Greek Lemon Chicken Skewers with Tzatziki Sauce

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Grilled chicken breast skewers, marinated in a yogurt lemon marinade, grilled with lemon slices, served with cucumber yogurt tzatziki sauce

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.

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.

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.

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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Elise Bauer

Elise Bauer is the founder of Simply Recipes. Elise launched Simply Recipes in 2003 as a way to keep track of her family's recipes, and along the way grew it into one of the most popular cooking websites in the world. Elise is dedicated to helping home cooks be successful in the kitchen. Elise is a graduate of Stanford University, and lives in Sacramento, California.

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  • Sonja

    We’ve made this many times. SO GOOD. EVERY TIME.

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  • Katie

    Another great recipe. We loved both the chicken and the sauce. The flavor was bright and the chicken was juicy. I couldn’t think of a good side dish, though! Any ideas?

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  • Elizabeth Higgins

    This will be great for our barbecue party this weekend, Elise! The chicken breasts cut into chunks will definitely be tender and juicy and cooked just right to absorb the flavors from the tzatziki marinade/sauce. Since I am not at all familiar with tzatziki, is it really necessary to include cucumber in the recipe? Is there any alternative to it?

  • Dina Simmons

    The most delicious recipe ever! The chicken has an amazing amount of flavor and is so moist!

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  • Caroline M

    This recipe is perfect as written! I’ve made this twice now (once tonight for company) and everyone cleaned their plate!

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