Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Chicken Souvlaki with Tzatziki

I hate the CA DMV. I also hate the woman who did not look up from text messaging one time while she “helped” me. Lose your license at a Snoop Dog and 311 concert, and the next thing you know you are put through 2 hours of torture and you get to pay $22 for it!! I have learned my lesson, I will be more careful next time.

Anyhoo, even though I was SOO annoyed (if you know me this makes me act just a bit crabby) I still went and ran the rest of my errands, determined to make a nice dinner to take my mind off of the badness that was my day. I tried a new recipe that was recommended by PattiA on the Cooking Light message board. The Chicken Souvlaki with Tzatziki turned out very well.

Chicken Souvlaki with Tazatziki

Cooking Light


3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh or 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
2 teaspoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 medium zucchini, quartered lengthwise and cut into (1/2-inch-thick) slices
Cooking spray

Tzatziki Sauce:
1/2 cup cucumber, peeled, seeded, and shredded
1/2 cup plain low-fat yogurt
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 garlic clove, minced


To prepare souvlaki, combine the first 5 ingredients in a zip-top plastic bag; seal and shake to combine. Add chicken to bag; seal and shake to coat. Marinate chicken in refrigerator for 30 minutes, turning once.

Remove chicken from bag; discard marinade. Thread the chicken and zucchini, alternately onto each of 4 (8-inch) skewers.

Heat a grill pan coated with cooking spray over medium-high heat. Add skewers; cook 8 minutes or until chicken is done, turning once.

To prepare tzatziki sauce, combine cucumber, yogurt, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1 garlic clove, stirring well. Serve the tzatziki sauce with souvlaki.


2 servings (serving size: 2 skewers and about 1/4 cup tzatziki sauce)

Nutritional Information

CALORIES 219(19% from fat); FAT 4.7g (sat 1.3g,mono 2.3g,poly 0.6g); IRON 1.4mg; CHOLESTEROL 69mg; CALCIUM 161mg; CARBOHYDRATE 12.3g; SODIUM 705mg; PROTEIN 30.9g; FIBER 2.4g

We made the recipe as written except that we marinaded the chicken for an hour and added some red onion to the skewers. We also grilled more of the small tomatoes that we bought from the road side stand. The chicken and veggies were served over whole wheat couscous. I personally loved the tzatziki sauce, but Terry passed on it because he said it had too much of a cucumber taste. Cooking Light's Chicken Souvlaki with Tzatziki was extremely tasty and will be repeated in our house!



Sharon said...

First of all, I am so jealous you went to the snoop dog / 311 concert. We were out of town for it and have regretted it ever since.

I share your hatred of the CA DMV.

I LOVE anything with Tzatziki sauce. Another one I need to bookmark!

Heather Williams said...

Thanks Sharon! The concert was AWESOME! I was actually shocked by how great it was! Tzatziki is one of my favorites too, my hubby hates it, so more for me!