Lemon Greek Chicken Skewers

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Lemon Greek Chicken Skewers with greek yogurt and lemon marinade is a quick and easy Healthy chicken dish perfect as a main course or for salads and sandwiches.

These skewers are a quick main dish you can serve with Tabouli Salad, Greek Chickpea Salad or Baba Ganoush for a perfect Greek meal that’ll make you feel like you’re on vacation.

Lemon Greek Chicken Skewers with greek yogurt and lemon marinade is a quick and easy 0 point chicken dish perfect as a main course or for salads and sandwiches. Lemon Greek Chicken Skewers

Lemon Greek Chicken Skewers are a fantastically easy recipe to make and they have a boldly flavored marinade which flavors the chicken but also tenderizes it!

Growing up my mom was always marinading chicken kebabs in greek yogurt (this happens when your family is middle eastern, we always marinade in yogurt!).

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Why use yogurt in a marinade? Yogurt works great as a marinade because it helps to break down and tenderize chicken breast so its more tender after grilling. It also acts as a barrier that helps the chicken keeps its moisture.

Other tips for these Lemon Greek Chicken Skewers:

  • Soak the wooden skewers before grilling them. I start soaking before doing anything else, then just thread the chicken on. No need to dry them.
  • Add in more herbs as you like them. People LOVE rosemary with Greek dishes, I just love the milder lemon flavor in this recipe.
  • Try not to overcook, white meat chicken will tend to dry out before dark meat. Just a few minutes on each side is plenty.
  • Lemon zest and juice is the best finishing topper for the dish and makes the chicken kebabs taste so fresh.

Greek Lemon Skewer

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Tools Used in the making of these Lemon Greek Chicken Skewers:
Grill/Griddle: This combo lives on the center two burners of my oven because it’s so useful. Grilling on this pan is a breeze, I often use it even in the summer to avoid prepping the whole grill.
Lemon Zester: The perfect zester. None of the pith, pure zest.
Wooden Skewers: I used to fuss with metal skewers in the past but these wooden ones are just too easy to spend 30 minutes scraping metal skewers clean. Plus they’re recyclable.

Lemon Greek Chicken Skewers with greek yogurt and lemon marinade is a quick and easy 0 point chicken dish perfect as a main course or for salads and sandwiches.
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Lemon Greek Chicken Skewers

Lemon Greek Chicken Skewers with greek yogurt and lemon marinade is a quick and easy healthy chicken dish perfect as a main course or for salads and sandwiches.
Prep Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 344 kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds chicken breast boneless skinless
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt fat free
  • 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/4 cup parsley chopped
  • 1 lemon zested then juiced
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Soak your wooden skewers in a pan of water.
  2. Cut the chicken breast pieces into 2 inch chunks and put them into a large bowl.
  3. Add in the rest of the ingredients into the bowl and cover with saran wrap.
  4. Marinade for one hour, then thread each piece of chicken onto a wooden skewer (about 6-8 pieces on each one).
  5. Cook on a grill, grill pan, or cast iron skillet* over high heat for 2-3 minutes per side.
  6. Serve with lemon wedges or fat free Greek salad dressing on the side.
Nutrition Facts
Lemon Greek Chicken Skewers
Amount Per Serving (1 /6th recipe)
Calories 344 Calories from Fat 44
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4.9g 8%
Saturated Fat 0.1g 1%
Cholesterol 175mg 58%
Sodium 313mg 13%
Total Carbohydrates 2.6g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0.5g 2%
Sugars 1g
Protein 71.5g 143%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Lemon Greek Chicken Skewers with greek yogurt and lemon marinade is a quick and easy 0 point chicken dish perfect as a main course or for salads and sandwiches.
Lemon Greek Chicken Skewers with greek yogurt and lemon marinade is super easy and flavorful! 0SP/FP or 8PP
Rating: 5

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    1. Smart points was the previous plan, which didn’t have as many zero point options. They still technically call it smartpoints but the “freestyle” or FP indicates it is following the 2018 accounting of points.

  1. Within a month of spotting this recipe it has become an instant family favorite. My 5 year old daughter has dubbed it the “magic lemon chicken” recipe. Sometimes, you need a little magic to find something everyone will like!! ~thank you

    Rating: 5
    1. Oh my goodness that is so sweet! Thank you so much for coming back and telling me how you all enjoy it! My oldest loves this recipe too but didn’t give it such a fun name!

  2. These Greek chicken skewers are seasoned with plenty of lemon, oregano, and parsley, which are traditional in Greece. I like to serve my skewers (souvlaki) with tzatziki, which gives it a refreshing tang.

  3. Could you put in the marinade in the morning and then cook after work that night? Or is too long in the marinade?

    1. I wouldn’t suggest marinading with lemon for more than a couple of hours. The acidity in the lemon will start to “cook” the chicken like it would in a ceviche.

    2. I marinated this recipe for about 10 hours once and it came out fine. I too was worried about the lemon “cooking” the chicken, but the dish came out as good as ever.

      Rating: 5