Chicken Souvlaki with a Lemon Oregano Marinade

Traditionally Greek
One of the most popular street foods in Greece (maybe after gyros) is called souvlaki. Souvlaki is simply meat on a stick, the most common meat being pork or chicken. It is marinaded usually all night or at least all morning and then grilled to perfection and served either in a pita sandwich or just with homemade french fries and of course, tzatziki.  Souvlaki is also a simple Greek food that can be made at home with only a few ingredients! I love my souvlaki grilled out in the summer time and served with an ice cold glass of beer and homemade fries.

Greek Souvlaki with a Lemon Oregano Marinade Recipe
4 T. Fresh lemon juice
3 – 4 T. EVOO Oil
1 T. red wine vinegar (or just wine)
1 tsp. Greek oregano
1 tsp. Greek thyme, optional
2 – 4 cloves garlic, finely minced
1/4 onion, sliced or cubed
salt and pepper

Simply whisk everything together and set aside while preparing souvlaki sticks. 

Souvlaki Meat Sticks:
1 lb. chicken or pork (shoulder), cubed
Handful of red and green bell peppers, cubed
1/2 onion, white or purple, cubed
Soak your wooden sticks in water for at least 30 minutes and then assemble your chicken/pork cubes alternating with peppers and/or onion cubes. Place in shallow pan or dish and pour marinade evenly over all of the souvlaki and let marinate overnight or at least a few hours, turning once. 
Souvlaki is best grilled over charcoals on a low to medium heat, but can just as easily be grilled on a gas or indoor grill. Depending on the thickness and size of your meat, cook evenly on both sides until middle is white but still juicy. I always like to baste it once or twice while grilling using some of the marinade. 
Authentic souvlaki is served with a half a lemon and some extra Greek oregano sprinkled over the meat and potatoes.  For a little healthier option, try using these oven fries.  

Summer is the perfect time for this Greek treat, try it and let me know what you think? I always love hearing from you in the comments section or a personal email.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you are having a great week!

Kali Orexi,


7 thoughts on “Chicken Souvlaki with a Lemon Oregano Marinade

  1. I wanted to let you know I made this recipe Wednesday night and grilled the souvlaki last night – delicious!!! Huge hit with my husband and neighbor. I paired it with your tzatziki sauce and it was a perfect combination! Thanks so much for sharing – I will definitely make these both again!

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