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Chicken Souvlaki


Living in Athens in an apartment is not easy to barbecue because we do not have the space to do this often.  I do have a small barbecue but we avoid using it as whenever we do, the smoke gets into the appartment, so I avoid using it.  Some times I use the oven grill but i prefer using my sauteing pan as they come out very tender and tasty.

I have made them many times and the basic ingredients I always use is salt, pepper and oregano.  Some times I marinate the meat with salt, pepper, oregano, olive oil and lemon juice.

Other times I marinate them in a yoghurt-mustard sauce and other times depending on what ingredients I have at home I add bell peppers, onion and mushrooms and make shish kebabs.

Marinated chicken with yoghurt4

I serve them with tzatziki and a Greek salad with some Greek pita or stuff them in a Cypriot pita and serve them with tomato, cucumber, parsley and lemon juice.

Chicken souvlaki with vegetables


Marinated Chicken souvlakia Recipe by Ivy

Serves:  3
Preparation time:  10 minutes
Cooking time:  15 minutes

  • Chicken breasts (skin removed) about 400 grams
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 tbsp Greek yoghurt (2%)
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp mustard
  • 1 tsp grated lemon zest
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • A pinch of Greek oregano
  • A pinch of thyme
  • A pinch of sweek boukovo (chili flakes)
  • Garlic (0ptional)


  1. Wash and cut the chicken breasts into 1 inch cubes.  Mix in all the marinade ingredients and marinate for 1 hour.
  2. Thread the meat on skewers.
  3. Brush a sauteing pan with 1 tbsp olive olive and grill the meat on all sides.  (If you have a grill you can grill the meat).
  4. Serve with pita bread, tzatziki and Greek salad or grilled vegetables.


Pasta salad


Whenever I have some leftover chicken, I like making this refreshing, cold pasta salad, which is a very light and filling meal.

Makaronosalata me Kotopoulo (Summer Pasta Salad with Chicken) Recipe by Ivy

Preparation: 20 Minutes

Serves: 4




Grilled chicken breast



Pasta shells



Cucumbers, with the skin on



Tomato(I peel the skin)


Lettuce, cut by hand


Carrots, shaved with potato peeler



Yoghurt 2%



Mayonnaise, low fat





Tsp .




Mustard (mild)

Freshly grated black pepper



Boil pasta according to package instructions, about 15 minutes, add cold water until they cool and drain.


Cut the chicken in bite sizes (without the skin)


Cutthetomatoes, cucumbersandlettuceandshredthecarrots.


Season with salt and pepper.


In the food processor add the garlic, yoghurt, mayonnaise and mustard and make the dressing.


Mix all the dressing in the salad.


Serve cold.


You can find many more Greek recipes in my cookbook “More Than A Greek Salad”, and “Mint, Cinnamon & Blossom Water, Flavours of Cyprus, Kopiaste!” both available on all Amazon stores.



Other relevant recipes:


Pasta salad with mushrooms and octopus in yoghurt sauce

Kopiaste and Kali Orexi,

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16 Comments on Chicken Souvlakia and Makaronosalata me Kotopoulo (Pasta Salad with Chicken)

  1. Jeena says:

    Lovely post Ivy, chicken and pasta too! both very delciious great pictures. :-)

  2. Rosa says:

    I love souvlaki! A wonderful recipe! Very appetizing food…

    Cheers and have a great week,

    Rosa xoxo

  3. Peter G says:

    Souvlakia…always dear to my heart! LOL! I love the pasta salad too…nice, easy eating for the summer months Ivy!

  4. Sylvia says:

    I love kebabs . knowing here as brochettes and espetinhos in Portuguese
    The pasta salad sound delicious and refreshing.
    Have a nice week, Ivy

  5. Sophia says:

    Wow I need to check back to your blog often! I adore Greek food, and would love to recreate these dishes at home!

  6. The marinade with yogurt sounds great. And, your pasta salad looks like a delicious way to use leftover chicken!

  7. Chicken souvlakia with tzatziki sounds really good to me right now! I’m putting it on a list to make this week for sure! I love your recipe for the pasta salad too – very refreshing!

  8. Cynthia says:

    Ivy, do you have a recipe for the flat bread shown in this post?

  9. Parita says:

    That looks lovely, love the gorgeous clicks!

  10. Meeta says:

    Ivy what a delicious looking meal. finger lickin good!

  11. Adam says:

    I have this love for just about any food on a stick. I don’t know why, but it just seems more fun that way :) Nice job on the kebabs, and I really like the sounds of a light yogurt sauce with it this summer.

  12. Niki says:

    Chicken souvlaki on pita w/ tzatziki, red onion and tomato is hands down, my favorite sandwich on a pita!!! In fact, I am going to have that for dinner tomorrow at the cafe! YAY!

  13. bergamot says:

    Your post always introduce me to something very different… the pasta looks delicious

  14. Soma says:

    Oh Souvlaki.. bring them on Ivy:-) I make chicken pasta a lot for a whole meal in a bowl.. my kids love it.

  15. Ivy, I love these recipes! I, too, adore a good macaroni salad in the summer with a variety of ingredients, and I make something similar to the souvlaki frequently. This is all so delicious!

  16. Peter says:

    Nice to see yogurt in this marinade as well. I found it to a wonderful ingredient for tenderizing and keeping chicken moist. Souvlakia are so part of Greek summer!

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