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Greek Lemon Chicken Skewers with Tzatziki Dip

You may not have known what your summer was missing, but now you know. These Greek Lemon Chicken Skewers are the ultimate easy grill-ready crowd pleaser that hits all the right notes.

Pair it with this cool Tzatziki Dip and a squeeze of fresh lemon for a new go-to summer dinner party staple.

These are greek lemon chicken skewers. There are 4 wooden skewers with cripsy chicken pieces on each. There are seasonings and lemon slices on the skewers as well. There is also a small white bowl filled with creamy tzaziki sauce.

Greek lemon chicken skewers

Greek food (and Mediterranean cuisine in general) is always good, but it really hits different in the summer. These wonderfully-spiced Greek lemon chicken skewers are emblematic of this bit of seasonal brilliance.

They’re fresh and light while packing some serious zing, and they’re a breeze to prepare and enjoy.

Greek lemon chicken with tzatziki sauce

These chicken skewers pair ICONICALLY with a delicious yogurt-based sauce known as Tzatziki. While the sauce is surprisingly versatile, in this recipe it takes the form of a refreshing dip that balances the big flavors of the chicken so well.

This is definitely one of those recipes that gets me hungry as I type it up…

These are greek lemon chicken skewers. There are 4 wooden skewers with cripsy chicken pieces on each. There are seasonings and lemon slices on the skewers as well. There is also a small white bowl filled with creamy tzaziki sauce.

Greek lemon chicken ingredients

Besides the chicken itself, this recipe is all about a one-stop marinade that provides the source of flavor and texture for these yummy skewers. Here’s what goes in:

  • greek yogurt
  • lemon juice
  • olive oil
  • balsamic vinegar
  • paprika
  • oregano
  • salt
  • dill
  • thyme
  • pepper

Tzatziki sauce ingredients

While yogurt forms the all-important base for the dip, it’s cucumber that takes a leading role in giving this dip it’s texture and cool flavor:

  • grated cucumber
  • greek yogurt
  • olive oil
  • dill
  • lemon juice
  • garlic
  • sea salt

How to make greek lemon chicken skewers

If you give yourself a couple of hours before cooking to let the chicken get to know the marinade ingredients, you’ll be rewarded. However, don’t let your time stop you from throwing this together!

Here’s the full breakdown of the process:

  • Cut chicken into 1 inch pieces. Set aside.
  • Add all of the chicken marinade ingredients to a small bowl. Mix well.
  • Place the chicken marinade and chicken into a large ziploc bag. Shake well so the marinade covers all of the chicken.
  • Let the bag of chicken sit in the fridge for 1-2 hours.
  • Metal skewers work best. If you’re using wooden skewers, soak them for about 30 mins prior to chicken being done (this prevents the skewers from burning).
  • Slide a few pieces of chicken onto each skewer.
  • Place the chicken skewers onto a heated grill for 10-15 minutes over medium-high heat. Cook until chicken is cooked through (internal temp of 165 degrees) and yogurt is no longer wet. (Note: Depending on your grill type and distance from flame, greek yogurt may cause flare ups during the cooking process.)
  • To portion, divide into 4ths; for a more exact portion measurement, divide total food weight (not including dish) by 4. 
  • Serve with extra lemon and tzatziki sauce

How to make tzatziki sauce

The main part of this recipe involves removing moisture from grated cucumber. While something like a cheesecloth can aid in this process, it’s perfectly fine (and my preferred method) to use your bare hands. It’s kind of fun!

Here’s what’s involved:

  • Use the large size holes of a grater to grate the cucumber. Take a handful of grated cucumber and squeeze it over the sink to remove extra moisture. Repeat this process with all of the cucumber and place into a large bowl.
  • Add the remaining ingredients into the bowl with the cucumber. Mix well. Taste and add additional seasonings if desired.
  • Chill for at least 15 mins before serving.
  • To portion, divide into 4; for a more exact portion measurement, divide total food weight (not including dish) by 4.
These are greek lemon chicken skewers. There are 4 wooden skewers with cripsy chicken pieces on each. There are seasonings and lemon slices on the skewers as well. There is also a small white bowl filled with creamy tzaziki sauce.

How to store greek lemon chicken skewers

This is one of the dishes I prefer to eat when I actually make it. There’s something special about getting skewers hot off the grill and enjoying them right away!

However, you could always let the chicken marinade for a longer window (think 24 hours) if you want to prep ahead of time.

How to store tzatziki sauce

This stuff keeps quite well, and you can keep it in any container of your choosing (I use a small Tupperware).

Are greek lemon chicken skewers healthy?

These skewers are definitely a healthy part of my nutrition plan. Super high in protein (from the chicken and the yogurt), relatively low and fat, and only a couple of carbs. I’ll bet they’ll fit in well with you too.

What goes with chicken skewers?

These pair awesomely with greens, rice, orzo pasta salad (recipe coming soon!), and they also stand up pretty well by themselves. Let me know what you have them with!

These are greek lemon chicken skewers. There are 4 wooden skewers with cripsy chicken pieces on each. There are seasonings and lemon slices on the skewers as well.

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Can I have the recipe?

The recipe for the skewers and sauce are both below! If you enjoyed them, please rate and share with someone you love. Better yet: share it with EVERYONE you love!

These are greek lemon chicken skewers. There are 4 wooden skewers with cripsy chicken pieces on each. There are seasonings and lemon slices on the skewers as well. There is also a small white bowl filled with creamy tzaziki sauce.
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5 from 11 votes

Greek Lemon Chicken Skewers

You may not have known what your summer was missing, but now you know. These Greek Lemon Chicken Skewers are the ultimate easy grill-ready crowd pleaser that hits all the right notes.
Prep Time2 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Keyword: chicken skewers, greek chicken, lemon chicken
Servings: 4
Calories: 264kcal
Author: Jordan Smith

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into 1 inch pieces

Chicken Marinade:

  • ¼ cup nonfat greek yogurt
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp dill
  • ½ tsp thyme
  • ½ tsp pepper

Instructions

  • Cut chicken into 1 inch pieces. Set aside.
  • Add all of the chicken marinade ingredients to a small bowl. Mix well.
  • Place the chicken marinade and chicken into a large ziploc bag. Shake well so the marinade covers all of the chicken.
  • Let the bag of chicken sit in the fridge for 1-2 hours.
  • Metal skewers work best. If you’re using wooden skewers, soak them for about 30 mins prior to chicken being done (this prevents the skewers from burning).
  • Slide a few pieces of chicken onto each skewer.
  • Place the chicken skewers onto a heated grill for 10-15 minutes over medium-high heat. Cook until chicken is cooked through (internal temp of 165 degrees) and yogurt is no longer wet. (Note: Depending on your grill type and distance from flame, greek yogurt may cause flare ups during the cooking process.)
  • To portion, divide into 4ths; for a more exact portion measurement, divide total food weight (not including dish) by 4.
  • Serve with extra lemon and tzatziki sauce.

Nutrition

Calories: 264kcal | Carbohydrates: 2.1g | Protein: 47.5g | Fat: 8.5g
These are greek lemon chicken skewers. There are 4 wooden skewers with cripsy chicken pieces on each. There are seasonings and lemon slices on the skewers as well. There is also a small white bowl filled with creamy tzaziki sauce.
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5 from 9 votes

Tzatziki Dip

Pair any chicken with this cool Tzatziki Dip and a squeeze of fresh lemon for a new go-to summer dinner party staple.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Keyword: tzatziki dip
Servings: 4
Calories: 41kcal
Author: Jordan Smith

Ingredients

  • ½ cup grated cucumber about ½ large cucumber
  • ¾ cup plain nonfat greek yogurt
  • 1.5 tsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp dill
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • ½ tsp garlic minced
  • ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt

Instructions

  • Use the large size holes of a grater to grate the cucumber. Take a handful of grated cucumber and squeeze it over the sink to remove extra moisture. Repeat this process with all of the cucumber and place into a large bowl.
  • Add the remaining ingredients into the bowl with the cucumber. Mix well. Taste and add additional seasonings if desired.
  • Chill for at least 15 mins before serving.
  • To portion, divide into 4; for a more exact portion measurement, divide total food weight (not including dish) by 4.

Nutrition

Calories: 41kcal | Carbohydrates: 2.1g | Protein: 4.1g | Fat: 1.7g
Recipe Rating




Jan Garner

Tuesday 30th of November 2021

Super simple and uses flavors we don't typically use which makes it extra nice!

Melissa James

Sunday 28th of November 2021

Hands down a weekly staple in my house! The boyfriend LOVES this! Great for a burrito bowl or pair it with hummus, fresh veggies and pita. Countless options!

Kim

Saturday 27th of November 2021

Fresh and tasty. I could drink the tzatziki sauce.

Brandie

Wednesday 28th of July 2021

Sooo good! Definitely becoming a staple in my dinner rotation.

Amanda V.

Saturday 24th of July 2021

I LOVE THESE! I keep these in my fridge all the time. Throw it in a salad, eat it with some cucumber tomato salad, eat it by itself… JUST EAT IT!