Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Chicken Souvlaki with Tzatziki Sauce

Last night Marc and I had this for the second time this year! It was even better than the first time and I know why! The first time we made this we were in too much of a hurry to marinate the chicken for the required 30 minutes and we also didn't use a grill-pan (we used a plain old skillet). What a difference the marinating and the proper pan made! It tasted exactly like souvlaki they serve at Greek restaurants we've been to!

We served with crumbled feta and pita bread. Super Yum!

Chicken Souvlaki with Tzatziki Sauce
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3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh or 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
2 teaspoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 medium zucchini, quartered lengthwise and cut into (1/2-inch-thick) slices
Cooking spray

Tzatziki Sauce:
1/2 cup cucumber, peeled, seeded, and shredded
1/2 cup plain low-fat yogurt
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 garlic clove, minced

To prepare souvlaki, combine the first 5 ingredients in a zip-top plastic bag; seal and shake to combine. Add chicken to bag; seal and shake to coat. Marinate chicken in refrigerator for 30 minutes, turning once.

Remove chicken from bag; discard marinade. Thread the chicken and zucchini, alternately onto each of 4 (8-inch) skewers.

Heat a grill pan coated with cooking spray over medium-high heat. Add skewers; cook 8 minutes or until chicken is done, turning once.

To prepare tzatziki sauce, combine cucumber, yogurt, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1 garlic clove, stirring well. Serve the tzatziki sauce with souvlaki. Yield: 2 servings (serving size: 2 skewers and about 1/4 cup tzatziki sauce)

NUTRITION PER SERVINGCALORIES 219(19% from fat); FAT 4.7g (sat 1.3g,mono 2.3g,poly 0.6g); PROTEIN 30.9g; CHOLESTEROL 69mg; CALCIUM 161mg; SODIUM 705mg; FIBER 2.4g; IRON 1.4mg; CARBOHYDRATE 12.3g


Melissa said...

Thanks for sharing your recipe! Tzatziki Sauce is one of my very favorites :)

A hug from Panama!

Brilynn said...

Hey Erin, I couldn't find an email address for you so here are your interview question, I'm glad you decided to take part!

1- What three people, dead or alive, real or fictional, would you like to have over for dinner and what would you eat?
2- If you were edible, what would you be made of?
3- What's your favourite food related childhood memory?
4- What's something that you've never made yourself but enjoy eating elsewhere?
5- If you won the lottery, what would you do?

You can go into as much or as little detail as you'd like, have fun!

Judy said...

Just found your blog and I really like it! Especially that you listed nutritional info.

This sounds so tasty and summery. THen again anything with feta gets my vote!

Kristen said...

This looks like another fabulous dish! Yummy!

Erin said...

Sounds delicious and perfect for hot summer nights!

Valli said...

I have been enjoying browsing through your blog. I love all things Greek, so, this souvlakia recipe with tzatziki is right up my alley. By the way my daughter's name is Erin...your mother made a great choice....My daughter has far outsurpassed as an excellent cook!!!!!

erinlovesmarc said...

thanks valli! Let me know how the souvlaki turns out for you, we thought it tasted exactly like the restaurant versions! :)