confections of a dietitian | chicken souvlaki

Hey there! Long time, no see! As usual, life has been super busy around here. My husband and I just got back from a whirlwind trip through Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand. It was amazing and I’m trying to hunt down some ingredients to be able to share some recipes with you from our trip soon. But, for now, I’m just excited to be back in the kitchen! After eating out for every meal for the first half of March, I cannot tell you how nice it has been to eat healthy, home-cooked meals. So, as a welcome back, I’m sharing one of our favorite dinners with you!

confections of a dietitian | chicken souvlaki 

First, a little back story. I studied abroad in Salzburg, Austria for a summer during college. Although I ate a lot of amazing Austrian food (I still dream about the spaetzle, pastries and ice cream), one of the foods I fell in love with was Turkish kebabs. There was a phenomenal, walk-up Turkish restaurant on the street of my hostel, so it was the perfect place to stop when I was walking home after classes or on a weekend night. A few years later, I decided to try out a recipe for chicken souvlaki from my latest version of Cook’s Illustrated magazine because it sounded similar to the kebabs I had loved. I didn’t realize how similar the recipe would be to those kebabs, but as soon as I took my first bite, I had instant flashbacks to Austria. I should have known Cook’s Illustrated would come up with the perfect recipe! This recipe is more Greek than Turkish, but it still has a lot of the same flavors that I fell in love with all those years ago.

confections of a dietitian | chicken souvlaki

The marinade is a simple mix of lemon, herbs and garlic, but don’t let it’s small ingredient list fool you; it is is full of flavor. The chicken is so tender and moist, while the veggies are crisp and lightly charred. I think my real love for this meal comes from the generous slathering of tzatziki sauce and feta cheese. For me, there’s just something about those two things that automatically takes a dish from good to great. Topped with a sprinkle of paprika or cayenne and served with veggies and hummus on the side, this is a perfect quick and delicious weeknight meal. Maybe someday I’ll make it back to that kebab stand, but, until I do, I’m definitely ok with eating this chicken souvlaki instead.