Grilled Chicken Souvlaki Recipe [Video]

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet
5 from 7 reviews

Chicken Recipes

Cook time Cook time: 15 minutes

Last updated on June 18th, 2021 at 09:21 pm

Chicken Souvlaki is a tasty Greek dish, made with marinated chicken chunks, topped with a tomato olive relish and served with a creamy yogurt dip on the side.

Who else likes grilling? I do! It is so easy to cook and eating anything on skewers is fun! Try this recipe along with my other recipes like Grilled Shrimp Tacos, Grilled Chicken Fajita Salad, and Grilled Potatoes!


Greek Chicken Souvlaki Recipe

Chicken Souvlaki is one of the trademark dishes of Greek cuisine. It is a popular street food over there, and it makes sense why, as its healthy and delicious.

Grilling, as a cooking method, has been around since ancient times. And this dish is still around today! It is easy to prepare and in no time, you get a hearty meal.

Preparing it implies marinating the meat chunks which keeps them moist as you cook them on the grill. The marinade also imparts flavors from herbs, spices, and seasonings.

And my favorite part is eating it with the refreshing yogurt sauce and tomato, cucumber and olive relish! Both the sauce and relish add flavor and the creaminess pairs well with the grilled meat.

Serving it at a party is easy with the skewers. All you need to do is provide the guests with a buffet of pita bread, flatbread, and hummus to which they can help themselves out. Try it!

What is Chicken Souvlaki?

It is a dish made of marinated chicken chunks that are put on skewers before grilling. It is usually served with a yogurt sauce or Tzatziki Sauce.

Sometimes, it is served as a filling in a piece of pita bread and garnished with other vegetables.

What is the difference between chicken souvlaki and chicken gyro?

The gyro is highly similar as it is meat served on a piece of pita bread also. It is very similar to souvlaki, but the difference is how you prepare the meat.

In a gyro, you shred the meat from the skewered that is rotating mechanically, doner kebab-style.

How to Make Chicken Souvlaki

  • Marinate: First, combine all the marinade ingredients in a bowl or in a ziplock bag. Then, put the chunks of white meat in. Toss to coat each piece. Marinate for no longer than an hour.
  • Preheat: Prepare the grill, grill pan, or broiler.
  • Cook: Thread the meat onto skewers and grill all sides until thoroughly cooked and no longer pink. It may take 5 minutes per side. If you are going to broil them, it may take 8 to 10 minutes. While cooking, you may prepare the sauce.
  • Prepare the yogurt sauce: Mix all the ingredients in a bowl, season with salt and pepper to taste, then, garnish with olive oil and dill. Refrigerate for later.
  • Prepare the relish: Simply combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix thoroughly, then, season with salt and pepper.
  • Serve: Serve the souvlakia with the sauce and the relish.

Is Chicken Souvlaki healthy?

Yes! It is one of the healthiest Greek dishes out there. The meat itself is a good source of protein and marinating it with olive oil and herbs makes it rich in antioxidants, too.

Make it even healthier by eating it with vegetables for fiber and with whole wheat pita bread for carbs.

What to serve with Chicken Souvlaki?

Serve it with some pieces of pita bread, flatbread, hummus, and olives.

You can also serve it with greens, or some roasted vegetables, and another favorite, the Tzatziki Sauce!

How to Store:

Separate the meat from the sauce and the relish and refrigerate everything in separate containers.

The meat will stay good for up to 5 days while the sauce and the relish will only be good until the next day.

When ready to serve again, just reheat in the microwave or on the stove.

Recipe Tips:

  • Make this ahead by marinating the meat in advance then, freezing it with the marinade. When ready to cook, simply transfer it from the freezer to the refrigerator to start the thawing the night before.
  • Aside from chicken, you can also use pork, beef, lamb, or fish. You can also use thighs instead of breasts if you like.
  • If you will use bamboo skewers, soak them in water first for about 30 minutes so they will not burn during grilling.

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Greek Chicken Souvlaki

Chicken Souvlaki is a tasty Greek dish, made with marinated chicken chunks, topped with a tomato olive relish and served with a creamy yogurt dip on the side.
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Prep Time: 40 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 324kcal
Author: Catalina Castravet


Chicken Skewers Marinade:

  • 1 1/2 pounds chicken breast (boneless and skinless - cut into 1-inch chunks)
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chopped parsley

Greek Yogurt Sauce:

  • 1 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice (or to taste)
  • 1/2 cup minced cucumber
  • 1/4 cup fresh dill (finely minced)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Tomato Cucumber Olive Relish:

  • 1 cup finely diced cucumber
  • 1/2 cup tomato (finely diced)
  • 1/4 cup kalamata olives (finely diced)
  • 1/4 cup green olives (finely diced)
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • Salt and pepper to taste


Chicken Skewers Marinade:

  • Combine the marinade ingredients in a medium bowl and add chicken chunks to it, toss to coat.
  • Marinate for at least 30 minutes or up to 6 hours.

Greek Yogurt Sauce:

  • Mix all the ingredients in a medium bowl. Season with salt and pepper to taste, cover and refrigerate until ready to use or up to 1-2 days.
  • When ready to serve, garnish with chopped dill and a drizzle of olive oil.

Tomato Cucumber Olive Relish:

  • Combine all the ingredients in a medium bowl, season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Cover and refrigerate until ready to use, or for up to 1-2 days.

Cook the Chicken:

  • Turn on and heat the grill or place a grill pan over medium heat.
  • If using bamboo skewers, place them in the water to soak for about 10 minutes.
  • Remove the chicken from the marinade and thread the pieces onto about 6 skewers.
  • If grilling, place the chicken skewers on the grill and cook for 5-6 minutes on each side, or until the chicken is cooked through.
  • If using the grill-pan, place it over medium heat, brush it with olive oil and cook the chicken skewers for 5-6 minutes per side, or until the chicken is cooked through.


  • Serve the chicken skewers with the yogurt sauce, the tomato-cucumber olive relish, with pita bread and hummus on the side.



Calories: 324kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 75mg | Sodium: 717mg | Potassium: 595mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 461IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 84mg | Iron: 1mg
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Absolutely packed with flavor! We don’t have a grill but it was still amazing cooked in a pan. Served it with a Greek salad and rolled it all up into pitas. We already can’t wait to make it again!


Glad you loved it! Thanks for your review!


Teresa Comstock

This was amazing. A must try.



This looks amazing. Definitely need to try this out.



Trying this out ASAP!



My family would love it if I made this for dinner!



Hi! I have made this recipe several times and it is a family favorite. I have not attempted to marinate overnight yet. Is it possible?


Hi Deanna, yes, marinating overnight is ok and the chicken will be extra tender!


Heather D.

I loved this and so did the family! The only difference I made was to cook the chicken in the oven at 425° for 20 minutes, spread on a on a baking sheet and not on skewers. It probably would have been even better grilled, but I wanted to try this, despite not having a grill. I sent the recipe to my father and he and my Mom both loved it as well.


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