Chicken Souvlaki and Greek Salad

Tender marinated chicken strips nestled in warm, soft skillet flatbreads with Greek dressing and feta tzatziki sauce. Paired with a Greek salad this is a recreation of one of my family’s favorite Greek diner meals, part of my dinner party menu sponsored by McCormick Gourmet.

When I think dinner party I think themes like Mexican, Italian or in this case Greek. I also think “simple” after a Mexican dinner party where I made 3x too much food. I used McCormick’s line of Gourmet spices, herbs and herb blends but included alternatives in case you don’t have them on hand.

The dinner began with a Greek Salad bar where guests could help themselves. I laid out trays of sun-dried and fresh tomatoes, feta cheese, olives, sliced red onion and romaine hearts. I made a lemon and herb enriched dressing using McCormick’s Tuscan Seasoning (a blend of spices including marjoram, rosemary, thyme, basil, red pepper, onion, sun-dried tomato and red bell pepper).

For the souvlaki, strips of chicken are marinated in a lemon and olive oil marinade with more of the Tuscan Seasoning, dijon and garlic making them super tender with flavor that explodes in your mouth. You have the option of skewering them and grilling them on an outdoor grill or cooking them stovetop (sans the skewers) in a grill pan.

The flatbreads are my favorite – I used them before for falafel. This time I spiced them up with McCormick’s smoked paprika, roasted ground cumin and ancho chile powder.

Soft, warm and tender; the spices are subtle.

My tzatziki sauce is a little different from the norm. I start with sour cream instead of Greek yogurt and I add feta cheese. With little cubes of crunchy cucumber, lemon, garlic and a ton of sweet dillweed it is entirely addicting. I recommend doubling the recipe. You will want to dip everything you can get your hands on into it including the warm flatbreads straight off the griddle.

Chicken Souvlaki

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Chicken Souvlaki

Tender marinated chicken strips nestled in warm, soft skillet flatbreads with Greek dressing and feta tzatziki sauce.

Ingredients:

2 pounds chicken cutlets
coarse salt and fresh black pepper
Marinade:
1/3 cup olive oil
1/3 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 tablespoon McCormick Tuscan Seasoning (or 2 teaspoons dried oregano + 1 teaspoon dried thyme + ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes)
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
You will also need:
metal or wooden skewers
pita or flatbreads
tzatziki sauce
Greek dressing
chopped or sliced tomato, red onion and lettuce, for garnish

Instructions:

  1. The night before or the morning of: trim visible fat off the chicken and cut crosswise into 1” wide strips. Season generously with salt and pepper. In a large glass or stainless steel bowl whisk all the marinade ingredients together, season to taste with salt and pepper. Add the chicken and toss well. Cover and store in refrigerator overnight.
  2. You can skewer the chicken and grill it on an outdoor grill or use a grill pan stove top. If using wooden skewers soak in water for a half hour or so before grilling. Skewer each piece twice lengthwise. Grill on all sides until cooked through.
  3. Serve on warm flat or pita bread with tzatziki sauce (and/or Greek dressing - recipe below) garnished with fresh vegetables like tomato, onion and lettuce.

Notes:

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Feta Cheese Tzatziki Sauce

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Feta Cheese Tzatziki Sauce

Cucumber, feta cheese, garlic, dill and lemon come together with sour cream to make this irresistible sauce.

Ingredients:

1 cup cucumber peeled, seeded, and diced small
coarse salt
1 cup sour cream or Greek yogurt
1/3 cup crumbled feta cheese, optional
1 clove of garlic, minced
2 teaspoons fresh-squeezed lemon juice
1 tablespoon fresh dill
fresh ground black pepper

Instructions:

  1. Sprinkle the diced cucumber lightly with salt and drain in a wire strainer over a bowl in the refrigerator 1-2 hours ahead of time.
  2. Combine with the sour cream, feta, garlic, lemon and dill. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Store in refrigerator.

Notes:

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Greek Salad

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Greek Salad

All the makings of a Greek inspired salad with a lemon and herb enriched dressing.

Ingredients:

Dressing:
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 cup lemon juice, fresh-squeezed
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon lemon zest
2 teaspoons McCormick Tuscan seasoning (or 1 teaspoon dried oregano + 1 teaspoon dried thyme)
coarse salt and fresh black pepper, to taste
Salad:
romaine hearts and/or mixed lettuce, chopped
fresh tomatoes and/or sun-dried tomatoes in oil
red onion, sliced
sliced cucumbers
olives (like Kalamata, black or green)
feta cheese

Instructions:

  1. In a food processor emulsify the first 3 ingredients together. Mix in the garlic, lemon zest and seasonings. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  2. Toss your choice of salad ingredients together just before serving. Alternately you can make up a “salad bar” with the ingredients laid out on a platter or in small bowls.

Notes:

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Easy Skillet Flatbreads

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Yield: 8 flatbreads

Easy Skillet Flatbreads

Soft and tender flatbreads cooked in a skillet.

Ingredients:

1 teaspoon active dry yeast
3 ½ cups flour
1 tablespoon sugar
2 teaspoons kosher salt
2 teaspoons smoked paprika (like McCormick)
1 teaspoon ground cumin (like McCormick roasted cumin)
1 teaspoon chile powder (or a 1/2 teaspoon McCormick ground ancho chile pepper)
2 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for brushing over tops

Instructions:

  1. Stir together yeast and 1 + 1/3 cups water heated to 115° in a small bowl and let sit until foamy - about 10 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile whisk flour, sugar, salt and spices together in a large bowl. Add the yeast and oil stirring until a dough forms.Transfer to a floured work surface and knead until smooth 6–8 minutes. Cover lightly all over with flour; transfer to a large, lightly floured bowl and cover with plastic wrap; let sit in a warm place until doubled in size, about 2 hours.
  3. Gently punch down dough and divide into 8 equal pieces, knead each into a ball. Place balls on a floured surface and cover with plastic wrap, allow to sit for 30 minutes.
  4. Heat a 12-inch cast-iron skillet over medium heat. Working with 1 ball of dough at a time, transfer to a flat, lightly floured work surface and roll into a 6-7 inch circle. Brush with oil and add to skillet, oiled side down, brush top with oil. Cook, turning once, until browned and cooked through, 2–3 minutes.

Notes:

Adapted from Saveur

Copyright ©2013 Cinnamon Spice and Everything Nice by Reeni Pisano All Rights Reserved. No copying or duplication of any content (including photos) without the express written permission from the owner of this website.

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