This past weekend was the annual Greek Festival which is full of Greek food, music, heritage and cultural celebration. It’s just another reason to eat and drink in New Orleans. I ate a lot and still have some Greek pastries in my freezer for a rainy day. One of the first things I had was a goat burger and chicken skewer. Both were good but I figure my audience isn’t quite ready for goat burgers, so here’s my version of the classic souvlaki.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lemon Pepper Chicken Skewers with Tzatziki Sauce

This past weekend was the annual Greek Festival which is full of Greek food, music, heritage and cultural celebration. It’s just another reason to eat and drink in New Orleans. I ate a lot and still have some Greek pastries in my freezer for a rainy day. One of the first things I had was a goat burger and chicken skewer. Both were good but I figure my audience isn’t quite ready for goat burgers, so here’s my version of the classic souvlaki.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Greek
Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • Lemon Pepper Chicken:
  • 8 wooden skewers soaked
  • 6 chicken thighs boneless, skinless, chopped in 2 inch pieces
  • juice of 2 lemons
  • 1 ½ tablespoons lemon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dry oregano
  • 1 tablespoon dill chopped
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne
  • cooking spray
  • 4 pita toasted
  • Tzatziki Sauce:
  • 1 cucumber peeled, grated
  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt 2%
  • 1 garlic clove chopped
  • ½ tablespoon dill chopped
  • ½ tablespoon mint chopped
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Instructions

  • To make lemon pepper chicken skewers:
  • In a bowl mix chicken, lemon juice, lemon pepper, oregano, dill and cayenne together. Preheat a grill or grill pan on high spray with cooking spray. Skewer chicken and grill for 4 minutes each side. Place finished skewers on baking sheet in preheated oven.
  • Toast pita for 1-2 minutes each side. Serve with tzatziki sauce.
  • To make tzatziki sauce:
  • Mix cucumber and salt and let drain in a colander for 30 minutes, rinse under cold water, drain and pat dry. In a bowl mix yogurt, garlic, dill, mint, cayenne, vinegar, olive oil and cucumber together.

Notes

Preheat oven to 200 F Soak skewers for minimal 30 minutes before grilling. You can use any leftover marinade from the chicken to baste chicken while cooking. Tzatziki sauce will last about 3 days.