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Tonight’s Dinner: Chicken souvlaki


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

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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