Welcome to my Airfryer Greek Chicken Souvlaki recipe. A delicious dose of Greek food on your dinner plate this summer with a classic take on Greek Souvlaki cooked in the Philips Airfryer.
My cousin and I chat a lot on Facebook messenger. We put the world to rights, talk about what we have done that day, talk about what we are eating and what we are doing. Before we know it a couple of hours has passed and Dominic wants to know what is so interesting considering we just chatted the night before.
Sadly though, we live thousands of miles away from each other. She is based in Vermont in the US, while we are based here in the Algarve in Portugal. We haven’t seen each other face to face for 5 years and its so sad that it has to be like that, as I would love her to be on my doorstep.
But the conversation often ends up being about America Vs Europe. As there is a lot of cultural differences that we end up chatting about.
I am envious whenever she sends me pictures of her eating the latest flavour of Ben & Jerry’s (we only get about 4 options here in Portugal) and normally that picture will come through when I am craving some sugar during a Paleo/Whole 30 day.
Then I will talk to her about the low cost of living in Portugal, the amazing olive oil, our lemon tree, the street traders with the fresh oranges or the fresh seafood.
We will then get engrossed into each others cultures and it can be rather exciting even though we live miles away from each other.
One conversation that came up recently was the summer and we each do and what the local traditions are. Clearly I have priorities and I am spilling all the gossip about the super size doughnuts filled with a cutard and cream, that are sold on the beach for a Euro. And that on those days we make a picnic and hit the beach with our homemade quiche, sausage rolls and tuna salad.
I ask her what they have. To which she tells me that they have barbecues that you can use on the beach. You bring your cooler with your raw chicken and then start cooking.
This is something we don’t have (though I wish they did) and it got me thinking and inspired me with todays Greek chicken Souvlaki recipe. You see my lovely cousin writes the reviews for me for products that we work with that our US based. It saves on shipping costs, customs issues and we make an excellent partnership!
So after she put together some chicken and packaged it up for the beach (see the review further down) I decided that whether you Air Fried or barbecued these little Greek Chicken Souvlaki were just perfect.
Let me explain a little more.
Imagine that you are either going to someone’s house for a barbecue, having one at home and want all your food together, or like my cousin Tracy you are hitting the beach with your barbecue.
You then use these 3 compartment storage containers to make your marinade in and then package everything up and take them down to the beach.
You can pack up lots of them and take them with you on your day out.
Or alternatively (like we did with them here in Portugal) is to use them for preparing your home barbecue food and then it saves dragging lots of marinades outside, then you have everything all in one place.
You could do them for all kinds of chicken marinades. BUT I am a huge fan of Greek Chicken Souvlaki and felt that if I was going to make something it would be these. And as well as a barbecue you can have the delicious just barbecued flavour from the Philips Airfryer. Then don’t think it just has to be summer because you could make them all year round. You could prepare loads of these with fresh chicken and then freeze it for another time.
What Is Chicken Souvlaki?
But first I am sure you want to know what Chicken Souvlaki actually is?
Well in a nutshell Chicken Souvlaki is a popular fast food that involves chicken (and sometimes vegetables too) cooked together and grilled on a skewer. It is often served with a pita bread and often comes with a side of potatoes.
Pork, beef and lamb are also popular alternatives to chicken in many establishments in Greece and the Greek Isles.
The word “Souvlaki” is Greek for skewer and there are many different versions available in many countries throughout the Mediterranean.
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Greek Chicken Souvlaki
Chop your chicken breast into medium sized pieces.
Peel and very thinly dice your fresh garlic. Add the garlic, seasoning and lemon into a mixing bowl with your chicken.
Mix well with your hands.
Place it into the storage container and fridge overnight.
The next day, toss the chicken in the coconut oil and the Greek yoghurt.
Place the chicken onto skewers and cook for 9 minutes at 180c/350f in the grill pan inside the Airfryer.
Turn with tongs after the half way point so that both sides can have a crispy grill like coating.
Serve with fresh oregano.
I cut my chicken breasts into 2.5cm pieces, but you could have it a little bigger or smaller.
I used dried herbs for marinating the chicken. You could also use fresh or just like me have fresh for sprinkling over when done.
For a more lemon option cook the lemon on the skewers with the chicken.
If you’re not confident thinly slicing garlic I suggest that instead you use a garlic press. It does an excellent job and then just thinly slice the excess that is left in your press after you are done.
We only use a very small amount of coconut oil and Greek yoghurt. This keeps it very moist and flavoursome and a little goes a long way.
Chicken Souvlaki Recipe Podcast
We also have created a short version of the recipe into a Podcast. We have loaded it up onto our Itunes account and it is great for a quick download and then you can save it to your phone and then have it in your kitchen with you as you cook.
Slimming World Chicken Souvlaki
If there is food that is a dream come true for Slimming World followers then it has to be Chicken Souvlaki. This is because it is cooked with natural Greek yoghurt, is fat free and full of delicious syn free seasoning.
If you’re are going to a summer barbecue or want food to take down to the beach for a beach barbecue then start with this Chicken Souvlaki recipe. Then it saves you wasting all your Syns on foods that are not suitable for your diet.
It works out at just 1 Syn per person for the coconut oil. The rest of it is completely Syn Free and it is perfect for taking to a friends house during barbecue season.
Chicken Souvlaki Calories
For a delicious meal that is full of flavour but healthy too it doesn’t get any better than Chicken Souvlaki. I also remember it was a favourite among dieters for how low in calories it is for days on the 5:2 diet.
But how many calories are you really talking for chicken souvlaki? Well I put all the ingredients into a nutrition calculator and it works out at 128 calories per person. A super skinny calorie consumption for each person and perfect for hitting the beach or the barbecue without worrying about weight gain.
Introducing The California Home Goods Storage Containers
We created this Greek Chicken Souvlaki recipe with these storage containers in mind. We wanted a way where you could marinate the chicken the night before, then package it up for the beach or a barbecue for the day after. And that is exactly what we achieved and we are so pleased that California Home Goods helped make this happen.
Here are 10 reasons to buy these food containers:
- Comes in a pack of 10
- Dishwasher and microwave safe
- Holds up to 32 ounces of food
- Lids included
- Lifetime guarantee
- No BPAs
- Safe for freezing
- Save cupboard space with stackable design
- Size fits in lunchboxes
- Three sections for easy storage of lunch
When you have kids, late dinners are not ideal. I wanted an easy way to have dinners prepped and ready for cooking for days when I don’t have a lot of time to spare. With the California Home Goods 3-Compartment Food Containers, I got exactly what I needed. I put ingredients for quick stir-fries, stews, or grilled items in the containers, jotted down what was in the air-tight container, and tucked them into the freezer for another day.
The containers are approximately 7.5 by 9 inches, so the size is ideal for single portions. They’re only about 1.5 inches deep and stack on top of each other. Thanks to their size, they don’t take up a lot of space in my freezer. You get a set of 10, so order a few sets and you’ll have enough containers to prepare a full month of ready-to-cook meals.
The other thing that I found the California Home Goods 3-Compartment Food Containers are good for are picnics at the beach or a grilled dinner in your backyard. I put some cubed chicken in one with the onions and lemons that would become part of our dinner. In other containers, I filled the compartments with the sauces I wanted to use. Put them in a cooler with ice packs, and dinner was all ready to mix together and cook when we got to our destination. Clean up is a breeze as the food containers are dishwasher safe.
Its best feature…it was the fact that I can take these to the beach for picnics and when you have fussy kids that don’t like the same thing you can package them up.
Overall – My goal was to get a number of single-portion dinners prepped and ready for grilling when I was done work for the day. The California Home Goods 3-Compartment Food Containers are perfect for that. I filled containers with raw meat or poultry and ingredients for the marinade I wanted. Next, I used a pen to write what each prepped dish was. The covers are clear, so black pens showed up well.
The containers stack up, so I fit them all in the freezer and walked away. When I wanted to serve that item for dinner, it was as simple as pulling out the container. It’s a handy way to have ready to cook meals in single portions. Everyone gets exactly what they’re craving.
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