Sunday, April 14, 2013

Chicken Souvlaki

I have been on a quest to re-create my favorite take-out chicken souvlaki pita wrap from OPA! Although it's considered fast food, OPA! is one of my favorites.  My mission, that I choose to accept, is THE ULTIMATE CHICKEN PITA WRAP - Phase One:  The Chicken....stay tuned for Phase Two - Tzatziki, and Phase Three -The Pita (click to view).

Their chicken is full of flavours - lemon, garlic, and oregano - skewered, grilled and charred to perfection.  So  ~let's do this~ minus the grill and the metal skewers are M.I.A.; my grill still has snow on I guess that makes this souvlaki-less chicken?

Anywho, a quick soak in the marinade, then onto a red hot pan was all it took.  Had the chicken been skewered,  would it have been more visually appealing?  Yes.  If the chicken been grilled, would it have been smokey and charred better (with perfect grill marks ~ you know my OCD~)?  Yes.

Moving on.
A quick taste test reveals successfully flavourful chicken....mmmmmhhhhhuuuuuhhaaaaa!  Phase One, complete!

This is traditionally served with tzatziki, pitas & all the fixings (and we will get into that), but  also great with a salad, or just in a simple lettuce wrap.  

Chicken Souvlaki 
makes 4 servings

1 pound boneless chicken breasts, cut into 2" wide strips
2 lemons, juiced and zested
3 cloves garlic, minced or grated
1 TBS olive oil
1 tsp dried oregano
1/4 tsp of each, salt & pepper

Add all of the ingredients into a large Ziploc bag, or a large non-metal bowl.  Toss to evenly coat the chicken in the marinade.  Seal and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Heat a large nonstick skillet over high heat.  Arrange chicken pieces in a single layer without crowding the pan - you may have to do 2 or 3 batches, depending on the size of your skillet.  Cook 3-4 minutes on each side, or until both sides are well browned and chicken is no longer pink in the middle.

I have shared this on:
Mix It Up Monday, Flour Me With Love
Creative Monday, Judy H-J's Thoughts
Marvelous Mondays, This Gal Cooks
Two Cup Tuesday, Pint Sized Baker
Tasteful Tuesday Party, Nap-Time Creations
Tuesday Talent Show, Chef In Training
All My Bloggy Friends, Love Bakes Good Cakes
Cast Party Wednesday, Lady Behind The Curtain
What's Cooking Wednesday, Buns In My Oven
Wicked Good Wednesdays, I Love My Disorgainized Life & 365 Days Of Baking
Showcase Your Talent Thursday, What's Cooking Love
Thursday's Treasures, Food Done Light
Made You Look Linky, Made In A Day
The Weekend re-Treat, The Best Blog Recipes
Foodie Friday, Simple Living & Eating, & Home Maid Simple
The Humble Brag, One Project Closer
Sweet & Savoury Sunday, Cooking For The Seven Dwarfs
Mop It Up Monday, I Should Be Mopping The Floor
Manic Monday, Serendipity & Spice


  1. I am a big fan of chicken. This looks delicious! Thanks for sharing on Creative Monday.

  2. Oh yummm! Pinned this to try and thank you for sharing it!

  3. Looks yummy and simple! Good luck with the pita, it took me several tries before I finally could get them to puff in the oven. The trick is to not roll the dough too thin.

  4. Oh I love this type of chicken! I always get chicken gyros when we go to our local Greek restaurant and the chicken is seasoned similar. Pinned to my Marvelous Mondays board. Thanks for sharing this week!

    Julie @ This Gal Cooks

  5. oh yum! i love that you wrapped it in lettuce! love it!

  6. I'm pinning this I love chicken cooked this way ans with tons of tzarziki. Thanks for sharing this on foodie friday.

  7. This looks delicious! Well done!

  8. I love souvlaki and your sounds perfect. It is amazing what a few good ingredients can do. Thanks for sharing on Thursdays Treasures.



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