Chicken Souvlaki

by Kate on August 2, 2017

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How is it August already? This summer is just zipping on by way to fast for my liking. As August begins, my grill is pretty much on for the duration. If I can avoid turning on the oven, I’m all about it. It’s way too hot out there! So when it comes to dinner, this Chicken Souvlaki makes a great summer meal you can grill and mostly stay out of the kitchen.

Tender, juicy bites of chicken are soaked in the best lemony, garlicky, herby marinade then skewered for grilling between slices of fresh lemon which impart their vibrancy to the chicken as it cooks and keeps your chicken moist too. Win, win!

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About 10 minutes later and your chicken is ready to go! I like serving mine with quinoa and a cucumber salad. Whip up a quick tzatziki sauce if you like too.



Chicken Souvlaki

Chicken Souvlaki

Lemony, garlicky chicken skewered with bright lemon for an easy, healthy summer dinner on the grill!


  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 4-5 fresh lemons, divided
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons oregano
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon minced lemon zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper


  1. Thinly slice three lemons and set aside. Squeeze 1/4 cup lemon juice from remaining lemons.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, oregano, red pepper flakes, lemon zest and pepper. Add chicken to bowl and turn to coat. Cover and refrigerate for 45 minutes.
  3. Light your grill and allow to preheat.
  4. Skewer chicken and lemon slices. Place a lemon slice between every 2-3 pieces.
  5. Grill, turning every few minutes until cooked through and no longer pink, about 10 minutes.


Adapted from Martha Stewart

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Mary G August 8, 2017 at 6:19 am

Hi Kate, this sounds very refreshing. I definitely want to give it a try.
I think Art might even like it!!
One question … when you say ‘3 lemons’, does the zest and juice come from one of those or is there a 4th lemon used. OR do you use one for zest and juice and the remaining 2 on the skewers?
Seems to me that there should be 4 lemons listed???
Love you,


Kate August 27, 2017 at 4:15 pm

So happy to hear you like this recipe! Good catch. Yes, I’ve updated the recipe to reflect the correct number of lemons. Hope you enjoy it!


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