Saturday, June 5, 2010

Chicken Souvlaki


While I love those rare moments that I can spend 4 hours in the kitchen making an elaborate meal, sometimes it's great to have a favorite dinner that can be tossed together in less than 20 minutes. This tops my new list of favorite super-fast dinners- an absolute must for a mother of 2 young children. I can also credit this delightful dish for teaching Brian that cucumbers are not all evil. Especially when they're covered in garlic and feta cheese.

Chicken Souvlaki
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For the sauce
2 oz (1/2 cup) crumbled feta cheese
1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
1 Tablespoon chopped fresh dill
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 cup finely diced cucumber

For the chicken
2 teaspoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
2 cups roasted skinless, boneless chicken breast
2 cloves garlic, minced

4 (6-inch) pita, cut in half
1 cup shredded iceberg lettuce
1/4 cup chopped peeled cucumber
1/2 cup chopped plum tomato
1/4 cup thinly sliced red onion

In a small bowl combine feta, yogurt, dill, 1 teaspoon of the olive oil, and 1 clove of garlic. Finely chop about 1/4 cup of the cucumber and mix into the sauce.

Heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil in a large skillet. Sauté the remaining 2 cloves of garlic and the oregano for about 20 seconds. Add in the chicken and cook until heated completely, about 2 minutes.

Place a bit of the chicken mixture and 2 Tablespoons of the sauce into each pita half. Add tomato, cucumber and red onion to serve.

Source: Slightly adapted from Cooking Light


  1. I assume, of course, that you are using your homemade yogurt! ( I've got a batch of it in process on the dryer in the garage. We don't to use our heater, like Michiganders. In the Texas heat, we just put it outside overnight.

    It's good you've won Brian over to cucumbers. My big accomplishment is that I've won your father over to eating food he can't pronounce. Souvlaki will be my next addition!

  2. The heat vent isn't much help for us up here this time of year, either.
    Enjoy! Let me know how you like it!