grated cucumber and let stand for 10 minutes to draw out moisture, lay out cucumber on paper towel and pat dry. Add all ingredients (except garnish) to large bowl and mix thoroughly, taste and adjust seasonings. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight to let flavors marry. Serve.

Nutrition Info:  40 calories, 1 gm fat, 186 mg sodium

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