Chicken Souvlaki Skewers

Saturday, May 15, 2021
You simply cannot go to Greece without experiencing souvlaki.

It’s major Greek street food and happens to be one of my favorites and this is our Americanized version.

Served with a refreshing cucumber sauce to dip this garlicky Mediterranean chicken in is totally addicting.

Our family loves this chicken served with our Rice Almondine, Homemade Pita Bread and an easy leafy salad with Homemade House Greek Dressing

Also, if you love these flavors also try our Greek Salmon, and for dessert our delicious Greek Butter Cookie recipe, both family favorites.

Just scroll to the recipe card below for both recipes for this wonderful meal and get a taste of Greece!

chicken skewers with a Greek marinade on a white plate with lemon and rosemary sprigs, fresh mint on skewers

Chicken Souvlaki Copycat

Greek souvlaki is bursting with fresh herbs and spices and just a wonderful addition to your chicken recipes.

Oregano, rosemary, and loads of garlic give it a robust flavors.

Back in my hometown in Central N.Y., we have a delicious restaurant called (Symeons) and this is a copycat marinade and if you've ever been there you're going to love this recipe!

This simple marinade recipe is as close as it gets until I visit back home.

When we have a large family gathering, baking these in a gridded iron skillet makes cooking easier especially if your cookout gets rained out.

After the chicken is cooked, just thread them on wooden skewers is perfect for any large event.

Chicken souvlaki just shouts one of the best-grilled summer foods you can have on your meal planning list.

Served with our homemade Tzatziki sauce recipe below(or pick up some store-bought), a simple Greek salad, and our Homemade Pita Bread you will have a home run dinner on your table and a taste of Mediterranean cuisine.

grilled chicken Greek marinated chicken on a weber grill with flame

Ingredients to buy to make this Greek meal:

  • boneless chicken breasts cut into strips or cubed
  • garlic cloves peeled then sliced (or in a pinch use granulated garlic powder around 3 teaspoons)
  • dried oregano
  • fresh rosemary
  • Kosher salt and black pepper
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • dry white wine
  • Juiced fresh lemons
  • cucumber sauce homemade below or store-bought
  • Optional: pita bread, salad, and greek dressing

chicken marinade in a glass bowl all in Greek herbs and spices

Tools You Will Need

  1. cutting board
  2. sharp knife
  3. bowl
  4. lemon juicer
  5. spoon 
  6. plastic wrap
  7. skewers
  8. gridded cast iron pan(if not grilling)
  9. long dish  to soak skewers in

cubed raw chicken

Cooking Methods

  1. Grill: Soak the skewers in warm water, thread chicken. Heat the grill to medium heat and cook for around 5 minutes turning until juice run clear and internal temperature is 165 degrees
  2. Oven: place on in a cast-iron skillet, and bake at 400 degrees until browned and the juice runs clear around 15 minutes. Cool then thread on skewers 
  3. Air Fry: Heat the air fryer to 400 degrees. Place chicken strips on the middle rack set the timer for 11 minutes. Thread on skewers when cooking is completed.

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Let's Get Grilling!

As I mentioned before, this is the perfect marinade for any kind of meat, seafood and bursting with summer fresh flavors.

If you were looking for a way to tenderize meat that melts in your mouth, you have hit the jackpot right here.

Give our recipe a try and let us know how you like it and remember you have several ways to cook it, so don't worry if you don't have a grill just choose another method! Enjoy!!

Chicken Souvlaki  Skewers

Chicken Souvlaki Skewers

Yield: 10
Author: Claudia Lamascolo
Prep time: 1 MinCook time: 11 min total time: 12 Min
A delicious Greek marinade for chicken with a lemon and oregano base that makes these skewers juicy tender and so good with cucumber sauce!


  • Marinade
  • 2 lbs of boneless chicken breasts cut into strips or cubed
  • 10 garlic cloves, peeled then sliced (or in a pinch use granulated garlic powder around 3 teaspoons)
  • 2 tablespoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon fresh rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon each Kosher salt and black pepper
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • Juice of 2 fresh lemons (around 1/2 cup)
  • Optional: 1/4 teaspoon sweet paprika and cayenne pepper ( I use both)
  • You will need: Metal of Wooden skewers soaked in water
  • Tzatziki Recipe (Greek Cucumber Yogurt Sauce)
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  • 1/2 cup chopped a peeled cucumber
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 2 tablespoons snipped fresh dill or 2 teaspoons dill weed
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled, minced fine
  • Dash salt
  • Mix together refrigerate until ready to serve with chicken


  1. Place chicken chunks in a medium-size bowl.
  2. Add the olive oil over the top, squeeze the lemon over the olive oil.
  3. Shake oregano generously over the top of the chicken and add salt and pepper to your taste and the rest of any ingredients.
  4. I also like heat so I add a couple of shakes of cayenne pepper.
  5. Marinate for 1 hour or overnight.
  6. Thread the chicken onto metal or soaked wooden skewers and grill 5 minutes on each side or till browned.
  7. For the oven, place on in a cast-iron skillet and bake at 4oo degrees until browned and the juice runs clear around 35 minutes.
  8. Serve with cucumber sauce or your favorite hot sauce!
  9. These are great served with pita bread and a salad with our homemade Greek Dressing on top!
  10. Grill: Soak the skewers in warm water, thread chicken. Heat the grill to medium heat and cook for around 5 minutes turning until juice runs clear or until the internal temperature is 165 degrees
  11. Oven, place on in a cast-iron skillet, and bake at 400  degrees until browned and the juice runs clear around 15 minutes or internal temperature is 165. Cool then thread on skewers
  12. Air Fry: Heat the air fryer to 400 degrees. Place chicken strips on the middle rack set the timer for 11 minutes. Thread on skewers when cooking is completed.

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Disclosure: This recipe was originally shared in 2011. It was edited and re-published in 2021.


  1. Claudia, these look delicious and healthy! Perfect :)

  2. I don't eat much meat but I like chicken and I eat it willingly. Your skewers are delicious, certainly I'd choose the hot, very spicy sauce. Bye bye, have a great day

  3. mmmm this does look and sounds so delicious..I love the idea of cucumber sauce on the side..yummy!

  4. Great souvlaki,dear!Your sauce reminds me of tzatziki and it is perfect with grilled meat!Hugs!

  5. These skewers look fantastic ! I love souvlaki. I'll give it a go!

  6. Looks delicious! Easy enough for every day, good enough for company!

  7. Your brain is so cool! Its like a never ending cookbook of awesome. Love that cucumber sauce :)

  8. Greek flavored chicken skewered and grilled, YUM!!! Sounds delicious - I love the feta in your sauce, too.

  9. This sounds delicious. I have a similiar recipe in a grilling cookbook and have yet to try it. I will need to give this a try soon when we have our next get together. Yummy!

  10. This looks and sounds absolutely wonderful!

  11. These chicken skewers look fantastic. I love your cucumber sauce. Delizioso!

  12. What a fabulous photo, Claudia. I know I'd love these. Haven't met a chicken I didn't like. As for Rachel's spinach and artichoke mac n'cheese, my photo didn't do it justice. It really was quite good.

  13. One of my all time favorites -- this looks so very tasty! Love the sauce too!

  14. We will soon be getting a gas grill and I am excited. We have a charcoal but preparing the fire is too time consuming. I have saved this recipe for use on my new gas grill-Yum. Thanks for sharing.

  15. What a great recipe, this looks so delicious! I love finding new excuses to pull out the grill! ;)

  16. Great sauce for with the chicken. Great flavors, and love grilled chicken!

  17. I love grilled chicken like this, simple and tasty. Looks great!

  18. They boys grill chicken sometimes and love just like this...for me I want that cucumber sauce, just wonderful!

  19. Is there a recipe print button? With all the ads its hard to see ingredients and instructions. I would like to try this especially since grilling season is coming.

    1. yes all the way at the bottom the recipe card has a print button.

  20. Who doesn't love souvlaki!! Perfect for the coming grill season. I usually make this with chicken thighs. Yours with chicken breast looks really great too.

  21. I've always loved chicken souvlaki but have never been brave enough to try and make it at home. Now that the warmer weather is here and we've taken the grill out for the season, it's time to try. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

  22. That marinade looks amazing, it will make a very flavorful chicken!

  23. These are so easy to make and packed with flavor! Thanks for the awesome recipe!

  24. As much as I like Greek flavors and as many time we've eaten in Greek restaurants, I don't believe I've ever had this popular dish and I must correct that.

  25. Perfect chicken slouvaki! Already thinking up all the sides to eat with this.

  26. These are incredible and so flavorful! Can’t wait to make these skewers again! My family loved them!


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