Chicken Souvlaki is a regular in our dinner rotation! We love that it’s fast to prep, super easy, and oh so delicious!

Chicken breasts are marinated in a simple garlic and lemon marinade. Thred them onto skewers and grill until juicy and tender. 

You can serve souvlaki with potatoes or rice but my personal favorite is to make it into a wrap with a pita with lots of fresh lettuce, tomatoes, onions, and tzatziki. So good!

plated Chicken Souvlaki

What is Souvlaki?

Souvlaki is meat that has been skewered and grilled, it can be chicken (as in this recipe) or made with beef, lamb, or pork to name a few.

The marinade is a very simple herb, lemon, and garlic mixture with a bit of oil.

Gyro vs Souvlaki: Souvlaki has chunks of meat whereas chicken gyros generally has meat that has been thinly sliced/shaved. Shawarma is similar to a gyro but has different preparation and seasonings.

souvlaki marinade in a bowl

Chicken Souvlaki Marinade

A Greek chicken souvlaki recipe uses a marinade to bring all flavor. Just a few pantry staples are all that are needed: extra virgin olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, and oregano!

The longer the herbs, spices, and garlic are allowed to infuse into the chicken, the more tender the chicken will be. That’s what makes chicken souvlaki such an easy recipe, the make-ahead magic!

Perfect for planning ahead since chicken souvlaki can be made and held in the fridge up to 24 hours ahead.

uncooked skewers of souvlaki

How to Make Chicken Souvlaki

This Souvlaki recipe is as easy as 1, 2, 3! Just marinate, skewer, and grill!

  1. Marinate: Whisk together all the ingredients and chill for at least four hours while soaking the skewers.
  2. Skewer: Thread chicken (and onions if desired) onto the soaked skewers.
  3. Grill: Cook chicken skewers on an oiled grate grill on medium-high heat, turning the skewers frequently to ensure the chicken is cooked through.

While I love to grill this (I use my grill pan indoors in the colder months), you can make chicken souvlaki in the oven.

To Make Chicken Souvlaki in the oven, prepare skewers with the bite size pieces as directed. Place skewers on a foil-lined pan and turn the broiler on high. Broil 4-5″ from the heat for 5-6 minutes per side or until chicken reaches 165°F.

Soaking wood skewers in water keeps them from burning when they’re on the grill or stove. Remember this technique anytime you’re using skewers for grilled vegetables or meats.

cooked chicken souvlaki on a grill pan

What to Serve with Souvlaki

Souvlaki is already so delicious, simple sides are the best.

Delicious Recipes on Skewers

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Chicken Souvlaki

Marinated chicken and onions are threaded onto skewers and grilled until juicy and tender! 
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Marinate 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 25 minutes
Servings 4 servings

Ingredients  

  • 4 chicken breasts cubed into bite sized pieces, about 1 ½ lbs
  • 1 onion cut into bite sized pieces

Marinade

  • cup olive oil
  • 1 lemon juiced
  • 3 cloves garlic crushed
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • salt & black pepper to taste

Instructions 

  • Combine all marinade ingredients in a large bowl and mix well. Add chicken and onions to the marinade.
  • Refrigerate for up to 4 hours. Soak wooden skewers in water (for at least 1 hour).
  • Thread chicken and onions onto skewers.
  • Cook on an oiled grate or grill pan turning skewers frequently for 10 to 15 minutes or until chicken is cooked through and reaches 165°F.

Notes

To Cook in the Oven:
Place skewers on a foil-lined pan and turn the broiler on to high. Broil 4-5″ from the heat for 5-6 minutes per side or until chicken reaches 165°F.
Nutrition uses 1/3 of the marinade (as the rest is discarded).  Nutrition excludes salt.
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 326 | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 48g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 145mg | Sodium: 264mg | Potassium: 895mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 75IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Chicken, Entree, Main Course
Cuisine American, Greek

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  1. Can I try this recipe with boneless thighs, I always find when I use breast meat for kabobs they get a bit dry…this recipe sounds delicious

  2. I tried this recipe just as it is written and boy was it delicious. I will have to triple this and use it as a meal for family gatherings. I am a triple amputee so I would enlist the help of a few family members. Thanks for another flavorful recipe to add to my repertoire.
    Ron Mays5 stars

  3. I just noticed this only had 1 review so far? Is that right? So I feel it’s only right to leave a comment since this will be my third time making this. This chicken souvlaki recipe is a keeper. My family loves when I make this, and I am happy when an easy to make dish goes over so well with the fam!
    Thanks!5 stars

    1. Thanks so much for the comment, Greenlee! It makes us so happy to hear when a family loves one of our recipes! :)

    2. This recipe is awesome. I use it when I’m just making chicken breast on the BBQ. And everyone in the house likes it. I even cut the leftovers up and use them for pizza later or in salad it’s definitely versatile.