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Tonight's Dinner: Chicken souvlaki

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Pita and yogurt sauce turns chicken Greek

Got some leftover chicken but don't know what to do with it? This recipe for chicken souvlaki is the answer.

Pita and yogurt sauce turns chicken Greek

I love roasting a chicken for dinner for two reasons: First, baked with just a little salt and pepper and served with rice or vegetables, gives me and my family a wonderful dinner; second, there's usually plenty left over for at least another meal or two.

So then the question becomes, what can I do with all that leftover meat? I could make a salad, but I'd like something a little more filling. A casserole would be a good choice, but some nights I don't have the time. This Greek chicken dish is the perfect answer. It takes no time to prepare and it's very filling.

Chicken Souvlaki


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh oregano, chopped
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper, divided
  • 1 1/2 cups plain yogurt
  • 3/4 cup cilantro, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice, divided
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 pitas cut in half
  • 2 cups arugula
  • 1/2 cup red onions
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, chopped


  1. Whisk together the olive oil, oregano, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper in a small bowl; add the chicken and let marinate for 15 to 30 minutes.
  2. While the chicken marinates, stir together yogurt, cilantro, lemon juice, garlic, salt, and pepper; chill for at least 30 minutes.
  3. Grill chicken in a grill pan over medium-high heat until no longer pink in the middle, 3 to 5 minutes per side; chop the chicken into 1/2-inch pieces.
  4. Spoon 1 tablespoon yogurt sauce into each pita half; add 4 to 5 pieces of chicken, 2 tablespoons arugula, 1 tablespoon onion, 2 tablespoons cherry tomatoes, and serve immediately.

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