Greek Lemon Chicken Skewers with Tzatziki Sauce

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Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

I love grilled chicken, but chicken breasts can be a little problematic. They can easily get dry and overcooked, especially on the grill. A great solution? Chicken breast skewers!

If you grill chicken breasts that have been cut into chunks and threaded on skewers, there will be more surface area exposed to the heat of the grill. As long as you grill them quickly on high direct heat, the inside will be done when the outside has lovely grill marks.

Greek Lemon Chicken Skewers

It also helps to marinate the chicken chunks first. Some salt in the marinade will help the chicken hold on to moisture, and acid from yogurt or lemon juice will tenderize the meat.

This is a Greek inspired lemon chicken skewer recipe, with a lemon garlic yogurt oregano marinade, and thin slices of lemon threaded between the chicken pieces.

Serve it with a simple cucumber yogurt tzatziki dipping sauce. So good!

Greek Lemon Chicken Skewers with Tzatziki Sauce Recipe

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  • Prep time: 25 minutes
  • Cook time: 7 minutes
  • Marinating time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 3 to 4

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, trimmed of excess fat
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 Tbsp plain yogurt
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced (about 2 teaspoons)
  • 1 Tbsp minced fresh oregano (or 1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano)
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil plus more for the grill
  • 2 lemons, thinly sliced

Tzatziki:

  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced (about 2 teaspoons)
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 cucumber, peeled

Method

1 Soak the skewers: If using bamboo or wooden skewers, place them in water to soak while you prepare the recipe. You'll need either 4 flat skewers or 8 regular round skewers.

2 Cut chicken breasts, marinate: Cut the chicken breasts into 1 1/2 to 2 inch chunks. Place in a bowl and sprinkle with salt. Add the yogurt, minced garlic, oregano, pepper, lemon juice, and olive oil to the bowl with the chicken, stir to combine. Marinate for 30 minutes to an hour.

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3 Make yogurt tzatziki sauce: While the chicken is marinating, make the tzatziki. In a medium bowl stir to combine the yogurt, minced garlic, salt, pepper, and lemon juice.

Grate the cucumber with the large holes of a box grater. Place in a strainer and press with your hands to squeeze out excess moisture. Add the grated cucumber to the yogurt mixture.

4 Thread skewers with chicken and lemon slices: Prepare your grill for direct high heat. While the grill is heating, prepare the skewers. Use either flat bamboo or metal skewers or double up regular bamboo skewers so that the chicken is easier to turn on the grill. Thread the chicken pieces onto the skewers with a lemon slice folded over like a taco between each piece of chicken.

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5 Grill: When the grill is ready brush the grill grates with a little olive oil (use a paper towel folded over several times and dipped in olive oil, hold with tongs). Brush some olive oil over the chicken skewers as well. Place the chicken skewers directly over the hottest part of the grill and cover the grill.

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Allow to sear on one side (about 2 to 3 minutes), then turn the chicken skewers over to the other side, cover and cook 2 to 3 minutes more, until the chicken is browned and just cooked through.

Remove from grill and serve immediately with tzatziki sauce.

 

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Greek Lemon Chicken Skewers

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  • Kristen C

    Great recipe! We let the chicken marinade over night. We also cooked the kabobs with pineapple, onions, peppers, and zucchini – they turned out perfect. We served these at a bbq and several people asked for the recipe. Thank you!

  • Vanessa

    Could you thread the skewers and then leave in the refrigerator overnight to grill the next day? We are going camping and I would like to prepare these to bring with us on the trip.

  • Janis Wiggans

    I used Greek yogurt and this was absolutely delicious! Chicken was moist and so flavorful. I also put a skewer of cherry tomatoes on the grill–yummy!

  • Marie Shipley

    does your recipes have the nutrition facts available e.g., I am on a low/no sodium diet. Thank you.

  • Anna

    I made this for my parents and boyfriend and it went over BEAUTIFULLY! The boyfriend isn’t a big fan of chicken breast because it dries out so easily, but the marinade plus the quick grilling took care of that problem. It was perfect. I rounded out the meal with gazpacho and toast grilled with olive oil and garlic. Simple and surprisingly quick to come together. Thank you, Elise!

    For what it’s worth, I did not remove the seeds from the cucumbers, but I did grate them onto paper towels and wring the excess water out–worked great.

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