Chicken Souvlaki Recipe

Looking for something new or just an old Greek favorite? Let’s make this Chicken Souvlaki that carries more than just ancient times merit.

Chicken souvlaki recipe - SunCakeMomWe humans are so alike, as our thoughts diverse in all directions and with that, our perceptions of the same world can be starkingly different. Curiously, we have the ability to set head to head, not just completely opposing thoughts but somewhat similar ideas too.

Running clever debates with each other is a healthy way to walk in each other shoes while trying to find a common ground. Real problems arise when there are no more conversation occurs and our thoughts are completely isolated within the bubble of our own world view.

Without differing ideas, we rarely question the right direction of our train of thoughts and end up in rabbit holes nested deep in our fears and desperation with sombre outlook about our future.

At times, when we see the morals of our world collapses, we look for strong leaders who promise solution for our perceived end of the world scenarios. Sure, we could do something about it too but that would involve complex thinking and our brain prefers not to work that much, especially when there is a solution already at hand.

Unfortunately, some who run for office of power figured that this works the other way around too so if they can convince us that our way of life is under threat and offer themselves as the solution, we naturally pull towards them.

With the advances of social media and the bubbles they create around us to maximize our presence on such platforms for their profit, it’s easier than ever for us to be lost in deep and dark holes of our most unreasonable thoughts. #stopthebubble

While nowadays, we only need a social media account to be specifically targeted by our worst nightmares paid by people who seek to exploit us for their own gains, it wasn’t always like that. Not so long ago, people needed to feel real suffering and live through the anguish of war.

Just think about how the Visigoths, who once ruled Europe, perished under Roman rule or how Roman Empire crumbled when the Greek emerged.

Greeks weren’t unfamiliar with differences either though. They had beef with each other for centuries until they fought their way into unification and expansion from the Mediterranean to India under Alexander the Great.

This period has later became known as the height of Greek influence in Europe and its culture spread across  the continent through science, art, ideas or cuisine.

Souvlaki is a dish that consists of pieces of meat pierced onto a skewer. Since “souvla” being the original word for “skewer” in Greek, “souvlaki” means something similar along the lines of skewered meat.

Although, all Greece is united behind the dish and happily munch away on pieces of pork, chicken, beef or lamb roasted on wooden stick with herbs and spices, they haven’t managed to come together when naming it.

While the North thinks about the issue with more practicality the South seems to prefer a somewhat abstract approach and decided to call the dish “kalamaki” that literally means “small reed”.

Luckily, this war of words hasn’t poured over the country’s borders yet so we don’t have to mess our Greek culinary adventures with unresolved cultural differences and simply go with souvlaki whenever we feel like having something Greek on our table.Chicken souvlaki recipe - SunCakeMom

Ingredients

  • 2 lb / 1kg Chicken
  • 2 tablespoon / 30ml Olive oil
  • 1 piece / 45ml Lemon’s juice
  • 1 clove / 3g Garlic
  • 2 teaspoons / 10g Salt
  • 2 tablespoons / 4g Oregano (dried)
  • 1 teaspoon / 2g Cumin (ground)
  • 1 teaspoon / 2g Coriander (ground)
  • 1 teaspoon / 2g Paprika
  • Pita bread or Try Naan on keto
  • Tzatziki sauce

Kitchen utensils

  • Kitchen thermometer (highly recommended)

How to make Chicken Souvlaki

  1. Cut the chicken into 1 – 1½” / 2 – 3 cm pieces.Chicken souvlaki recipe - SunCakeMom
  2. Place them into a large bowl and sprinkle the oil, lemon’s juice, garlic, salt, oregano, cumin, coriander and paprika on top. Keep in mind that freshly ground spices always taste better.Chicken souvlaki recipe - SunCakeMom
  3. Mix everything well together then let the flavors develop in the fridge for at least 30 minutes or preferably overnight.Chicken souvlaki recipe - SunCakeMom
  4. Thread the meat onto the skewers.Chicken souvlaki recipe - SunCakeMom
  5. Snap the wooden skewers to the size of the pan, we use.Chicken souvlaki recipe - SunCakeMom
  6. Heat some oil in a pan to medium to high then sear the meat until the bottom gets golden brown, about 5 minutes.Chicken souvlaki recipe - SunCakeMom
  7. Repeat on all sides, about 5 minutes each.Chicken souvlaki recipe - SunCakeMom
  8. Poulty is safe to eat once it’s inside temperature registers 165°F / 74°C on a kitchen thermometer. Lack of kitchen thermometer cut a cut a big chunk of meat to check for done-ness. Low heat will ensure meat is done once seared but it will dry the meat out. Too high temperature will sear the outside too quickly while leave the inside raw. Fix the undercooked meat by lowering the temperature for the next batch and try to save the meat by covering it while cooked, until the inside is done. Using a lid will prevent heat escaping from the pan and cooks the meat faster. A kitchen thermometer comes very handy with this type of meat.Chicken souvlaki recipe - SunCakeMom
  9. Repeat with the remaining meat. Serve with tzatziki and pita bread. Making tzatziki sauce is easy that can be done while preparing the meat but homemade pita bread, although incredibly delicious, needs a bit more time.Chicken souvlaki recipe - SunCakeMom

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Chicken Souvlaki Recipe

Looking for something new or just an old Greek favorite? Let's make this Chicken Souvlaki that carries more than just ancient times merit.
Course Low Carb Meal, Main Course
Cuisine Dairy free, Gluten free, Keto, Low carb recipe, Mediterranean, Sugar free recipe
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 5
Calories 206kcal
Author SunCakeMom

Equipment

  • Kitchen thermometer (highly recommended)

Ingredients

  • 2 lb Chicken
  • 2 tablespoon Olive oil
  • 1 piece Lemon's juice
  • 1 clove Garlic
  • 2 teaspoons Salt
  • 2 tablespoons Oregano dried
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin ground
  • 1 teaspoon Coriander ground
  • 1 teaspoon Paprika
  • Pita bread
  • Tzatziki sauce

Instructions

  • Cut the chicken into 1 - 1½" / 2 - 3 cm pieces.
    Chicken pieces cut - SunCakeMom
  • Place them into a large bowl and sprinkle the oil, lemon's juice, garlic, salt, oregano, cumin, coriander and paprika on top. Keep in mind that freshly ground spices always taste better.
    Chicken souvlaki recipe - SunCakeMom
  • Mix everything well together then let the flavors develop in the fridge for at least 30 minutes or preferably overnight.
    Chicken souvlaki recipe - SunCakeMom
  • Thread the meat onto the skewers.
    Chicken souvlaki recipe - SunCakeMom
  • Snap the wooden skewers to the size of the pan, we use.
    Chicken souvlaki recipe - SunCakeMom
  • Heat some oil in a pan to medium to high then sear the meat until the bottom gets golden brown, about 5 minutes.
    Chicken souvlaki recipe - SunCakeMom
  • Repeat on all sides, about 5 minutes each.
    Chicken souvlaki recipe - SunCakeMom
  • Poulty is safe to eat once it's inside temperature registers 165°F / 74°C on a kitchen thermometer. Lack of kitchen thermometer cut a big chunk of meat to check for done/ness. Low heat will ensure meat is done once seared but it will dry the meat out. Too high temperature will sear the outside too quickly while leave the inside raw. Fix the undercooked meat by lowering the temperature for the next batch and try to save the meat by covering it while cooked, until the inside is done. Using a lid will prevent heat escaping from the pan and cooks the meat faster. A kitchen thermometer comes very handy with this type of meat.
    Chicken souvlaki recipe - SunCakeMom
  • Repeat with the remaining meat. Serve with tzatziki and pita bread. Making tzatziki sauce is easy that can be done while preparing the meat but homemade pita bread, although incredibly delicious, needs a bit more time.
    Chicken souvlaki recipe - SunCakeMom

Notes

Enjoy!

Nutrition (per serving)

Calories: 206kcal (10%) | Carbohydrates: 4g (1%) | Protein: 17g (34%) | Fat: 14g (22%) | Saturated Fat: 4g (25%) | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 65mg (22%) | Sodium: 1043mg (45%) | Potassium: 233mg (7%) | Fiber: 2g (8%) | Sugar: 1g (1%) | Vitamin A: 211IU (4%) | Vitamin C: 14mg (17%) | Calcium: 54mg (5%) | Iron: 2mg (11%)

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