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    Chicken Souvlaki

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    42 mins

    30 mins

    12 mins

    diner524's Note:

    I found this recipe in "The Barbecue Bible" by Steven Raichlen. I adapted it to be used with chicken, but he used it with swordfish or tuna steaks, but said it would be good with even shrimp or scallops.

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    Ingredients:

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    For the Chicken and Marinade

    For the Kebabs

    Directions:

    1. 1
      Cut the chicken into 1 1/2 inch cubes and set aside while you prepare the marinade.
    2. 2
      Combine the oil, lemon juice, wine, garlic, oregano, lemon zest, 1 teaspoon salt and the pepper in a large nonreactive bowl and whisk until blended and the salt is dissolved. Taste for seasoning, adding salt as necessary; the mixture should be highly seasoned. Add the chicken and turn to coat. Let marinate, at room temperature, for 30 minutes, turning occasionally. Soak the bay leaves in a bowl of cold water for 20 minutes.
    3. 3
      Preheat the grill to high.
    4. 4
      When ready to cook, break the onion quarters into individual layers. Drain the bay leaves. Remove the chicken cubes from the bowl, reserving whatever marinade is left, and thread onto the skewers, placing a piece of onion and bay leaf between each and dividing evenly. Oil the grill grate, then arrange the kebabs on the hot grate and grill, turning with tongs, until chicken cubes are nicely browned on the outside, 2 to 3 minutes per side, (8 to 12 minutes in all). As the kebabs cook, baste with any remaining marinade, but not during the last two minutes.
    5. 5
      Transfer the kebabs to serving plates and serve immediately, accompanied by lemon wedges.
    6. 6
      This can be served as a main dish or with pita's and tzatziki sauce.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on September 04, 2013

      55

      Straight into my best-of-the-best file this recipe goes!! The chicken is so flavorful and tender. I used fresh bay leaves, soaked. I completely forgot that I was supposed to baste the chicken as it was grilling and had already washed out the bowl the chicken marinated in. It didn't seem to matter, since the marinating had given the chicken soooo much flavor already. When the chicken was done, I took everything off the skewers (throwing away the bay leaves) and mixed it together. I served the chicken mixture inside some whole wheat Greek flat bread. I didn't have any sauce, but it was delicious as is! Thanks for posting (you always post the best recipes!). Made for the Soup-A-Stars during the Family Picks of ZWT9

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    • on July 26, 2013

      55

      This is super delicious, my chicken had a lovey lemon garlic flavor. I appreciated that I didn't have to marinate it too long and still got good flavor. I greatly increased the garlic because we love it and instead of skewers of breast meat I used chicken thighs. I grilled the chicken and DH and I wrapped it up quick and had a lovely dinner on the beach. Made for ZWT 9 by one of the Appliance Killers

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    • on June 18, 2010

      55

      VERY good! I made half of them chicken, the other half shrimp. Also added chunks of zucchini that needed to be used up. Next time, I may add some shrooms as well. The Bay Leaves and lemon fused this together perfectly! Thanks for posting, Diner. Made for ZWT 6.

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    Nutritional Facts for Chicken Souvlaki

    Serving Size: 1 (234 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 310.9
     
    Calories from Fat 131
    42%
    Total Fat 14.6 g
    22%
    Saturated Fat 2.4 g
    12%
    Cholesterol 108.9 mg
    36%
    Sodium 781.3 mg
    32%
    Total Carbohydrate 4.8 g
    1%
    Dietary Fiber 0.8 g
    3%
    Sugars 1.6 g
    6%
    Protein 36.6 g
    73%

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