We’ve run the gambit on the recipe list, especially when it comes to kabobs. They’re a favorite of ours, especially in the grilling months, since they’re so, so easy to throw together. Cooking? Well, that’s a breeze. What’s not to love??
These kabobs are healthy, they’re absolutely loaded with flavor, and they’re pretty easy from start to finish. Short on time? Most of the work can be done ahead of time with the marinade. And then all you’ve got left is to string them along. Me? I get an assembly line going in the kitchen, and we’re all set in less than five minutes.
these kabobs are good all by themselves, BUT if you’re looking to take the meal from just mmm, mmm, good, to flavor bending good? That’s where the homemade tzatziki sauce comes in.
It’s a must. Rich, creamy, AND healthy ( and this from the cucumber hater of our family ). Get in on this action. There isn’t much more you can ask for in a healthy dinner for the whole family to enjoy.
Greek Chicken Kabobs with Tzatziki Sauce
- 2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts diced into 1 1/4-inch cubes
- 1/4 cup + 2 tbsp olive oil divided, plus more for brushing the grill
- 3 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- 2 tsp dried oregano
- 1/2 tsp dried basil
- 1/2 tsp dried thyme
- 1/2 tsp ground coriander
- salt and black pepper to taste
- 2 large red yellow, and/or orange bell peppers, diced into 1 inch pieces
- 3 small zucchini nearly 1 lb, sliced into rounds slightly under 1/2-inch thick
- 1 large red onion diced into 1 inch wedges
For The Tzatziki Sauce
- 1 medium cucumber about 8 oz, peeled, seeded and finely diced
- 1 tsp salt plus more to taste
- 1 heaping cup plain Greek yogurt
- 1 clove garlic finely minced
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tbsp chopped fresh parsley plus more for garnishing kebabs
- 1 tbsp chopped fresh dill or 1 tsp dried
- Freshly ground black pepper
To Make The Kebabs:
- In a bowl whisk together the 1/4 cup of olive oil, lemon juice, vinegar, garlic, oregano, basil, thyme, and coriander until evenly combined. Season the mixture with salt and pepper, to taste. Place the cubed chicken in a Large zip locking bag and pour olive the prepared marinade over the chicken amd gently squish the chicken around to evenly coat. Seal the bag, lay it flat, and refrigerate the chicken for 45 minutes, or up to 2 hours (no longer than 2 hours or the chicken will start to get mealy because of the acidic ingredients). If using wooden skewers soak them in water for 30 minutes.
- Drizzle the prepped veggies with the remaining 2 tsp of olive oil and gently stir/toss to coat. I just lightly season them with salt.
- Preheat a grill over medium-high heat. Thread a red bell pepper, red onion, zucchini, 2 chicken pieces on to skewer and repeat until the skewer is full (leave an inch or two free on both ends to allow for safe handling). Brush the heated grill lightly with olive oil, place the skewers on grill and grill until chicken registers 165 degrees in center, about 7 – 9 minutes, rotating once halfway through cooking. Garnish the cooked skewers with parsley (optional), and serve the. warm with Tzatziki sauce.
To Make The Tzatziki Sauce:
- Place the diced cucumber in a mesh strainer or colander and sprinkle with salt, toss to evenly coat then allow to rest 30 minutes at room temperature.
- Rinse the cucumbers and place them onto several layers of paper towels. Squeeze some of the liquid from cucumbers (almost as if wringing moisture from a cloth). Place the cucumbers in food processor and pulse to chop fine (if there’s excess liquid drain it off).
- Pour the cucumbers into a mixing bowl and add in the Greek yogurt, garlic, lemon juice, olive oil, parsley, and dill and season with salt and pepper to taste. Stir everything to evenly combine. Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container until ready to serve.