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Chicken Souvlakia and Makaronosalata me Kotopoulo (Pasta Salad with Chicken)

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These Chicken Souvlakia are so tender and juicy due to the marinade which features the fresh-tasting combination of lemon juice, garlic, and olive oil combined with Greek yoghurt that are so prevalent in Greek cuisine.

Living in Athens in an apartment is not easy to barbecue because we do not have the space to do this often.  I do have a small barbecue but we avoid using it as whenever we do, the smoke gets into the appartment, so I avoid using it.  Some times I use the oven grill but i prefer using my sauteing pan as they come out very tender and tasty.

Chicken Souvlaki

I have made them many times and the basic ingredients I always use is salt, pepper and oregano.  Some times I marinate the meat with salt, pepper, oregano, olive oil and lemon juice.

Other times I marinate them in a yoghurt-mustard sauce and other times depending on what ingredients I have at home I add bell peppers, onion and mushrooms and make shish kebabs.

I am sure there will be no leftovers, but I always make more, so that I can also make this  delicious summer pasta dish using some other leftover ingredients from the marinade.

Marinated Chicken souvlakia  

Preparation time:  10 minutes
Cooking time:  15 minutes

Serves:  3

  • Chicken breasts (skin removed) about 400 grams
  • 1 tbsp olive oil

Marinade ingredients:

  • 3 tbsp Greek yoghurt (2%)
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp mustard
  • 1 tsp grated lemon zest
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • A pinch of Greek oregano
  • A pinch of thyme
  • A pinch of sweek boukovo (chili flakes)
  • Grated garlic (0ptional)


  1. Wash and cut the chicken breasts into 1 inch cubes.
  2. Mix in all the marinade ingredients and marinate for 1 hour.
  3. Thread the meat on skewers.
  4. Brush a cast iron grilling or sauteing pan with 1 tbsp olive olive and grill the meat, turning evenly to cook on all sides, about 5 minutes.
  5. Serve with pita bread, tzatziki and Greek salad or more grilled vegetables.


Pasta salad


Whenever I have some leftover chicken, not necessarily souvlakia, I like making this refreshing, cold pasta salad, which is a very light and filling meal.

Makaronosalata me Kotopoulo (Summer Pasta Salad with Chicken) 

Preparation: 20 Minutes

Serves: 4


  • ½ grilled chicken breast
  • 250 grams pasta shells
  • 2 small cucumbers, with the skin on, cut into rounds
  • 1 big tomato, cut in bite-size pieces
  • ½ lettuce (about 2 cups), cut by hand
  • 2 carrots, peeled and shaved with potato peeler
  • ½ cup Greek Yoghurt 2% (or ¼ cup yoghurt and ¼ cup low fat mayonnaise)
  • 1 clove garlic
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp mild mustard
  • Freshly grated black pepper


  1. Boil pasta according to package instructions, about 15 minutes, add cold water until they cool and drain.
  2. Cut the chicken in bite-size pieces.
  3. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. In a food processor add the garlic, yoghurt, mayonnaise and mustard and make the dressing.
  5. Mix all the dressing in the salad.
  6. Serve cold.

You can find many more Greek recipes in my cookbook “More Than A Greek Salad”, and “Mint, Cinnamon & Blossom Water, Flavours of Cyprus, Kopiaste!” both available on all Amazon stores.



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16 Responses

  1. Lovely post Ivy, chicken and pasta too! both very delciious great pictures. 🙂

  2. I love souvlaki! A wonderful recipe! Very appetizing food…

    Cheers and have a great week,

    Rosa xoxo

  3. Souvlakia…always dear to my heart! LOL! I love the pasta salad too…nice, easy eating for the summer months Ivy!

  4. I love kebabs . knowing here as brochettes and espetinhos in Portuguese
    The pasta salad sound delicious and refreshing.
    Have a nice week, Ivy

  5. Wow I need to check back to your blog often! I adore Greek food, and would love to recreate these dishes at home!

  6. The marinade with yogurt sounds great. And, your pasta salad looks like a delicious way to use leftover chicken!

  7. Chicken souvlakia with tzatziki sounds really good to me right now! I’m putting it on a list to make this week for sure! I love your recipe for the pasta salad too – very refreshing!

  8. Ivy, do you have a recipe for the flat bread shown in this post?

  9. That looks lovely, love the gorgeous clicks!

  10. Ivy what a delicious looking meal. finger lickin good!

  11. I have this love for just about any food on a stick. I don’t know why, but it just seems more fun that way 🙂 Nice job on the kebabs, and I really like the sounds of a light yogurt sauce with it this summer.

  12. Chicken souvlaki on pita w/ tzatziki, red onion and tomato is hands down, my favorite sandwich on a pita!!! In fact, I am going to have that for dinner tomorrow at the cafe! YAY!

  13. bergamot

    Your post always introduce me to something very different… the pasta looks delicious

  14. Oh Souvlaki.. bring them on Ivy:-) I make chicken pasta a lot for a whole meal in a bowl.. my kids love it.

  15. Ivy, I love these recipes! I, too, adore a good macaroni salad in the summer with a variety of ingredients, and I make something similar to the souvlaki frequently. This is all so delicious!

  16. Nice to see yogurt in this marinade as well. I found it to a wonderful ingredient for tenderizing and keeping chicken moist. Souvlakia are so part of Greek summer!