Chicken Souvlaki Pitas with Tzatziki Sauce

chicken souvlaki pita close up in hand shot

This Chicken Souvlaki is packed full of flavor, loaded on pita bread and smothered in delicious, tangy tzatziki sauce! It will easily become your go-to meal!

We have this restaurant in my town called Mykonos. It’s a local Greek restaurant that is always packed full of people! I’ve been there a few times and always love going in and smelling alll the smells. The grilled meats, the fresh pita bread, and of course they always have several different types of in-house cakes baked. Yes, it’s wonderful. It was there that I first tried Chicken Souvlaki.

Not sure what Chicken Souvlaki is? Or how to pronounce it? Let me give you a quick tutorial! It’s basically bite size chicken pieces, usually grilled, covered in this finger licking delicious marinade. You can eat it from a skewer, spread it over a salad, or just shove it in your mouth at an alarming rate like I do. It’s so delicious.

marinated chicken souvlaki on skewers

The chicken is always juicy, citrus-y, and herb-y. It’s so fresh. So what did I marinate my chicken in, you ask? To make it this amazingly delicious, you’re going to need the following:

  • 4 cloves minced garlic
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • juice of lemon

Oh yes. It’s just as fresh and delicious as it sounds. I think the key to this marinade is to really let the chicken sit in the marinade for a long time – potentially even overnight! The more the spices, oils and herbs have time to soak into the chicken, the better flavor you will have! I think I ended up letting my chicken marinate for about 4-5 hours in the fridge.

close up chicken souvlaki pita on marble

Next, let’s talk cooking techniques. I tried two different ways: baking it and sautéing it. While both turned out delicious, I preferred the baking method. It kept the chicken much more tender and juicy, whereas the sautéed version was much more caramelized and not as tender. You can also grill the chicken!

I used skewers in the oven to cook my chicken with. Pro-tip: SOAK YOUR SKEWERS IN WATER BEFOREHAND! This helps prevent burning and/or disintegration of the wood. Another pro-tip? Place foil on your baking sheet prior to baking your chicken skewers! Not only will this help your clean up process, it will also ensure that your chicken does NOT stick to the pan.

The chicken comes out with great color, perfectly juicy and tender, bursting with flavor. I literally think I ate an entire skewer of chicken before I even began to fill up my pita bread to make the actual dish. #noregrets

super close up chicken souvlaki pita in hand

Speaking of pita, let’s talk about building the sandwich! You’re going to want to load up the bread with homemade Tzatziki sauce. I recommend using my recipe that’s SUPER easy and yummy. It’s cool, tangy and refreshing. 

The additional toppings are endless and completely up to you but here is what i used:

  • fresh mixed greens
  • red onion
  • feta cheese (and lots of it!)
  • diced tomato
  • fresh dill
  • salt and pepper

Some other great adds would be cucumber, olives or even pickling the onions! Want to make this dish low carb? Skip the pita bread and put the chicken on top of greens!

Whatever way you eat it, just make sure to load up on the chicken and proceed to stuff your face full. Yup. It’s a Summer vibe.

Hope you enjoy these my friends! Xo.

Chicken Souvlaki Pitas with Tzatziki Sauce

This Chicken Souvlaki is packed full of flavor, loaded on pita bread and smothered in delicious, tangy tzatziki sauce! It will easily become your go-to meal!

Course Main Course
Cuisine Mediterranean
Keyword chicken souvlaki, Tzatziki sauce
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 2 people
Calories 539 kcal

Ingredients

Chicken Souvlaki Marinade

  • 1 lb chicken breast
  • 4 cloves minced garlic
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • juice of one lemon

Pita Toppings

  • 2 pieces pita bread
  • 1/4 red onion, sliced
  • 1/4 cup feta cheese
  • 1 roma tomato, diced
  • 2 tbsp tzatziki sauce
  • 1/2 cup mixed greens
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • fresh dill for garnish (optional)

Instructions

For the Chicken Souvlaki

  1. Cut your chicken into hearty chunks for the skewers. Combine with the marinade ingredients. Let it marinate for at least 4 hours. While the chicken is marinating, soak your skewers for at least an hour to prevent burning. Place 3-4 pieces of chicken on each skewer. 

  2. Preheat your oven to 450 degrees. Foil your baking sheet. Place your chicken on the baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes, flipping halfway through. 

For the Pitas

  1. Spread tzatziki sauce on the pita bread. Add your greens, onions, feta cheese, and chicken. Add salt and pepper to taste. Enjoy!

 

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