Yogurt Marinated Chicken Souvlaki


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As I have mentioned in my previous post, apart from Valentine’s, here in Greece we have our carnival period. It lasts three weeks during which people and especially children get dressed in funny costumes.

This period precedes the long fastening period before Easter and people consume meat, as they know that a period of 40 days of lent is just around the corner, during which meat is forbidden. Of course this is not obligatory and stands only for people who wish to follow exactly what the Greek Orthodox Church requires.

The first week is for spreading the news that the carnival has started. The second week is the meat week. During this week people eat meat without having to fasten on Wednesdays and Fridays. The last week of the carnival is called cheese week. During this period people consume cheese and dairy products as an intermediate stage between the free eating and drinking and the 40 days of lent.

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Carnival goes back to the ancient years and the worship of Dionysus. Dionysus as is his name in Greek was the god of wine, winemaking grapes, ritual madness and ecstasy in our mythology. He was the last one accepted to join the twelve gods of Mt. Olympus.

Dionysus has been depicted in many forms. In some cases he was shown as a mature man with beard and robe. He was holding a fennel staff, tipped with a pine-cone known as thyrsus. He was followed by wild females called Maenads and bearded satyrs. As Wikipedia says: “Dionysus is represented by city religions as the protector of those who do not belong to conventional society and thus symbolizes everything which is chaotic, dangerous and unexpected, everything which escapes human reason and which can only be attributed to the unforeseeable action of the gods.”

He was the son of Zeus and the mortal Semele, thus semi-divine.

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When Christianity prevailed in Greece, church tried to eradicate all these paganistic fests. In some cases they succeeded, but in others, it was almost impossible to erase all these customs from people’s everyday lives, thus they chose to include them somehow in the new religion. This is the case with carnival. It is a reminiscent of the ancient fests in honor of Dionysus where people were dressed up, danced and singed while drinking big amounts of wine. So, for three weeks and mainly during weekends people have the chance to dress up in a costume and go out and have fun. Especially children enjoy this fest very much, as they get dressed and go to parties.

Just like the carnival in Rio de Janeiro, here as well in many Greek cities, the municipalities organize carnival parades and several events for which I am going to talk to you in my next post and also show you some pictures.

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The reason I chose to make a post about this souvlaki is because we are in the middle of our carnival and thus people consume a lot of meat before they enter the long period of lent before Easter. This Souvlaki was marinated for three days in the yogurt sauce and I can tell you it was so juicy and tasty that we couldn’t stop eating more and more. I served it with a mint yogurt sauce, chopped onion with parsley and pitas. If you decide to make it spicy, then this yogurt sauce is the perfect accompaniment as it will chill the hotness of the souvlaki. In any case, spicy or not, we all loved the refreshing touch of this mint sauce on our souvlaki.

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Yogurt Marinated Chicken Souvlaki

 

For the Chicken Skewers

1 kilo / 2 lb. chicken breasts or thighs, boneless, skinless

9 to 10 skewers

9 to 10 pitas

1.5 cup yogurt

1.5 tsp salt

2 garlic cloves, minced

½ tsp cumin

1 tsp cayenne pepper or chili pepper (optional)

1 tomato cut in slices

1 green bell pepper cut in squares

Some margarine for sautéing the pitas

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For the Yogurt/Mint Sauce

2/3 cup Greek yogurt

1 tbsp fresh mint

¼ tsp dried mint

½ tsp sugar

½ tsp garlic powder or 1 garlic clove minced

½ tsp salt

1 tsp olive oil

Pinch of paprika

 

For the Onion

1 onion chopped

2 tbsp fresh parsley chopped

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Instructions

For the Chicken Skewers

Two to three days before the day of serving.

Cut the chicken in cubes about 3 cm / 1 in. each side.

In a bowl mix the yogurt, salt, garlic, cumin and pepper.

Add the chicken and mix to cover it.

Put it covered in the fridge and let it stay for two to three days.

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For the Yogurt/Mint Sauce

Mix all ingredients in a bowl and put it in the fridge for couple of hours before serving the souvlakia.

 

For the Chicken Souvlaki

Preheat oven to 225° C / 435° F.

The day of serving take the wooden skewers and put them in cold water for 15 minutes.

Take out of the fridge the chicken pieces and pierce about 5 pieces on each skewer and 1 piece of tomato and pepper alternately.

For example I put 1 chicken piece, 1 tomato piece, two chicken pieces, 1 pepper piece and I chicken piece to conclude, but you can do whatever you like, since this doesn’t affect the result.

Take a pan and cover it with parchment paper.

Place the chicken skewers and bake for about 30 to 35 minutes turning the skewers once.

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For the Pitas

While the skewers are in the oven you can prepare the pitas.

In a skillet add a tsp of butter or margarine and in medium/high heat sauté each pita on both sides.

Repeat for every pita.

Salt them while warm.

Remove and keep warm.

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Mix the onion and parsley.

 

Assembly

Take a pita, add the chicken skewer and cover with some onion and parsley.

Serve with the Yogurt/Mint sauce on the side.

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4.9 from 7 reviews

Yogurt Marinated Chicken Souvlaki
 
Author/ Συγγραφέας:
Recipe type/ Τύπος Πιάτου: Main Course
Cuisine/ Κουζίνα: Greek

Ingredients/ Συστατικά
For the Chicken Skewers
  • 1 kilo / 2 lb. chicken breasts or thighs, boneless, skinless
  • 9 to 10 skewers
  • 9 to 10 pitas
  • 1.5 cup yogurt
  • 1.5 tsp salt
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper or chili pepper (optional)
  • 1 tomato cut in slices
  • 1 green bell pepper cut in squares
  • Some margarine for sautéing the pitas
For the Yogurt/Mint Sauce
  • ⅔ cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 tbsp fresh mint
  • ¼ tsp dried mint
  • ½ tsp sugar
  • ½ tsp garlic powder or 1 garlic clove minced
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • Pinch of paprika
For the Onion
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 2 tbsp fresh parsley chopped

Instructions/ Εκτέλεση
For the Chicken Skewers
  1. Two to three days before the day of serving.
  2. Cut the chicken in cubes about 3 cm / 1 in. each side.
  3. In a bowl mix the yogurt, salt, garlic, cumin and pepper.
  4. Add the chicken and mix to cover it.
  5. Put it covered in the fridge and let it stay for two to three days.
For the Yogurt/Mint Sauce
  1. Mix all ingredients in a bowl and put it in the fridge for couple of hours before serving the souvlakia.
For the Chicken Souvlaki
  1. Preheat oven to 225° C / 435° F.
  2. The day of serving take the wooden skewers and put them in cold water for 15 minutes.
  3. Take out of the fridge the chicken pieces and pierce about 5 pieces on each skewer and 1 piece of tomato and pepper alternately.
  4. For example I put 1 chicken piece, 1 tomato piece, two chicken pieces, 1 pepper piece and I chicken piece to conclude, but you can do whatever you like, since this doesn’t affect the result.
  5. Take a pan and cover it with parchment paper.
  6. Place the chicken skewers and bake for about 30 to 35 minutes turning the skewers once.
For the Pitas
  1. While the skewers are in the oven you can prepare the pitas.
  2. In a skillet add a tsp of butter or margarine and in medium/high heat sauté each pita on both sides.
  3. Repeat for every pita.
  4. Salt them while warm.
  5. Remove and keep warm.
  6. Mix the onion and parsley.
Assembly
  1. Take a pita, add the chicken skewer and cover with some onion and parsley.
  2. Serve with the Yogurt/Mint sauce on the side.

4.9 from 7 reviews

Μαριναρισμένο σε Γιαούρτι Κοτόπουλο Σουβλάκι
 
Author/ Συγγραφέας:
Recipe type/ Τύπος Πιάτου: Κυρίως Πιάτο
Cuisine/ Κουζίνα: Ελληνική

Ingredients/ Συστατικά
Για τα Σουβλάκια Κοτόπουλο
  • 1 κιλό στήθη κοτόπουλου ή μπουτάκια χωρίς κόκαλο και δέρμα
  • 9 έως 10 καλαμάκια
  • 9 έως 10 πίτες
  • 1,5 φλ. γιαούρτι
  • 1,5 κ.γ. αλάτι
  • 2 σκελίδες σκόρδο, λιωμένο
  • ½ κ.γ. κύμινο
  • 1 κ.γ. πιπέρι καγιέν ή τσίλι πιπέρι (προαιρετικά)
  • 1 ντομάτα, κομμένη σε φέτες
  • 1 πράσινη πιπεριά κομμένη σε τετράγωνα
  • Λίγη μαργαρίνη για τις πίτες
Για τη Σάλτσα Γιαουρτιού/Δυόσμου
  • ⅔ φλ. γιαούρτι
  • 1 κ.σ. φρέσκο δυόσμο
  • ¼ κ.σ. ξηρό δυόσμο
  • ½ κ.γ. ζάχαρη
  • ½ κ.γ. σκόνη σκόρδο ή 1 σκόρδο, λιωμένο
  • ½ κ.γ. αλάτι
  • 1 κ.γ. ελαιόλαδο
  • Μία πρέζα πάπρικα
Για το Κρεμμύδι
  • 1 κρεμμύδι ψιλοκομμένο
  • 2 κ.σ. φρέσκο μαϊντανό, ψιλοκομμένο

Instructions/ Εκτέλεση
Για τα Σουβλάκια Κοτόπουλο
  1. Δύο έως τρεις ημέρες πριν από την ημέρα που θα φτιαχτούν.
  2. Κόψτε το κοτόπουλο σε κύβους περίπου 3 cm κάθε πλευρά.
  3. Σε ένα μπολ ανακατέψτε το γιαούρτι, αλάτι, σκόρδο, κύμινο και το πιπέρι.
  4. Προσθέστε το κοτόπουλο και ανακατέψτε έτσι ώστε το μίγμα να καλύψει το κοτόπουλο.
  5. Βάλτε μία μεμβράνη και φυλαξτε το στο ψυγείο και αφήστε το να μείνει για δύο έως τρεις ημέρες.
Για τη Σάλτσα Γιαουρτιού/Δυόσμου
  1. Ανακατέψτε όλα τα υλικά σε ένα μπολ και βάλτε στο ψυγείο για μερικές ώρες πριν από το σερβίρισμα.
Για το Σουβλάκι Κοτόπουλο
  1. Προθερμάνετε το φούρνο στους 225° C.
  2. Την ημέρα που θα τα ψήσετε πάρτε τα ξύλινα σουβλάκια και βάλτε τα σε κρύο νερό για 15 λεπτά.
  3. Βγάλτε από το ψυγείο τα κομμάτια κοτόπουλο και περάστε περίπου 5 κομμάτια σε κάθε σουβλάκι μαζί με 1 κομμάτι ντομάτα και πιπεριά εναλλάξ.
  4. Πάρτε ένα ταψί και καλύψτε το με χαρτί ψησίματος.
  5. Τοποθετήστε τα σουβλάκια και ψήστε για περίπου 30 έως 35 λεπτά γυρίζοντάς τα μία φορά.
Για τις Πίτες
  1. Ενώ τα σουβλάκια είναι στο φούρνο, μπορείτε να ετοιμάσετε τις πίτες.
  2. Σε ένα τηγάνι προσθέστε ένα κουταλάκι του γλυκού βούτυρο ή μαργαρίνη και σωτάρετε σε μέτρια/υψηλή θερμότητα κάθε πίτα και από τις δύο πλευρές.
  3. Αλατίστε τις ενώ είναι ζεστές.
  4. Βγάλτε τις και κρατήστε τις ζεστές.
  5. Ανακατέψτε το κρεμμύδι και το μαϊντανό.
Σερβίρισμα
  1. Πάρτε μια πίτα, βάλτε το κοτόπουλο σουβλάκι και καλύψτε με το κρεμμύδι και το μαϊντανό.
  2. Σερβίρετε με τη σάλτσα Γιαουρτιού/Δυόσμου δίπλα.

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56 Responses to Yogurt Marinated Chicken Souvlaki

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  1. I make something similar but never had with pita bread, must try!

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  3. Yummy skewers of delicious marinated chicken souvlaki!! :)

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  5. Erlene says:

    Wow that looks amazing. Pinned to my chicken board. Would love for you to come and linkup at the Let’s Get Real Blog Hop that started today. mypinterventures.com

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  7. Nicky says:

    This looks delicious Katerina. I’m featuring it during this week’s Friday’s Pin Fest link party. Thanks so much for sharing this with us.

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  9. This looks delicious! Thanks so much for sharing with the Let’s Get Real hop. We hope you’ll join us again this week.

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  11. Angela says:

    Thanks so much for sharing on the Wednesday Roundup!!! This chicken dish looks delicious, can’t wait to try it!!! Angela ~ LeMoine Family Kitchen {http://lemoinefamilykitchen.com}

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  13. I bet these chicken skewers taste wonderful … so moist, juicy and tender! Tempting pictures & flavorful dish!

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  15. Sounds amazing! I have never made these before and I can’t wait to give it a try! Thanks for sharing at The Weekend Retreat, Hope to see you back on Thursday.

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  17. What a beautiful post. These look incredicle

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  19. This succulent chicken looks appetizing! Great combo meal…

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  21. mjskit says:

    Your souvlaki looks amazing!!! Nothing like the souvlaki that I get here. What a beautiful presentation and your recipe looks awesome!

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  23. Oh, yum! I have a whole bunch of chicken in my house ready to be used. This looks fantastic!

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  25. Kathy says:

    This dish looks amazing and sounds so delectable! One I will have to try!

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  27. Amira says:

    This is so much like a dish we make in Egypt called Sheesh-Tawook. I’ve always loved tom marinade any meat- red or white- in yogurt it makes it really juicy and tangy too.

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  29. Katerina, this just looks amazing. I love every single thing about it, and it is definitely going to go on my “to try” list! Enjoy your carnival!

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  31. G’day! Looks great! I could go for some of that now, true!
    I would love this with mini roasted potatoes too! :)
    Cheers! Joanne
    Viewed as part of the Foodie Friends Friday Potato Lovers Party!

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  33. trina says:

    That looks so good!Thanks for sharing the recipe.

    And thanks for linking up to our Twirl and Take a Bow Party. Hope to see you again this Tuesday!

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  35. vickie says:

    This sounds so delicious! I can’t wait to try. I really enjoyed reading your posts about the holiday also.

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  37. Joanne says:

    I bet the yogurt makes the chicken so perfectly moist!

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  39. TaMara says:

    This looks absolutely divine! Now my mouth is watering. Thanks for sharing at Tales of a Pee Dee Mama.

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  41. This looks delicious and it makes me wish it was tomato season.

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  43. Wow, marinate the chicken for 2 days? No wonder Soulvaki is so delicious. Thanks for sharing your stories and recipes at Simple Supper.

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  45. I’ll be saving this recipe for when we head back to our summer cottage in Maine. That is where we have our grill and this will be a dish that I know I will be enjoying with some of the tomatoes from our garden there.

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  47. Love the idea of a meat week lol. The souvlaki look just mouthwatering. Funny enough I will be going to New Orleans but getting there the day after Carnival finished officially.

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  49. Sound and looks absolutely delicious. Love that you marinated it for 2-3 days. I usually do that just overnight. Must try it. Made wholewheat pitas just this morning so have stack in the fridge. Brilliant timing that I saw your post! Thank you!!

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  51. Barbara says:

    Your souvlakia looks delicious, Katerina. Love to soak my chicken in buttermilk…so next time will try yogurt, which is more often in my fridge.

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  53. Wow, definitely can’t found any restaurant with some scrumptious and chunky chicken souvlaki like yours!!!
    the photographs is stunning as always…..
    ps: i think saffrom will be great for the marinade too….

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  55. Amy Tong says:

    This is simply gorgeous. I love your marinate to keep the chicken moist. Can’t wait to give this a try.

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  57. rebecca says:

    looks delicious :) went to a local Greek restaurant today so so wish I could eat your food ha

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  59. Juliana says:

    YUM! These chicken skewers look delicious, I love using yogurt to marinate chicken…which I learned from you…beautiful meal Katerina.
    Have a wonderful week my dear :D

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  61. Mi piace molto questa ricetta con il pollo e lo yogurt!:) ottima idea! la proverò! un salutone! e ottima presentazione del piatto!

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  63. I love how the marination would add a lot of flavour to this chicken :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  65. Tara says:

    That looks divine, I am starving now!!

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  67. nipponnin says:

    It was fascinating to learn your country’s tradition. The festival sounds so fun! I was amazed that you have to marinate chicken for three days in yogurt sauce! Three days? It must be worth the wait.

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  69. This kind of cooking appeals directly to the soul, Katerina!

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  71. grace says:

    i LOVE chicken souvlaki, though i’ve never been able to recreate it at home. this recipe is going to be sampled, and soon!

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  73. Just gorgeous, the photo’s and that chicken. I love yogurt marinated chicken, it makes me long for summer and grilling.

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  75. This looks absolutely delicious! And I’m sure it is! :) ela

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  77. Beth says:

    Your chicken sounds wonderful. Looking forward to seeing those pictures from Carnival!

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  79. Debra says:

    I think I’ve had this at a restaurant but yours looks so delicious. Pinning this for later use.

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  81. divya says:

    looks soooo tempting n awesome clicks

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  83. Deepti says:

    Wonderful write up! I lived in Goa, India for few years and got to see and enjoy the carnival that happened every year…. Chicken souvlaki looks delicious, I wish I could make a vegetarian version of this :)

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  85. Sissi says:

    Chicken souvlaki bookmarked! You can be sure to see them on my blog soon because first of all I’m crazy for chicken, secondly, I am thrilled to see I don’t need an outdoors barbecue for these and , most of all they look absolutely delicious and I can imagine how yogurt marinade softens the chicken meat. Thank you so much, Katerina, for teaching us one more amazing Greek recipe!

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  87. I didn’t know there was such thing as a meat week. I think a couple of my family members would be head over heels for it. :)

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  89. Marion says:

    Ετοιμασίες για την Τσικνοπέμπτη βλέπω..
    Πρέπει να γίνεται πολύ ωραίο με το γιαούρτι το κοτόπουλο.

    Τέλειο Κατερίνα μου

    Φιλιά

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  91. Louanne says:

    These look amazing, Katerina! I want to make these for Thursday’s dinner – will buy some yogurt tomorrow. Can’t wait!

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  93. Αυτά είναι νοστιμιές!
    Περιποιημένο σουβλάκι με τα όλα του.
    Έρχεται η κρίσιμη ερώτηση λοιπόν: delivery κάνεις;

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  95. Kate says:

    I used a yogurt marinade all the time growing up. Such a great way to impart flavor and keep the chicken moist.

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  97. Those chicken skewers look drool-worthy, Katerine.

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  99. Eleanna says:

    I’m hungry now!!!! Won’t wait for Tsiknnopempti! Who cares! :p

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  101. It is really delicious, I’ll try your recipe! Have a nice week!

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  103. I will be making this recipe this week! Pinning!

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  105. Jeannie Tay says:

    Hi Katerina, I love the look of this chicken dish, so healthy and flavorful! Nice presentation!

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  107. Ola says:

    I made similiar souvlaki a few times and I can confirm-they are just delicious!

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  109. Ξανθή says:

    Ότι πρέπει για την Τσικνοπέμπτη!!

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  111. Corina says:

    I love meals like this.It looks delicious.

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