This Keto Chicken Souvlaki with Yogurt Sauce is a simple and delicious low carb chicken dinner that will satisfy even the pickiest eaters! Perfect for keto meal prep, this flavorful Greek style grilled chicken keeps well in the fridge all week and is a great way to dress up a salad.
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My grill has been getting a workout this last couple of weeks, because the oven in the house we are renting leaks heat out of it like a sieve and there is no exhaust fan in the kitchen. It’s going to be problematic this summer when it really starts getting hot outside, and I’ll have to be really strategic with my baking times for new keto recipes over the next few months.
The good news is, this means tons of new keto grilling recipes coming your way – and probably a LOT of keto ice cream and no bake dessert recipes as well. I’m pretty sure I won’t get any hostile emails complaining about this – but then again you never know.
First up in the IBIH Summer Grilling Series (I figure if I name it something official sounding it makes it more legit and less like I’m just trying not to die of heat stroke) is this delicious keto Chicken Souvlaki recipe.
Greek in origin and flavored with lots of lemon, garlic, and fresh oregano, this keto chicken souvlaki is everything you want in an easy chicken dinner. You don’t have to grill it (it can be baked or seared in a hot cast iron pan) but I love the complexity and layer of flavor that the slight char from grilling adds to it.
And of course you can impress your friends and family with gorgeous grill marks for the win.
And if you want to make this Keto Chicken Souvlaki even easier to execute, don’t even skewer it – just throw the marinated chicken breasts on the grill and then slice to serve after the fact. Easy peasy…
This keto Chicken Souvlaki recipe is deceptively simple – but loaded with flavor from the marinating time. It’s perfect to throw together in the morning before work or school, then when you get home just toss it on the grill for a few minutes each side and dinner is served.
The yogurt sauce takes literally a minute or two to make and complements the chicken perfectly – but honestly if even that feels like too much work, this keto chicken souvlaki is delicious on it’s own.
I don’t know about you guys, but I’m all about keeping it simple and fast in the Summertime especially, because it leaves more time for us to spend relaxing and hanging out with friends on the dock.
Also it leaves us time to go fishing after dinner, because the Hungry Dudes and I have a fierce competition raging over who can catch the biggest fish this Summer. So far Hungry Jr. is winning with a nice small mouth bass. I just spend an ungodly amount of money beefing up my tackle box with some fancy new lures though, so I’m optimistic that the title will be mine. I’ll keep you posted.
As a side note, if we catch some decent panfish I’ll post some recipes here for my fellow angling enthusiasts. And yes, they will probably be grilled. :/
Meanwhile, make this keto chicken souvlaki STAT, and then be sure to report back!
Keto Chicken Souvlaki with Yogurt Sauce
- Total Time: 20 minutes
- Yield: 4 servings 1x
- Diet: Diabetic
This Keto Chicken Souvlaki with Yogurt Sauce is not only delicious – it’s also fast and easy to make on the grill, leaving you lots of time to spend outdoors relaxing this Summer! Low carb, keto, Paleo, and Atkins diet friendly.
For the chicken:
- 1 lb chicken breast cut into strips
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 3 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
- 1 tablespoon fresh oregano, chopped (or 1 tsp dried)
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 teaspoons kosher salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
For the yogurt sauce:
- 3/4 cup Greek yogurt
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- 1 teaspoon fresh oregano, chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon granulated sugar substitute (I used Swerve)
To make the chicken:
- Combine the olive oil, lemon juice, red wine vinegar, oregano, garlic, salt, pepper, and dried thyme in a shallow, non-reactive dish.
- Add your chicken strips to the marinade and mix to coat well.
- Cover and marinate in the refrigerator for 2 hours or more.
- Remove the chicken from the marinade and thread onto skewers (if using.)
- Preheat the grill and grill the chicken for about 2 minutes per side or until cooked through. Thicker pieces may take longer.
- Remove and serve with the yogurt sauce.
To make the yogurt sauce:
- Combine all of the yogurt sauce ingredients and stir well.
- Taste and adjust seasoning to your preference.
- Serve with the warm grilled chicken.
Approximate nutrition information per serving:
2 skewers of chicken: 157 calories, 5g fat, 0g net carbs, 26g protein
2 Tablespoons of yogurt sauce: 35 calories, 2g fat, 2g net carbs, 1g protein
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Cook Time: 5 minutes
- Category: Keto Main Dish
- Method: Grilling
- Cuisine: Greek
- Serving Size: 2 skewers + 2 Tbsp sauce
- Calories: 192
- Fat: 7g
- Carbohydrates: 2g net
- Fiber: 0g
- Protein: 27g
Keywords: keto grilled chicken, keto chicken souvlaki, low carb chicken
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Jen F says
Yum, I love souvlaki! It’s so juicy, tender, and flavorful, perfect for summer dinner!
l p says
looks great – perfect for a quick meal or entertaining. thanks
My sister’s recipe has you brine first. Add 2T sea salt to 1 qt cold water, add chicken, brine for 30min, drain, pat dry . Then marinate… so tender and delicious!
Cynthia Finan says
I love the Grilled Chicken Souvlaki with Yogurt Sauce, but because our BBQ time is short in the Midwest, I use Kathie Lee’s Food Network Chicken Souvlaki Cheat Sheet Recipe during the winter months.
I substituting sour cream for the yogurt
Hoping it will work.
I just made these again tonight. Had forgotten about them and was looking for something that said “Springtime light” dinner. This really fit the bill. These are just so good! You really don’t need the sauce, but it does add that extra “wow” of flavor. I do have a question, though. Are you erring on the side of caution for the carbs on the marinated chicken? I was just wondering since it seems that most of the marinade is left in the container.
Mellissa Sevigny says
Yes Tere, I included the almost all the carbs in the marinade just to be on the safe side! I love this recipe even though it never really took off in popularity – it’s easy and so tasty too! Glad you liked it!
I made this yesterday for dinner! So economical and it turned out beautifully! I didn’t make ours with yogurt, but I saved some of the marinade before it went onto the chicken so I’d have some to drizzle over the fresh grilled chicken. So yummy and juicy! Thank you for an AWESOME recipe!
Mellissa Sevigny says
Thanks Alexia, so glad you liked it! Great idea to use the marinade before AND after to increase the flavor!
Anna Funnell says
I made these a few weeks ago and they were totally yummy – and everyone liked them enough for me to be making them again tonight, which is pretty rare for my low carb things! :-)
We made this a few nights ago. =) I thought it was the best chicken we had had in a very long time!! Thank you for the recipe!!
I don’t have a grill so I’ll be pan-frying these babies and I’ll let you know how it goes. :)
Mellissa Sevigny says
Can’t wait to hear back Stefanie – make sure you get it nice and hot first so you get a good sear on them!
Grilled this on Sunday, served it tonight with the sauce, and a greek variation on the beet green salad (lemon juice, red wine and feta cheese) Amazingly good. The tzaziki sauce was simply perfect. Thanks again.
Mellissa Sevigny says
Thanks for letting me know Brenda – your version of the salad sounds delicious!!!!
Yay this looks awesome! I have a ton of chicken breast in my freezer too- definitely making this weekend! Thanks for the timely post!