Chicken Souvlaki and Tzatziki Sauce

June 21, 2012

Summer has arrived! Time to fire up the BBQ and enjoy a delicious meal outside on your deck or patio! One of my absolute favourite meals is Chicken Souvlaki with Tzatziki Sauce (see below for recipes). It’s very simple to make and is healthy and tastes so good. It’s currently my favourite meal to prepare for guests, and we enjoyed a wonderful evening out on our patio with our condo-dwelling friends last weekend. The weather was fantastic and we were able to have a late dinner (after the children had been put to bed!) out on our patio where we then played a game of Settlers of Catan by candlelight until almost mid-night. I cannot wait to do it again soon!

Because I wanted to be able to eat dinner with our guests after our children had gone to bed, I served Guacamole with some super healthy tasting “Haddad Bakery – High Protein Pita Bread” (which I purchased for the first time at No Frills and will likely purchase again soon) as soon as the children had finished eating their dinner. Then, once the little ones were in bed, we got the BBQ going and my husband grilled the chicken, which had been marinating for six hours. We also added some fresh asparagus (which had been included in that week’s CSA delivery), corn (which had been boiled while I made a quick dinner for the children) and red pepper halves (which had been roasted in the oven at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for approximately 15 minutes earlier that evening) to the grill. Meanwhile, I prepared the quinoa-filling for the red peppers. I did make some minor changes to the quinoa-filling compared to the recipe I posted earlier this month in order to make it a more “fitting” side for Chicken Souvlaki. Essentially, I omitted the chilli powder, cumin, and salsa and added chopped garlic scapes since these had been included in my weekly CSA delivery and I wanted to incorporate them into the meal. I had made the Tzatziki Sauce while the children ate their dinner. After serving the food, our friend Andrew insisted I take a picture of his plate for my blog and so that is why you are getting the details of our dinner that evening instead of just the recipe for the Chicken Souvlaki and Tzatziki Sauce!

After dinner we savoured a surprisingly not-very-sweet Tiramisu Cake, which I had made for the first time. The recipe is from my Williams Sonoma”Dessert” collection and I have wanted to make it for years, but had never gotten around to making it. Every recipe that I have ever made from that book has turned out AMAZING, so I wasn’t surprised when this cake left us wanting more. We did, however, manage to save some for the next day and I have to say it tasted even better the second day because the coffee and rum “syrup” and marscapone cream had more time to seep through the cake layers while it chilled in the fridge overnight. I will definitely be sharing the recipe in a future post, even though it is not “simple and healthy”, like the other recipes on my blog would indicate. But hey, we all deserve a little indulgence once in a while, right?!

Here is the recipe for the Chicken Souvlaki and Tzatziki Sauce!

Chicken Souvlaki – Ingredients (serves 6)

1/4 cup olive oil

1/4 cup white wine

2 tsp grated lemon rind

4 tbsp lemon juice

1 tbsp dried oregano

1/4 tsp thyme

3 garlic cloves, pressed or minced

1/4 tsp black pepper

1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast (or turkey breast or pork) – I generally use one breast per adult

Chicken Souvlaki – Directions

Combine all ingredients except the meat in a large bowl. Add meat (I prefer to leave the chicken breasts whole, though traditionally souvlaki is prepared by cutting the meat into 1-inch cubes and then skewered). Cover and refrigerate for at least 3 hours (preferably overnight). Grill on BBQ.

Tzatziki Sauce – Ingredients (serves 2 – 6, depending how much tzatziki you like with your souvlaki – I typically double the recipe!)

1 and 1/2 cups Greek yogurt (once again, my favourite one is PC’s 0% Greek Yogurt)

1/4 cucumber, peeled & seeded (I tend to use more)

2 cloves garlic, pressed or minced

1 tsp dijon mustard

1 tsp olive oil

1 tsp white wine vinegar

salt to taste

Tzatziki Sauce – Directions
Combine all ingredients. Cover and refrigerate for at least 15 minutes.

What is your favourite summer BBQ meal?!

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