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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
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Ingredients

Marinade:

  • 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)

 


Instructions

  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. Brush on warm pita bread and sprinkle lightly with a little more kosher salt, if desired.

Notes

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
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