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Chicken Souvlaki with Tzatziki

18 May

Daps and I have been really busy recently it seems. Studying, working…partying……a bit more partying…..ahem.

It has left minimal room for ‘proper’ cooking! Over one of the two days of summer we have had so far (grr), we decided to make the most of it and have a BBQ, but with little time it needed to be something easy.

One of the most relaxing holidays we’ve had was on a trip to Hydra; not far from the Greek coast, this little island has no cars but lots of donkeys, mountains, green, fresh air and……LOTS of souvlaki! I had never had proper souvlaki before I went to Hydra, and since then I’ve been searching for somewhere that makes it just as wonderfully. We thought it might be a nice idea to have a go ourselves. I failed a previous attempt at pita breads (I’ll post up another try soon), and as we were pushed for time we went for some simple wraps from the supermarket which actually worked really well.

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It’s fantastically tasty, really rather healthy and wonderfully nutritious!

 

Recipe – serves 4; make a Greek salad to make it go a little bit further

Marinade

– 2 tbsp olive oil

– 1 tbsp lemon juice

– 2 garlic cloves, minced

– 1 tsp dried oregano

– 1/4 tsp salt

 

Souvlaki

– 2 large chicken breasts

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– Yellow pepper

– Red onion

 

Tzatziki

– Half a container of plain yoghurt

– 1/2 large cucumber, peeled, deseeded and grated

– 2 tbsp olive oil

– 1 tsp white wine vinegar

– 1 clove garlic, minced

– pinch salt

– pinch paprika

 

 Method

  1. Make up your marinade by mixing everything together in a ziplock bag. Chop the chicken and place in the bag with the marinade, and leave for a couple of hours for the flavours to develop.
  2. Chop the pepper and red onion into sizeable chunks, and arrange with the chicken onto 4 wooden skewers (best to soak these for an hour or so before use).
  3. Get your BBQ on, and get them cooking.
  4. Meanwhile, make up the tzatziki. Once you’ve grated your cucumber put it onto a couple of pieces of kitchen towel and squeeze out all of the juice.
  5. Mix the yoghurt, cucumber, white wine vinegar, salt, oil and garlic in a bowl, then sprinkle the paprika on the top.
  6. When the chicken looks as though it’s nearly cooked, stick your wraps onto the BBQ for about 30 seconds each side to warm up.
  7. Take the souvlaki off the skewer and serve atop the warmed wrap along with some tzatziki and green leaves, and a lovely summery Greek salad on the side.

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