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plate of greek chicken souvlaki with yellow rice and pita bread

Chicken Souvlaki with Lemon Rice

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes plus marinating time
  • Cook Time: 12 mins
  • Total Time: 17 minute
  • Yield: 10 to 12 skewers 1x




  • 5 to 6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon red wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Greek Lemon Rice:

  • 1 cup long grain rice
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup water
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt

Buttery Garlic Pita Bread:

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
  • Extra kosher salt (optional)
  • Pita bread (store bought is great)



  1. Trim chicken and cut into large chunks. Place chicken pieces in a large Ziploc bag. Set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil, lemon juice, vinegar, garlic, oregano, pepper and salt. Pour over chicken pieces and seal bag. Shake gently so all pieces of meat are well-coated with marinade. Put into refrigerator and marinate at least 4 to 6 hours (or even longer).
  3. Remove chicken from refrigerator and thread chicken onto skewers (I do about 5 to 6 pieces per skewer).
  4. Spray grill with non-stick spray then preheat gas or charcoal barbecue grill to medium heat.
  5. Grill skewers about 5 to 6 minutes per side. If you like to use a meat thermometer, the temp should register 160 degrees.
  6. Transfer chicken to serving platter and cover with foil let rest for about 3 minutes.

Lemon Rice:

  1. In a medium saucepan combine the rice, butter, lemon zest, lemon juice, chicken broth, water and salt. Bring the rice to a boil over high heat then reduce to simmer and cover. Cook for 20 minutes, remove from heat and let sit for 10 minutes. Fluff with a fork and season with more salt, to taste if needed.

Pita Bread:

  1. In a small saucepan combine butter, garlic powder, salt and dried parsley. Heat and stir over low heat until butter is melted.
  2. Warm up the pita bread two at a time in your microwave for about 20-25 seconds.
  3. Brush butter mixture on warm pita bread and sprinkle lightly with a little more kosher salt, if desired.
  4. Use a pizza cutter to cut into four triangles. Serve immediately.


  • If you’re using wooden skewers, place them in water to let them soak before grilling (I usually do about 30 minutes). This will help them not burn while grilling them.
  • Category: Main Dishes