secret recipe club: chicken souvlaki with tzatziki

last thursday, my mother stayed home with the baby so jason and i could have an hour or so to ourselves for dinner. we went to a great local greek restaurant and had moussaka and a gyro, both delicious dinners. and now i am on a greek kick, since i chose this chicken souvlaki and tzatziki from katherine marinelli over her  shadow layer cake (i was thinking of making a small, six inch version to celebrate absolutely nothing, when jason talked me out of it) or linguine with sweet potato parmesan cream sauce (until jason reminded me he does not care for sweet potatoes) for this month's secret recipe club assignment.

if it sounds like i settled on this recipe, i did not. i was not the least but disappointed in this recipe. with a little prep work the night before, this would be a perfect weeknight dinner. we enjoyed ours last night, while taking turns trying to get baby winn to sleep. there's another thing for you new parents: babies don't know about daylight savings time. so say buh-bye to that extra hour of sleep.

for more information on the secret recipe club, including the list of participating bloggers, featured recipes from members, and instructions on how to join, visit the secret recipe club website

chicken souvlaki with tzatziki
adapted from katherine martinelli
serves 4

for the chicken souvlaki:
1/4 cup olive oil
2 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon dried mint or 1 tablespoon fresh mint
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 pound chicken breast, thinly sliced

for the tzatziki:
1 1/2 cups plain yogurt (two 6 ounce containers)
1 cucumber, grated and strained of extra liquid
1 teaspoon dried dill
3/4 teaspoon garlic powder

warm pita bread for serving
  1. combine the chicken souvlaki ingredients in a quart ziptop bag. shake to make sure the spices are evenly distributed. place in the refrigerator and marinate a couple hours, or overnight.
  2. strain the yogurt through a coffee filter for an hour. combine the strained yogurt, cucumber, dill, and garlic powder in a medium bowl. season with salt and pepper. serve immediately or store in the refrigerator.
  3. when ready to cook the chicken, preheat your oven to 350F. place the chicken in a baking pan and bake about 20 minutes, tossing half way, or until the chicken is cooked completely.
  4. serve the chicken with tzatziki on warm pita bread.


  1. Ooo! This sounds like the chicken must be so flavorful with all those herbs and I adore tzatziki sauce. I don't think you settled at all! Yum! And I had your blog this month for SRC :) It was new to me and I'm so glad I found you. Love your site and you made it hard to decide!

  2. You can't go wrong with Greek food. This sounds really good. The combination of mint, thyme, and oregano is so flavorful.

  3. I'm thrilled that you chose this recipe and enjoyed it - it's one of my favorite go to recipes. I love it served on the pita like that. Great photo!

  4. i recently got into greek food too (made a 7 layer greek dip over the weekend). this looks fabulous!!

  5. What a wonderful recipe, saving this to make very soon.

    If you haven't already, I'd love for you to check out my SRC entry: Thai Peanut Noodles with Chicken.


  6. I love greek food. This looks so delicious. The flavors sound amazing. Great SRC pick. Crave worthy! Need to give this a try soon.

  7. This looks fantastic! Thanks for sharing with the SRC.

  8. Great pick! Chicken souvlaki is one of my favourite weeknight dinners - it really doesn't take much advance prep, as long as you remember to marinate it the night before.
    Love the fact that Katherine's version has mint and red wine vinegar on top of the usual lemon-garlic-oregano... I think I might just give it a whirl instead of my usual marinade the next time I'm craving some Greek food.

  9. Yum, this looks so tasty - a great SRC pick! :)

  10. yum...I've made something similar and we love it

  11. I would like to invite you to join me at the Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week! http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2012/11/clever-chicks-blog-hop-10.html

    I hope you can make it!
    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick


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