Chicken Souvlaki with a Lemon Oregano Marinade

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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.

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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.
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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,


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12 Responses to “Chicken Souvlaki with a Lemon Oregano Marinade”

  • kathy:

    WOW! I made these today, and I am hooked. I grew up in Upstate New York where there is a strong Greek influence. I love Greek food, but it is hard to find across the US. This reminds me of “spiedies” (an Upstate NY derivative of these). Thank you for an excellent recipe, and for sharing it with us. PS I also made your tzatziki sauce and that is also fantastic. Many other recipes don’t include the lemon juice and I think that is the secret. Thanx again. k

  • Reeza:

    Thank you so much for this recipe. I just wanted you to know that this is my go to souvlaki recipe. I have tried others but they just don’t compare! I always pair this with your Greek potatoes! I add a Greek salad and its such a delicious meal. My husband doesn’t even like Greek food but LOVES this dish. It’s always one of his first requests when I ask him what he wants for dinner!

  • Stacey:

    Trying this tomorrow ~ it looks really good :)
    It would be nice if you had a recipe friendly print option. Using your print button, this is an 8 page print with the recipe on two pages, pictures taking up most of that.

  • [...] a more intense flavor. If you do not like the crispy meat, a very common alternative is to order a souvlaki gyro. Souvlaki is pork or chicken that is skewered and grilled on an open charcoal fire. Both options [...]

  • alilbitokic:

    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!

  • Katie:

    I love souvlaki! This looks like a great recipe. I saw a greek "gazpacho" recipe the other day that would pair perfectly with this!

  • eva i Aten:

    Bravo Jacquline! It looks great!

  • Dana:

    This looks amazing. I love, love Souvlaki! :)

  • Nikki McWilliams:

    Wow- this looks great! Your photographs are always so delicious looking!

    I'm going to Cyprus for a family wedding next month- I hope Souvlaki's on the menu at some point!


  • Kate's Crazy Life:

    Mmmm…I love souvlaki. This looks delicious! I'm gonna have to try your recipe soon.

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