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Chicken Souvlaki

Chicken Souvlaki

The name souvlaki comes from the Greek word for “skewer,” and the actual dish is exactly what it says on the tin: bite-sized pieces of meat, marinated in lemon juice and spices, and then grilled on skewers. It’s versatile, easy to eat, and perfect for the summertime, especially because it only takes a few minutes on the grill before you’re ready to dig in.

The long marinating time means you do have to start a little in advance, but that can actually be a bonus for meal planning. The hardest part of cooking is sometimes just getting up and getting started: if you get home from work tired and don’t feel up to cooking, but you have something already started for dinner, you’ve passed the first hurdle. It’s like a little extra motivation to carry on with the recipe you’ve already started.

In Greece souvlaki is often served with pita bread, but for a Paleo version, you could throw it over some roasted vegetables or a fresh Greek salad and call it dinner. (And then save the leftovers for the next day and call them lunch.)

Chicken Souvlaki Recipe

Servings SERVES: 4Preparation time PREP: 15 min.  + 2 h.Cooking time COOK: 15 min.


Protein: 55g / %

Carbs: 1g / %

Fat: 19g / %

Values are per portion. These are for information only & are not meant to be exact calculations.


  • 1 ½ lbs. boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into chunks;
  • 1/4 cup olive oil;
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced;
  • 2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice;
  • 2 tsp. dried oregano;
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper;
Chicken Souvlaki preparation


  1. In a bowl, combine the olive oil, garlic, lemon juice, oregano, and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  2. Place the chicken in a marinating container, pour the olive oil marinade on top, and toss to coat.
  3. Marinate in the refrigerator for 2 to 12 hours.
  4. Preheat your grill to medium high.
  5. Remove the chicken from the marinade and thread onto wood or metal skewers.
  6. Place the souvlaki on the preheated grill and cook for 6 to 8 minutes per side, turning frequently.
  7. Serve the souvlaki with a Greek salad.
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