Greek souvlaki - enjoy the best chicken souvlaki ever with this delicious recipe
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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.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Greek
Keyword chicken kebab, chicken souvlaki, greek souvlaki
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Brining 2 hours
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 8 chicken kebabs


Chicken kebab

  • 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

Brine solution

  • 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!