Easy Greek Chicken Souvlaki

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Tender and juicy bites of chicken are marinated with garlic, lemon juice, herbs and more, then stacked up on a skewer and grilled! This Easy Greek Chicken Souvlaki is a simple summer delight that is naturally gluten free, paleo, and keto-friendly.

Freshly Grilled Chicken Souvlaki Beside a Kitchen Towen and a Small Dish of Salt

Juicy Homemade Chicken Souvlaki

Grilled chicken is usually my entree of choice at cook-outs and barbecues. It’s just so tender, juicy and satisfying! As much as I love chicken salads and sandwiches, sometimes it’s nice to give the meat all the attention.

This recipe makes the most drool-worthy chicken you’ll ever try! It’s easy to cook it to perfection without it getting dry or tough. The marinade makes sure of that while simultaneously adding an explosion of tangy and savory Greek flavors. And even if it’s the middle of winter, you can still enjoy this summery treat by grilling your chicken in a skillet!

A Single Greek Chicken Skewer with Tzatziki Sauce Being Held in Front of a Colorful Wall

What is Chicken Souvlaki?

A staple menu item of Greek street food, souvlaki refers to grilled pieces of meat on a skewer. They’re similar to kebabs, but they focus entirely on the meat rather than incorporating vegetables and/or fruits. Traditional souvlaki often uses pork, but I personally have a penchant for chicken souvlaki – and you will too after trying this recipe!

A Close-Up Image of Golden-Brown Chicken Souvlaki on Top of a Grill

Recipe Ingredients

To make chicken souvlaki, you’ll first need to round up 4-6 wooden skewers and set out about 2 pounds of boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs. Slice the chicken into cubes or strips and gather the following ingredients for the marinade:

  • Olive Oil: You’ll need 4 tablespoons.
  • White Wine Vinegar: The vinegar will help tenderize the meat by destructuring the proteins. It will also cause the chicken to get a bit white on the outside – don ́t worry about that – it’s completely normal!
  • Garlic Cloves: Minced.
  • Fresh Lemon Juice: About half a lemons’ worth.
  • Dried Oregano & Thyme: You’ll need 2 teaspoons of dried oregano and 1 of dried thyme.
  • Salt & Pepper: To taste.
Olive Oil, Salt & Pepper, Dried Oregano and the Rest of the Ingredients Sitting on a White Marble Surface

How to Make Chicken Souvlaki

Grilling is one of the easiest and most fun ways to cook, or at least that’s the case with souvlaki! If you’ve grilled any kind of kebabs before, you already know the drill.

Make Marinade: Combine all the ingredients for the marinade together in a mixing bowl.

A Bowl of Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts Beside a Bowl of Souvlaki Marinade

Marinate: Pour the marinade over the meat, mix well, cover and place into the fridge for around 30 minutes.

Prepared Chicken Breasts Soaking in a Clear Bowl of Marinade on a Countertop Beside Salt & Pepper Shakers

Soak Skewers & Add Meat: Meanwhile, soak the wooden skewers in water for at least 10 minutes. Once the resting time is up, carefully thread the meat onto the skewers.

Marinated Chicken Souvlaki in a Blue-Rimmed Pan Beside Pita Bread and Lemons

Grill: Over high heat, grill the chicken on each side for 3-4 minutes, or until it’s done. If you’re using chicken thighs, they’ll need a little more cook time.

Enjoy! Serve your souvlaki with desired sides like tzatziki and pita bread.

Make it a Meal

Not sure what dishes are worthy of a place at the table with your souvlaki? I’ve got you!

Add a Dip
Give it a Base
Serve a Salad
  • For a bright, hearty and wholesome Greek meal, pair these juicy morsels of chicken with a fresh Greek Salad.
  • Or go simple and fresh with a Tomato Cucumber Salad with Feta.
Make Another Side
A Plate of Chicken Souvlaki, Grilled Bread and Greek Salad on a Cluttered Countertop

Tips for Success

Keep the following tips and tricks in mind when you plan to make chicken souvlaki for guaranteed deliciousness.

  • Soak the Skewers: Don’t skip this step – it helps ensure the skewers don’t end up burning on the hot grill.
  • Use a Meat Thermometer: Temperature is the best way to determine the doneness of your chicken. It should register at 165°F. I use this one from Javatools all the time!
  • Marinate Overnight: If you have the time, marinate the chicken in the refrigerator overnight. This will help tenderize the meat even more and intensify the lemon flavor. Just leave out the vinegar in that case, as leaving it on the chicken for too long will result in mushy meat.
  • Heat Things Up! If you want to add a kick of heat, throw some chili into the marinade. It’ll also bring out the flavors of the other ingredients.
  • Add Veggies: If you’re in the mood to pack in your daily nutrients, you can cut your favorite veggies into cubes, marinate them, slip them into the skewers along with the meat and grill! Onions, bell peppers and zucchini are excellent choices.
  • Change the Protein: This basic marinade and method works for shrimp, pork, or even make beef souvlaki.
  • Rainy Day? You can enjoy chicken souvlaki indoors all year long. Just cook the meat in your skillet for around 3-4 minutes on each side over high heat, adding some oil for cooking.
A Close-Up Shot of Grilled Chicken Souvlaki in a Pan

How to Store and Reheat Leftovers

I’m all about making chicken souvlaki ahead of time and saving it for later. The meat gets even more soft and juicy and the flavors intensify! Store cooled chicken in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.

Reheated chicken should always reach a temperature of at least 160°F. To accomplish this without drying it out, warm your chicken in a 400°F oven for about 25 minutes, flipping it over halfway through.

Can I Freeze Extras?

Yes! This recipe is freezer-friendly. Cooled chicken can be placed in a freezer-safe container and frozen for up to 6 months. Thaw it out in the fridge before reheating.

Chicken Souvlaki on Top of Grilled Pita Bread on a Plate with Greek Salad

Things You’ll Need

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  • You can’t make kabobs without skewers!
  • Fresh lemon juice is key, and I think the easiest way to juice lemons is with one of these handheld juicers.
  • If you don’t want any larger pieces of garlic in your marinace, make quick work of those cloves with a garlic press.
  • And make sure you have some metal tongs for flipping those skewers on the grill.
Grilled chicken skewers on pita on a plate with Greek salad
5 from 1 vote

Easy Greek Chicken Souvlaki

Tender and juicy bites of chicken are seasoned with garlic, lemon juice, herbs and more, then stacked up on a skewer and grilled! This Easy Greek Chicken Souvlaki is a simple summer delight.
Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 7 mins
Rest Time 30 mins
Total: 47 mins
Servings: 4


  • Grill


  • 2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts cut into cubes or strips
  • 4-6 wooden skewers

For the Marinade

  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1/2 lemon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 2 tsp salt
  • black pepper to taste


  • Combine all the ingredients for the marinade together in a mixing bowl.
  • Pour the marinade over the meat, mix well, cover and place in the fridge for around 30 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, soak the wooden skewers in water for at least 10 minutes. This will help ensure that they don’t end up burning when you’re grilling the meat on high heat.
  • Carefully thread the meat onto the skewers.
  • Grill on each side for 3-4 minutes or until meat is done (165°F).
  • Serve it with some fresh greek salad, pita bread, and tzatziki.


If your grill has enough space, you can make this chicken souvlaki in a bigger batch and get done with multiple skewers simultaneously.
Nutrition Facts
Easy Greek Chicken Souvlaki
Amount Per Serving
Calories 391 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Fat 20g31%
Saturated Fat 3g15%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 12g
Cholesterol 145mg48%
Sodium 1427mg59%
Potassium 869mg25%
Carbohydrates 2g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 48g96%
Vitamin A 95IU2%
Vitamin C 6mg7%
Calcium 36mg4%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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1 Comment
  1. Fidaa

    5 stars
    I just made this for dinner last night and oh my it was delirious. I am so excited to make the pita bread. I grew up eating pita bread but have not had it for years since I cannot have any gluten now due to an autoimmune disease. Thank you for sharing.

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