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Greek Chicken Souvlaki Skewers

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Greek Souvlaki are one of the easiest Mediterranean-style summer dishes. These marinated meat skewers can be prepared using just a few common ingredients: meat, olive oil, lemon, herbs, salt and pepper.

Souvlaki are traditionally served in pita bread together with Tzatziki and vegetables; sometimes Greek salad, sometimes shredded lettuce, tomatoes and other veggies.

To keep this recipe low-carb, we are simply skipping the bread and serving these skewers with lots of Tzatziki instead. Souvlaki are not just low in carbs, they are also high in protein which means that they will help you stay full for longer.

Recipe Tips

To make Chicken Souvlaki we are using a cast iron griddle pan. Souvlaki can also be prepared in the oven just like these Lamb Souvlaki Skewers, or on a barbecue.

If you're using wooden skewers and planning to bake the souvlaki in the oven or on a barbecue instead of a griddle pan, place the skewers in a bowl filled with water while the meat is marinating. This will prevent the exposed parts of skewers from burning.

Serving Suggestions

Authentic Greek Souvlaki can be served with any summer salads and dips such as:

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Hands-on Overall

Serving size 2 skewers

Allergy information for Greek Chicken Souvlaki Skewers

✔  Gluten free
✔  Dairy free
✔  Egg free
✔  Nut free
✔  Nightshade free
✔  Pork free
✔  Avocado free
✔  Coconut free
✔  Fish free
✔  Shellfish free
✔  Beef free
Low FODMAP

Nutritional values (per serving, 2 skewers)

Net carbs1.8 grams
Protein50.8 grams
Fat24 grams
Calories440 kcal
Calories from carbs 2%, protein 48%, fat 50%
Total carbs2.6 gramsFiber0.8 gramsSugars0.4 gramsSaturated fat3.8 gramsSodium684 mg(30% RDA)Magnesium68 mg(17% RDA)Potassium799 mg(40% EMR)

Ingredients (makes 4 servings)

  • 4 chicken breasts (900 g/ 2 lbs)
  • 1/3 extra virgin olive oil (80 ml)
  • 6 tbsp chopped herbs such as mint, tarragon and/or oregano
  • juice from 1 lemon (60 ml)
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper

Instructions

  1. Start by marinating the chicken. Cut into large (about 2 inch/ 5 cm) pieces and place in a bowl. Add olive oil, chopped herbs, juice from 1 lemon, salt and pepper.
  2. Mix to combine and cover all the chicken pieces in the marinade. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight.
    Note: You can use any fresh herbs including mint, tarragon, oregano, basil, rosemary, dill or thyme. A combination of mint and oregano and/or tarragon always work well with chicken. Greek Chicken Souvlaki Skewers
  3. Once ready to cook, pierce 4 to 5 pieces onto each skewer until you get 8 skewers, or more if using shorter skewers. Greek Chicken Souvlaki Skewers
  4. Cook the skewers in batches on a hot a griddle pan undisturbed for 3 to 4 minutes, and then turn 90 degrees, until browned and cooked from all sides. As you turn each skewer, brush it with the leftover marinade. Greek Chicken Souvlaki Skewers
  5. It will take 12 to 16 minutes to cook the chicken skewers through. Greek Chicken Souvlaki Skewers
  6. Remove from the pan and set aside to cool for 5 minutes before serving. Greek Chicken Souvlaki Skewers
  7. Serve with any salads or dips (see recipe tips above). Eat warm or refrigerate for up to 4 days. Greek Chicken Souvlaki Skewers

Ingredient nutritional breakdown (per serving, 2 skewers)

Net carbsProteinFatCalories
Chicken, breast (without skin, raw)
0 g50.6 g5.9 g270 kcal
Olive oil, extra virgin
0 g0 g18 g159 kcal
Mint, fresh
0.1 g0.1 g0 g1 kcal
Oregano, fresh
0.5 g0 g0 g5 kcal
Tarragon, fresh
0.1 g0 g0 g1 kcal
Lemon juice, fresh
1 g0.1 g0 g3 kcal
Salt, sea salt
0 g0 g0 g0 kcal
Pepper, black, spices
0.1 g0 g0 g1 kcal
Total per serving, 2 skewers
1.8 g50.8 g24 g440 kcal

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I changed the way I ate in 2011, when I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s, an autoimmune disease that affects the thyroid. I had no energy, and I found it more and more difficult to maintain a healthy weight.

That’s when I decided to quit sugar, grains, and processed foods, and to start following a whole-foods-based ketogenic approach to food.

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