Chicken Skewers

(Kotopoulo Souvlaki)
Souvlaki (the name comes from souvla, the Greek word for skewer) is a favorite dish served during Greek feasts and family gatherings. Lamb can also be substituted if you like.

Chicken Skewers Chicken Skewers
A few simple ingredients and a touch of Greek flavor transform basic grilled chicken into a feast of sorts.
Yield: serves 4


  • 3 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 8 (12") skewers
  • 12 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 12 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp. fresh oregano, chopped
  • Salt
  • Pita
  • Tomatoes, cucumber, and onions, chopped


  1. Cut chicken breasts into bite-size pieces and thread on eight 12″ skewers.
  2. In a shallow pan (large enough for skewers), mix fresh lemon juice, extra-virgin olive oil, and chopped fresh oregano. Season with salt, then add skewers, cover, and refrigerate for 2 hours. 3. On a very hot grill (or in a cast-iron pan over medium-high heat), cook chicken, basting frequently and turning occasionally, for 7–10 minutes. Sprinkle with salt. Serve in pita with chopped tomatoes, cucumbers, and onions.