Mediterranean Chicken Kebabs with Tzatziki Sauce

Mediterranean Chicken Kebabs with Tzatziki Sauce

When we lived in California, there was this little Greek restaurant my husband and I used to walk to for dinner sometimes, usually on a weeknight because it was less crowded. He always ordered a pita sandwich, I ordered chicken and steak kebabs, and we both drenched everything in this delicious but mysterious sauce they called “tzatziki.”

If only I had known it was just a mix of yogurt, dill, cucumber, garlic and lemon juice, I would have been making it a long time ago!

Tzatziki Sauce

Kebabs are one of our favorite easy weeknight meals to make, since we always have chicken and a variety of vegetables at the ready. Last night, it just happened to be zucchini, onion and pineapple slices. So, I simply marinated some chicken in a mix of olive oil, lemon, garlic and dried herbs, skewered the meat with the veggies and fruit, and dinner was done as soon as they were nicely browned on the grill!

Grilled Chicken Kebabs

Once they’re done, just pile them pretty on a long platter, or carefully slide a fork down the skewers to mix it all up. You can serve these delicious, tender chunks of meat and vegetables over rice, in a salad, or just as they are. They’re hard not to love as is.

Chicken Pineapple Zucchini Onion Kebabs

Served with my pesto potato salad, these kebabs made for a very satisfying and simple end-of-summer meal. I have a feeling, with the consistent 100+ degree temperatures in Texas, we’ll still be using our grill plenty in the fall, but I’m really hoping to break out my blue jeans and break in my oven a little more this coming season!

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Mediterranean Chicken Kebabs with Tzatziki Sauce

Ingredients:

Mediterranean Chicken Kebabs

2 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch chunks

1 tablespoon fresh chopped basil, or 1/2 tablespoon dried basil leaves

1 teaspoon dried oregano

Juice of 1 lemon

1 tablespoon olive oil

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 large zucchini

1 small pineapple or 1 can pineapple chunks

1 yellow or red onion

1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil

Salt and pepper, to taste

Tzatziki Sauce

1 cup low-fat Greek or plain yogurt

1 tablespoon fresh chopped dill, or 1/2 tablespoon dried dill

1/2 cucumber, peeled and finely grated (1/4 cup)

1 teaspoon lemon juice

2 small cloves garlic, minced

½ teaspoon salt

Directions:

Mediterranean Chicken Kebabs

Combine basil, oregano, lemon juice, olive oil and minced garlic in a large food storage bag; add cut-up chicken, coat evenly with the marinade and refrigerate for at least 1 hour, or up to 2 days.

Cut zucchini, pineapple and onion into 1/2-inch chunks. Brush the skewers lightly with olive oil and arrange with chicken, pineapple, zucchini and onion. With a pastry brush, brush the assembled kebabs with remaining olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Set your gas grill or grill pan to medium-high heat and arrange kebabs evenly. Cook for 10 to 12 minutes, turning often, until vegetables are tender and chicken is cooked through. Carefully remove kebabs from grill or grill pan with an oven mitt.

Serve with tzatziki sauce, if desired. Also, you can serve the kebabs over rice, with basil pesto potato salad, or your favorite Mediterranean side dish.

Tzatziki Sauce

In a bowl, combine the yogurt, dill, grated cucumber, lemon juice, minced garlic, and salt. Stir ingredients together and serve, or cover and refrigerate until ready to use.

Enjoy!

 

      

34 Responses to “Mediterranean Chicken Kebabs with Tzatziki Sauce”

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    london bakes — September 1, 2011 @ 8:20 am

    I love tzatziki and it works so well in a meal like this. Summer has pretty much given up the ghost here in the UK but I’m sure I can cook these kebabs inside – they look perfect for supper tonight!

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    Charles — September 1, 2011 @ 8:35 am

    Beautiful kebabs… I’d add in some lamb pieces too… I’m still recovering from “chicken overload” the last time I made my chicken kievs, so I start having problems if I eat more than just a small bit of chicken at one time. Great looking marinade too. Lovely colours… I can almost smell the kebabs from here.

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    thecompletecookbook — September 1, 2011 @ 12:07 pm

    Heavenly meal! The kebabs and tzatziki sauce combo is superb.
    Have a happy day.
    :-) Mandy

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    Erin — September 1, 2011 @ 1:36 pm

    Those are gorgeous! And the sauce is so simple, and sounds so good!

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    Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray — September 1, 2011 @ 2:27 pm

    What a perfect end of summer recipe! Looks delicious!

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    savoringtoday.com — September 1, 2011 @ 3:00 pm

    Beautiful and festive, great for any gathering.

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    Tina — September 1, 2011 @ 4:19 pm

    Those kebabs do look tasty and we can’t get enough of grilling these days. Wonderful pairing with the Tzatziki sauce too. Great post.

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    Lynda @ TasteFood — September 1, 2011 @ 7:53 pm

    This looks so light and fresh. I love tsatsiki!

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    vianney/sweet life — September 1, 2011 @ 10:58 pm

    when i found out how easy tsatskik was to make, I almost lost it..lol

    we grill more in the fall, summers are brutal.
    thanks for sharing

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    Rachel — September 1, 2011 @ 10:58 pm

    Wow I love kabobs and I love tzatiki! I’m definitely bookmarking this recipe!

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    Valerie — September 2, 2011 @ 12:47 am

    Looks delicious! Perfect summer recipe.

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    dwidlebug — September 2, 2011 @ 1:05 am

    As summer almost end I think I should make this kebab! Look very yummy!

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    patissierement-votre — September 2, 2011 @ 8:33 am

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    patissierement-votre — September 2, 2011 @ 8:34 am

    Lovely blog! new follower! :D xoxo

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    warmvanillasugar — September 2, 2011 @ 10:21 am

    That sauce looks so yummy! I could make these babies with tofu and have a wicked party in my mouth. Yum!

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    tink — September 2, 2011 @ 12:56 pm

    looks amazing

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    SavoringTime in the Kitchen — September 2, 2011 @ 1:27 pm

    I’m not a big fan of lamb or beef kabobs so this looks wonderful to me!

    I sure hope it cools down in Texas by the end of the month because my husband and I have a wedding to attend there!

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    meeshiesmom — September 2, 2011 @ 2:06 pm

    Love tzatziki sauce. May I suggest that you drain the cukes (I use a tea towel and squeeze them) the drier the better the sauce.
    Karen

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    Stephanie — September 2, 2011 @ 8:16 pm

    Tzatziki should be a staple in every household. Deliciousness. Your kebabs look great!

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    Christina @ This Woman Cooks! — September 3, 2011 @ 2:38 am

    I just recently purchased metal skewers to use on our new grill. This would be perfect to make before the end of summer. Thank you Georgia!

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    Heavenly Housewife — September 3, 2011 @ 12:18 pm

    What is more delicious than meat on a stick I ask you? And its super healthy! What a great idea this would be for the Labor Day weekend!
    *kisses* HH

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    Jenn — September 3, 2011 @ 3:59 pm

    Love kabobs… LOVE tzatziki… yes, I will have some please!!!
    Have a great weekend :)

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    Jen at The Three Little Piglets — September 4, 2011 @ 4:12 am

    My son would love these packed in his school lunch!

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    Reeni — September 5, 2011 @ 1:31 am

    These look wonderful Georgia! And tzatziki IS pretty dreamy! I could drink the stuff.

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    Deborah — September 5, 2011 @ 5:34 am

    I have really been loving Greek flavors. (I think it’s because I love the saltiness!) These look so good, especially with that sauce!!

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    yummychunklet — September 6, 2011 @ 12:43 am

    These look so tasty! Great recipe!

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    Andrew — September 6, 2011 @ 4:56 am

    i love kebabs, and i love tzatziki sauce. and i love this recipe. i will be trying this out soon!

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    manhattan — September 6, 2011 @ 5:34 am

    i love those kebab .. looks so yummy ..

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    wendyweekendgourmet — September 6, 2011 @ 5:23 pm

    Yummy…and I wasn’t kidding when I said we grill pretty much year-round in Texas! Hope the weather this morning is more to your liking…and it’s sad when 93 sounds cool, yes? It will cool off nicely, eventually…and you’ll wear sweaters and jeans. Usually by Halloween…

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    Cristina — September 6, 2011 @ 8:32 pm

    Hi Georgia! How have you been and how are you liking it out in Austin?

    I luv these kebabs you’ve featured. The sauce with the yogurt and dill sounds fantastic and I bet it’s versatile for other things too. A gorgeous kebab dish. May be making this for this weekend! Hope all is well for you and your Hubby. ;)

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    Val — September 6, 2011 @ 9:09 pm

    Stunning images….Always!

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    Georgia | The Comfort of Cooking — September 6, 2011 @ 9:12 pm

    Hi Cristina – We’re loving Austin, but the hot temperatures lately are hard to love! There’s always something fun to do around here, though, and it’s foodie and live music heaven. Thanks for stopping by!

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    Laura — September 7, 2011 @ 9:28 pm

    This looks great! I’m sure the zucchini and pineapple were wonderful additions.

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    Becky — August 8, 2012 @ 6:58 pm

    I love the Mediterranean flavor and the pineapple with these kabobs. Can’t wait to try them.

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