Chicken souvlaki makes me happy.
You wanna know why?
It reminds me of sitting atop a cliff overlooking the swirling sea as the brilliant sun slipped out of sight and I dined on the most succulent chicken souvlaki I had ever tasted. It was actually the first chicken souvlaki I had ever tasted. The chicken melted off the stick and into my mouth drenched in the flavors of zesty lemon and earthy oregano. It was an experience that tantalized all of my senses. It was bliss. On a stick. In Greece. On my honeymoon. And I shall never forget it.
Makes me happy.
Just like I’ll never forget this moment in time…
a moment when nothing else mattered in the world. I was a newlywed happily exploring the wonders of Greece one delicious moment at a time.
Last week I shared my story of falling head-over-heels in love with tzatziki. This week I’d like to share a favorite Greek treat that deliciously accompanies the dreamy creamy tzatziki…chicken souvlaki. It makes me happy. It takes me right back to that seaside cliff gazing into my tall-dark-and-handsome-Greek-god-of-a-husband’s eyes every time.
Isn’t it amazing how food can instantly transport you to another time and place?
Another thing that makes me happy about chicken souvlaki is how easy it is to make!
This is what you do…
Grab a pound of chicken tenderloins.
Place them in a bowl.
Pour in some extra virgin olive oil.
Squeeze in the juice of one lemon.
Add some Worcestershire sauce.
Some dried oregano. LOTS of dried oregano.
Make sure to crush the oregano between your finger tips (or in the palms of your hands) to release the lovely earthy flavor.
Sprinkle a few pinches of salt & pepper and give the chicken a good toss making sure to coat every piece. The nice thing about using chicken tenders as opposed to chicken breasts is that they marinate quickly, within a half an hour to an hour. That makes me happy.
When you are ready to put them on the grill just thread them onto pre-soaked wooden skewers, again the tenderloins make for easy prep… no cutting involved!
Again I’ve got a smile on my face.
Then throw them onto a screaming hot grill.
I decided to use my stove top cast iron grill for further simplicity.
I’m happy. Are you happy?
Grill the souvlaki 4-5 minutes on each side until cooked all the way through,
and you’ve got gorgeous golden grill marks on the chicken.
Grab some tzatiki for dipping and dig in.
Speaking of happy…it’s My Yanni’s birthday today!
HAPPY birthday to my tall-dark-and-handsome-Greek-god-of-a-husband! Let’s go back to Greece and celebrate honey, o.k.? O.k. (that would make me over-the-moon happy)
You know what else makes me happy?
That YOU stopped by today!
Are YOU happy?
O.k. I’ll stop now.
Now go enjoy the tantalizing flavors of Greece from your very own home and BE HAPPY!
Here’s the recipe…
Oregano & Lemon Chicken Souvlaki
1 pound chicken tenderloins
3 Tablespoons olive oil
Juice of 1 lemon (about 1/4 of a cup)
2 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
2 (heaping) Tablespoons of dried oregano
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
Here’s what you’ll do:
1. Put the chicken into a bowl.
2. Add all other ingredients.
3. Mix well, coating chicken on all sides.
4. Let chicken marinate for a 1/2 hour to hour covered in fridge (or longer if you wish).
5. Thread marinated chicken tenders onto a pre-soaked wooden skewer.
6. Place souvlaki onto a screaming hot grill and cook for 4-5 minutes on each side or until the chicken is cooked through and has gorgeous golden brown grill marks.
Serve with some dreamy creamy tzatziki and BE HAPPY!
Yes, I AM happy. So happy to know you! Happy birthday to your husband. And, is that photo for reals? It looks like it’s out of some Hollywood movie. Seriously. Beautiful. And so is your chicken souvlaki – I’ll be making it this summer – looks tasty and fun!
Big smile on my face! Love the picture and the chicken too! Happy birthday to your Yanni!
Aren’t you guys ADORABLE!?!? I want to go to Greece!!! And make this chicken! (Preferably in that order!) 😉
Happy birthday to your hubby!
OK…you delivered big time. That photo is amazing, of both of you. I’m seeing Princess Grace and the man she should have married…quite obvious a Greek prince/God. 🙂
And the food isn’t half bad either…love these things!
Happy Birthday to your Yanni! You two are like movie stars in that picture, so romantic. 🙂
Such a sweet picture of you too!! Also, the chicken looks AMAZING!!
I think I’m gonna make it tonight 😉
Thank you for this recipe. I’m going to definitely make it…with your tzatziki! Thanks also for sharing this beautiful photograph and special time with us. It puts me in mind of a cover for a romance novel 🙂
YUM! That sounds delicious <3
Happy Birthday to your hubby!!
I am happy just looking at your souvlaki 🙂 That sounds like a wonderful honeymoon, Greece is so relaxing, and the food really could not be any better! Kronia polla to Yanni as well 🙂
Wendy – this is such a simple meal–perfect for a summer evening. Love the photo of you and Yanni!
Happy! Happy! Happy Belated to Mr. Yanni Man!
Can I go with y’all to Greece? I’ll get my own room and carry your bags and take pictures of y’all kissing.
Is that a little tummy showing in that photo dear? ; )
This sounds amazing! I am adding it to my dinner list this week!!
Yum this looks delicious!!! I’m so happy to have a recipe that goes with the tzatiki you made last week! 🙂 I love food that brings back memories from the past…especially if it was such a romantic memory as a honeymoon in Greece!
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Oh I need to embrace some Greek cooking … considering it is my favorite kind of food. I have cucumbers and Greek yogurt waiting on me in the fridge as we speak. And why wouldn’t I be able to make these? No reason. Other than it’s out of my comfort zone…but really, is it? I think not. I just need a nudge.
I am loving that photo…look at your hair!!! Gorgeous! oh and the scenery too 🙂
I’ve never had anything like this, it looks delicious.
P.S. You and your husband make a gorgeous couple! That picture could have come straight off the pages of a Hollywood magazine! Happy Birthday to him!
You make me happy – and your chicken souvalaki makes me happy. What a wonderful honeymoon destination! I hope you get to go back soon, Wendy!
I love Greek food, and this look scrumptious! It’s also easy enough for me to try. Thanks for the great recipe!
I LOVE anything Greek–thanks for sharing the recipe! 🙂
Oh, this sounds just perfect! Adding this chicken to the menu very soon… Love all of the flavors in this dish! And, of course, happy (belated… I’m a bit behind on RSS reading!) birthday to your hubby 🙂
Love souvlaki, and even more than that, I adore that photo of you and your husband.
My family completely and utterly enjoyed this today. What a tasty meal. And knowing it came from you made it all the better. 🙂
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