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. Thread them onto skewers and grill until juicy and tender. 

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

cooked chicken souvlaki on a grill pan

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

  1. Marinate: Whisk together all the marindate ingredients and marinate in the fridge.
  2. Skewer: Thread chicken (and onions if desired) onto the soaked skewers.
  3. Grill: Cook chicken skewers on an oiled grate grill or bake in the oven per the recipe notes.

This can also be cooked on a grill pan. Serve with a Greek salad, warm pita and a sprinkle of feta cheese.

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.

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What To Serve With Souvlaki

Delicious and falvorful, Souvlaki will transport you to the sunny shores of Greece. Tender marinated bite sized pieces of chicken breast, we love to wrap souvlaki in warm pita bread and top with with lettuce, tomato, red onion and a generous dollop of tzatziki sauce. Here are our favorite sides to serve with this chicken souvlaki recipe.

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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
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Ingredients  

  • 4 chicken breasts cubed into 1-inch cubes, about 1 ½ lbs
  • ½ onion optional

Marinade

  • cup olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice about 1 lemon
  • 3 cloves garlic crushed
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon salt or to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper

Instructions 

  • In a medium bowl or freezer bag, combine olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, oregano, salt, and pepper. Add the chicken (and onion if using) and toss well to coat.
  • Refrigerate and allow to marinate for at least 30 minutes or up to 4 hours.
  • Soak wooden skewers in water for at least 30 minutes.
  • Remove the chicken from the marinade allowing excess to drip off. Discard the marinade and thread the chicken (and onion if using) onto skewers.
  • Preheat a grill or a grill pan to medium-high heat. Add the skewers, turning frequently, and cook for 10 to 15 minutes or until chicken is cooked through and reaches 165°F.

Notes

Optional: Onion can be added to the skewers if desired.
To Make Chicken Souvlaki in the oven, prepare skewers 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.
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
Can I use thighs instead of chicken breasts?

Yes, you can absolutely use either chicken thighs or breasts.

Can I marinate the chicken overnight or longer than 4 hours?

It is not recommended to marinate longer than 4 hours as the marinade ingredients are acidic and will break down the chicken too much, causing it to be mushy instead of tender.

Can I freeze Chicken Souvlaki?

Yes, leftover chicken souvlaki can be frozen.

Is chicken souvlaki healthy?

Yes, this is considered a healthy dish, depending on what sides you serve it with. We like to serve with tzatziki which is a Greek yogurt cucumber dip.

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  1. Made this tonight with your homemade tzatziki for the monthly cooking challenge & served with a shepherd salad, feta cheese, and marinated Greek olives. Yum!5 stars

  2. This recipe has been in my “Favorites” file for some time. Usually I will do skewers (one breast) for two nights and if there is still a little chicken uncooked I’ll wok it with whatever else is handy. Always, always enjoy it. (I’m old & live alone so repeats are perfectly OK when they’re this good)………5 stars

  3. this was the main event for our Father’s Day feast…this and homemade Tzatziki (made with buffalo yogurt.5 stars

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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.