Greek souvlaki - the best chicken kebab
The Greek souvlaki. Cubes of succulent chicken breast, marinated in aromatic herbs and cooked on a stick, placed in a warm toasted pitta bread and garnished with a fresh herb yoghurt sauce (tzatiki), and chopped tomatoes.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Brining 2 hours
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 8 chicken kebabs
- 4 large chicken breasts
- 2 garlic cloves crushed
- 2 tbsp fresh thyme leaves
- 1 lemon's juice
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tsp honey
- 2 tsp paprika
- salt and pepper seasoning
- 80 grams sea salt
- 1 litre water
- 3 tomatoes slices
- 1 onion sliced
- ½ cucumber diced
- 8 pitta breads toasted
Place the chicken fillets in a bowl with an 8% brine solution - 80 grams salt with 1 litre of water. Cover and put it in the fridge from the night before or for 2 hours before cooking.
Place the wooden skewers in cold water for 20 minutes before cooking. This prevents them from burning.
When you are ready to begin, preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius (if you are oven cooking the chicken).
Remove the chicken fillets from the brine. Pat them dry and chop them into cubes about 2 x 2cm in size. Place in a bowl.
Add in the crushed garlic cloves, the juice of 1 lemon, oil, honey, paprika and fresh thyme leaves along with some salt and pepper. Mix thoroughly with your hands so that all the ingredients are equally distributed over the chicken cubes.
Start threading the wooden skewers. Place 5-7 pieces on each skewer.
If you are making mini skewers for the frying pan we recommend keeping the chicken pieces towards one end of the skewer (not the middle) and limiting to 5 pieces per skewer. This is so that they can be laid flat in a frying pan and all pieces can reach the heat and be booked through. Fry on each side for 5 minutes or until brown. Check the chicken is cooked through before serving.
If you oven cooking the skewers then simply place the chicken kebabs in an oiled oven dish. Cook in the oven for 20 minutes or until browned.
Toast or warm your pitta bread and place the chicken pieces inside. Add the toppings of your choosing: we have put crumbled feta cheese, sliced cucumber, tomatoes, onions and a yoghurt (tzatziki) sauce. Wrap up and enjoy!